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Innovega Gains Key IRB Approval for On-Eye Testing of iOptik Contact Lens for Augmented and Virtual Reality

Approval enables demonstration and understanding of the significant advantages in placing the optics of a wearable display on or in the eye.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BELLEVUE, WA — Innovega Inc. (“Innovega” or the “Company”), a developer of stylish, lightweight wearable displays that feature a high-resolution, panoramic-field-of-view system for medical, consumer, and industrial application, announced a milestone achievement in the clinical development of its iOptik contact lens. The company received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval of a protocol for single exposure of the iOptik contact lens and prototype display eyewear simultaneously for up to six hours, allowing augmented reality subject experts to report their observations when viewing media from Innovega’s eMacula near-eye display eyewear.

“This IRB approval follows completion of all pre-clinical testing, including the biocompatibility of our fourth-generation disposable soft contact lens with an embedded oxygen-permeable, flexible, and sterilizable light polarizing filter, and allows us to advance into human testing,” said Dr. Jerome Legerton, co-founder and chief clinical and regulatory officer of Innovega. “This feasibility study allows us to gather input from performance observations of clinical and technical experts and complements our six previous feasibility studies conducted at The Ohio State University.”

Approval of the single-exposure clinical study enables demonstration and understanding of the significant advantages in placing the optics of a wearable display on or in the eye. The early optical modeling conducted by Professor Schwiegerling at the University of Arizona demonstrated the potential for full visual acuity, wide field of view, and long depth of field with Innovega’s contact lens optics.

“We may now allow augmented reality experts to observe the eMacula system performance during an extended duration while we advance our clinical development toward FDA market clearance,” said Dr. Legerton. “The observations will provide valuable feedback to assist Innovega in refining the reference designs for the display eyewear that will be used with the iOptik contact lens. We continue to see the market need as augmented, mixed, and virtual reality companies struggle to produce lightweight, stylish eyewear that deliver panoramic field of view and eyestrain-free viewing.”

The Company expects to receive additional IRB approvals that will allow for further feasibility clinical studies at The Ohio State University. It is anticipated that the results will be available early fourth quarter of 2019. Each of these feasibility studies will provide valuable data for the design of the subsequent pivotal Phase III studies. The first of the pivotal studies will be a 510(k) study involving the contact lens material only, while the second will be for the iOptik contact lens for viewing eMacula near eye display eyewear.

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eyeOs Announces New Website Launch

New website goes beyond showcasing product.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SOUTHBOROUGH, MA — eyeOs Eyewear, the producer of eyeOs Premium Readers, announced the launch of its new website eyeosreaders.com.

“The importance of a website cannot be overstated in our web-connected culture. At eyeOs we recognize that we have a responsibility to be in sync with the needs of the connected consumer by providing a well-organized, efficient, informative, and aesthetically appealing browsing experience. And, we ensured that the new site strategically drives consumers to the doors of our valued retail partners,” said Sam Kotob, the founder and designer of eyeOs.

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“As a vital connection between eyeOs, our consumers and our valued retailers alike, the new website clearly expresses our culture, brand, and value. Our customers expect convenient and secure and easy-breezy browsing when searching the site for product information, dealer locator, or to shop. Our goal is to provide exceptional customer service and a personalized experience at every touchpoint, and we’re confident that the new site interface will have an immediate and positive impact on consumers and our valued retail partners alike,” Kotob said.

eyeOs credits their success to transparency relative to product quality and claims. The new site gives product details supported by informative content pages for those that want to learn more. Take blue light for example: it is a huge driver in the readers market to help even emmetropic eyes reduce digital eyestrain. When visiting the site, the consumer or ECP can learn why a blue filter helps DES.

eyeOs new website goes beyond showcasing product and the lens and frame technology highlights that make eyeOs the premier in reading eyewear.

eyeOs produces an extensive range of OTC reading eyewear, including BlueBuster blue light filtering lenses, OfficePal, and PcPal progressive readers as well as photochromic and polarized bifocal readers.

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NCCVEH at Prevent Blindness Receives Renewed Grant

It will provide funds to promote healthy vision for kids.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO – The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH), celebrating its 10-year anniversary, announces that a second year of funding was received from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau for $300,000 to support the center’s ongoing work to improve eye health in at-risk, minority, and vulnerable populations of young children by the year 2021.

A key project for the funding is the continuation of the “Better Vision Together- Community of Practice” program, a peer-to-peer mentorship and learning opportunity for eight communities and states including Texas, Arizona (2), Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, California and Florida. Through Better Vision Together, teams are addressing all components of the vision and eye health system for children, including vision screening and access to eye care, parents/caregiver education and engagement, data collection, and professional education.

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The community of practice promotes this work through coalition building with the education, medicine, public health, community organization, and child care sectors. Populations served by the teams include Hispanic, Native American tribes in cities and reservations, Asian, African American, immigrants from Iraq, Congo, Burma, Somalia, Afghanistan, Laos and migrant farm workers.

