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Patients Report Biotrue Makes Contact Lenses…

Patients Report Biotrue Makes Contact Lenses…

Salt Lake City, UT – Today at the annual meeting of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Bausch + Lomb celebrated the 1-year anniversary of the launch of Biotrue™ multi-purpose solution, with the release of U.S. preference data. These data showed that Biotrue is preferred among patients and eye care professionals (ECPs) when compared to the leading multi-purpose solution.1 In fact, both patients and ECPs have expressed overwhelming satisfaction with Biotrue. Ninety-seven percent of patients who have tried Biotrue1 and 99 percent of ECPs who have recommended it2 were satisfied with the solution. Those individuals reporting satisfaction with Biotrue reported being either somewhat, very, or extremely satisfied with the solution. “We studied what the eye does naturally to clean, hydrate and keep itself healthy, in order to provide contact lens wearers with a unique new solution to make wearing contact lenses easier on the eyes,” said Mohinder Merchea, OD, PhD, MBA, FAAO, FBCLA, Director, Medical Affairs – Vision Care, North America, Bausch + Lomb. “It is rewarding to see those years of research come to fruition through the positive real-life experiences...
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Bausch + Lomb Innovations Take Center Stage at AOA

Bausch + Lomb Innovations Take Center Stage at AOA

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Bausch + Lomb, the company that brought the first soft contact lens to market 40 years ago this month, will showcase product innovations and scientific research focused on improving patient care, outcomes and quality of life this week at the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) annual meeting in Salt Lake City. “Bausch + Lomb’s commercialization of the soft contact lens was a major breakthrough for consumers. By making contact lens wear so much more comfortable, Bausch + Lomb’s soft contact lenses made glasses-free vision available to so many more patients.” said Dr. Calvin Roberts, Chief Medical Officer, Bausch + Lomb. “We continue to pursue similar innovations within vision care, surgical and pharmaceutical platforms staying true to our unwavering goal of helping millions of patients around the world see better to live better.” The company will be showcasing the following eye health innovations in Salt Lake City this week: Biotrue™, a bio-inspired contact lens solution that works like the eyes to help lenses stay clean and moist throughout the day. A recent study indicated Biotrue could keep lenses moist for 20 hours.  Biotrue...
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ABB CONCISE Learns How to Apply Some “Disney Magic”

ABB CONCISE Learns How to Apply Some “Disney Magic”

CORAL SPRINGS, FL – May 26, 2011 – The ABB CONCISE management and sales teams recently returned from a three-and-a-half day program facilitated by the Disney Institute concentrating on quality service and brand loyalty. The theme of the National Conference was “Spot the Magic,” with a focus on applying successful business practices to create extraordinary value and exceed customer service expectations. The Disney Institute was created to showcase Disney’s best practices that easily adapt to other organizations. As one of the most recognized names in professional development, the Disney Institute teaches their brand of business excellence at locations across the U.S. and, to date, in more than 45 countries around the world. Vice President of Sales Tim Aiken said that the sales team benefited most from “learning the importance of understanding the needs, perceptions and expectations of our customers to recognize how we can deliver appropriate benefits and deliver the most value. Disney builds trust and relationships with their guests by consistently exceeding service expectations, and ABB CONCISE can apply many of those same principles...
NSIGHT Study Highlights Prevalence of Eye-Related Symptoms

NSIGHT Study Highlights Prevalence of Eye-Related Symptoms

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – According to a global study of vision-corrected subjects surveyed to better understand eye-related symptoms, halos and glare are common and bothersome symptoms. Halos are the appearance of rings around sources of light while glare is the difficulty seeing in the presence of bright light. The majority of patients who experienced these symptoms reported they were most likely to experience halos or glare in the evening or late at night. The symptoms were commonly associated with bright lights, headlights, being in the dark and nighttime driving. The Needs, Symptoms, Incidence, Global Eye Health Trends (NSIGHT) study surveyed 3,800 spectacle- and contact lens-corrected subjects, 15 to 65 years of age, from seven different countries (China, Korea, Japan, France, Italy, United Kingdom, United States) to better understand the eye-related symptoms that vision-corrected patients experience. The NSIGHT data provided valuable details on how often patients experienced halos and glare and the degree to which they found them bothersome. NSIGHT Study Highlights: About half of the spectacle and contact lens wearers surveyed reported suffering from the symptoms of...
Hilco’s Collection of Contact Lens Organizers

