March 2008

CLAO ANNOUNCES RESEARCH GRANTS FOR 2008
The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists Education and Research Foundation (CLAO ERF) Board of Trustees announced the availability of Scientific Research Grants to be awarded on July 1, 2008. These awards, ranging from $5,000 – $10,000 each, are intended to provide support for research proposals specifically concerned with issues directly related to contact lens science and/or ocular anterior segment science. To obtain a grant application, click here, or call the CLAO ERF office at (877) 501-3937. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2008.

STUDY ON CERTIFIED OPHTHALMIC MEDICAL PERSONNEL
A paper by Ken Woodworth, COMT, COE; Drs. Peter Donshik and Bill Ehlers; and Drs. (PhD) Lynn Anderson, Nate Thompson, and Dave Pucel, entitled “A Comparative Study of the Impact of Certified and Non-certified Ophthalmic Medical Personnel on Practice Quality and Productivity” appeared in the January 2008 issue of Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice. The objective of the study was to “compare ophthalmic practice productivity and performance attributes, as rated by employing ophthalmologists, of noncertified and three levels of certified ophthalmic medical personnel.” Three hundred eight-five ophthalmologists (US and Canada) were surveyed (clinic based, stratified, random sample) regarding productivity performance and attributes of the ophthalmic medical personnel they employ. Instrument scales assessed 14 desirable professional attributes and 10 practice productivity measures. The data indicated, “significantly more ophthalmologists responded that the three levels of certified personnel contributed more to 5 of the 10 practice productivity measures (i.e., doctor productivity, troubleshooting rapport, triage screening, effective patient flow, and number of patients per hour). A statistically significant number of ophthalmologists also believed that certified personnel showed more of all 14 of the personal attributes considered desirable compared to non-certified ophthalmic medical personnel.” The authors concluded that “compared to non-certified personnel, the employment of certified ophthalmic personnel enhances the quality and productivity of an ophthalmic practice.”

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THE 2008 CLAO ANNUAL MEETING
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. An excellent program is planned and physician attendees may obtain eight (8) hours of CME. Click here to view photos from CLAO’s 2007 meeting.

PRODUCT/INDUSTRY NEWS
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Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., (AMO) announced the launch of the educational program, Elevate Your Eye (EYE) Care, to help practitioners educate their staff and patients on the importance of contact lens care. For more information on this program, visit www.amo-inc.com.

Bausch and Lomb announced on February 1, 2008, that it has completed its acquisition of 
eyeonics, inc.™, the rapidly growing, privately held ophthalmic medical device company headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California. Eyeonics now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bausch & Lomb. Its crystalens ™intraocular lens (IOL), the first and only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved accommodating IOL for the treatment of cataracts, joins Bausch & Lomb’s portfolio of innovative ophthalmic surgical products for cataract, vitreoretinal and refractive markets.

“Did You Know?”
More then 35 million Americans wear contact lenses and nearly half of all contact lens wearers are between 18 and 34 years of age.