February 2011


Resources are available for ophthalmologists preparing for board certification or re-certification at CMEList.com  Ophthalmologists will find several excellent Board Reviews at the Ophthalmology Board Reviews section of CMEList.com,http://www.cmelist.com/board_reviews.htm#Ophthalmology-Board-Reviews.  In addition, those phthalmologists completing CME requirements will find additional CME activities on the Ophthalmology Page, http://www.cmelist.com/ophth.htm.

CMEList.com, http://www.cmelist.com/list.htm, now has links to more than 325 Online CME sites offering more than 16,000 CME courses and more than 26,000 hours of CME credit in over 50 medical areas. The List is updated regularly as new online CME sites and courses become available. There is no charge for accessing the List and no registration is required.


Contact lenses will become even more important to the ophthalmology practice as future advancements in the field are introduced into the marketplace.  Research into utilizing contact lenses for drug delivery is advancing rapidly.  There are numerous ocular (and possibly even systemic) drugs that could be administered through this new route.  Advantages over drug application via eye drop are many.  Another interesting use involves development of nanotechnology devices placed in the contact lens to monitor IOP changes on a continuous basis.  Glaucoma management could then be administered very specifically.  It will be interesting to see where this research leads.


The CLAO Board of Directors thanks all those who renewed their membership in the association for 2011. CLAO Members recognize the importance of contact lenses in their respective practices and that their membership allows the association to continue its educational programs.  Benefits of Membership in CLAO include a subscription to the association’s highly respected, peer-reviewed scientific journal, Eye and Contact Lens, as well as a professional practice listing on the World Wide Web at ContactLensDocs.com.



As reported in their December 20, 2010 newsletter, “risk management experts at the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC) recommend that the optometrist's role be defined in writing in terms of what conditions he or she can manage independently, what conditions require consultation with an ophthalmologist, and what conditions require management by an ophthalmologist (see "Coordinating Care with Optometrists,"available at www.omic.com, for a more detailed discussion and sample protocol).  OMIC requires the use of a comanagement consent document in addition to a procedure-specific consent document as evidence that the patient has agreed to receive care from multiple providers (see OMIC's consent document on comanagement at www.omic.com). The surgeon must personally obtain the patient's consent for both the comanaged care and the operative care. Both consent documents should be signed by the patient and included in the patient's medical record.”


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.

ALCON has an article on contact lens wettabiliy entitled “Why it Matters, What Works and What Doesn’t Work.”  A portion of the article discusses the surface active agents  TETRONIC® 1304+ and C9-ED3A, used in the TearGlyde® contact lens surface reconditioning system in OPTI-FREE® RepleniSH® MPDS.  The full article (copyright Ethis Communications, Inc.) is available online at the visioncareprofessional.com website athttp://www.visioncareprofessional.com/emails/alcon/33/index.html

 The American Medical Association (AMA) offers e-mail alerts on practice management and payer news.   Signing up for the AMA Practice Management Alerts is easy. Just visit www.ama-assn.org/go/pmalerts and click the "Sign up" button.

 Bausch & Lomb Storz® Ophthalmic Instruments announced on December 8th

that the company has launched a new line of single-use cataract instrumentation in the United States. The line includes six microsurgical forceps and three cataract surgery manipulators to expand on the Bausch + Lomb Storz Ophthalmics cataract instrument line.  These single-use instruments are designed to provide safety, consistency and convenience by reducing the risk of infection and cross-contamination, eliminating time and cost associated with reprocessing reusable instruments. The line includes six forceps that are sold eight per box. The available designs include: a Capsulorhexis Forceps, a Bonn Forceps, a Tying Forceps, a McPherson Tying Forceps, a Pierse Tying Forceps and a MICS™Capsulorhexis Forceps. Three manipulators are also included in the line and are packaged twelve per box. Manipulator designs include: a Koch Stop & Chop Manipulator, a Phaco Spatula and a Sinskey Hook.  For more information, to request a quote, or to place an order online, visit theStorz Ophthalmic Instruments web site at www.storzeye.com/sucataract.aspx.  In other news the company announced on January 10th that it is offering a free iPhone application, called Crystalens® iClear, that will educate and entertain consumers about vision, cataracts and the B+LCrystalens product.  For more information about the Crystalens, visit www.crystalens.com.

 The National Institutes of Health has expanded a genetic and clinical research database to give researchers access to the first digital study images. The National Eye Institute (NEI), in collaboration with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), has made available more than 72,000 lens photographs and fundus photographs of the back of the eye, collected from the participants of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS).

VISTAKON, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., noted in a press release that “even though eye care doctors and manufacturers provide instructions about caring for and wearing contact lenses, studies show that many contact lens wearers do not comply with the recommended replacement frequencies and fail to discard their lenses after the scheduled time.   Forgetting which day to change their contacts is most commonly cited by wearers as the reason for not changing them as instructed. However, according to a new survey of contact lens wearers, ACUMINDERTM, a complimentary online reminder tool, is helping them change their behavior.  Since its launch in 2007, nearly 40,000 contact lens wearers have registered for the free service (www.acuminder.com) which sends an automatic reminder via e-mail and/or cell phone text message on when to change contact lenses, and can now also prompt wearers on when to buy new contacts  and when to schedule an eye exam.   The ACUMINDERTM Tool was developed by VISTAKON®, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and maker of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, but is open to all contact lens wearers.

Nearly 700 ACUMINDERTM users recently responded to a questionnaire about their contact lens wearing habits. Virtually all (95 percent) said they find the reminder tool useful in helping them remember when to change their lenses, with two-thirds (66 percent) noting that it has improved their contact lens replacement.  Prior to enrolling in ACUMINDERTM, 40 percent of survey respondents who wear two-week lenses self-reported that they changed their lenses at or less than every 14 days (average wear time: 19.9 days), Since using the reminder, 76 percent  say they now change their lenses at or less than every 14 days (average days worn = 14.7).”


The 2012 CLAO International Contact Lens Summit (ICLS) will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 26th through 29th, 2012.  For more information visit www.clao.org

The 2011 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 22–25, in Orlando, FL.  JCAHPO holds its annual ACE meeting in conjunction with the AAO.

 The 2011 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Annual Meeting is scheduled for March 25–29 in San Diego, CA.

 The 2011 Japan Contact Lens Society (JCLS) Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 9–10 in Kyoto, Japan.

 The 2011 Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Annual Meeting is scheduled for March 20–24 in Sydney, Australia.

 The 2011 SOBLEC Annual Meeting (Brazil Cornea and Contact Lens) is scheduled for April 15–17 in Curitiba, Brazil.

 The 41st ECLSO Annual Meeting will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on September 9 – 11.  For more information visit www.eclso.eu.

 The XXXVI Brazilian Ophthalmology Congress will be taking place in Porto Alegre at Fiergs Convention Center, from September 05th to 08th, 2011.

The World Ophthalmology Congress will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 16 to 20, 2012.  For more information visit www.icoph.org.

CLAO “Did You Know?”:

CLAO’s scientific journal, Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice is published six times a year.

For Your Amusement

The following are three statements taken from grade school student test papers:

 What is water composed of?

“Water is composed of two gins.  Oxygin and Hydrogin.  Oxygin is pure gin.  Hydrogin is gin and water.”

 Define H2O and CO2.

“H2O is hot water and CO2 is cold water.”

 State one of the main causes of dust.

“One of the main causes of dust is janitors.”


Contact Lens Event Reporting:

To report adverse contact lens reactions: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/ or call (800) FDA-1088.

 To report possible grievances related to the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act or the associated Contact Lens Rule: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/.

Contact CLAO:

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