February 2008

CLAO established www.contactlensdocs.com, which provides practicing members a complimentary professional listing indicating your name, city, state, and office phone number. CLAO provides members with a complimentary link from our Web site directly to your own professional Web site. The site is designed for access by the general public and provides information on contact lenses as well as how to locate a professional in their area. Please take a moment to type in “Contact Lens Doctors” into your favorite search engine, and a link to our Web site should appear very high on the first search page.

CLAO is pleased to announce that Desmond Fonn, M Optom., FAAO, will assume the responsibilities as Editor-in-Chief of the association’s highly regarded scientific journal, Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice. Dr. Fonn is renown in the field of contact lens research and currently serves as Director of the Centre for Contact Lens Research at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Canada. Joining Dr. Fonn as new Associate Editor is Oliver D. Schein, MD, MPH. Dr. Schein is currently the Burton E. Grossman Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University and has had a longstanding interest and has conducted extensive research in the epidemiology of contact lens-related complications.

A study on “Strategies to Better Engage, Educate, and Empower Patient Compliance and Safe Lens Wear: Compliance: What We Know, What We Do Not Know, and What We Need to Know,” by Drs. Peter C. Donshik, William H. Ehlers, Lynn D. Anderson, and Jeanine K. Suchecki, was highlighted in the November 2007 Special Issue of Eye & Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice. This study was presented at CLAO’s Summit meeting last spring. To read the complete article, see Volume 33, Number 6, Part 2 of 2, of CLAO’s Journal or click here.

A Regional Education Course for ophthalmic medical personnel has been scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2008 in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information, visit the regional meeting page.

The 2008 CLAO Annual Meeting will be held on September 12 - 13, at the Westin Causarina Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, immediately following the CLAO ERF Scientific Symposium held on September 11 - 12, 2008. An excellent program is planned and physician attendees may obtain up to 8 hours of CME. Click here to view photos from CLAO’s 2007 meeting.

Ophthalmic technical staff are also invited to attend this year’s program. Held in conjunction with CLAO’s meeting, JCAHPO will conduct a two-day ophthalmic assisting program on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13 at the Westin. Be on the lookout for additional information about these programs in future issues of CLAO eNews.

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

Bausch and Lomb announced on January 23, 2008, that it has named Gerald M. Ostrov as chairman and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Most recently, Mr. Ostrov was company group chairman, Worldwide Vision Care, for Johnson & Johnson, where he led the company's global Vision Care businesses from 1998 to 2006. Current Chairman and CEO Ronald L. Zarrella, will retire in March and serve as chairman emeritus.

CooperVision announced on January 24, 2008, that the company introduced ClearSight™ 1-Day Toric contact lenses as the latest addition to the company’s daily disposable product line. With ClearSight 1-Day Toric lenses, CooperVision now offers toric contact lenses in all modalities. ClearSight 1-Day Toric offers four different axes to fit the majority of astigmats—including 180, 160, 90, and 20 degrees—and cylinder powers of -0.75 and -1.25. ClearSight 1-Day Toric contact lenses feature a 55% water content material, ocufilcon D, and are available in sphere powers of Plano to -6.00D in 0.25D steps, -6.50D, and -7.00D; a base curve of 8.7mm; and a diameter of 14.5mm. The lenses are packaged as five-lens strip blisters in 30-lens cartons. For more information, visitwww.coopervision.com.

LSU Eye Center announced that the 14th Symposium on the Material Science and Chemistry of Contact Lenses will be held November 19 – 21, 2008, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The topics include Surface Analysis, Comfort and Friction, Solution/Lens Interactions and CL Dry Eye. There is an open submission poster session: Biocompatibility of Ocular Implants; Abstract deadline is September 26, 2008. Information requests should be sent to the attention of Jean T. Jacob, PhD, Organizing Chair. Dr. Jacob may be reached via phone at (504) 568-2326, fax at (504) 568-2385 or email: jjacob@lsuhsc.edu.

“Did You Know?”
During the 1962 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology in Las Vegas, Abraham Schlossman, MD; Louis Daily, MD; and William Stone, MD, informally discussed the concept of a contact lens association. Since the following AAOO meeting was to be held in New York, Dr. Schlossman sent a letter to a group of fifty ophthalmologists who had demonstrated an interest in contact lenses, inviting them to a dinner meeting during the forthcoming Academy meeting, at which time the possibility of the formation of a contact lens study group was to be evaluated. Thirty ophthalmologists attended the “Founder’s” meeting on October 21, 1963 at the Essex House Hotel in New York City. As a result of this meeting, there was general agreement that the fitting of contact lenses was a medical discipline and that there existed a need for a national organization to foster the development and dissemination of scientific knowledge in this new discipline. The new organization was named, “The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists” and thus CLAO was born.