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(PRESS RELEASE) Carlsbad, CA, June 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SynergEyes, the leading hybrid specialty contact lens company, announces a new partnership with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, the leading translational vision correction center in the world to deliver advanced, customized vision correction for myopes and presbyopes.   The exclusive worldwide licensing agreement will enable the manufacturing of design technologies developed by Brien Holden Vision Institute, augmenting the SynergEyes presbyopic package by offering the latest designs on the hybrid contact lens platform.

With around half of the world’s population predicted to be myopic by 2050, and with the US “Baby Boomer” generation now fully presbyopic, it is crucial that technological innovation in contact lens design and manufacturing is translated into high performance products to manage these visual deficiencies.

The tailored hybrid contact lens enabled through this technology will allow eye care professionals to meet the needs of individual myopes and presbyopes, delivering precise correction and a high degree of comfort. “SynergEyes seeks to improve the quality-of-life for people by delivering on the hybrid platform innovative lens designs that solve age-old problems in a new way,” said James Kirchner, OD, President and CEO of SynergEyes.  “Working with a recognized worldwide leader like the Brien Holden Vision Institute, we plan to bring an extended depth-of-focus lens design onto the hybrid platform to the global market.”

Brien Holden Vision Institute has developed new optical designs that incorporate an extended depth of focus (EDOF) to provide optimal visual performance from distance to near with minimal ghosting. The EDOF lens provides a series of smooth, non-monotonic, power variations across the optic zone to deliberately manipulate multiple higher-order aberrations. The idea is to achieve an extension in depth of focus that would facilitate a balanced visual performance designed to satisfy presbyopes with low, medium and high-add requirements.

Prof. Kovin Naidoo Chief Executive Officer for Brien Holden Vision Institute, adds, “We are delighted to be partnering with SynergEyes to bring our novel EDOF designs in myopia and presbyopia management in specialty hybrid contact lenses and make them available to a broader market around the world. This is especially important for myopia, as our mission is to slow the progression of myopia in all children to reduce their risk of permanent vision impairment and address a looming public health crises.” 

About SynergEyes Inc.

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SynergEyes is the only advanced-technology, high-performance and OD-led contact lens company focused exclusively on the leading independent eye care professionals.  SynergEyes manufactures and markets hybrid contact lenses for astigmatism with Duette® and Duette® Progressive and the UltraHealth® lens for irregular corneas, all available with Tangible Hydra-PEG polymers. The SynergEyes portfolio also includes the SynergEyes VS scleral lens, SynergEyes corneal RGP designs and SimplifEyes daily disposable contact lenses. More information is available at synergeyes.com.

About Brien Holden Vision Institute

Brien Holden Vision Institute is a non-profit translational research, education and public health organization. It develops new solutions for vision care, especially for myopia and other refractive errors to eliminate vision impairment and avoidable blindness, thereby reducing disability and poverty.

Brien Holden Vision Institute is a social enterprise, investing the revenues from its work into creating scientific solutions and developing and delivering eye care and education programs.

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