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Johnson & Johnson Vision Presents Findings from New Myopia Research and Highlights Latest Contact Lens Innovations for Patients with Presbyopia at Academy 2021

Johnson & Johnson Vision Presents Findings from New Myopia Research and Highlights Latest Contact Lens Innovations for Patients with Presbyopia at Academy 2021

Scientific Presentations – The Latest in Optometric Research Noteworthy data includes: Poster: “Qualitative Development of Patient-Reported Outcome Items to Assess the Visual Impact of Soft Contact Lenses for Myopia Control” – Alex Nixon, OD, MS, FAAO; Vrushali Korde, PhD; Jie Xu, PhD; Robert Morlock, PhD; (Abstract)Thursday, November 4; 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET; Board #149 Poster: “Qualitative Development of a Patient-Reported Outcome to Assess Comfort and Ease of Handling in Children Using Soft Contact Lenses” – Alex Nixon, OD, MS, FAAO; Vrushali Korde, PhD; Jie Xu, PhD; Robert Morlock, PhD; (Abstract)Thursday, November 4; 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET; Board #38 Connect-and-Learn Events   Symposium: “The Keys to a Successful ACUVUE Multifocal Fit” – Kurt Moody, OD, FAAOBeing an accomplished soft multifocal fitter is key to the success of the practice. This talk will review and demonstrate those clinical exam procedures that can elevate practitioners from a dabbler to an expert fitter of ACUVUE MULTIFOCAL Contact Lenses with PUPIL OPTIMIZED DESIGN.Wednesday,…
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Study Shows Contact Lenses Advantages with Mask Wear

Study Shows Contact Lenses Advantages with Mask Wear

A new study establishes that contact lens wear offers an option for a better vision correction experience than spectacles when paired with face masks, and doing so likely improves adherence to mask use. Conducted by Eurolens Research at the University of Manchester, it is the first work to compare the use of any type of face mask with the two types of vision correction.  The study’s corresponding paper—Using face masks with spectacles versus contact lenses (Maldonado-Codina C, et al.) is now in press with Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the peer reviewed journal of the British Contact Lens Association.[1] It can be downloaded at no charge via Open Access. “Since mask wear became widespread in early 2020, anecdotal reports of problems with fogging when wearing spectacles have been common. Our work agreed with these reports and revealed additional aspects of mask wear and visual correction that favor contact lens prescribing,” Carole Maldonado-Codina, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD,…
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Alcon to launch 30-day water gradient contact lens

Alcon to launch 30-day water gradient contact lens

Alcon has announced its plans to release Total30, the company’s first Water Gradient contact lens reusable for up to 30 days. According to a company press release, the material used in the Total30 lens was previously introduced with Dailies Total1 contact lenses. “While daily disposable contact lenses remain appealing to many lens wearers, approximately two-thirds of contact lens wearers globally choose reusable lenses,” president and general manager of Alcon’s Global Vision Care, Andy Pawson, said in the release. “Despite this preference, innovation within the reusable lens segment has lagged behind daily disposables over the past 10 years. Today, we change that by delivering a reusable lens with a Water Gradient surface that remains durable for a full 30 days to help people see brilliantly.” According to the press release, Total30 uses new technology that “combines a biomimetic surface and a unique lens chemistry to help resist bacteria and lipid deposits,” and with daily cleaning it remains intact…
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Health Canada approves J&J contacts for myopia control

Health Canada approves J&J contacts for myopia control

Johnson & Johnson Vision received approval from Health Canada for its Acuvue Abiliti 1-Day lenses for slowing myopia progression in children. “Our researchers and scientists specifically designed Abiliti 1-Day to be a novel soft therapeutic lens with the potential to slow the progression of myopia in children,” Xiao-Yu Song, MD, PhD, Johnson & Johnson Vision’s global head of research and development, said in a press release from the company. The silicone hydrogel lenses are designed for daily, one-time use and are geared toward children 7 to 12 years old who are starting myopia treatment. They can reduce axial elongation by an average of 0.105 mm in 6 months, according to the release. “The approval from Health Canada for Acuvue Abiliti 1-Day lenses marks another major step forward in our collaborative efforts with parents and eye care professionals to reshape the future of myopia,” Song said in the release. The FDA approved Acuvue Abiliti Overnight orthokeratology…
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We have a new contact lens!

We have a new contact lens!

Something to watch: a potential treatment option for retinitis pigmentosa. Aldeyra Therapeutics announced that the FDA has granted orphan drug designation for ADX-2191 (methotrexate for intravitreal injection) for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Tell me more. Dihydrofolate reductase is an enzyme involved in cellular replication and activation. Methotrexate, the active component of ADX-2191, is a dihydrofolate reductase inhibitor that has been used to treat cancer and autoimmune disease. In addition to RP, the FDA has granted orphan drug designation to ADX-2191 for the treatment of primary vitreoretinal lymphoma, a rare, aggressive, high-grade cancer. The drug also received orphan drug designation and fast track designation for the prevention of proliferative vitreoretinopathy, which is the leading cause of retinal reattachment surgery failure. Stay tuned. (via) WHAT YOUR PATIENT MIGHT ASK YOU Are there any new monthly contact lenses? Yes! TOTAL30 (Alcon) is the newest member of the Water Gradient family, designed…
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Who cares about looking at the cornea for a contact lens eval?!

