O.D. Notebook: Dry Eye and Acne Medication

Practice Tip: When a young adult patient presents with complaints of ocular irritation and fluctuating vision, be sure to ask whether the patient is using isoretinoin, an oral prescription medication used to combat severe acne in patients age 12 and older that is shown to cause dry eye disease, says Whitney Hauser, O.D., in her Dry Eye column “Faced With Isoretinoin.” For information on how to manage such patients, see Dr. Hauser’s column in full at

Association News:
  • American Academy of Optometry Foundation has announced that Sidra Sarwat, a first-year Ph.D. candidate at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, has received the Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award for her research project, “In Vivo Labelling and Bioimaging of the Tear Film Using Silicon Quantum Dots.” The award provides a first- or second-year M.S. or Ph.D. vision science or physiological optics student with a $2,000 research project seed fund in the area of cornea/ocular surface or contact lenses. For more information, visit
  • The International Myopia Institute consensus group is looking for leading eye care practitioners to help disseminate the evidence from the group’s published white papers to every part of the world. If interested, please send your CV and a statement about your professional experience and how you would be able to support the mission of advancing myopia research, education and advocacy in your country to Dr Monica Jong
Company News:
  • ABB Optical Group, in conjunction with Paragon Vision Sciences, has announced the acceptance of abstract submissions for the sixth annual Optometry Student Challenge, which awards travel grants of $1,500 each to three third- or fourth-year optometry students to attend the 2021 Global Specialty Lens Symposium, held January 20 to January 23, 2021, in Las Vegas, and to present a scientific poster on a topic, of the student’s choice, related to contact lenses. Visit
  • Black Eyecare Perspective ( founders,Drs. Adam Ramsey and Darryl Glover, discussed “Optometry in Black and White” in the New England College of Optometry’s latest episode of InsideVision that airs on YouTube.Specifically, the doctors will talk aboutoptometry’s role in support of people of color and Black Lives Matter. Visit
  • ClerioVision will offer all its Extreme H2O six-pack products to eye care professionals for $5 per box and with free shipping directly to the patient for 30 days from the placement of the first order until July 2020. The program, which applies to new Extreme H2O wearers, begins immediately upon sign-up. The Extreme H2O product line offers lenses in various diameters and retains up to 99% of their water content, ClerioVision says.
  • CooperVision has contributed more than $300,000 from its global MiSight sales to Our Children’s Vision, an organization implemented by the Brien Holden Foundation that prioritizes children’s eye health. Visit
  • Johnson & Johnson Vision will present clinical research findings from its myopia clinical research program with the Singapore Eye Research Institute and Singapore National Eye Centre, as well as data on an antihistamine-releasing contact lens and multifocal and extended depth of focus designs, among other topics in eye care, during the virtual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (ARVO 2020). Access to Johnson & Johnson Vision-accepted studies and author videos can be gained through ARVOLearn
Meeting News:
  • Vision Expo has announced that exhibit hall registration is now open for Vision Expo West (VEW) in Las Vegas, Sept. 23-26. Visit for information. Registration for VEW education sessions will open in July. Information on health and safety plans for the meeting can be found at
Non-Profit News:
  • The GP Lens Institute has appointed Sara Yost, president and CEO of BostonSight, to the Institute’s Board of Directors. 
  • The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) has announced an online education program called Teach. Learn. Connect. to support educators, students and industry, and help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global contact lens education. The program, comprised of live and recorded webinars, a half-day virtual conference in September, a teaching online platform called IACLETOP and more, will supplement IACLE’s existing educational activities as the recovery from the pandemic continues, the group says. Visit
  • The Vision Council has announced the Open Your Eyes Frame Auction, a virtual auction occurring Friday, June 19 at 6:00 PM EDT, during which frames that have special significance designed by independent eyewear designers will be auctioned off to support two charities: (1) the Equal Justice Initiative and (2) My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. The auction date was chosen to honor the celebrations of Juneteenth, a long-recognized day that commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States. Questions can be directed to Tarrence Lackran at In other news, The Vision Council is honoring the life and work of Alan Ritter, one of the founders of the organization, who passed away last week. Mr. Ritter served as The Vision Council’s first president in 1986.
Product News:
  • Dr. Contact Lens is an ecommerce service that enables practice owners to sell contact lenses just like the big online retailers via marketing tools, subscriptions/auto-ship options, direct shipping to patients and more. Learn more or request a live demo at  
  • Raxia, a self-service applications designer, has launched the Contactless Check-In to help remove the risk of exposing staff and patients to COVID-19 during the office check-in and screening process. Specifically, the application asks screening questions via a patient’s own mobile device at the time of appointment prior to the patient entering the office; and it directs at-risk patients to the right care facility; among other features. Visit
  • Visual Clinic, developers of patient flow and operational productivity solutions for eye care clinics, has launched the Safe Visits application, which provides eye care practices with a streamlined process to safely and efficiently guide patients and staff through appointments in the post-COVID-19 environment, the company says. The benefits of the application, which is built upon Visual Clinic’s subscription-based patient flow management solution, are the monitoring of maximum occupancy limits in lobbies and the capturing and recording of all patient flow data and room cleaning activities, among others. To learn more about a complimentary 90-day trial of Safe Visits, please visit
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