Women of Vision hosted Susan Sher at the organization’s AOA event in Chicago. Sher is the executive vice president for corporate strategy and public affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Previously, she served in the White House as assistant to the president and chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and associate White House counsel.
Allergan recently launched Lastacaft ((alcaftadine ophthalmic solution) 0.25%. Lastacaft is an H1 histamine receptor antagonist indicated for the prevention of itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis. The product offers once-daily dosing and works fast to prevent all-day itching. Lastacaft had its safety evaluated in a randomized clinical study of 909 patients, is classified as a Pregnancy Category B product and has not been tested in patients under the age of 2.
Ocusoft, Inc. introduced the prescription-only Ocudox Convenience Kit for the treatment of acute eyelid conditions. The Kit contains Ocudox (Doxycycline Hyclate 50 mg), Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus Extra Strength Pre-Moistened Pads and Tears Again Advanced Liposome Spray (15 mL). According to Ocusoft, each component in the kit was selected based on requests from doctors seeking a simple yet effective treatment for acute lid disease.
Alcon recently launched Systane Balance, the latest member of the Systane family of dry eye products. Systane Balance is designed for patients with meibomian gland dysfunction will help restore the lipid layer and the natural tear film. It contains HP Guar, borate, sorbitol and propylene glycol. Also included is LipiTech System, a unique emulsion technology of mineral oil and an anionic phospholipid.
Acuvue Advance Plus Brand Contact Lenses became the sixth contact lens in the Acuvue Brand family to receive the Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbing Contact Lenses from the American Optometric Association's (AOA) Commission on Ophthalmic Standards.
ABB Concise has announced the 2011 schedule of the free webinar series it cosponsors with Paragon Vision Sciences and Primary Eyecare Network (PEN), with pending COPE accreditation. The webinar series focuses on topics that support successful treatment options and outcomes with gas permeable lens fitting. Patrick Caroline, FAAO, of Pacific University, leads the webinars.
Bausch + Lomb is partnering with UK-based UltraVision CLPL to market and sell KeraSoft custom soft contact lenses for irregular corneas and keratoconus. The lenses will be available through Bausch + Lomb’s lab channel partners, and the company acquired the KeraSoft trademark.
Air Optix for Astigmatism contact lenses are now available in wider in-stock parameter ranges. They are available from +6.00 to -6.00 in 0.25D steps, with cylinder powers of -0.75, -1.25, -1.75 and -2.25, and from -6.50 to -10.00 in 0.50 steps in -0.75, -1.25, -1.75 and -2.25 cylinder powers.