March 2009


The International Contact Lens Summit will be held September 24 – 26, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in beautiful Montreal, Canada. Leading International speakers will present on the latest technologies and innovations in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment science. Topics on the program agenda include: Contact Lens Related Complications; What’s New in Dry Eye; What’s New in Refractive Surgery; What’s New in the Treatment and Diagnosis of Ocular Infection; and, New Uses for Contact Lenses Including Contact Lens Delivery of Medications. Also scheduled is a symposium on risk management principles and techniques with expert speakers from the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC).


“This is the premier event in contact lens education and advancement,” says CLAO Scientific Programs Chair, Michael H. Goldstein, MD. “It is a great opportunity to address critical issues facing the contact lens field, and to develop solutions to help the profession move forward,” adds Goldstein.

In addition, major International Symposia are planned by the Japan Contact Lens Society (JCLS), the European Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists (ECLSO), and the Brazil Society of Cornea and Contact Lenses (SOBLEC). The 2009 International Contact Lens Summit will feature two Named Lectureships and two Keynote Presentations. The two Named Lectureships are: The Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr., Lectureship presented by H. Dwight Cavanagh, MD, and the Harold A. Stein Lectureship presented by Florence Malet, MD. Invited speakers for the two Keynote Presentations are Brien Holden, OD, PhD, for the ICLS Keynote Presentation and Kelly Nichols, OD, PhD, for the CLAO ERF Keynote Presentation.

Support for the International Contact Lens Summit is available thanks to VISTAKON, CIBA Vision, Alcon, and Bausch and Lomb. For more information visit the “meetings” section of the CLAO Web site at, or by calling (877) 501-3937 or (651) 731-7245.

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The CLAO Education Committee is soliciting Free Papers for the International Contact Lens Summit in Montreal. The committee encourages interested individuals to submit papers for possible inclusion in the educational program. To obtain a “Free Paper Submission Form” visit the CLAO Home Page at or contact the CLAO Home Office via phone: (877) 501-3937 or (651) 731-7245, fax: (651)731-0410, or email


The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO) co-sponsored the Microbiological Testing for Contact Lens Care Products Workshop, which was held at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters on January 22-23, in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Workshop addressed issues raised during a hearing of the FDA’s Ophthalmic Devices Panel in June 2008, that focused on two outbreaks of contact-lens related keratitis reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2006 (attributed to Fusarium) and 2007 (linked to Acanthamoeba).


Among the issues addressed at the workshop was how to improve disinfectant test methodology to evaluate efficacy against Acanthamoeba, along with a discussion on the development of test methods to investigate efficacy of multi-purpose solutions under "real world" conditions. The FDA will continue the discussion with participants and scientists within the FDA to develop anti-microbial efficacy endpoints and quality assurance testing similar to that undertaken for bacteria and fungi. In addition to the FDA and CLAO, the workshop was also sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Optometric Association, and the American Academy of Optometry.

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.


Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) and Abbott announced on January 12th a definitive agreement for Abbott to acquire AMO. The transaction is expected to be completed within the first quarter. Jim Mazzo, Chairman and CEO of Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. stated that “This is an exciting and positive development as it represents a strategic move by one of the world's premier companies into the ophthalmic medical device sector. Upon the transaction's close, AMO will become part of Abbott's medical device business. I look forward to providing continued leadership as president of AMO.”

Bausch & Lomb announced on January 16, 2009, that Peter Valenti, III, will join Bausch & Lomb as President, North America, Vision Care. “Pete possesses deep leadership experience, as well as considerable eye health and general healthcare expertise,” said Stuart Heap, Corporate Vice President and Global President, Vision Care, Bausch & Lomb. “His appointment further strengthens our existing team, which is focused on delivering innovation in the contact lens, lens care and vision accessories segments of the industry.” Mr. Valenti earned an MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.

CooperVision announced on January 19, 2009, that the company has expanded the parameters of its Avaira™ two-week replacement silicone hydrogel lenses. Currently approved for daily wear throughout the United States, Avaira is now available with sphere powers from -0.25D to -12.00D (in 0.50D steps above -6.00D). The lens has a base curve of 8.5mm and a diameter of 14.2mm. Dk is 100, Dk/t is 125, and water content of the lens is 46 percent. Avaira comes in a six-lens pack or a three-lens trial carton. In other news, the company announced on December 16, 2008 that it has unveiled its revamped corporate Web site,, with new technology and content that enhances the site’s user experience. The latest step in the company’s effort to better serve the needs of both practitioners and their patients, the site at now offers an attractive design, intuitive navigation, and other helpful features. To view the updated site, visit

The National Eye Institute (NEI) announced on December 15, 2008, that the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) appointed Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD, as chair of the National Eye Health Education Program (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, she 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. For more information, visit the NEI Web site at

Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) will be holding its annual meeting May 16-19, 2009, in Bali, Indonesia. Next year's meeting will be held jointly with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. For more information, please


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

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

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

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

The 5th International Conference on Ocular Infections will be held on February 18-21, 2010, at The Breakers Resort, Palm Beach, USA. For more information about the Symposium, visit the Web site at

A recent article in Eye and Contact Lens (Young et al) concluded that “A surprising proportion of soft lenses are prescribed to the nearest half diopter, although this varies according to lens type.”