January 2009


CLAO is pleased to announce that four companies will be supporting the International Contact Lens Summit, which will be held September 24 – 26, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal, Canada. Vistakon® and CIBA Vision™ will be recognized at the Platinum Level, while ALCON® and BAUSCH AND LOMB® will be recognized at the Silver Level. CLAO sincerely thanks these major companies for their support of this 2009 educational program. For information on this meeting, please visit www.clao.org. You may also contact the CLAO Home Office: (877) 501-3937 phone, (651) 731-0410 FAX, or e-mail (eyes@clao.org) with any questions.



CLAO will be hosting a symposium during the ASCRS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The program, under the direction of Michael H. Goldstein, MD, is scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2009, from 8:00-9:30 am. Patient expectation and satisfaction have created an increasingly sophisticated interdependence between contact lens technology and kerato-refractive surgery. The paralleled development of refractive surgery and contact lens technology has provided refractive surgeons, clinicians, and technicians a full spectrum of contact lens technology to educate, treat, and modulate the modern kerato-refractive experience. In order to maximize refractive success and provide patients with maximal perceived satisfaction, contact lens technology is providing an increasingly critical role in the preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of refractive surgery patients. This symposium will cover the latest developments in the contact lens field and to help refractive surgeons, clinicians, and technicians to develop an understanding of clinical applications of contact lenses in a refractive surgery practice.


Presentations will include the Current Contact Lens Landscape by Michael H. Goldstein, MD; Lessons Learned in Contact Lens Safety by Malvina Eydelman, MD; Contact Lenses to Deliver Medications by Donald J. Doughman, MD; and, the delivery of the 2009 Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, Lecture by Eduardo Alfonso, MD, on Contact Lens- Related Ocular Infections. S. Lance Forstot, MD, and Harold A. Stein, MD, will be moderators for the program. For more information about the ASCRS Annual Meeting visit http://www.ascrs.org/09am/.

CLAO ERF ANNOUNCES RESEARCH GRANTS FOR 2009 The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists Education and Research Foundation (CLAO ERF) Board of Trustees announces the availability of Scientific Research Grants to be awarded after July 15, 2009. These awards, available up to a maximum of $10,000 each, are intended to provide support for research proposals directly related to contact lens science and/or ocular anterior segment science. Grant applications may be obtained by visiting http://www.clao.org/researchaward.htm or by calling the CLAO Office at (877) 501-3937. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2009.


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.


CooperVision® announced on December 16, 2008, that the company has unveiled its revamped corporate Web site, CooperVision.com, with new technology and content that enhances the site’s user experience. This is the latest step in the company’s effort to better serve the needs of both practitioners and their patients. CooperVision.com now offers an attractive design, intuitive navigation, and other helpful features. To view the updated site visit www.coopervision.com.

The National Eye Institute (NEI) announced on December 15, 2008, that the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) appointed Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD, to the NEHEP Planning Committee. Dr. Coleman succeeds Eve Higginbotham, MD, Dean and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. As chair, Dr. Coleman will lead the 14-member committee of eye health experts who oversee NEHEP’s education programs and recommend new priorities. Dr. Coleman, who is Professor of Ophthalmology and Epidemiology/Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, also serves as Director of the Center for Eye Epidemiology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. The NEI established NEHEP in 1989 to increase public and professional awareness of science-based eye health information regarding the preservation of sight and prevention of blindness. NEHEP works in partnership with more than 65 public and private organizations to educate people who are at higher risk for eye diseases about the importance of early detection and timely treatment. The program also provides information about low vision rehabilitation. The NEI, a component of the National Institutes of Health, is the federal government's lead agency for vision research that leads to sight-saving treatments and plays a key role in reducing visual impairment and blindness. For more information, visit the NEI Web site at www.nei.nih.gov. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Nation's Medical Research Agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.


Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) will be holding its annual meeting May 16-19, 2009, in Bali. Next year’s meeting will be held jointly with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. For more information, please visit http://www.apao2009bali.org/index00_1.shtml.


The European Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists (ECLSO) will be holding its 39th Annual Meeting in the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France, May 10-12, 2009. This meeting will be combined with the annual convention of the French Society of Ophthalmology (SFO). For more information visit www.eclso.eu.

The International Contact Lens Summit (ICLS), incorporating the CLAO Annual Meeting, will be held September 24-26, 2009 in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.clao.org.

The Japan Contact Lens Society (JCLS) Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 10-12, 2009, at the Ritz-Carlton in Osaka, Japan.

The Brazil Contact Lens Society (SOBLEC) will be holding its Annual Meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 15-17, 2009. For more information, visit www.soblec.com.br.

CLAO “Did You Know?”:

In 1888, the treatment of keratoconus became one of the first practical applications of the then newly-invented contact lens when the French physician Eugène Kalt manufactured a glass scleral shell which improved vision by compressing the cornea into a more regular shape.