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O.D. Notebook: Company news, new products and nonprofit news

OneSight serves thousands

OneSight, a global vision care nonprofit, has concluded its two-part charitable clinic held from June 29 to July 13 and July 27 to Aug. 10 in Fishkill, N.Y. Hosted in partnership with Fresh Air Fund, the clinics screened 2,510 patients and prescribed more than 1,450 pairs of glasses to children attending summer camp at Sharpe Reservation. The nonprofit utilized its mobile vision van and portable optometric equipment, manned by team members, doctors and volunteers to conduct eye exams and manufacture glasses on-site (pictured.)

Company news
  • Aerie Pharmaceuticals has appointed Luis Vargas, M.D., as medical director, medical affairs. He will oversee the organizational planning and operational needs of medical affairs at the company. 
  • Blanchard Contact Lenses announced its recent hire of Monica E. Shea, LO. Ms. Shea’s responsibilities include building and nurturing professional relationships with, and providing fitting consultation to, eyecare providers in the Northeast for Blanchard’s scleral and GP lens portfolio.
  • The FDA has approved Paragon Vision Science’s newly constructed contact lens manufacturing site in suburban Phoenix. The Gilbert, Ariz. facility will produce ortho-k products for use in the United States. Paragon is a part of CooperVision Specialty EyeCare. In other news, CooperVision has launched an initiative in Sweden that offers consumers free soft contact lens recycling for all brands and manufacturers. The program aims to reduce waste; wearers have the option to send contact lens materials to TerraCycle, CooperVision’s partner, with a pre-paid mailing label or drop them off at a network of participating optical stores in the country.
  • Costa has released two new point of sale materials for its campaign with the tagline “For those who need water to breathe” and launched in June. (More information in June’s O.D. Notebook.)  To inquire about the materials, visit www.b2b.costadelmar.com or call 855-COSTARX.
  • Luneau Technology USA has appointed Lon Dowell to national director of sales. Catch him at the company’s booth at Vision Expo West.
  • The next The Myopia Meeting will be held on Oct. 6 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, CA. Speakers and topics featured at the six-hour CE program include: Thomas Aller, OD, Multifocal Contact Lens Treatments; Mark Bullimore, OD, PhD, Risks and Benefits of Myopia Management Options; Jeffrey Cooper, OD, Atropine Use in Myopia Management; Gary Gerber, OD, The Myopia Opportunity; Michael Lipson, OD, Rigid Lens Options for Myopia Control; Matt Oerding, MBA, Getting Mom to Say Yes: Implementing in Practice; and Earl L. Smith III, OD, PhD, Observations Relevant to Treatment Strategies for Myopia. Cost is $249 if you register by Aug. 31 and $299 after that. For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/THEmyopiameeting.
  • The FDA has released a class 2 device recall for Visibly, formerly Opternative, online refractive vision test. The recall, creation date of Aug. 8, lists the “Manufacturer reason for recall” as “Lack of 510K clearance” and “FDA determined cause” as “No marketing application.” The recall is manufacturer initiated; its status is open. In April 2016, the AOA issued a formal complaint to the FDA regarding the company’s lack of pre-market approval (bit.ly/AOA2016Complaint). In 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to the company, then Opternative (bit.ly/FDA2017WarningLetter). The record, located at bit.ly/FDArecallVisibly, will be updated, according to the website.
  • VSP Vision Care has acquired Community Eye Care, a North Carolina-based vision benefits company with about 252,000 members. The acquisition expands VSP’s business in the Southeastern region of the U.S. Community Eye Care will continue to operate independently while both sides assess future integration and expansion opportunities, according to the press release. 
New products
  • AcrySof IQ PanOptix, from Alcon, is a trifocal IOL that has received FDA approval in the United States. The lens uses Enlighten optical technology, a proprietary design that optimizes intermediate vision without compromising near and distance vision. It is available in spherical and toric designs. 
  • Maestro2, from Topcon, is an automated OCT/fundus camera with OCTA. The device captures high-resolution non-mydriatic, true color fundus photography, OCT and OCTA as well as offering the Hood Report for the structure/function analysis of glaucoma. For more information visit topconmaestro.com.
  • Better Vision Solutions has developed and patented a one-step contact lens disinfection system providing a solution for multiuse contact lenses. 
  • InvisibleShield, from ZAGG Inc., received global UL Verified Mark for reducing high energy visible blue light emissions while preserving a digital device’s true screen colors.
Nonprofit
  • Accessible Products Hotline, from Envision, is a tool for those who are blind or visually impaired and seek advice on products that make life easier. The hotline will be operated by the William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center and staffed by trained customer service representatives who are blind or visually impaired.  It can be reached at 316-252-2500.
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