November 2008


CLAO has developed a new member benefit, the Contact Lens Patient Information Card. This new card is designed to fit easily in any wallet. It provides contact lens patients with an important reminder to remove their lenses and contact their eye doctor immediately if they notice a problem from contact lens wear. Very importantly, it conveniently places at the patient’s fingertips a reminder of the doctor’s prescribed contact lens replacement schedule, wear regimen, and care regimen. A sample card, along with order information, will be mailed to all CLAO Members this month.


Mark your calendar now for the contact lens event of the year. The International Contact Lens Summit, incorporating the CLAO Annual Meeting, will be held September 24 – 26, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal, Canada. Many International speakers will be presenting cutting edge information in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment science. Exciting social events are currently being planned for Montreal, a city sometimes referred to as the “Paris of North America.” Additional information on the meeting and other meeting specifics will be updated on the CLAO home page at as it becomes available. You may also contact the CLAO home office via phone (877) 501-3937, fax (651) 731-0410 or email ( with any questions.

The Adolescent and Child Health Initiative to Encourage Vision Empowerment (ACHIEVE) Study reported its findings that compared to glasses, contact lens wear offers improved vision-related quality of life benefits for children and teenagers. Findings from a multi-site, three-year study suggest that children who require vision correction should be given the option of being fitted with contact lenses. Using the Pediatric Refractive Error Profile (PREP), an instrument used to compare the vision-specific quality of life between children affected only with refractive error, researchers compared the two groups for a period of three years. Children who wore contacts saw greater improvement in satisfaction with their choice of vision correction, appearance, and participation in activities, with differences detected as early as one month. 

CLAO held a Symposium (#SYM02) at the 2008 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting. The Symposium, entitled "Ectatic Diseases of the Cornea: Treatment with Contact Lenses or Surgery" was held on Sunday, November 9th, and was very well attended. The Symposium included the Whitney G. Sampson, MD Lectureship by George A. Stern, MD, whose presentation was entitled "Corneal Infections in Contact Lens Wearers: What Have We Learned." Also during this year’s meeting, CLAO held a 3½ hour Instruction Course (# 362) under the direction of Melvin I. Freeman, MD, entitled “Contact Lens Fitting for the Practicing Ophthalmologist.” 

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. 

Bausch and Lomb announced that Joseph Barr, O.D., M.S., vice president, Global Clinical & Medical Affairs and Professional Services, Vision Care for Bausch & Lomb, has been named the 2008 recipient of the prestigious EFCLIN Award for his outstanding contributions to the contact lens industry. EFCLIN (European Federation of the Contact Lens Industry), whose membership includes international contact lens manufacturers and suppliers, champions education and maintenance of the highest level of professional services within the contact lens industry. Each year EFCLIN recognizes a dedicated individual whose selfless contributions have made a lasting and positive effect on the industry. Dr. Barr was chosen specifically for his continued commitment to education, and for his many professional publications and lectures by which he has advanced the fitting of contact lenses.

CooperVision President, John Weber announced on September 29th that CooperVision has named Dennis Murphy President of its Americas Region. Murphy joins CooperVision with an extensive background in healthcare, medical devices, and consumer products. 

Vistakon announced that Peg Achenbach, O.D., has joined the VISTAKON® Professional Development Group as Senior Director, Professional & Medical Affairs. In this role, Dr. Achenbach will lead the company’s Medical Affairs group and also will direct the team at The Vision Care Institute™, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company.


  • AAO Annual Meeting will be held October 24-27, 2009, in San Francisco, CA.
  • Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology will be holding its annual meeting on May 16-19, 2009, in Bali. Next year’s meeting will be held jointly with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. For more information:
  • International Contact Lens Summit, incorporating the CLAO Annual Meeting, will be held September 24 – 26, 2009 in Montreal, Canada

Due to advances in the development of high oxygen permeable materials, extended wear (24 hour wear) of contact lenses for up to 30 days, referred to as “continuous wear” was approved by the FDA in the United States on October 12, 2001.