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

Cocktails in Kensington for no7’s hybrid lens event.
Visionaries 2017 hears of pledge to ‘wage war on myopia’ by breaking down traditional barriers.
Save the date! BCLA unveils plans for major events in UK and Asia.
Elements Lens gets chap driving again.
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)

Cocktails in Kensington for no7’s hybrid lens event.

December 2017

Cocktails in Kensington – and news of No7’s latest lens: the Elements Hybrid – brought eyecare practitioners together for a convivial evening.

Emmanuel Veillard
Designer of Elements Hybrid, Emmanuel Veillard CEO of LCS, France, demonstrated the design attributes, adaptability of the parameters and means of achieving the very best fit for even the most challenging visual needs.

High Street practitioners and hospital optometrists heard how post-surgery and lasik patients, those with extreme irregular corneas and keratoconics, plus unsuccessful toric wearers, could all benefit from the versatility of the lens.

12 hour a day comfort, good stability and excellent vision were demonstrated by Emmanuel with case studies of a sporty student; an electrician who had been wearing piggy-back lenses and a post-refractive surgery patient.

Fluorescein patterns of keratoconus patients revealed exactly where the featherlight touch worked so well, said Ian Sexton, No7 Professional Services Manager.

“The ability to change the angle of the skirt so easily in the lens design can bring immediate success if comfort is an issue. Achieving the visual acuity of a rigid lens and the comfort of a soft lens, this also brings excellent centration, banishing toric lens rotation. We find that the 10mm RGP zone is best suited to regular corneas and with the 8.5mm option advisable for irregular corneas,” said Ian.

By using any RGP fitting set, with a familiar base curve fitting strategy, crisp vision and instant comfort can be achieved with minimum chair time and few exchanges. Thanks to the no limit on base curves, the lens has been produced for patients with prescriptions of -15.00 to +15.00D.

Made with Contamac material with a high Dk of 100 and integral UV blocker, the lens features Emmanuel’s patented new polymerisation process of bonding the RGP and soft silicone hydrogel peripheral skirt.

Manufactured at No7’s laboratory in Hastings, ordering is easy online or via a call to the No7 helpdesk where expert provide guidance through the fitting process.

Pictured: Emmanuel Veillard with Jay Varia of Moorfield and Jonathan Cohen of Zacks Eye Clinic

Visionaries 2017 hears of pledge to ‘wage war on myopia’ by breaking down traditional barriers.

December 2017

A “paradigm shift” is needed to break down barriers between general practice and eye care professionals and eliminate old-fashioned ways of working – according to a senior GP.

Visionairies PanelSpeaking as part of a cross-industry debate on the management of dry eye disease at Visionaries – a day long conference hosted by the British Contact Lens Association, Dr Waqaar Shah (furthest left along panel) said he wanted to see optometrists brought in to play an integral role in wider health management.

He said: “We have to work better across different organisations. We should bring optometrists into the extended primary care team and break down those barriers that currently exist and result in an old-fashioned way of working."

“The cross-fertilisation of ideas between practitioners is of fundamental importance. The industry has been sub-specialised to such an extent that specific knowledge is not being disseminated. We need to see a paradigm shift in thinking.”

The debate, featuring a panel consisting of representatives from optometry, general medicine and member associations, asked how examinations are currently carried out, who should be managing dry eye disease in the community and what changes should be made to current ways of working.

Professor Teifi James, who hosted the multi-disciplinary debate, queried the “archaic” thinking of using baby shampoo as a treatment for dry eye disease, likening it to “folklore handed down by generations of ancient priests”.

Panel members included Colin Davidson from the College of Optometrists, consultant rheumatologist Professor David D’Cruz, Elaine Mann, advance clinical pharmacist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Andrew Price from ABDO, IP optometrist Nick Rumney. Professor Sunil Shah and Professor James Wolffsohn.

More than 170 people attended the sold-out event, held at the Wellcome Collection in London on Wednesday, December 13.

A packed programme also saw presentations from Prof James Wolffsohn – who examined the findings of the recent TFOS DEWS II report on dry eye – and Anna Sulley, who looked at retention rates of new contact lens wearers.

Ian FlitcroftMeanwhile, the annual Pioneers medal was awarded to Dublin-based eye surgeon Ian Flitcroft, who used his concluding lecture to declare the start of WWM - the Worldwide War on Myopia.
He said: “The calculated risks from myopia are comparable to those between hypertension, smoking and cardiovascular disease. It’s the most prevalent medical condition on the planet and it’s rising generation by generation in the developed world. It should be the biggest news story in medicine.

