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ABB Optical Group Now Manufacturing Gas Permeable Contact Lenses with Tangible Hydra-PEG Coating Technology

Available in Contamac materials.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ALAMEDA, CA – ABB Optical Group announced that its specialty lens lab has been approved by Contamac to manufacture gas permeable contact lenses in the Optimum line of GP materials with Tangible Hydra-PEG surfaced coating technology.

Tangible Hydra-PEG is a novel contact lens coating technology that encapsulates the Optimum GP material in an ultra-thin layer of a PEG-based polymer (polyethylene gylcol), creating a lens surface with improved wettability and lubricity. Specifically designed to prevent lens discomfort, Tangible Hydra-PEG is the only FDA-cleared GP coating of its kind.

“Tangible Hydra-PEG is truly an innovation in specialty contact lenses and a real game-changer for ECPs,” said Andy Jackson, director, specialty contact lenses, for ABB Optical Group. “We are proud to partner with Contamac to bring this exciting technology to our customers for the benefit of their patients, who can expect increased wear time, less irritation and overall improved comfort.”

Martin Dalsing, director of global strategy and new business development at Contamac, added, “ABB is providing practitioners with a valuable tool to improve the contact lens wearing experience and overall patient satisfaction by offering this, revolutionary coating. With ABB’s long-standing reputation for excellence in GP manufacturing, we are thrilled to be adding them to our approved network of laboratories.”

ABB Optical is offering customers one pair of Hydra-PEG coatings for free through Jan. 31, 2019. Costs of lenses still apply. Hydra-PEG is only available for lenses manufactured in Contamac materials.

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Transitions Optical Unveils Updated ‘Healthy Sight Working for You’ Website

It provides resources on the value of vision benefits.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ORLANDO – Transitions Optical has launched a website that aims to increase awareness of the importance of regular eye exams and premium eyewear options available through a comprehensive vision benefit.

Found at HealthySightWorkingForYou.org, the newly updated website provides a wide range of information, educational resources and quantitative tools to reinforce the value of offering — or enrolling in — a premium vision plan.

Updated Educational Resources

The site allows visitors to enter one of two portals — one for HR professionals and brokers, and the other for employees — to access a toolkit of customized resources.

  • Vision Plan Savings Calculator (for Employers): Employers can enter the specific demographics of their workforce to calculate the savings possible by offering a premium vision benefits plan.
  • Sight on Savings Calculator (for Employees): Employees can enter their age, gender and ethnicity for a personalized report about the eye diseases and vision-related problems they are most at risk for developing. They can also learn more about how a comprehensive vision plan can save them time (in terms of productivity), money (health care-related dollars) and sight.
  • Healthy InSights Newsletter: Employers can sign up for this quarterly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest vision benefits trends, research and resources available from Transitions Healthy Sight Working for You.
  • Eye Care Tips: Employers and employees can read more about the unique eye health issues more prevalent in different demographic groups.
  • Research Presentations: Employers and Brokers can learn more about their workforce by reviewing key findings from the annual Transitions Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits survey.
  • White Papers: Gain insights into the latest research and perspectives from industry leaders on essential eye health and vision benefits topics.

To access these resources and more, visit HealthySightWorkingForYou.org

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Avedro Names VP of Sales

He brings more than 20 years of sales and leadership experience.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WALTHAM, MA — Avedro Inc., a commercial-stage ophthalmic medical technology company focused on treating corneal ecstatic disorders and improving vision to reduce dependency on eyeglasses or contact lenses, announced the appointment of Patrick B. Jacques as vice president of sales, effective immediately.

Reporting to James Schuermann, Avedro’s chief business officer, Jacques will be responsible for directing Avedro’s U.S. sales strategy, building relationships with clinicians and other key partners, and contributing to Avedro’s marketing programs.

Jacques brings more than 20 years of sales and leadership experience across various segments in ophthalmology and optometry to Avedro. Jacques began his career with SPS Medical Supply and held roles of increasing responsibility with Briot/Buchman and Advanced Medical Optics. At Abbott Medical Optics, he managed the sales organization for their refractive laser business in the Western United States. Most recently at AcuFocus, which transacted the KAMRA inlay business to CorneaGen in 2018, he was responsible for the domestic launch of the corneal inlay product for presbyopia and for building the company’s field commercial organization.

“We are pleased to welcome Patrick to Avedro to lead our sales efforts in the United States,” said Reza Zadno, PhD, president and CEO of Avedro. “Patrick is a seasoned sales leader with a track record of successfully driving adoption of new ophthalmic technologies. We are confident that our Avedro Corneal Remodeling Platform coupled with our talented and experienced team will grow our leadership position in the treatment of progressive keratoconus and expand treatment capabilities to address additional conditions, such as refractive disorders.”

“I am very excited to be joining Avedro at such a pivotal time in the company’s history. Avedro has made significant progress with reimbursement, earning a unique J code from CMS and securing positive coverage from America’s largest national commercial payers, facilitating access to approximately 95 percent of our estimated total U.S. addressable market. I am looking forward to working with my network of refractive ophthalmic customers to accelerate adoption of FDA approved cross-linking in the United States and help more patients with this sight-threatening disease,” said Jacques.

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Prevent Blindness Announces Winner of 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award

It will be presented to Dr. Cynthia Owsley.

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Cynthia Owsley

(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO – Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has announced the recipient of the 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health as Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, Nathan E. Miles chair of ophthalmology and director of the clinical research unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) school of medicine, department of ophthalmology and visual sciences. The award will be presented at the 8th Annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit in Washington, DC, on July 17. Owsley will highlight her work as the closing plenary speaker of the summit.

The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health recognizes an individual, team or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision and eye health at the community, state, national and/or international level. The award is named for Jenny Pomeroy, who served as CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia from 1996 until 2013 and was an advocate for championing the role of public health in vision and eyecare services and programs.

Owsley was selected by an all-volunteer committee for her decades of work dedicated to vision and public health services. Owsley has over 30 years of experience conducting research on vision impairment, eye disease and aging funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-profit foundations and various industries. Her areas of focus include:

  • Vision impairment and driving
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and diabetes
  • Quality of and access to eye care for under-served, older populations
  • Vision impairment and its impact on quality of life

At UAB, Owsley’s research program focuses on aging-related eye disease and vision impairment, using a variety of research techniques from epidemiology, clinical trials, psychophysics, health behavior, and health services research.

In addition to work in research and public health, Owsley has also been a longtime volunteer at Prevent Blindness, serving on various committees, including chairing its Scientific Committee for seven years. She served on the national Board of Directors from 2011 to 2018.

“For more than 30 years, my passion has been to use the power of research and data to improve patient outcomes, and expand programs that help to address the various vision issues that impact all of us,” said Owsley. “I thank Prevent Blindness for this acknowledgement and will continue to work to advance these important issues.”

The 2018 recipient of the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health was the Johns Hopkins University School-Based Eye Care Team.

“All of us at Prevent Blindness enthusiastically congratulate Dr. Owsley on her award, and also offer our tremendous gratitude for all of her contributions to improve vision health,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.

For more information on the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020 or visit preventblindness.org.

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