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O.D. Notebook: Review the Categories of Myopia

 
Practice Tip: Not all myopia is the same. For a discussion of the categories and how they aid in determining a patient’s myopia diagnosis, see “Diagnose Myopia,” by Shalu Pal, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.S.L.S., F.B.C.L.A. at https://www.optometricmanagement.com/issues/2020/june-2020/diagnose-myopia
 
Association News:
  • The AOA Virtual Learning Livecast is now open for course registration. The course schedule can be viewed at: https://www.aoa.org/Documents/CE_Virtual_Livecast.pdf, and registration is available at https://www.expologic.com/registration/dsp_eventStart.cfm?eventID=1063.
  • The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has published issue number 54 of its free online education magazine, Contact Lens Update. This issue reviews new information and insights generated since the release of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) Dry Eye Workshop II in 2017. The issue is designed to be printed and used by clinicians to guide evidence-based decisions for their dry eye disease patients. 
  • The International Myopia Institute (IMI) will deliver its planned consensus reports early 2021 to advance myopia research, education and advocacy. These reports will continue from the initial reports that were published in 2019 in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. For additional information on IMI, visit www.myopiainstitute.org
  • The Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) board of directors has decided to cancel the TFOS 2020 Conference in Cernobbio, Italy (Sept. 9 to Sept. 12, 2020), due to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic. A “virtual” conference will not be available. 
Company News:
  • Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. has announced an agreement has been reached with the FDA for the use of reactive aldehyde species (RASP) as an objective sign for the treatment of dry eye disease (DED). RASP are pre-cytokine pro-inflammatory mediators that are elevated in the tears of DED patients and correlate with DED symptoms and signs. The company is working on a RASP inhibitor called reproxalap.
  • Blanchard Contact Lenses has launched  https://www.onefitlenses.com, a new patient-facing website for the company’s Onefit family of scleral lenses. The site was designed to provide current or potential Onefit patients with an understanding of the design, features, benefits, and indications for the Onefit family of scleral lenses, as well as care and handling resources, including application and removal videos. Also, prospective patients can find a Onefit fitter through the site’s interactive practitioner locater. 
  •  CooperVision has launched the CooperVision Essential Hospital Workers Complimentary Contact Lens Program, which provides U.S. eye care professionals with complimentary contact lens refills of one box of CooperVision contact lenses for each eye, including all 1-day, 2-week and monthly brands that the company manufactures, such as clariti 1 day, MyDay, Biofinity, Avaira and Proclear brands, through July 3, 2020. To learn more about the program or to obtain contact lenses for eligible patients, eye care professionals must submit the application form, which can be found at https://coopervision.com/practitioner/ecp-viewpoints/covid-19-resources/#EssentialWorkers.
  • Essilor has partnered with Luxottica on its Next GEN Offer by giving customers a $50 rebate when they combine qualifying premium Essilor lenses with a pair of branded frames from Luxottica’s portfolio, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Costa, Arnette and Vogue Eyewear. This limited-time offer for independent eye care practices will be available from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2020. In other news, Essilor and the Essilor Vision Foundation have donated over 100,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to hospitals and first responders; optometry schools; and Vision Source practices, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Innovega Inc., developer of the iOptik smart contact lens,announced it was chosen for the 2020 class of "Cool Companies," by Connect, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping technology and life sciences entrepreneurs build great companies. This designation, presented annually since 2015, is given to San Diego's growth companies and chosen by an active community of venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, executives, market influencers and community leaders.
  • Nicox has announced the initiation of the first Phase 3 multi-regional, double-masked, three-month, parallel group, adaptive design trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of its product NCX 470 for the lowering of IOP in open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension patients. The product is the company’s second-generation nitric oxide (NO)-donating bimatoprost analog. 
  • VSP Global and the Heart of America Eye Care Congress have announced that Nicholas A. Holtzman, BS, MS, of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry is recipient of the first Dr. Frank D. Fontana Memorial Scholarship, which awards $4,250 and a $750 travel grant to attend the 59th Annual Heart of America Eye Care Congress. The scholarship is given to third- and fourth-year optometry students who are active in patient care, with applicants judged in 1) clinical performance, 2) empathetic patient care, 3) ability and interest to adopt modern technologies and 4) a strong interest in developing and participating in the optometry community. 
  • X-Cel has launched the Choose Your Heroes program. Now through July 31, 2020, the company is giving practitioners the opportunity to honor the medical workers, first responders, police, fire fighters, teachers, and military that walk through their practice doors, by giving them 50% off their specialty contact lenses that are manufactured and purchased direct from X-Cel. 
Non-Profit News:
  • Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) has announced Anne Marie Hand, MPH, as its new executive director, North America. Eric Anderson, who served as the Interim executive director for the past year, will remain with OGS as the lead fundraiser. 
  • Prevent Blindness has announced that registration is now open for its 9th annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit, which will be held on Wednesday, July 15, as a free virtual event. The Summit will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, “An Eye to the Future.” Visit https://preventblindness.org/prevent-blindness-to-host-ninth-annual-focus-on-eye-health-national-summit-as-an-online-virtual-event/.
  • The Vision Council provided updates on Vision Expo West 2020, set to occur Sept. 23 to Sept. 26 in Las Vegas. Specifically, as of June 4, The Vision Council says the Venetian Resort and Sands Expo is open with newly developed extensive protocols for cleaning, health and safety, based on information from the Southern Nevada Health District, CDC and World Health Organization, as well as additional guidelines and procedures for sanitation and cleaning, with an emphasis on the prevention of virus transmission. Additionally, The Vision Council has created a Health & Safety Task Force to develop and implement policies and best practices around COVID-19 response and prevention for the event. Registration will open tomorrow (Thursday) June 11. Visit https://west.visionexpo.com
Product News:
  • Bausch + Lomb has announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its INFUSE daily disposable silicone hydrogel contact lenses, which feature kalifilcon A.
  • Eye Designs, LLC,has launched four Office Disinfecting Packages through its new division, In Office Sterilization (www.inofficesterilization.com). The packages include the Patented Electrostatic EPIX360 Sprayer technology, from EMist, and the eco-friendly medical grade hypochlorous acid Disinfectant + Sanitizer from Clean Republic. Additionally, each package includes in store signage; a window cling, signage blocks, a signage plaque and social distancing floor graphics. The signage is to promote one’s practice as being germ free and to remind everyone to practice social distancing.
  • M&S Technologies has launched a web-based vision testing/screening technology that allows patients to perform web-based vision testing at home, with all detailed results transmitted to the doctor for review and follow up to determine whether more intensive testing is required. The web-based tests include e-ETDRS, ATS/HOTV and screening protocols. For more information call
  • (847) 763-0500.
  • SynergEyes, Inc., has announced that UltraHealth hybrid lenses for keratoconus, as well as Duette lenses for regular corneas, may now be fit empirically, enabling eye care practitioners to more efficiently prescribe hybrid lenses and focus on fine-tuning the comfort and vision of the lens at the dispense appointment. Learn more about UltraHealth empirical fitting, including clinical posters and webinars (such as the recent webinar presentation of “Hands Off for All! Using Empirical Models to Fit Hybrid Lenses”) by visiting SynergEyes.com/professional. To design the Duette family of lenses, visit www.DuetteCalculator.com or call the SynergEyes technical consultation team.  
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