Dr. Robert Mandell Retires from Consulting with ABB Concise
Robert B. Mandell, OD, PhD, retired in January after a 37-year career as a consultant to ABB Concise. Dr. Mandell retired from his 32-year career as a member of the University of California, Berkeley faculty in 1998, but continued to work on research and development by providing consultative services to ABB Concise.
Dr. Mandell, a prolific lecturer, educator and writer, particularly well known for authoring the textbook Contact Lens Practice, is also a pioneer in contact lens design and manufacturing. He developed the first one-piece bifocal contact lens without image jump for ABB Concise more than thirty years ago. His innovations include R&D on standards for contact lens edges, minus lenticular designs, prism principles, toric designs and many other aspects of contact lens manufacturing.
In 1988, he and Carl Moore, former Con-Cise president, co-developed a guide to calculate bitoric contact lens powers: the Mandell/Moore bitoric calculation formula, which is still used today.
Dr. Mandell is the recipient of numerous awards, such as the AOA Contact Lens Section Korb Award in 2006. He was inducted into the Optometry Hall of Fame in 2001 and the University of California Optometry Hall of Fame in 2009.
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Acuminder Tool Helping to Change Contact Lens Wearing Behavior, According To Survey
Forgetting which day to change their contacts is most commonly cited by wearers as the reason for not changing them as instructed. However, according to a new survey of contact lens wearers, Acuminder, a complimentary online reminder tool, is helping them change their behavior.
Since its launch in 2007, nearly 40,000 contact lens wearers have registered for the free service (www.acuminder.com) which sends an automatic reminder via e-mail and/or cell phone text message on when to change contact lenses, and can now also prompt wearers on when to buy new contacts and when to schedule an eye exam. The Acuminder Tool was developed by Vistakon, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., but is open to all contact lens wearers.
Nearly 700 Acuminder users recently responded to a questionnaire about their contact lens wearing habits. Virtually all (95%) said they find the reminder tool useful in helping them remember when to change their lenses, with two-thirds (66%) noting that it has improved their contact lens replacement.
Prior to enrolling in the service, only 40% of survey respondents who wear two-week lenses self-reported that they changed their lenses at or less than every 14 days (average wear time: 19.9 days). Since using the reminder, 76% say they now change their lenses at or less than every 14 days (average days worn is 14.7).
Partnership Announces Inaugural Research Grants to Fight Childhood Blindness
The Pediatric Cataract Initiative has announced its inaugural small research grant recipients for treating and preventing vision loss in children.
The Initiative, a partnership of the Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), will provide two research grants of U.S. $50,000 each to:
The Pediatric Cataract Initiative utilizes the resources of Bausch + Lomb's Early Vision Institute and LCIF to identify, fund and promote innovative methods of overcoming this challenge for the long-term benefit of children, their families and their communities.
- Lumbini Eye Institute to study the cost and clinical effectiveness of a comprehensive pediatric cataract surgery follow-up system in western Nepal and adjacent northern Indian states. The outcomes are expected to have a wide-ranging effect on follow-up regimens in developing nations worldwide.
- Calabar Teaching Hospital to investigate the burden and causes of severe visual impairment and blindness among children in the Cross River State of Nigeria. This is believed to be the first large-scale study of the root causes of childhood blindness in Africa.
For additional information, visit www.PediatricCataract.org or follow the Initiative at www.twitter.com/PCInitiative and www.Facebook.com/PediatricCataract.
Fera Pharmaceuticals Launches OTC Puralube Ophthalmic Ointment for Dry Eye
Puralube Ophthalmic Ointment, is now available from Fera Pharmaceuticals. When the original manufacturer of Puralube discontinued the product, according to the company, Fera received many requests to bring the product back. Fera also currently markets several prescription ophthalmic ointments including Bacitracin, Garamycin and Ilotycin, as well as Neptazane tablets.
Fera is launching Puralube, a preservative free ophthalmic ointment (active ingredients: 85% white petrolatum; 15% mineral oil), in a 3.5 g tube as well as a carton of twenty 1 g tubes. It will be available through retail, wholesale and mail order pharmacy.
For more information visit www.ferapharma.com.
Eye Health & Allergies Brochure Available
Spring is particularly frustrating for contact lens wearers. In a survey conducted by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the leading patient advocacy organization for people with asthma and allergies, nearly half (45%) say that their eye-related allergy problems often prevent them from wearing their contacts, and one in ten (12%) admits to having stopped wearing their contacts because of allergies.
To help allergy sufferers better understand and manage the condition, AAFA offers a free educational brochure titled Eye Health & Allergies. The brochure, supported by 1-Day Acuvue Moist, provides patients with useful information on how eye allergies occur, common signs and symptoms, and practical advice on how to treat and prevent eye allergies. This brochure also includes helpful information about eye allergies and contact lenses, including advice on the benefits of daily disposable contacts.
Eyecare professionals can request a PDF for use on their website as well as order a complimentary set (50 brochures) for their practice by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests should include name and complete address, including zip code.
Pediatric Congenital Cataract Symposium To Be Held in NYC
Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology is presenting the International Pediatric Congenital Cataract Symposium on March 11, 2011 at the Yale Club of New York City.
The discussion will focus on future directions for research in the treatment of children with congenital cataracts. The faculty will present the 1-year outcome data from the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study, an NIH-sponsored randomized clinical trial comparing the use of contact lenses and intraocular lenses to optically correct infants following unilateral cataract surgery. International experts will also discuss the current treatment of congenital cataracts in developing countries.
For information and online registration, visit www.emory.edu/CME.
This month at www.siliconehydrogels.org: Children and contact lenses, myopia progression, use of silicone hydrogels for patients with epidermolysis bullosa, and our synopsis of silicone hydrogels at the 2009 ARVO meeting.