CooperVision Expands Availability of Avaira Toric Contact Lenses
CooperVision announced the national rollout of Avaira Toric silicone hydrogel lenses in the United States. When Avaira Toric was launched in June, availability was restricted to a few thousand customers who had a fitting set.
According to the company, Avaira Toric contact lenses provide improved visual performance in a broad range of astigmatic patients, regardless of their cylinder power or axis, through the positioning of the lens ballast and the smooth, junctionless surface. In addition, the lens features a consistent horizontal thickness across the power range to improve lens stability and to reduce rotation, and a wide ballast band that completely encircles the optic zone to optimize lens-lid interaction for both orientation and comfort.
The lens uses Aquaform Comfort Science to create a naturally hydrophilic contact lens that retains water, minimizing dehydration and eliminating the need for wetting agents, coatings or additives, per the company.
The two-week replacement lens is manufactured from enfilcon A material. Water content is 46%, Dk is 100, and Dk/t is 91. It features sphere powers from Plano to -6.00D; a base curve of 8.5mm; a diameter of 14.5mm; cylinders of -0.75, -1.25, and -1.75; and an axis from 10 degrees to 180 degrees in 10-degree steps.
For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.
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Unilens Launches C-VUE Advanced HydraVUE Silicone Hydrogel Custom Contact Lenses
Unilens Vision, Inc. announced the launch of its new C-VUE Advanced HydraVUE line of silicone hydrogel custom contact lenses for monthly replacement. According to the company, the new family of products incorporates highly developed lens design technology, including Unilens' patented Toric Multifocal and Multifocal designs and made-to-order Custom Toric and Single Vision options, with the Definitive silicone hydrogel material from Contamac. The C-VUE Advanced HydraVUE presbyopic lens technology allows the eye care professional to specify the exact ADD power and zone size.
All four monthly replacement lens options, which will be sold exclusively to independent eye care professionals, are completely customizable and feature a risk-free trial program and exceptional deliverability.
C-VUE Advanced HydraVUE lenses are the result of a partnership between Unilens and Contamac. The Definitive material provides a high water content of 74%, Dk of 60 Barrers, and low modulus.
For more information, visit www.unilens.com.
Vistakon Names Schnider Senior Director of Medical Affairs
Vistakon, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., has named Cristina M. Schnider, OD, MBA, FAAO, Senior Director, Medical Affairs, responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for Medical Affairs in the area of specialty contact lens products. In her new role, she will report to Colleen Riley, OD, MS, FAAO, Dipl CL, Vice President, Professional Development and Medical Affairs.
Dr. Schnider joined Vistakon in 1999 as Manager of Claims Substantiation and Product Assessment, Research & Development, where she provided claims strategy and support for numerous new products, and played an integral role in the conception of the Adolescent and Child Health Initiative to Encourage Vision Empowerment (ACHIEVE) Study. In 2003, she was named Director of Professional Affairs and later, Medical Affairs, where she provided technical education and support for the launch of several innovative new products.
Dr. Schnider recently returned to Vistakon from a three-year assignment in Tokyo, Japan where she served as a member of the management board, leading the Professional and Medical Affairs team and The Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson KK.
Before joining Vistakon, Dr. Schnider served as the director of Professional and Clinical Affairs at Menicon USA, and spent 14 years as a contact lens educator and researcher.
Dr. Schnider is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in its Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Section. She is a council member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research (ISCLR), author of numerous scientific papers and book chapters, and an internationally recognized lecturer on cornea and contact lenses.
Don't Miss the Global Specialty Lens Symposium This Week! Registration Still Available.
The 2011 Global Specialty Lens Symposium is this week, January 27-30, at the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. You may still register online and onsite registration will be available. With an expert international faculty and a CE-accredited agenda, the 2011 GSLS will include insightful presentations by experts in the field, hands-on demonstrations of cutting-edge products as well as scientific papers and posters. For more detailed information and to register, visit www.GSLSymposium.com.
Art Optical To Offer Scleral Lens Fitting Webinar
To address the increased interest in large diameter contact lens fitting, Art Optical Contact Lens, Inc. has scheduled a free fitting webinar in February. Two live sessions of "Fitting SoClear Corneal Scleral Lenses" will be lead by Jason Jedlicka, OD, FAAO and moderated by Craig Norman, FCLSA and Mike Johnson, FCLSA of Art Optical. The webinars, scheduled on February 16 at 8:00 pm EST and February 22 at 1:00 pm EST, will introduce practitioners to this emerging category and provide tips on how to get started and grow your contact lens practice.
To register, visit http://www.artoptical.com/soclear-webinar/.
Shelly Joins Alden Optical
Alden Optical, Inc. announces that Bill Shelly has joined the organization. Shelly will lead the company's U.S. sales efforts and will report to Tom Shone, President, Alden Optical.
Most recently, Shelly served in sales management and customer oriented roles at CooperVision. Shelly also worked in sales related capacities at Paragon Vision Sciences, UCO Optics and Gordon Contact Lenses. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Contact Lens Society of America and has attained NCLC status as bestowed by the National Contact Lens Examiners.
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.