- ARBO Study Reveals
Contact Lens Complications
- WASHINGTON, DC., 04-13-2004 The Association of
Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) has released initial
results of its initiative to document complications caused by
contact lenses dispensed without a valid prescription.
The organization started this program a year ago to help the state
attorneys general, the FDA and the FTC better
understand the extent and severity of such complications.
ARBO received 116 reports in 2003. The most common signs and
symptoms were stinging, neovazcularization,
foreign body sensation, burning and corneal edema. Six percent of
patients experienced permanent vision loss and
five percent have permanent scarring. The most common treatment plan
was topical antibacterial/anti-inflammatory
ARBO feels that these results indicate the need for further
documentation and reminds practitioners that the
success of the program is only as good as practitioner participation
in adverse event reporting. You can report
complications that resulted from contact lenses purchased without a
valid prescription by downloading ARBO's
Contact lens Complication Form at www.arbo.org, completing it and
returning it to ARBO. ARBO compiles the
information for this ongoing study and will periodically update it
Summary of Results through its Web site and
through articles in professional and trade journals.
- Focus on Eye
Style' to Debut at Vision Expo East
- NORWALK, Conn., 02-25-2004 International Vision Expo has
announced it will be co-hosting the first
"Focus on Eye Style," a panel that will discuss how fashion, media,
and celebrities influence current eyewear trends.
The free panel, which is being co-hosted by In Style magazine and
the Accessories Council, will be held
Friday, March 26, at the Javits Convention Center in New York during
International Vision Expo East. The panel
will include fashion industry insiders, including Reed Krakoff president
and executive creative director of Coach,
VH1's Pilar Chira Steinborn, Alice Kim--senior accessories editor at
In Style magazine, and Robert Marc--the
New York-based optician, designer, and retailer. The event offers
one free credit hour of CE for ECPs and is ABO
- A new case
of counterfeit contact lenses
- FRANCE, 02-25-2004 The second case of counterfeit contact lenses
in France within two weeks: this time the victim is Johnson &
Johnson Vision Care and its Surevue lenses, which represent around
20% of the French market for frequent-change lenses.
According to reports by Acuité, as in the case of CooperVision, the
discovery was made after some opticians had returned packs of lenses
to have the dioptric strength changed. This was how a wholesaler
realized they were fakes: they were in the old square-shaped packs
which were no longer produced after end 2003. In addition, the
letter “D” and the “hourglass” pictogram on all the new J&J packs
are missing from the fake packs.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care alerted the Agence Française de
Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits de Santé (Afssaps, the French
association for the safety of health products) and it is checking
batches to stop delivery to opticians immediately. In the next few
hours, further steps will be taken to inform retailers and
seizures of counterfeit Oakley products in 2003
WASHINGTON, DC., 02-18-2004 In its ongoing campaign to identify
and aggressively pursue violators of
its protected designs and trademarks, Oakley has highlighted the
results of its 2003 anti-counterfeiting efforts.
Working closely with a wide variety of local, national and
international law enforcement agencies, Oakley's legal
team oversaw the confiscation of 2,739,754 fake Oakley
products, primarily sunglasses, worldwide in 2003, with
an estimated street value totaling more than $27 million.
This represents a 156 percent increase over the 1,071,755
products confiscated the previous year. For the year there
were 447 total worldwide arrests of individuals
participating in the sale of such fakes, 111 of whom were
outside the U.S.
This was due in large part to the company's stronger efforts to
educate and train law enforcement agencies worldwide
resulting in more arrests against counterfeiters in
important international markets.
Oakley's enforcement efforts also succeeded in limiting the illegal
sale of products over the Internet. More than 20,000
auctions, including auctions on eBay.com and yahoo.com,
were shut down, deleted, or otherwise cleansed of counterfeit
Oakley products. Violations included auctions of
counterfeit merchandise, auctions showing Oakley's copyrighted
images and auctions violating policies involving key word
spamming, a practice involving the misuse of the name
"Oakley" to draw attention to an auction. Total
restitution collected in 2003 was more than $220,000 and will be
to further Oakley's anti-counterfeiting operations in this
ongoing battle to protect the Oakley brand.
- Contact lenses
counterfeited in France
- ROCHESTER, NY., 02-13-2004 CooperVision has reported to the
Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits de Santé (Afssaps,
the French association for the safety of health products) that there
are counterfeit Proclear Compatible contact lenses on the market.
After receiving various complaints from opticians, whose customers
were complaining about problems with the comfort of contact lenses,
CooperVision realized it was dealing with a case of counterfeiting
and reported it to the health authorities in accordance with French
law. Apparently, the packaging of the counterfeit lenses is larger
(12.5 cm against the 11 cm of the originals) than that used by
CooperVision. The company is writing to all its customers
(distributors and opticians) advising them of the situation and
asking them to stop selling the counterfeit lenses in their
possession immediately and to send the lenses to the company's
laboratories so that they can carry out all the necessary controls.
- CooperVision Launches the e-commerce
coopervision.com for practitioners
- ROCHESTER, NY., Aug. 19, 2003 - CooperVision,
Inc., is proud to announce the launch of the all-new, Web site,
coopervision.com. The enhanced site has a new section, My
CooperVision, that allows quicker ordering with state-of-the-art
technology for faster processing. The site features easier
navigation, with an easy-to-use interface employing improved logic.
Beyond the e-commerce enhancements, the new site includes updated
clinical information, an expanded patient site, more extensive
product information, online marketing materials, updated fitting
calculators, and new program downloads.
“We are very excited about the new CooperVision Web site,” says Mark
Bertolin, director, CooperVision Internet Marketing.” The new Web
site offers practitioners improved e-commerce functionality, a vast
array of new and improved fitting tools, product information, and
coopervision.com offers an extensive index of materials, improving
the efficiency of practices worldwide.
- Vistakon Files
Against CIBA for New Technology
- JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sep. 20, 2003-Vistakon has filed for a
declaratory judgment against CIBA Vision regarding a new Vistakon
product, Acuvue Advance, which is currently waiting for final U.S.
Food and Drug Administration clearance. According to Vistakon, when
launched the lens will set a new standard by offering a unique
silicone-hydrogel formulation that allows for greater oxygen
permeability. "Vistakon recognizes that CIBA has a patent portfolio
covering their silicone-hydrogel technology. We are confident that
Acuvue Advance's technology is outside the scope of [CIBA] patents"
a Vistakon statement said. Vistakon has asked the court to affirm
that Acuvue Advance will not infringe CIBA Vision's patent portfolio
by seeking a declaratory judgment.
- B&L Wins European
- ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sep. 17, 2003-Bausch & Lomb has prevailed
in a European patent infringement suit against Novartis AG, the
parent company of CIBA Vision, regarding extended-wear contact
lens technology. Lawsuits filed by Novartis in Germany and
Ireland had claimed that B&Ls PureVision CL technology infringed
on a patent for its silicone-hydrogel contact-lens technology.
As a result of the ruling, B&L will immediately pursue selling
its PureVision CLs in Germany and will ask the Irish court to
stay the Novartis patent proceeding against B&L in that country.
- Vision Canada 2004
Changes Show Dates
- TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2003-Vision Canada , along with its partner
Silmo, has moved the dates of its 2004 trade show one week ahead to
September 18 and 19, citing conflicts with other major optical
events. The show is still in the 50,000-sq.-ft. Metro Toronto
Convention Centre. Information on the event will be shown in the
news page in the near future.