CLAO eNews: Member Communications Bulletin May 2014

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CLAO invites you to attend their International Symposium & Congress, to be held June 12–14, 2014 at the InterContinental Toronto Centre in Toronto, Canada. Programming has been developed by Dr. Deborah Jacobs, Scientific Programs Chair, along with the CLAO Scientific Programs Committee. Clinicians and researchers in the fields of contact lens, anterior segment, and ocular surface disease from the United States, Canada, and around the world will be presenting the latest advances. The following symposia and named lectureships are scheduled:

CLAO Education and Research Foundation Symposium on Myopia with the Keynote Lecture presented by Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD and entitled “Myopia Progression: Update and Insights” Contact Lens Discomfort: New Options, New Directions, and Perspectives From the Contact Lens Discomfort Workshop Scientific Papers Contact Lens Safety and Regulatory Affairs Medical Error: Risk Management and Ethics Contact Lens Challenges Contact Lens as Innovative Platform Contact Lenses as Part of Your Practice: Business Aspects and Training Resources Ocular Surface Disease: Surgical Approaches, including the Harold A. Stein, MD, Lecture Surgical Innovation for Corneal Disease, including the Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr. MD, Lecture Innovations and Controversies in Contact Lenses International Symposia (SOBLEC, JCLS and ECLSO) Biometry, Biomechanics and Imaging: Advances and Implications Infiltrates, Ulcers, and Problem Pathogens

The Harold A. Stein Lecture will be presented by Allan R. Slomovic, MD, FRCSC and is entitled “Contemporary Techniques in the Management of Primary and Recurrent Pterygium.”

The Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr., Lecture will be presented by Professor Donald Tan, FRCS, and is entitled “Selective Lamellar Keratoplasty: Global Impact.”

CLAO’s Journal, Eye & Contact Lens, will sponsor a special Symposium on Corneal Collagen Crosslinking following the conclusion of the CLAO meeting, on Saturday, June 14 from 5:15-6:45 PM. The session is free to all CLAO meeting attendees and will feature renowned specialists in the fields of cornea and keratoconus who will discuss the latest advances in the techniques and technology in Keratoconus and UV Corneal Crosslinking.

Register now to join us for 2 days of outstanding education while enjoying the beauty and culture of cosmopolitan Toronto! Additional program information and registration is available at or

NOTE: Housing special group rate for the meeting closes May 22nd. Please be sure to make your reservations before then by visiting

Meibography and Tear Film Stability RFP

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. (JJVCI) announced in April that the company is now accepting research proposals related to meibography and tear film stability with contact lens wear. Specific areas of interest include the following topics:

  • Correlating clinical findings to (i.e. lid wiper epitheliopathy, subjective symptoms, physiology) meibomian gland image analysis and tear film stability
  • Categorizing magnitude of meibomian gland changes to contact lens type or length of wear

Research proposals must be submitted through the JJVCI Investigator Initiated Study (IIS) application process by contacting the Clinical Research Administrator by email at, or by calling at +1-904-443-1525. All research proposals must be submitted in English.

For additional information on JJVC’s IIS process and policy, please go to the following link:


The following articles appeared in the association’s peer-reviewed scientific journal, Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice, March 2014 issue:
“The Impact of Eyelid and Eye Contour Factors on a Toric Soft Contact Lens Fitting in Chinese Subjects,” Wanqing Jin, M.D., Nan Jin, M.D., Yunyun Chen, M.D., Xinjie Mac. V 3 Suzhong Xu, M.D., Van Chen, M.D., Jun Jiang, M.D., and Fan Lu. MJ

“PROSE for Irregular Corneas at a Tertian,' Eye Care Center,” Amudha Oli Arumugam, M.Phil.Optom., FIACLE, Rajni Raj'an, M. Phil. Optom., Madhumathi Subramanian, B.S.Optom., and Rajeswari Mahadeva, Ph.D., Optom, FIACLE

“Investigation of Tear Osmolarity Using the TearLab Osmolarity System in Normal Adults in Saudi Arabia,” Ali Masmali, Ph.D., Saad Alrabiah, M.Sc., Ahmed Alharbi, Ph.D., Gamal A. El-Hiti, Ph.D., and Turki Almubrad, Ph.D.

“Topical Tacrolimus 0.03% as Sole Therapy in Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis: A Randomized Double-Masked Study,” Guilherme Gilbert Miiller, M.D., Newton Kara Jose, Ph.D., and Rosane Silvestre de Castro, Ph.D.

“Short-Term Changes in Ocular Biometry and Refraction After Discontinuation of Long-Term Orthokeratology,” Jacinto Santodomingo-Rubido, O.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Cesar Villa-Collar, B.Sc, M.Sc., Ph.D., Bernard Gilmartin, B.Sc., Ph.D., F.C.Optom., and Ramon Gutierrez-Ortega, M.D., Ph.D.