Hilco’s Collection of Contact Lens Organizers

No one ever accused a contact lens of traveling lightly! With our contact lens organizers there’s a place for everything, so everything’s in its place. More happy patients and increased sales! Hilco found the solution for contact lens wearers on the go! • Perfect for the traveler, sport enthusiast, or the occasional wearer • Unique design accommodates “travel size” bottles of ALL name brand care solutions • Each organizer supplied with “leakproof” contact lens screw top case • 4 sizes to choose from to fit your patients’ specific needs For more information, contact Hilco customer care at (800) 955-6544 or visit us online at www.hilco.com.
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Bausch + Lomb and Lions Clubs Bring Sight-Saving Prevention and Treatment To China

Bausch + Lomb and Lions Clubs Bring Sight-Saving Prevention and Treatment To China

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — On May 12, 2011, representatives from Bausch + Lomb and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) awarded the Tianjin Eye Hospital a $150,000 grant to finance a specialized pediatric cataract training initiative. The grant is made possible through the Pediatric Cataract Initiative (PCI), which identifies, funds and promotes innovative methods for overcoming visual impairments caused by pediatric cataracts. “Today there may be as many as 40,000 children in China suffering from pediatric cataract, a condition that is treatable, and in some cases, preventable,” said Joe Barr, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O, vice president, Global Clinical and Medical Affairs and Professional Services, Vision Care, Bausch + Lomb.  “This grant continues Bausch + Lomb’s commitment to China; helping people to see better — to live better. We hope that this grant will enable Tianjin Eye Hospital to provide much-needed training and treatment in the region, so that together we can improve patient health, outcomes and quality of life.” Eberhard J. Wirfs, chairperson of LCIF adds, “This partnership allows us to further our efforts at improving eye care in an...
GP Specialists Launches New Web Site and Social Media Sites

GP Specialists Launches New Web Site and Social Media Sites

San Clemente, CA. March 29, 2011: GP Specialists, an industry leader in ortho-k lenses, has created a new web site that can be found at www.gpspecialists.com. The new site offers a comprehensive overview of GP’s product offering, including the GOV series Ortho-K lenses and Biocurve™ custom soft lenses, as well as online ordering capability.  “We are extremely proud of our new web site” stated Mark Cosgrove, Director of Operations.  “The clean and modern look and feel of our site reflects our broad vision for expanding our Company’s business, particularly with regard to our expertise in the areas of Ortho-K and custom soft lenses,” stated Cosgrove.  GP Specialists has joined the social media wave and now has a presence on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube. www.facebook.com/pages/GP-Specialists/202892559724320 www.twitter.com/gpspecialists www.youtube.com/gpspecialists “This is a very exciting point in GP Specialists history,” states David Carneal, Director of Marketing and Communications.  “The new website, social media sites and the overall new look of the company is part of the larger plan to expand the product and services offered by GP Specialists.  This is...
Bausch + Lomb and Technolas Perfect Vision Announce First Femtosecond Laser