“There are 2,150 million people with myopia, compared to 671 million who are obese, yet obesity dominates the headlines. That needs to change.The current generation – ‘Generation M’ – is going to be the most myopic the world has ever seen. We can’t simply stand by and do nothing. We need to wage war on this and arm ourselves with weapons to fight back.”

Visionaries also featured an exhibition as well as sponsor sessions from Alcon, Aveo, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Mark’ennovy, Menicon, Novartis, Thea Pharmaceuticals and Topcon.

BCLA chief executive Cheryl Donnelly said: “This was a stellar line-up of speakers and every delegate will have gone home with a gem or two which they can use in everyday practice.

“The day addressed three of the key issues in contact lenses – dry eye, myopia and retention rates – and it was pleasing to see the profession come together for the multi-disciplinary debate.

“That will hopefully be the launch-pad for a new era of collaborative working and the sharing of ideas and best practice for the benefit of the people that matter most – our patients.”

The date for next year’s Visionaries was also announced – with the event scheduled to take place on Thursday, 8th November 2018.

Save the date! BCLA unveils plans for major events in UK and Asia.

December 2017

The British Contact Lens Association is going global in 2018 – with a series of events aimed at providing eye care professionals with the latest insight into best practice and state-of-the-art technology.

BCLA in JuneBCLA UK returns in 2018 and, for the first time, will take place over two days across two cities – at The IET in Savoy Place, London and Conference Aston at Aston University, Birmingham.

Provisional dates are June 4 and 10, featuring lectures, workshops and an exhibition, plus the return of the popular ‘Optical Assistant Courses’ hosted by Sarah Morgan.

BCLA chief executive Cheryl Donnelly said: “We are excited to see the return of BCLA UK - an event for all levels of practitioners with relevant lectures and hands-on workshops to improve confidence in contact lenses and anterior eye management.

“We are refreshing the format for 2018 by having two separate one-day events in two locations chosen by our members. We want to reach as much of our membership as possible and are keen to stage events around the country wherever possible.

“We will also be bringing back our Optical Assistant Courses and plan to entwine this as a track at BCLA UK.

Meanwhile, the inaugural BCLA Asia conference, held in 2016 in Hong Kong, was hugely popular with hundreds of delegates attending and the event will return bigger and better in 2018, this time in Singapore on September 2-3.

bcla asiaBCLA president Keith Tempany said: “The conference is an opportunity to continue the growth of the eye health industry in the region and we are thrilled to be heading to Singapore – a city known for its thriving business sector and a pioneering commitment to innovation.

“Growth in the contact lens market is particularly strong in Singapore and across Asia as a whole and the event will aim to continue to build the confidence of eye care practitioners to prescribe contact lenses with a focus on prescribing to the presbyope, Fitting Children, Speciality Lenses and managing Dry Eye Disease.”

The two-day conference will once again deliver sessions blending the latest research and clinical guidance on relevant topics. In addition, there will be a range of hands-on workshops covering clinical skills, business and presentation/research skills.

Further details of the programmes for both BCLA UK and BCLA Asia are expected to be announced in the New Year. We will app-ly dates to the PHN events diary as soon as received.

Elements Lens gets chap driving again.

November 2017

Viren JaniGetting a patient back to driving vision after serious eye problems is a tremendous moment, believes central London optometrist, Viren Jani, who has recently achieved just that.

The independent optometrist, who regularly sees patients who are referred to his practice from Moorfields, is a keen user of No7’s Elements Hybrid lens for the most demanding cases, “I had a very myopic chap referred to me from Moorfields – he was in his 30s and no longer able to drive, which was a major factor for him. His prescription was -16.00D with a 6D corneal astigmatism, so I put him into Elements lenses, and he was delighted with the results and had vision that was good enough to start driving again.”

Mr Jani has another male patient referred to him by a Moorfields retinal specialist, following a retinal detachment.

With a prescription of -22.00 D with a high cyl, the 22 year old was a challenging case -

“This chap had had some corneal surface surgery and we just couldn’t bring his vision up to a good enough level with specs, so I put him into Elements and we achieved 6/12+. It was a very satisfying fit and comfort-wise was very good. The comfort comes from the way it vaults the cornea and stabilises – much better than a GP lens. The patient is very happy with both vision and comfort.

“Elements now supersedes anything else that we might consider – not just for fit and comfort but also for the gentle transition between the zones,” said Viren.

Viren Jani’s practice is located in New Quebec Street, in the Harley Street area of London. (pictured above)

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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