To date, Better Vision Together partners have completed the following actions:

  • Eyes on Learning, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Hosted the Children’s Vision Health forum for 60 stakeholders and launched a public awareness campaign aimed at parents and caregivers around children’s vision (“Children Don’t Know What they Can’t See”).
  • Haverhill Promise of Children’s Vision, Haverhill Public Schools and Haverhill Promise (Haverhill, Mass.) – Created, produced and distributed book marks and book plates with the message for parents and caregivers: “Healthy eyes are ready to read; have your child’s eyes checked today.”
  • Improving Childhood Vision Health Task Force, Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education (Minneapolis, Minn.) – Has begun implementing a new vision screening program for 2,500 Head Start students to be conducted by Lions Clubs volunteers.

The NCCVEH at Prevent Blindness is supported by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau under grant number H7MMC24738. The total award amount for the “Vision Screening in Young Children” grant is $300,000 (percentage financed with nongovernmental sources .5%). This information or content and conclusions are those of the NCCVEH and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

In 2009, the NCCVEH was established to develop a coordinated public health infrastructure to promote and ensure a comprehensive, multi-tiered continuum of vision care for young children. The NCCVEH continues to work with leading, volunteer advocates and professionals in ophthalmology, optometry, pediatrics, public health, and related fields, to review the current scientific literature, explore best practices, establish partnerships, develop data, and gain consensus on the best approach to children’s vision and eye health.

Additional planned projects for this grant period include a social media awareness campaign targeting minority parents and caregivers, and development of an online Family Resource Tool Kit to be distributed to early childhood care and education centers.

“In 1908, Prevent Blindness was founded as a public health advocacy organization, specifically to address children’s vision issues,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “Thanks to the generous support of MCHB, we can continue to have a positive impact on children and their future across the country.”

For more information about the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness, or the Better Vision Together- Community of Practice program, please visit https://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/better-vision-together or contact Donna Fishman at (800) 331-2020 or dfishman@preventblindness.org.

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Essilor of America and Actress Marsai Martin Put Comprehensive Vision Care at the Top of Parents’ Back to School Lists

Martin encourages parents to sign the Essilor 20/20 Vision Pledge to prioritize high quality vision solutions for their children and the opportunity to win eyeglasses for their entire school.

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(PRESS RELEASE) DALLAS, TX – Essilor of America and actress Marsai Martin are raising awareness about the urgent need for children across the nation to receive total vision care this back to school season – care which includes high-quality, comprehensive eye exams from eyecare professionals who offer advanced lens technology that keep pace with the changing needs of children’s eye health.

Today’s families are facing an eye care health crisis. While one in 4 parents have a child with myopia, studies show that nearly half of all children under the age of six aren’t receiving regular eye examinations. To add to this growing issue, many parents are unaware that not all eyeglasses are the same and that there is a difference in lens quality and features that can impact their child’s visual outcome.

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“We are facing unprecedented rates of myopia. Today, children’s eyes are exposed to harmful blue light, ultraviolet light (UV) and digital eye strain like never before. Yet nearly half of parents with children under age six have never taken their child to the eye doctor, even though it’s recommended they have three doctor visits by that age,” said Dr. Millicent Knight, senior vice president of Essilor’s customer development group.

“Parents also need to know that where you go matters as much as when you go said Knight. “There is a big difference in a child’s vision outcome when choosing professionals who prioritize the most advanced and best lens technologies for their patients’ individual needs.”

The Essilor 20/20 Vision Pledge is a new campaign introduced by Essilor of America and Marsai Martin that encourages parents to take immediate action to prioritize their children’s best vision, a critical element for education success, this back-to-school season.

Martin, 14, who plays Diane Johnson on the ABC Emmy-nominated hit comedy “Black-ish,” struggled in school until her vision issues were successfully diagnosed and treated by an eyecare professional who offered her the right solution for her needs. Her story is relevant to many students, as studies show nearly half (49%) of children with myopia have difficulty in the classroom, and 41 percent of parents with myopic children said their children struggle with everyday activities.

“I know what it’s like to sit in a classroom where everything looks blurry. No child should have to go through that experience,” Martin said. “Through this Pledge and partnership, I hope every child in America gets the opportunity to see the world clearly, and to be at their best in the classroom and in life.”

Parents who sign the Pledge commit to prioritizing their child’s eye health by seeking the best, comprehensive care and lens solutions for their children. In signing the Pledge, parents are eligibile to win an comprehensive exam and pair of eyeglasses for their child – and eyeglasses their entire school (K-12), courtesy of the Essilor Vision Foundation.

“Parents will invest billions this year to prepare their children for school, but without the ability to see their best, children will be at a disadvantage in the classroom. Marsai’s story underscores the need for vision to be at the top of the list, as well as the difference that can be made in the life of a child when they’re paired with the right eye doctor who offers the right lens solutions. Essilor answers the call with our network of Essilor Experts, which is comprised of independent eye doctors who have access to advanced lens technologies and who are dedicated to taking a personalized approach to eye care,” said Sherianne James, Chief Marketing Officer at Essilor of America. “The Essilor 20/20 Vision Pledge is a compelling way to empower parents to make the right choice as Essilor drives toward a 2020 goal of better vision health for all.”

Find your local or nearest Essilor Expert by visiting: https://www.essilorusa.com/get-lenses/essilor-experts#wheretobuy

To enter the Essilor 20/20 Vision Pledge and for official rules, visit: 2020visionpledge.com

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