Bausch + Lomb and Technolas Perfect Vision Announce First Femtosecond Laser

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, and Technolas Perfect Vision GmbH (TPV) today announced an agreement in principle to globally distribute the first femtosecond laser capable of performing both cataract and refractive procedures on one platform. TPV is a leading ophthalmology laser company and was established in 2009 through a joint venture between Bausch + Lomb and 20/10 Perfect Vision AG to develop advanced refractive and cataract technologies. TPV has a full range of expertise in both femtosecond and excimer laser businesses with current innovations focused on laser cataract surgery and the correction of presbyopia. Under the arrangement, TPV will develop and manufacture its innovative femtosecond cataract and refractive laser system from its state-of-the-art facilities in Munich, Germany, and service the product through its current worldwide service organization. Bausch + Lomb Surgical will leverage its cataract expertise and commercial capabilities to globally distribute TPV’s femtosecond laser. Financial terms were not disclosed. TPV will continue to commercialize the refractive portfolio. Femtosecond laser technology provides...
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Bausch + Lomb Appoints David Mordaunt, Ph.D. as VP,  R&D, Surgical

Bausch + Lomb Appoints David Mordaunt, Ph.D. as VP, R&D, Surgical

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, announces the appointment of David Mordaunt, Ph.D. as vice president, Development and Research, Bausch + Lomb Surgical. In this position, Dr. Mordaunt will be a member of the Surgical senior leadership team and will be responsible for global strategies and execution of development and research programs for the full portfolio of products. This includes equipment used for cataract and vitroretinal procedures, intraocular lenses including Crystalens®, which is the only FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens offering a full range of natural vision, viscoelastics and new technologies focused on enhancing ophthalmologists ability to offer patient-centric procedures. “I’m thrilled to be joining Bausch + Lomb Surgical,” said Dr. Mordaunt. “They have a strong pipeline for innovative new technologies focused on improving ophthalmic surgical outcomes, which enhance patient vision and quality of life. I look forward to collaborating with the ophthalmic physician community to continue to advance Bausch + Lomb’s product portfolio.” “Dr. Mordaunt’s proven leadership in the development of transformational...
Florence Henderson To Be Featured At ASCRS Meeting

Florence Henderson To Be Featured At ASCRS Meeting

ALISO VIEJO, CA. — Bausch + Lomb, the global eye and health company, announces Broadway, TV and film star, Florence Henderson, will be featured at the company’s exhibit during the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., on Saturday, March 26. The ASCRS meeting, which will be held at the San Diego Convention Center from March 25-29, is the world’s largest gathering of cataract and refractive surgeons. Ms. Henderson, whose remarkable career has included starring performances on Broadway, film and television, is the national spokesperson for Crystalens®, which is the only FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens (IOL). She will appear at the Bausch + Lomb exhibit from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Ms. Henderson, who turned 77 on Valentine’s Day, had the Crystalens surgery to treat a cataract that had developed in her eye. She has been the center of the Crystalens marketing campaign in print, online, and local television advertising for the past year. She is best known for her role as Carol Brady in the iconic television series The Brady Bunch. She was prominently featured as a competitor on ABC’s...
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GP Specialists Consolidates Lab with Larger Biocurve™Facility

GP Specialists Consolidates Lab with Larger Biocurve™Facility

San Clemente, CA. March 29, 2011: GP Specialists, a manufacturer of specialty rigid gas permeable contact lenses with an emphasis on lenses for Ortho-K, cornea reshaping or vision rehabilitation, has consolidated its laboratory operations into the former American Biocurve, Inc., facility in San Diego, CA.  The move was planned after GP Specilaists acquired the business of American Biocurve in January.   “The combination of our existing GP business with Biocurve’s state of the art facility will enable us to pursue our aggressive growth plans” stated Mark Cosgrove, Director of Operations.  “The equipment, the experienced personnel and the facility are among the best in the industry” he continued.  “The consolidated lab is fully operational and no disruption of business with existing customers is anticipated as a result of the consolidation” said Cosgrove. Background: GP Specialists has been manufacturing gas permeable lenses for more than 35 years.  Originally based in Phoenix, Arizona, the lab was relocated to San Clemente, California in 2003 where it began to increase its ortho-k business.  Today GP Specialists is one of the world leaders in the ortho-k field,...
Bausch + Lomb To Activate Relief Aid For Japan

