Vision Expo West in Las Vegas was the setting for new product launches, panel discussions and innovative practice approaches.
Check out this sampling of the most popular stories coming out of the meeting.
Speakers: Optometry should take a lesson from dentistry
Primary Care Optometry News Editorial Board member Marc Bloomenstein, OD; Richard Adler, MD; Paul M. Karpecki, OD; and Jack Schaeffer, OD, spoke at the Ocular Surface Disease and Wellness Symposium, which was co-sponsored by PCON. Bloomenstein asked how many audience members have an eye exam and a routine physical every year, and there was little response. Schaeffer asked who has seen a dentist in the last 6 months, and a significant number of hands were raised.
Zeiss launches ultra-widefield fundus imaging system
Angelo Rago, head of global ophthalmic diagnostics for Zeiss, told Primary Care Optometry News that the Clarus combines ultra-widefield imaging and a fundus camera in one device that can also perform fundus autofluorescence.
Ophthalmic Resources launches electronic diagnostic algorithm for dry eye
“What is impressive about the Ophthalmic Resources algorithm is the amount of data we will produce and collect in real time,” co-founder Paul M. Karpecki, OD, said in the release. “It is our expectation that OSData will have the potential to change ‘best-in-class’ dry eye disease treatment recommendations almost immediately and, hopefully, become the catalyst for the development of new treatments and products.”
VIDEO: Light therapy for dry eye well accepted
Whitney Hauser, OD, and Doug Devries, OD, illustrated how they have successfully implemented intense pulsed light therapy in their practices for off-label treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction. Devries was surprised by the patient acceptance and results. Hauser said the light therapy improves dry eye, with added aesthetic effects.
Industry panel: Addressing challenges drives contact lens innovation
Contact lens manufacturers are working to continually identify problems preventing comfortable and effective lens wear, according to a panel of industry experts here at the Global Contact Lens Forum. Neal White, vice president of research and development and technology integration for SynergEyes, said his company looks for what is wrong.
“Are people as comfortable as they should be?” he said. “What can we do different? How do we get the doctor to push the ‘easy’ button?”