January 2013

January 2013: In This Issue


CLAO Symposium at the ASCRS Annual Meeting

CLAO will be holding its annual symposium at the 2013 ASCRS Symposium and Congress.  The symposium will be held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California, on Monday, April 22, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm   The symposium is entitled "Problems Post-Op:  Pain and Inflammation in the Refractive Surgery Patient ," Incorporating the 2013 Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, Lecture.  The moderators are Deborah S. Jacobs, MD, Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, MD, L.Ac., Warren R. Fagadau, MD, and Harold A. Stein, MD.  This symposium will cover the latest developments in the screening, prevention, and treatment of pain and of inflammation after surface ablation and LASIK.   One of the highlights of this symposium will be the delivery of the 2013 Richard L. Lindstrom MD. Lecture by Steven E. Wilson, MD.  The title of Dr. Wilson's presentation will be "LASIK, Dry Eye, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: What All Surgeons Need to Know."  The ASCRS Meeting Number for this symposium in S-16.

Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation/ CLAO ERF Student Research Award

The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists Education and Research Foundation (CLAO ERF) in association with the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation (SSF) announced in the fall the availability of a Student Scientific Research Grant for 2013.  This award is for $3,000 and is intended to provide support for proposals specifically concerned with issues directly related to dry eye and ocular surface disease.  This year's award recipient is He Li, a graduate assistant at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City, for the submission entitled "Novel Biomarkers for Ocular Disease in Sjögren's Syndrome"   

In Memoriam: Hikaru Hamano, MD and Herve Byron, MD

Hikaru Hamano, MD passed away on October 26, 2012 at the age of eighty-eight years. 

Dr. Hamano was longtime member of CLAO and had presented research at many CLAO Annual Meetings representing the Japan Contact Lens Society.  He was a highly respected ophthalmologist in his home country of Japan and was attributed to have the largest contact lens practice in that country.  Dr. Hamano was very involved with contact lens research.  He co-authored a book on Corneal Physiology and Disposable Contact Lenses, and authored other research publications which advanced the development of contact lenses.  In the 1970s, Dr. Hamano's research investigated how contact lens wear affects the amount of oxygen delivered to the corneal epithelium.  Additional research he conducted demonstrated the partial oxygen pressure at the cornea while wearing PMMA lenses. A study he performed in 19941 comparing complication rates of various contact lens modalities in 23,000 patients helped to establish the improved benefits of the daily disposable modality. His legacy and work continue on through his son, Takashi Hamano, MD, who is also an ophthalmologist and contact lens researcher.

1. Hamano H, Watanabe K, Hamano T, et al. A study of the complications induced by conventional and disposable contact lenses. CLAO J 1994;20(2):103-8.

Herve Byron, MD, a longstanding member and Past President of CLAO, died after a long illness this past December. He was 82 years of age.  Dr.  Byron practiced ophthalmology in Englewood, New Jersey for many years. He was a leader in the development of intraocular lenses and a well known educator and clinician who published on a variety of ophthalmic subjects.  Over the years, he also produced a number of medical columns in various publications.  Dr. Byron founded the journal Ophthalmology Management and was an Editor Emeritus of the Ocular Surgery News Practice Management section.  He was a well-known speaker at ophthalmology meetings such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO) and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).  He is survived by his wife, Bryn, and his children, Roseanne, Marc, Herve, David, and Pia.

Product/Industry News

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

Art Optical introduced CLASIKcn, a custom GP multifocal lens designed for the growing number of post-LASIK patients struggling with near-vision demands. The lens features front surface, center-near technology specifically designed to provide a full range of simultaneous vision for post-LASIK corneas. CLASIKcn is an option for those finding their surgically induced modified mono effect becoming inefficient as they advance in presbyopia, or for any post-refractive surgery patient encountering presbyopic progression.  The mechanics of the CLASIKcn dual reverse geometry posterior curve system create alignment with both the post treatment area and the non-treated cornea outside of the ablation zone for a comfortable, stable fit; while the strategically placed optic system restores maximum distance, intermediate and near visual function, according to the company.  Featured in Paragon HDS materials, the lens is backed by Art Optical's Risk-Free Signature lens guarantee. Practitioners may choose to fit and design CLASIKcn lenses from corneal topography plus refractive data, or pre/post-surgical Ks plus refractive data, or through the utilization of the CLASIKcn Diagnostic Fitting Set which is available for purchase or through a loaner program.  Complete product details can be found at the company website.

Paragon Vision Sciences announced the introduction of NormalEyes 15.5, the only scleral lens design that employs a Dual Axis scleral landing zone. In addition, this 15.5mm diameter design utilizes crossover technology combining the patented Proximity Control and Dual Axis technologies also found in the Paragon CRT. Dual Axis Technology minimizes lens flexure and ensures rotational stability by providing appropriate sagittal depths in cross meridians. The Dual Axis feature results in predictable centration and provides enhanced comfort, according to the company.  NormalEyes 15.5, the first Proximity Control Technology scleral lens, delivers precise corneal and limbal clearance and allows the eye care professional to control three independent zones. The Dual Axis landing zone allows near-equal circumferential scleral contact and simultaneous control of limbal clearance and edge lift. The patented convex to the eye posterior edge configuration results in predictable conjunctival compression without the possibility of corneal impingement.  The lens is manufactured in Paragon HDS 100 material, laser marked with lens parameters, and is plasma treated. It can be prescribed on normal corneas, corneas with regular astigmatism, keratoconus, Post-LASIK, Post-RK, PKP, PMD and DALK. Two fitting sets can be purchased: the 72-Lens Full Fitting Set or a 21-Lens Starter Set. The lens is manufactured at Paragon's headquarters and distributed worldwide throughout their laboratory network.  For an educational presentation, more information and to view the list distributing laboratories, visit Paragon Vision.

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.

VISTAKON Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., announced in November the launch of ACUVUE OASYS Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR Plus Technology 24-pack. " "New data has shown that wearers with more contact lenses on hand had a significantly better wearing experience and were more likely to recommend their eye care practitioner to friends and family," notes Cristina Schnider, OD., Senior Director, Professional Communications, VISTAKON®, and co-author of a study1 that looked at various behaviors of contact lens patients in the United States.  ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand is indicated for daily wear vision correction and may also be worn overnight (up to one week) as recommended by an eye care professional. This silicone hydrogel lens is made from senofilcon A and also features second generation HYDRACLEAR® PLUS Technology, which builds a tear attracting polymer into the silicone hydrogel material itself as the lens is being made, not added after. This helps to provide comfort all day long - even in challenging environments that can result in contact lens dryness. ACUVUE® OASYS® is available in base curves of 8.4mm and 8.8 mm at parameters of -0.50D to -6.00D and +0.50D to +6.00D in 0.25 increments and from -6.50D to -12.00D to +6.50D to +8.00D in 0.50D increments..More information on ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR® Plus Technology 24-pack.is available at ACUVUE.

Mark Your Calendar

The 2013 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting is scheduled for November 15-19, in New Orleans, LA. JCAHPO holds its annual ACE meeting in conjunction with the AAO.

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 20-24, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. For more information visit www.ascrs.org.

The Global Specialty Lens Symposium will be held January 24-27, 2013, at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.