CLAO eNews: A Member Communications Bulletin July 2015

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Two CLAO named Lectureships were presented at the contact lens educational program on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Denver, CO. The Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr., MD, Lecture entitled “The Healthy Ocular Surface: When and Why Does It Become Infected in Contact Lens Users?” was presented by John Dart and the Harold A. Stein, MD, Lecture entitled “Advances in IOL’s” was presented by Jay S. Pepose, MD, PhD.

John Dart, MD, (center) accepts the Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr., MD Lectureship Award from CLAO President Deborah S. Jacobs, MD and CLAO Preident Elect Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, MD, L.Ac.


Jay S. Pepose, MD, PhD, (left) accepts the Harold A. Stein, MD Lectureship Award from CLAO President Deborah S. Jacobs, MD.


Eye & Contact Lens, CLAO’s peer-reviewed journal, held its annual Board of Editors meeting in Denver during the ARVO meeting week. Here are some highlights:
  • Total article submissions are up 55%
  • Review submissions are up 300%
  • ECL’s Impact Factor is up 16%
  • ECL’s Ranking among vision/ophthalmology journals is up 3 places
  • Rejection rates are up nearly 20%
  • Web site visits are up 24%
  • Decision times are down by more than half so far this year

The Board meeting followed a very successful Symposium on Myopia Epidemic and Myopia Progression on May 2. The room was full house with a terrific response from attendees, who stayed well afterwards to mingle with our speakers at the reception. Topics and speakers were:

  • Myopia Epidemic: Karla Zadnik, OD
  • Myopia Control: Jeffrey J. Walline, OD
  • Safety of Orthokeratology: Maria Liu, OD
  • Incorporating OK into an Opthalmology Practice: Bruce Koffler, MD
  • The Chinese Experience with Orthokeratology: Pei-ying Xie, MD
  • Myopia Genomics: Terri L. Young, MD

The Editors are in the process of receiving and reviewing manuscripts for a special myopia-themed issue. Look for it late in 2015 or early 2016. The Board welcomes your comments and ideas. Please send them to Terry Monahan, ECL’s Managing Editor, at


Information in this section has been provided to CLAO by press releases, online sources and other means. CLAO does not warranty its accuracy; nor does notice in this section constitute an endorsement by CLAO.


announced on March 31st that a third edition of “Competing in the marketplace: How physicians may increase their value in the health care market through medical practice integration” is now available. This newly updated resource will help physicians in all practice sizes identify the benefits and limitations of several potential integration arrangements and determine the level of integration that makes the most sense for their practice. Most essentially, "Competing in the marketplace" points out possible antitrust pitfalls and educates physicians on managing any antitrust risks. Access this resource at


resources are available for ophthalmologists preparing for board certification or re-certification at Ophthalmologists will find several excellent Board Reviews at the Ophthalmology Board Reviews section of, . In addition, those Ophthalmologists completing CME requirements will find additional CME activities on the Ophthalmology Page,,, now has links to more than 325 Online CME sites offering more than 16,000 CME courses and more than 26,000 hours of CME credit in over 50 medical areas. The List is updated regularly as new online CME sites and courses become available. There is no charge for accessing the List and no registration is required.


Fellowship Exam, held every two years, will next take place in November 2015. Successful candidates can then apply to become Fellows of IACLE and use the affix FIACLE in recognition of their contact lens knowledge. All IACLE members are eligible to sit the exam but must serve a minimum of 12 months before becoming Fellows. IACLE members have exclusive access to a 10-module Distance Learning Program (DLP) which is delivered online via the association’s website, Existing Fellows can also complete the program and re-sit the Fellowship exam as many times as they wish, to refresh their knowledge and keep abreast of the latest contact lens developments.

The Charles T. Campbell Ophthalmic Microbiology Laboratory

at UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA is a clinical microbiology laboratory dedicated solely to the diagnosis of infectious diseases of the eye. Our dedicated laboratory, which opened in 1973, is fully certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the College of American Pathologists, and the federal government (CLIA). The clinical laboratory does not depend on research sources for operation and all testing is billable for insurance reimbursement. The goal is to provide pertinent information to assist ophthalmologists and physicians of all specialties in the treatment of eye infections. The laboratory’s endeavors include providing information on the best testing methods for detecting ocular pathogens, current antibiotic susceptibility data, and standard antibiotic therapies of ocular infections. Quick Links: Sending Specimens | Lab Requisition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

is working to educate patients in regard to contact lens safety and care. On the EPA website is a document entitled, "Do You Wear Contact Lenses? – There’s Something You Should Know…" It covers information on Acanthamoeba based on data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To view this document (it is in easy to read question and answer format) visit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration

is urging ophthalmologists to report occurrences of adverse patient reactions caused by decorative contact lenses to its MedWatch program. The FDA is emphasizing the need to report adverse reactions, especially if the lenses were purchased without a prescription, as the agency can only take action against illegal sellers when violations are reported. Consumers can report decorative lens-related problems directly to their local < a href=''>FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.