Bausch + Lomb To Activate Relief Aid For Japan

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, announced today that it is activating a relief support plan in response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster affecting Japan. “Our colleagues on the ground in Japan and in our headquarters here in the U.S. are assessing needs and will be collaborating with relief efforts to determine how we can be of greatest assistance with expertise, products, or other forms of assistance,” said CEO Brent Saunders. “As a company with more than 30 years of eye health experience in Japan, we are committed to helping to respond to this enormous natural disaster.” Saunders also stated that the company was assessing impacts of the disaster on its own employees in Japan, and would be stepping in to provide them and their communities with assistance should it be needed. “We are prepared to help immediately if help is needed by our own people,” said Saunders. About Bausch + Lomb Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare companies in the world. Its core businesses include contact lenses and lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments, and...
ABB/CONCISE Announces Pending COPE Accreditation

ABB/CONCISE Announces Pending COPE Accreditation

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB CONCISE has announced the 2011 schedule of the free webinar series it co-sponsors with Paragon Vision Sciences and Primary Eyecare Network (PEN), with pending COPE accreditation. The companies’ Practice Partnership Education Series, which began in the fall of 2009 with monthly seminars through 2010, focuses on topics that support successful treatment options and outcomes with gas permeable lens fitting. Patrick Caroline, FAAO, of Pacific University, leads the webinars, the organization said. Webinars are scheduled monthly on Wednesdays throughout 2011 and will be held 6:00 p.m. PST (9:00 p.m. EST). ABB CONCISE continued: “New in 2011, [our] practice management division, PEN, will be administering the webinars in order to provide the interested attendees the opportunity to receive CE credits after passing a 10-question exam. Currently, the February webinar has received COPE approval and the remaining classes have COPE accreditation pending. The webinars are free for all that are interested in attending. Those looking for the CE credits will need to pay a nominal fee of $35 and pass a 10-question online exam.” For a full list of webinars...
Safigel Signs Agreement With Wisconsin Vision Associates

Safigel Signs Agreement With Wisconsin Vision Associates

CHICAGO—Safigel has signed an agreement with Wisconsin Vision Associates (WVA) for expanded distribution of its Safigel 1 Day Daily Disposable contact lenses. As a full-service contact lens distributor and buying group, WVA will distribute Safigel 1 Day Daily Disposables directly to eye care practitioners. “It’s a pleasure to partner with Chris Fait and the entire WVA team to bring Safigel’s patented Hyaluronate-Gel (HA) Technology to a new group of eyecare professionals and their contact lens patients. WVA’s impressive growth over the years is a testament to the quality of both their sales and customer service organizations,” noted Eric Sharvelle, Safigel’s CEO. Christopher Fait, WVA’s CEO, added, “We are excited about our new partnership with Safigel. Their innovative 1 Day Daily Disposable is a great lens that will work well for many of the doctors we serve.” Safigel is the world’s only hyaluronate contact lens. The company said its contact lenses have the same natural bio-polymer, sodium hyaluronate, used in many leading dry eye drops. HA has unique, water-attracting properties which cause lubrication of the tear shield on both sides...
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B+L Initiates Voluntary Recall

B+L Initiates Voluntary Recall

MADISON, N.J.—Bausch + Lomb has launched a voluntary recall of its Soothe Xtra Protection (XP) eye drops, with expiration dates from February 2011 through August 2012. Soothe XP is only available within the U.S., the company said. Bausch + Lomb initiated the recall “based on testing which showed specific lots of the Soothe Xtra Protection (XP) product were out of specification for preservative efficacy prior to their listed date of shelf-life expiration. There have been no adverse events reported for this product which have been attributed to preservative efficacy,” an announcement said. B+L said it is recalling all lots of Soothe Xtra Protection (XP) eye drops in the interest of patient safety. The company said product which is out of specification near the end of shelf-life “may present insufficient protection against inadvertent microbial contamination during storage and usage of the product.” The company, which has alerted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the recall, said it is conducting an ongoing investigation to determine why those specific lots of the eye drops were out of shelf-life specification.  
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