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O.D. Notebook: Increase Multifocal CL Wearers

Practice Tip: To increase multifocal contact lens wearers, identify candidates by asking about theirexact hobbies and work environment demands and their satisfaction with their current glasses. Additional tips can be found in “Drive Practice Growth With Multifocals,” at https://bit.ly/35FWwc0.
 
Alliances
  • The Vision Council has released its VisionWatch market research report for Q3 2019. It reveals 2.4% overall annual revenue growth for the 12-month period ending September 2019 year over year with $43.39 billion in retail revenue. Independent eyecare providers reported a 2.6% increase in sales for the same period, although the number of consumer purchases after an eye exam remained flat. The report also showed managed vision care coverage increased 2.6% since September 2018, equating to 3.3 million U.S. adults covered. For more information, visit http://thevisioncouncil.org/research
Companies
  • Bausch + Lomb has announced exclusive licensing for NOV03, an investigational drug treatment for dry eye disease associated with meibomian glad dysfunction. 
  • Contamac US Inc. announced two new senior appointments: Jessica Labriola, vice president, operations, and John Hibbs, vice president, commercial. Both become effective April 1. Ms. Labriola moves to this position from professional services/customer relations, North America, while Mr. Hibbs does so from national accounts manager.
  • CooperVision, Inc. announced the launch of its inaugural Best Practices Scholarship Program. The scholarship, offered to outstanding third-year optometry students, is an expansion of the company’s annual Best Practices initiative, which recognizes optometric practices that advance the profession through innovation, industry leadership and exceptional patient experience. Three scholarship recipients will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2020 Best Practices Summit. In other news, the company has raised $1.2 million in the last eight years for Optometry Giving Sight’s World Sight Day challenge, and has received the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) Pre-Treatment Excellence Compliance Award for the fifth year in a row.
  • Eyenovia Inc., a clinical stage ophthalmic biopharma company, has announced Professor Mark Bullimore, Ph.D. and April Jasper, O.D., have joined its Scientific Advisory Board. Professor Bullimore is an adjunct at the University of Houston College of Optometry and is an associate editor of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. Dr. Jasper is a Benedict professor in practice management at University of Houston College of Optometry and is Chief Optometric Editor of Optometric Management.
  • Heidelberg Engineering has appointed Christopher Mody as clinical director. In this new role, Mr. Mody will be facilitating scientific information exchange between the company and the global ophthalmic community.
  • Quantel Medical and Lumibird Group have announced merger discussions with Ellex, Adelaide, Australia. The merger will bring combined R&D, manufacturing, marketing and clinical benefits to both parties. 
Events
  • Global Specialty Lens Symposium* (GSLS) 2020 begins in just a few weeks, Jan. 22 to Jan. 25, and will be taking place at the Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas. The meeting will include insightful presentations by international experts in the field, hands-on demonstrations and valuable CE credits. Attendees will also have the opportunity to talk to the 60+ exhibitors about their cutting-edge products and services. Don’t miss out, register today. *GSLS is overseen by PentaVision Media, publisher of Optometric Management.
  • The Twin Cities Ocular Surface Disease Symposium will be held March 21 and March 22 in Minneapolis. The program, which is geared toward both optometrists and ophthalmologists, will include lectures covering a variety of ocular surface disease topics, including dry eye disease, neurotrophic keratitis, eyelid disease and more. Attendees will be able to earn up to 12 COPE or CME credits. For more information or to register, visit https://twincitiesosd.com.
Product News
  • Bausch + Lomb has announced expanded parameters for its Biotrue ONEday contact lenses for astigmatism. The toric parameter range will increase by more than 60% to include additional axis powers. Find the full range of parameters at https://www.bausch.com/Portals/69/-/m/BL/United%20States/USFiles/Package%20Inserts/Vision%20Care/lenses/Biotrue-ONE-day-PIFG.pdf.
  • CooperVision is now stocking select parameters of its Biofinity XR toric contact lenses at its global distribution center in West Henrietta, NY. Orders placed directly through CooperVision and select authorized distributors will ship the following business day.
  • EnChroma has launched the Lx Series, a spectacle lens product line to address low vision and age-related conditions. It includes four lenses designed for low-light/nighttime use, glare reduction, color enhancement and extreme glare management. 
  • X-Cel Specialty Contacts announced the extension of its Atlantis Scleral product line. The new line extension offers the ability to independently adjust the central sag (up to 200 μm in 50 μm steps), quadrant-specific landing zone options (up to 250 μmin each quadrant in 25-micron steps), and quadrant-specific limbal vault zone options. Two new fitting sets have been designed; a 15.5mm diameter, 12-lens set for existing set holders and a 24-lens set for new users containing 14.5mm, 15.5mm, and 16.5mm diameters. The company says that it is also introducing a new comprehensive, yet simplified, fitting guide.
Nonprofits
  • Envision Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind has changed its name to Envision Dallas. The change formalizes its relationship with Kansas-based Envision, which started in 2018. Envision Dallas was established in 1931 and currently serves 150,000 blind and low-vision people in 11 North Texas counties.
  • Prevent Blindness is joining in, in declaring January National Glaucoma Awareness Month. In partnership with Allergan, Prevent Blindness is helping to educate the public with free information, including risk factors, treatment options and financial support services at http://www.preventblindness.org/glaucoma.
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