Who cares about looking at the cornea for a contact lens eval?!

What's new in the pipeline? I've got a few things to tell you! The FDA accepted Santen's new drug application for topical cyclosporine to treat vernal keratoconjunctivitis. The company is hoping to get approval by June 2021. (via)Allergan announced positive results from its phase 3 trial for its presbyopia treatment drop. Patients using the drop gained 3 lines or more in mesopic lighting versus the control. (via)iVeena announced positive trial results from its keratoconus treatment drop, which upregulates lysyl oxidase and induces corneal crosslinking pharmacologically. (via) WHAT YOUR PATIENT MIGHT ASK YOU Are there any new dry eye treatments? Actually, yes! The FDA just approved Eysuvis. What is Eysuvis? It's loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension 0.25% and was approved for the short-term treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. How many variations of loteprednol are there now? Eysuvis makes five. Here’s a complete list: 1. Alrex (loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic…
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Lost contact lens removed from woman’s eye after 28 years

Lost contact lens removed from woman’s eye after 28 years

A woman spent 28 years with a contact lens stuck in her eye after she assumed it had been knocked out during a game of badminton. The lens was only discovered when the 42 year-old went to her GP when her upper left eyelid became swollen and droopy. An MRI scan at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee showed she had a cyst – with the rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens lodged inside it. It emerged that the woman, who has not been named, had been hit in the eye with a shuttlecock when she was 14 years old. Both she and her mother thought that the contact lens was knocked out of her eye and lost. She never wore RGP lenses again. The case came to light after it was reported in the British Medical Journal. "This case report exhibits the longest time between traumatic RGP lens migration into the eyelid and presentation of…
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Gold nanocomposite contact lenses for correcting color blindness

Gold nanocomposite contact lenses for correcting color blindness

Imagine seeing the world in muted shades -- gray sky, gray grass. Some people with color blindness see everything this way, though most can't see specific colors. Tinted glasses can help, but they can't be used to correct blurry vision. And dyed contact lenses currently in development for the condition are potentially harmful and unstable. Now, in ACS Nano, researchers report infusing contact lenses with gold nanoparticles to create a safer way to see colors. Some daily activities, such as determining if a banana is ripe, selecting matching clothes or stopping at a red light, can be difficult for those with color blindness. Most people with this genetic disorder have trouble discriminating red and green shades, and red-tinted glasses can make those colors more prominent and easier to see. However, these lenses are bulky and the lens material cannot be made to fix vision problems. Thus, researchers have shifted to the…
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Antimicrobial peptide coated contact lenses may reduce risk of contact lens-related infections

Antimicrobial peptide coated contact lenses may reduce risk of contact lens-related infections

Studies in animals and now humans support the biocompatibility and safety of lenses coated with the antimicrobial peptide melimine, according to the new research by Debarun Dutta, B.Optom, of The University of New South Wales, Sydney, and colleagues. They write, "[T]his study has shown that melimine coated contact lenses can be safely worn by humans without any major side effects." Synthetic Coating Designed to Mimic Natural Infection-Fighting Peptides The researchers performed a series of experiments to evaluate the safety of contact lenses coated with melimine, designed to reduce the risk of inflammation and infections. Melimine is not an antibiotic-rather, it is a "cationic peptide" with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. "Antimicrobial peptides are small peptides and part of the innate immune system of all multicellular organisms with the native ability to inhibit microbial growth," Dr Dutta and colleagues explain. Melimine is among the first antimicrobial peptides to be tested for clinical use.…
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Smart Contact Lenses Market 2021 | To Reach USD 1,603.4 Million Owing to Increasing Incidences of Eye Disorders Worldwide: Fortune Business Insights™

Smart Contact Lenses Market 2021 | To Reach USD 1,603.4 Million Owing to Increasing Incidences of Eye Disorders Worldwide: Fortune Business Insights™

The global smart contact lenses market size is anticipated to reach USD 1,603.4 million by 2026 on account of the increasing incidences of eye disorders and the need for a contact lens with upgraded quality and performance. Smart contact lenses are the most recent and greatest developments of contact lenses. They can recognize health conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, and others. As per a recent report published by Fortune Business Insights™ Market Dominated by North America followed by Europe on Account of Increasing Prevalence of Glaucoma Based on geographical segmentation, North America earned the largest smart contact lenses market share with revenue of USD 58.9 million earned in 2018. This is attributable to the increasing prevalence of diabetes and glaucoma in the region. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, an estimate of 2 million Americans was diagnosed with glaucoma in the year 2017. Therefore, the increasing incidences of such cases and the…
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