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Contact lens update.

As the excitement builds for BCLA's conference and exhibition (ICC Birmingham, June 6-9), OT 's Robina Moss looks at the launches creating a buzz in the contact lens sector

Multifocal and toric designs

ALCON HAS expanded its Dailies AquaComfort Plus brand of contact lenses with the introduction of multifocal and toric designs. Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal contact lenses are designed for presbyopes having trouble reading up close, or switching focus between near, intermediate and far distances.

They feature the same Precision Profile design and familiar fitting process as Alcon's Air Optix Aqua Multifocal contact lense In addition, they are designed to provide practitioners with predictable clinical results, a high fit success rate and optimised fitting time.

www.uk.alcon.com

Acuvue Oasys extension

JOHNSON & JOHNSON has extended its Acuvue Oasys portfolio. The increase sees the contact lens available in sphere powers from +6.00D to -9.00D, with cylinder powers of -0.75, -1.25, -1.75 and -2.25.

The Acuvue Oasys brand combines 'Hydraclear Plus' technology with Accelerated Stabilisation Design (ASD) to deliver a complete field of vision, helping to maintain patients' eye health. The lenses also offer class 1 UV-blocking, the highest UV-blocking of reusable contact lenses.

To coincide with the extension, Johnson & Johnson is encouraging practitioners to speak to their account managers about its new diagnostic kits, a toric wheel and sales materials which are available for them.

www.jnjvisioncare.co.uk

New hybrid lens launching

NO7 CONTACT Lenses will launch a new hybrid lens for presbyopic patients at the BCLA conference and exhibition in June. It will be called Duette Progressive.

"The dual aspheric RGP optics, a seamless progression of power from near to distance and the choice of three add powers means that Duette Progressive is a lens that can be personalised to your patients' needs," said the company's sales and marketing manager, Danny Pepper. "And, because this lens can be fitted empirically, there is no need to invest in a fitting set," he added.

The core focus for the company at this year's BCLA conference and exhibition will be EyeDream. "Our EyeDream package uses topography to make fitting and managing EyeDream patients easy," said Mr Pepper. "Recent studies have shown that 73% of Ortho-k patients will stay with the modality for at least five years, so the benefits to practice and patient are clear."

www.no7contactlenses.com

Advancements added

DAVID THOMAS Contact Lenses has added improvements to the two contact lenses it launched last year, Rose K2 XL, the latest addition to the Rose K2 family, and Miru 1 month Menicon (pictured as part of a value pack).

The primary indications for the Rose K2 XL lens are keratoconus, Pellucid Marginal Degeneration (PMD), keratoglobus and post surgical use, but it can be used on any irregular corneal condition, which cannot be successfully fitted within the limbus. Since its launch, it has continued to evolve and now offers enhanced, advanced design features, including toric surfaces and quadrant specific edge lifts.

In response to demand from UK customers, Miru 1 month Menicon is now also available as a three-pack. The lens has an extensive power range of +6.00D to -13.00D and is available in a base curve of either 8.30 or 8.60. Rose K2 Soft and Miru 1day Flat Pack will be launched later this year. www.davidthomas.com

Duo refined

CANTOR & NISSEL has refined two of its popular new lens ranges. The EyeBrid lens has been improved with the addition of a more durable silicone soft skirt, enabling the lens to have greater oxygen transmissibility for improved comfort and extended wearing time.

The second refinement is to the Nissel Custom Hand Painted range. The introduction of new techniques and technology has enabled the company to make it easier for High Street practitioners to help their patients with lenses which would often have been prescribed through hospitals.

www.cantor-nissel.co.uk

Calculations made easier

SAUFLON HAS launched an online calculator which is designed to assist practitioners in accurate contact lens selection for its core or XR toric prescriptions by simply inputting spectacle refraction and back vertex distance values.

The new tool aims to support fitting of the 'clariti' family of toric lenses which include the world's only silicone hydrogel, daily disposable toric lens, a reusable option and a custom-made reusable XR lens. They are all designed so that practitioners can prescribe 'silicone as standard' across an extensive range of astigmatic prescriptions and modalities.

* www.sauflon.co.uk/toric-calculator

Powers expanded

COOPERVISION'S MOST recent launch was of its Biofinity XR lens. The extension to its popular silicone hydrogel (comfilcon A) lens significantly expands the brand's range of sphere powers, enabling practitioners to fit a greater number of monthly replacement lens patients.

Biofinity XR lenses are available in powers from +8.50D to + 15.00D (0.50 steps) and -12.50D to -20.00D (0.50D steps). The existing Biofinity line will continue to be available in +8.00D to -12.00 powers.

* www.coopervision.co.uk

App for fitting

ULTRAVISION CLPL'S mobile and web fitting app is designed to make prescribing lenses faster. The fitting app for KeraSoft IC reduces chair time in assessing irregular cornea patients and acts as a data recording and transmission centre. The free app features real-time animations of lens behaviour, and practitioners can email orders and request support.

www.ultravision. co.uk/mapp/
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