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Opchat Magazine Contact Lens PagesContact Lens News, October to December 2017

Reflex colours’ realistic layering brings infinite options.
Contact lens specialists invited to meet designer
Harrogate Lad Sails for GB – Thanks to his Optometrist
Centre for Contact Lens Research (CCLR) Renamed Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

Reflex colours’ realistic layering brings infinite options.

October 2017

No7 Reflex colours

The realistic way in which No7’s Reflex Colours allow the natural tones of the eye to be built up, with underprint, iris and limbal ring, offers an infinite choice of realistic colour options.

“No other company makes lenses in this way, and by involving the patient in the creation of the lens we can ensure the most successful outcome with some delighted customers,” said No7 Sales and Marketing Manager Danny Pepper.

The hydrogel lens is bringing a new dimension to realistic colour matching, with the facility to create as many options as there are people in the world, says No7.

Supported by a “5 Easy Steps to Order” brochure, which explain the process of building up tones via the fitting set, Danny explained –

“We are receiving orders from around the world from practitioners looking to help patients with scarred or damaged corneas and iris defects. The potential for the lens is enormous and a clear way to differentiate a practice,” he added.

“This is a market which has offered few options in the past – it is much better than an off-the-shelf lens which will never colour match as well,” he said.

The patented pad printing process works in much the same way as printing on golf balls, or other curved surfaces, via a “cliché” which transfers the pattern. No7 also has a handpainted service whereby its technicians will produce the matched lens from digital photographs supplied.

The single vision, toric, multifocal and toric multifocal options are manufactured at No7’s Hastings laboratory.

Contact lens specialists invited to meet designer

October 2017

Elements HybridContact lens practitioners looking to step up their specialist work are invited to attend an evening cocktail event in London on Thursday 30 November.
It is the chance to meet the designer of leading mini-scleral – Elements Hybrid - promoted by No7.

The fringe meeting to the European Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists - ECLSO – is to be held at the Crowne Plaza Kensington, from 6.30-10pm, with places limited to 40 so early application is encouraged.

Keynote speaker is Emmanuel Veillard, President of Laboratoire LCS, France, the designer of No7’s Elements Hybrid lens. He will explain why the lens was developed, and how modern manufacturing techniques allow the highly successful design to be achieved.

The interactive presentation will include case studies, fitting tips and troubleshooting.

No7 will also use the evening to promote its new concierge service for helping practices to get started with fitting mini-sclerals for a variety of patient needs.
Ian Sexton, No7 Professional Services Manager explained, “Elements Hybrid is a design which offers a flexible fitting strategy. It is ideal for patients with irregular corneas and as the next stage lens for unsuccessful soft toric patients.”

To book a place, or if you are unable to attend but would like to know more, call No 7 or download the Elements Hybrid information here:

Harrogate Lad Sails for GB – Thanks to his Optometrist

October 2017

Oliver KentHarrogate lad Oliver Kent, 15, has a passion for sailing and believes his optometrist has done much to help him to reach the National Junior Squad of Team GB.

Short-sighted since the age of eight, Oliver struggled with glasses and the spray when he started sailing at Ripon, and Yorkshire Dales Sailing Clubs “Glasses were not ideal as I needed windscreen wipers on them most of the time.”

With a prescription of over -3.50D Oliver needed vision correction but contact lenses are not an option for anyone near the water as the combination of lenses and water can lead to serious vision- threatening eye conditions.

Starbeck, Harrogate optometrist, Chris Nixon suggested that Oliver tried Ortho-k contact lenses; an overnight form of vision correction which works as you sleep, gently flattening the cornea with bespoke lenses, leaving you free of glasses and lenses for the waking hours.

“Not wearing anything in my eyes at all, and no restriction of soft lenses near the water, is amazing. My friends think it is pretty impressive and I’d urge anyone to give it a go.”

His mother, Paula, described the overnight vision correction as “life changing” for Oliver, “He would not be able to compete at the level he does without Ortho-k.”

But it is not just the ability to compete at a national level which delights Oliver and his family, but also the fact that Ortho-k has been shown in a number of international studies to slow the progression of myopia.

Working much like braces on the teeth, the correction of the cornea each night seems to arrest the progression of myopia in many youngsters. Oliver’s prescription has not changed in the three years that he has been using the treatment.

“The fact that Oliver is able to compete at a national level in his favourite sport and that this is also slowing down the deterioration in his sight all in one is terrific,” added Paula.
Oliver, a pupil at King James’s School, Knaresborough, sails solo and double-handed, and recently came third in the GB Junior Nationals and eighth in Junior World Championships. Regularly sailing on the South Coast and in Scotland, he is soon off the World Championships in Holland.

Centre for Contact Lens Research (CCLR) Renamed Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

October 2017

Lyndon Jones

In 2011, Lyndon Jones was appointed director, and has continued to inspire the organization’s evolution.

Today, its approximately 50-person team collaborates with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education.

For nearly three decades, the world’s optometry and ophthalmology communities have partnered with the Centre for Contact Lens Research (CCLR) at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science on pioneering studies. Beginning in January 2018, the organization will adopt a new name: the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE).

“We have been fortunate to work with a broad range of sponsors and collaborators on many of the most dynamic developments in the field,” said Lyndon Jones, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, CORE’s director. “Every day, our team dedicates itself to improving global eye health and vision through advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. CORE reflects our capacity to do so with uncompromising independence, by adopting the highest quality standards, and collaborating with world leaders in diverse research areas. It speaks to who we have become without forgetting where we began.”

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