Information in this section has been provided to CLAO by press releases, online sources and other means. CLAO does not warranty its accuracy; nor does notice of a product in this section constitute an endorsement by CLAO.

Alconhas sponsored a digital supplement entitled “Ocular Surface Wellness: A New Vision For Eye Care.” To view this supplement visit

Allergan“At Your Service” has been created with your needs in mind. You ask the questions, we provide the answers—fast! Call At Your Service at 1-844-4-MyAllergan whenever you need information or assistance related to Allergan brands. Medical Information Specials are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (excluding holidays) to help answer patients’ questions.

Bausch and Lomb, Inc. has sponsored a digital supplement entitled “Embracing Innovation To Elevate Your Practice: New Technology Can Help You Provide Better Vision and Comfort to Your Patients.” To view this publication visit

Blanchard Contact Lenses is offering a series of scleral lens fitting workshops entitled “Beyond the Limbus: Highly Specialized Scleral Lens Fitting” during 2015. These one-day workshops will be taking place in twelve major city locations. For more information on dates and locations visit or or call 800-367-4009

IACLEpresented its first Lifetime Achievement Award in Contact Lens Education. The International Association of Contact Lens Educators has presented the first-ever IACLE Award for Lifetime Achievement in Contact Lens Education. Professor Desmond Fonn received the award at a dinner at Manchester Museum on Wednesday 27th May to mark the Third IACLE World Congress (24th to 28th May). His contribution to global contact lens education includes being a founding member of IACLE and its vice president for 15 years. He also served as Editor in Chief of the first edition of the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC), used by educators around the world. And in 1994 and 2002, he organised the previous two IACLE World Congresses. Dr. Fonn was also Editor in Chief of CLAO’s peer-reviewed scientific journal, Eye and Contact Lens, from 2008 through June 2013. A Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, Professor Fonn joined the university in 1986 and was founding Director of its Centre for Contact Lens Research (CCLR). He retired from the university’s School of Optometry in 2010. The Third IACLE World Congress was made possible by the generous support of sponsors Alcon, CooperVision and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care has sponsored a digital supplement entitled “Redefine Expectations: Differentiate Your Practice with an Innovative, Eye-Enhancing Contact Lens.” To view the supplement, visit

CLX System and My Vision Express announced on January 6, 2015 integration upgrades to improve contact lens management. CLX, a contact lens ordering and management system, and My Vision Express (MVE), a practice management and electronic health record (EHR) system, have integrated system upgrades that leverage cloud-based technology to help eye care professionals (ECPs) streamline contact lens ordering, tracking, and marketing, from any computer in the practice. “This integration not only simplifies ordering for MVE users, but also grants them access to the powerful reporting and marketing features of CLX 2.0,” says Jeremy Bono, CLX product manager. “These features include the Price Check Report, an updated “on-line” competitive pricing comparison to help users improve profitability; the Contact Lens Recall Report, a tool ECPs use to easily identify and contact patients due for lens reorders or re-examinations; and, numerous additional reports that can detail annual supplies sold, and most profitable modalities. Best of all, fitting metrics can be broken down by doctor, office and staff member, making the integrated features with MVE ideal for large or multi-office practices.” About My Vision Express: The My Vision Express® practice management and certified electronic health record (EHR) software is a complete system that scales easily from single-office to multi-location eye care practices. Features include an innovative point-of-sale (POS), patient communications, patient portal, diagnostic equipment integration, insurance billing, and powerful inventory management features. For more information or a demonstration personalized for your practice, please call us toll-free at 1-877-882-7455, email our sales team at, visit us online at or contact CLX Product Manager Jeremy Bono at or (314) 743-0781 x2339.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology will be holding its annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV, November 14 – 17, 2015. For more information visit

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons will be holding its annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, on May 6-10, 2016. For more information visit

The European Society of Ophthalmology (ECLSO) will be holding its 45th Congress in Izmir (Turkey) on October 16-17, 2015. For more information visit their website at Or contact the ECLSO via email at

The Japan Contact Lens Society (JCLS) will be holding its annual meeting in Osaka on July 11-12, 2015.

CLAO “Did You Know?”

A report in the February 27th issue of Ophthalmology Management stated that scientists at the University of Pittsburgh have published a study in Stem Cells Translational Medicine in which they used mice to show how stem cells harvested from teeth extracted during routine dental procedures can potentially be used to restore sight in those suffering from corneal blindness. The team, led by James L. Funderburgh, PhD, andFatima Styled-Picard, PhD, both in the department of ophthalmology focused on adult dental pulp stem cells (DSC) as a possible solution to the problem of many corneal grafts being rejected because they are not the patient’s own tissue. More information can be found at

Contact Lens Event Reporting: To report adverse contact lens reactions: or call (800) FDA-1088.

To report possible grievances related to the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act or the associated Contact Lens Rule:

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