June 2008

Tom Sullivan, a well-known actor, singer, entertainer, author, and producer will kick-off the 2008 CLAO Annual Meeting with his Symposium “Adventures in Darkness”, on Friday, September 12. Born prematurely in 1947, Tom was given too much oxygen while in an incubator. Though it saved his life, it cost him his eyesight (retinopathy of prematurity). He may have had to change the rules slightly, however, he has proven that one need not be limited by a handicap whether it is playing backyard baseball as a youngster, or in any activity he's pursued. Tom is an excellent golfer: “I’ve never seen a water hazard. I always have an open shot to the green.” He’s an avid snow skier and a marathon runner, and has been inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. With his wealth of experience and commitment, he has become a highly sought after motivational speaker. Attendees of the meeting will be treated to an exceptional presentation! Additional information about Tom Sullivan may be obtained by visiting his home page at www.sullivanspeaks.com . Mr. Sullivan’s presentation is made possible through support from Allergan, Inc.

FDA HELD PUBLIC MEETING ON CONTACT LENSES A meeting of the Ophthalmic Devices Panel, Medical Devices Advisory Committee, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (FDA HHS), was held on June 10, 2008, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, Salons A, B, and C, 620 Perry Pkwy., Gaithersburg, MD.” This notice appeared in the Federal Register dated May 22, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 100, pages 29763-29764), and is open to the public.

“The Committee discussed general issues concerning the post-market experience with various contact lens care products. The discussion included recommendations on contact lens care, product development topics such as: preclinical testing and clinical performance measures, and labeling for contact lenses and lens care products. Background material is available at www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/acmenu.htm , click on the year 2008, and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee link.” CLAO worked with the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Cornea Society to develop a series of recommendations for the FDA’s Ophthalmic Devices Panel to cover proper contact lens care by consumers and the expanding and strengthening of contact lens product testing. William H. Ehlers, MD, a Corneal Specialist at the University of Connecticut Health Center and immediate past president of CLAO, attended the panel meeting as CLAO’s representative.

The 2008 CLAO Annual Meeting will be held on September 12 - 13, at the Westin Causarina in Las Vegas, Nevada. This meeting will immediately follow the CLAO ERF Scientific Symposium that will be held September 11 - 12, 2008.

CALL FOR FREE PAPERS The Scientific Programs Committee for the 2008 CLAO Annual Meeting is calling for Free Paper submissions. The deadline for submission is July 31, 2008. To obtain a Free Paper Submission form, click HERE or contact us directly at (877) 501-3937. You may also e-mail CLAO at eyes@clao.org. The 2008 CLAO Annual Meeting will be held September 12-13, 2008, at the Westin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

JCAHPO TECH PROGRAM JCAHPO will hold a technician Continuing Education Program in Las Vegas on the same dates as the CLAO Annual Meeting, September 12-13, at the Westin Causarina. Program topics include: Adventures in Darkness, AMD Tech Trax, DSAEK, Glaucoma, Corneal Surgery, Ocular Emergencies, and many more. Bring your ophthalmic technician with you to Vegas for education and CE! See JCAHPO’s Web sitewww.jcahpo.org , for registration information.


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.


The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) estimates that 50 million Americans suffer from the miseries of allergies, with allergic reactions involving the eyes a common complaint. For many, symptoms of eye allergies can be so uncomfortable and irritating that they interfere with job performance and impede leisure time and sports activities. The AAFA is offering a free educational brochure titled "Eye Health and Allergies" to help allergy suffers better understand and manage the condition. Eye care professionals who would like to order a complimentary set (50 brochures) for their office may e-mail their complete mailing address, including zip code to eyeallergybrochure@rprny.com . "Eye Health and Allergies" is supported by 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST. To view the brochure, visit www.aafa.org .

Vistakon Pharmaceuticals is conducting FDA Clinical Studies to evaluate the efficacy and safety of an anti-allergy drug (ketotifen) with a contact lens compared to placebo in preventing ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis. Information about these studies may be found at www.ClinicalTrials.gov with identifier numbers: NCT00432757, NCT00445874, and NCT00569777.

“Did You Know?” In 1886, Xavier Galezowski introduced the use of "plaquettes" to cover the corneal surface. These were gelatin squares that had been soaked in mercury chloride and were designed to reduce the possibility of infection after cataract surgery. This might be considered as the first use of a "therapeutic" contact lens.


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