“Tear Function Evaluation in Candidates of Corneal Laser Refractive Surgery for Myopia,” Azadeh Farahi, M.D., Hassan Hashemi, M.D., Shiva Mehravaran, M.D., Sepideh Tavakolizadeh, M.D., and Mehdi Khabazkhoob. M.Sc

“ClearKone-Synergeyes or Rigid Gas-Permeable Contact Lens in Keratoconic Patients: A Clinical Decision,” Hassan Hashemi, M.D., Nasim Shaygan, M.Sc., Sedigheh Asgari, M.Sc, Farhad Rezvan, M.D., and Soheila Asgari, M.Sc.

“Agreement of Corneal Epithelial Profiles Produced by Automated Segmentation of SD-OCT Images Having Different Optical Resolutions,” Meixiao Shen, Ph.D., Zhe Xu, M.D., Chun Yang, M.D., Lin Leng, M.D., Jing Liu, M.D., Qi Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Jianhua Wang, M.D., Ph.D., and Fan Lu, M.D., O.D.

“Systane® Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops for Treatment of Contact Lens-Related Dryness,” Marguerite McDonald, M.D., John L Schachet, O.D., Christopher W. Lievens, O.D., M.S., and Jami Kern, M.B.A., Ph.D.

“Perceptions of Dry Eye Disease Management in Current Clinical Practice,” Jennifer F. Williamson, M.D., Kyle Huynh, B.S., Mark A. Weaver, Ph.D., and Richard M. Davis, M.D.

“Corneal Confocal Microscopy Findings in Sporadic Cases of Pre-Descemet Corneal Dystrophy,” Georgios A. Kontadakis, M.D., M.Sc, George D. Kymionis, M.D., Ph.D., Vardhaman P. Kankariya, M.D., Anastasios G. Papadiamantis, M.Sc., and Aristofanis I. Pallikaris, M.Sc.

“Bilateral Interstitial Keratitis and Granulomatous Uveitis of Tubercular Origin,” Saurabh Kamal, M.S., D.N.B., Rakshit Kumar, M.D., Sushil Kumar, M.D., and Ruchi Goel, M.S., D.N.B.


CLAO updated its website. A benefit of CLAO Membership includes the opportunity to provide practice contact information on the site. However, many members have not yet added their name, address, phone, or practice website information to the new site. All members are encouraged to take a minute to update their practice information on the site (Please note that your login and password does not affect your current login credentials for the CLAO Journal, Eye and Contact Lenses).


Information in this section has been provided to CLAO by press releases, online sources and other means. CLAO does not warranty its accuracy; nor does notice of a product in this section constitute an endorsement by CLAO.

AAPC, the nation's largest training and credentialing organization for the business side of medicine, for the first time is offering a special 40 - 50% off exam prep for all of its certifications (excluding specialty, CPC-P, & CPCO). AAPC provides certification in medical coding, medical billing, medical auditing, compliance, and practice management and represents the highest level of expertise in the industry. For more information visit

Alconhas added toric and multifocal designs to its Dailies AquaComfort Plus line of one-day contact lenses. For more information visit

Bausch and Lomb, Inc., has introduced a new hydrogen peroxide cleaning and disinfecting solution PeroxiClear 3%. The company indicates that this product can provide up to 20 hours of moisture while providing the same disinfecting capabilities of traditional peroxide solutions. For more information visit

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Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., announced the appointment of Charissa Lee, OD to the role of Director, Education, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., North America (JJVCI). In this role, Dr. Lee will lead the development of programs supporting the schools and colleges of optometry across the United States. She will report directly to Millicent Knight, O.D., Head of Professional Affairs, JJVCI.

Quintiles announced that the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published the third edition of "Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User’s Guide." Quintiles’ Real-World & Late Phase Research division has led this effort to create the patient registries reference since 2005. This publication provides a comprehensive guide to the design, operation, analysis and evaluation of patient registries. The third edition represents a significant expansion, from 14 to 25 chapters and features 34 new case examples for a total of 64. The user’s guide was created in collaboration with more than 240 individuals, representing industry, academia, government and patients. To view the 3rd Edition online, visit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to educate patients in regard to contact lens safety and care. On the EPA website is a document entitled, "Do You Wear Contact Lenses? – There’s Something You Should Know…" It covers information on Acanthamoeba based on data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To view this document (it is in easy to read question and answer format) visit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is urging ophthalmologists to report occurrences of adverse patient reactions caused by decorative contact lenses to its MedWatch program. The FDA is emphasizing the need to report adverse reactions, especially if the lenses were purchased without a prescription, as the agency can only take action against illegal sellers when violations are reported. Consumers can report decorative lens-related problems directly to their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.


The CLAO International Symposium & Congress meeting is to be held June 12–14, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. For more information, visit

The American Academy of Ophthalmology will be holding its annual meeting in Chicago, IL October 17–21, 2014. For more information visit

CLAO “Did You Know?”

A report in the March 6, 2014 issue of JAMA indicated that using contact lenses to correct aphakia in infants after cataract surgery might provide better results that IOL placement.

Contact Lens Event Reporting:
To report adverse contact lens reactions: or call (800) FDA-1088.

To report possible grievances related to the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act or the associated Contact Lens Rule:

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