February 2014

CLAO E-NEWS February 2014: 



We are pleased to invite you to attend the 2014 CLAO (Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists) International Symposium and Congress meeting, June 12-14, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

Join us for 2 days of outstanding education while enjoying the beauty and culture of cosmopolitan Toronto. June 12 will feature an evening ‘Welcome Reception’, followed by programming on June 13-14.

Preliminary topics include

  • Contact Lens Discomfort: New Options, New Directions, and Perspectives from the Contact Lens Discomfort Workshop
  • Corneo-Sclerals, Mini-Sclerals, Sclerals and PROSE Treatment
  • Ocular Surface Disease: Surgical Approaches
  • Contact Lens as Part of Your Practice: Business Aspects and Training Resources
  • Risk Management/Ethics
  • Contact Lens as an Innovative Platform
    • Drug Delivery
    • Myopia Control
  • Controversies in Contact Lenses
    • Hybrid Lens Technology
    • Contact Lens in Sjogren’s Patients
  • Infiltrates, Ulcers, and Problem Pathogens

The meeting will also feature Professor Donald TH Tan, FRCS, who will present the Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr, MD, Lecture; Allan R. Slomovic, MD, FRCSC, who will present the Harold A. Stein, MD, Lecture; and Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, who will be the program’s Keynote presenter.

The meeting website, www.Toronto2014.CLAO.org  provides complete information on the program, registration, and housing.

CLAO also welcomes you to submit your scientific paper/poster abstract for consideration for presentation at the June meeting.  Please visit the meeting website for details on how to submit your abstract at www.Toronto2014.CLAO.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto in June!


Thomas L. Steinemann, MD, pictured with Council Chair, Russell N. Van Gelder, MD, PhD

Thomas L. Steinemann, MD, was recognized for participation on the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology during the Academy’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans.  Dr. Steinemann served for six years as Councilor for the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists.   

The Council serves as an advisory body to the Academy’s Board of Trustees.  More than 100 Academy members serve on this body and act as liaisons between their society and the Academy bringing issues identified by their societies to the attention of the Academy’s Board of Trustees. Issues are brought to the Academy Board of Trustees as Council Advisory Recommendations (CARs).  Each spring the Council meets to debate and formulate its recommendations for the Academy Board.*

Representatives to the Council are elected by each state society and by subspecialty societies and specialized interest groups in ophthalmology.  On December 31st, Dr. Thomas L. Steinemann, MD concluded his term on the Academy Council.  Bennie H. Jeng, MD, has been elected by CLAO to serve as Councilor to the Academy and will began his term on January 1, 2014 and participate at the Spring Council Meeting in conjunction with the April 9-12, 2014 Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C.



Google's vision for wearable technology took another ambitious leap forward when the world's largest Internet search company announced it is developing a smart contact lens.  The lens measures glucose in tears using a wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor. While at a very early stage, Google hopes the technology could help people manage diabetes better.

The project is the latest invention to emerge from the company's Google X unit, which works on long-term, risky new technology that may never become commercially successful but has the potential to change the way people live in drastic ways. The unit has already produced self-driving cars and connected eyewear called Google Glass.  Google said it went public with the contact lens project at an early stage because it is looking for expert partners who could bring the technology to market in the future.

Diabetes sufferers sometimes do not check their glucose levels as often as they should because those checks are usually disruptive or painful, such as pricking a finger to do a blood test. Researchers have been looking for less intrusive ways to check glucose, through sweat, saliva, urine or tears.  It's very difficult to measure glucose levels in the body with tears, partly because there's not much of the liquid available and it is hard to collect.

"We wondered if miniaturized electronics — think chips and sensors so small they look like bits of glitter, and an antenna thinner than a human hair — might be a way to crack the mystery of tear glucose and measure it with greater accuracy," Google said.  To make the contact lens, Google had to design its own tiny chips and mount them on very thin, flexible, plastic-like film. The chip and a sensor are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. A tiny pinhole in the lens lets tear fluid from the surface of the eye to seep into the glucose sensor. The prototypes can take a glucose level reading once every second, Google said. 

The project's co-founders, Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, worked together at the University of Washington. Parviz joined Google X to work on Google Glass and Otis followed soon after and started trying to build a contact lens from scratch.  Google said it has done "multiple studies" to test the comfort and functionality of the lens and explore how tear glucose correlates with blood glucose, particularly in people with diabetes. It is also talking about the technology with the Food & Drug Administration.


CLAO recently updated its ContactLensDocs.com website.  A significant 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 www.ContactLensDocs.com.  (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.

Alcon has reported that AIR OPTIX AQUA multifocal contact lens are among the top dispensed contact lenses for correction of presbyopia.  For more information visit http://www.clspectrum.com/content/airoptix/aoamf/design.html

Bausch and Lomb, Inc., has sponsored a digital supplement through Contact Lens Spectrum entitled “Expanding Your Lens Options for Irregular Corneas.  This supplement may be viewed at http://www.clspectrum.com/content/bl/1/index.html

CMELIST.COM  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 Ophthalmologists 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.

Irregular Corneal Design (ICD) offers a 14-lens diagnostic set that can be used to fit numerous corneal conditions including bulging transplants, keratoconus, and dry eye, to name a few.  For more information visit www.icdlens.com

SDL365 offers low-rate financial for all types of medical expenses, and encourages its clients to benefit from their services. For more information visit https://samedayloans365.org/personal-loans/bad-credit-loans/

SynergEyes, Inc. is introducing Duette Progressive multifocal contact lenses.  The lenses may be ordered empirically by calling 877-733-2012.  For more information visit www.SynergEyes.com

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 http://water.epa.gov/action/advisories/acanthamoeba/index.cfm

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 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place April 25–29, 2014 in Boston, MA.  For more information, visit www.ascrs.org.

The CLAO International Symposium & Congress meeting will be held June 12–14, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.  For more information, visit www.clao.org.

The World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) will be holding its biannual meeting in Tokyo, Japan April 2–6, 2014.  For more information visit http://www.woc2014.org

CLAO “Did You Know?”

A report in the January 2014 issue of Contact Lens Spectrum states that “As for the contact lens market size, Baird’s 2013 data suggest that the value of the worldwide contact lens market currently stands at roughly $7.6 billion, with the U.S. market valued at approximately $2.5 billion.”

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:

CLAO, 4000 Legato Road, Suite #700, Fairfax, VA. 22033

Phone: 855-264-8818 Fax: 703-434-3003 Email: eyes@clao.org

Web: www.clao.org, and www.ContactLensDocs.com