- The American Optometric Foundation has changed its name to the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF). AAOpt.org/aof .
- The International Association of Contact Lens Educators announced winners of its 2017 awards: Professor Jan Bergmanson, University of Houston, Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year; Professor Koon-Ja Lee, Eulji University, Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year; Dr. Yazan Gammoh, Amman Ahliyah University, Europe/Africa-Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year; and Professor Martha Lucila Márquez García, Santo Tomas University, Travel Award.
FDA APPROVALS AND CLEARANCES
- Alcon has received FDA approval for its AcrySof IQ ReSTOR +2.5 Multifocal Toric IOL with ACTIVEFOCUS optical design. Alcon.com .
- Icare USA’s Icare Home tonometer has received FDA clearance. The product, which received CE Marking in 2014, provides eye care professionals with IOP measurements throughout the day by allowing patients to collect the data. Icare-usa.com .
- The FDA has set a PDUFA date of Sept. 8 for its decision on a new drug application for cetirizine ophthalmic solution 0.24% (ZERVIATE, Nicox S.A.), for the treatment of ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis.
- The FDA has approved ranibizumab injection 0.3 mg (Lucentis, Roche) for the monthly treatment of diabetic retinopathy. Roche.com .
- Bausch + Lomb’s ONE by ONE Recycling Program has collected more than 180,000 units of used contact lenses and blister packs. More than 1,800 optometry offices are signed up for the program, developed in collaboration with TerraCycle. Bausch.com .
- Carl Zeiss Meditec announced that small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) laser vision correction has been performed in the U.S. for the first time by Jon G. Dischler, M.D., Greenwood Village, Colo. SMILE is indicated for the reduction or elimination of myopia -1.00 D to -8.00D, with ≤ -0.50D cylinder and MRSE -8.25D in patients ages 22 years or older who have documentation of stable manifest refraction through the past year.
- CooperVision Inc. announced it has joined The Vision Council.
- Heidelberg Engineering has acquired Medisoft Limited, a UK-based EMR software company in the ophthalmology market.
- Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement for the exclusive worldwide rights for Klarity, a topical solution for patients who have dry eye disease. Under the terms of the agreement, Imprimis will pay Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D., the technology’s developer, an upfront fee, milestone payments and royalty payments. ImprimisRx.com .
- LensFerry S, a contact lens subscription service from EyeCare Prime, has added an option for online patient enrollment. Wearers can sign up and order lenses from any connected device. Eyecareprime.com .
- Paragon Vision Sciences has entered into educational partnership programs for advancing education about myopia. Partners include: Myopia Control Clinic at the University of California, Berkley; Vision Research Institute at Michigan College of Optometry; Scleral Lens Education Society and International Academy of Orthokeratology. ParagonVision.com .
- Primary Eyecare Network, a division of ABB Optical Group, announced the launch of PrimaryEye.net, an online portal that offers on-demand webinars and CE classes. Primaryeye.net .
- Acuity Eyecare Holdings, formed by Riata Capital Group, will own and operate North American eye care groups and optometry practices, including Crown Vision Center, St. Louis; Eyetique, Pittsburgh, Pa., and International Eyecare Center, Quincy, Ill.
- Transition Optical’s renewed Diversity Advisory Board Members include: Allert Brown-Gort, senior research fellow, Institute for Work and the Economy; Brian Chou, O.D., F.A.A.O., EyeLux Optometry; Diana Canto-Sims, O.D., Buena Vista Optical; Mila Ferrer, co-founder of Familias con Diabetes; Edwin Marshall, O.D., M.S., M.P.H., professor emeritus of optometry, Indiana University; Kirk Smick, O.D., F.A.A.O., chief of optometry services, Clayton Eye Center, and Vincent K. Young, M.D., chairman, division of ophthalmology, Albert Einstein Medical Center. OM