Market data from ABB Optical Group shows that daily disposable contact lenses led the category for dollar growth and market share in 2017 while simultaneously the two-week lens modality declined. Daily disposable growth was up nearly 19%, exiting the year with a market share of 44.6%. The two-week modality was down 6.8% in sales with a 21.4% market share, while monthlies were up 3.8% and accounted for a 33.5% market share. “Our organic practice growth, or same-store sales, show that practices posted robust growth in 2017,” said Aaron See, vice president of marketing for ABB Optical Group. “We expect continued strong performance in the year to come.” The data also show: Torics and multifocals continued to grow. Dollar growth of torics was up nearly 10%, and multifocals were up 14%. Bausch + Lomb and Alcon led all manufacturers in sales growth with 10% and 9% respectively, with Alcon leading the market in share gains in 2017. Three products garnered the greatest year-over-year share point gain: ACUVUE OASYS 1-Day, DAILIES TOTAL 1 Multifocal and ACUVUE OASYS 1-DAY for Astigmatism.Enter your text here...


CooperVision has created the Specialty Eye Care business unit and named Dr. Juan Carlos Aragon as its president. The Specialty Eye Care business unit consists of Soflex, Procornea and Paragon Vision Sciences, which design and manufacture highly specialized contact lenses for the management of myopia and other indications. While continuing to operate independently, these organizations will share technical, clinical and commercial knowledge while benefitting from CooperVision’s global presence and infrastructure. Dr. Aragon has three decades of experience in general management, professional services, sales, marketing and business development. Since joining CooperVision in 2000, he has held senior roles in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, most recently responsible for overseeing the company’s Southern & Central European commercial operations. He previously served in leadership positions with Ocular Sciences, CIBA Vision and Bausch + Lomb.


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) clarified its position on exchanging patient information via text message after vacillating on the subject only weeks earlier, according to an announcement by the American Optometric Association. While CMS still does not permit texting patient orders by clinicians or other health care providers, it does permit texting patient information among members of the health care team if done so through a "secure platform, having proper password protection, end-to-end encryption, especially when backing-up data, and looking at the organization to assess risk." The official CMS memo notes: Texting has grown to "become an essential and valuable means of communication" among members of the health care team. "It is expected that providers/organizations will implement procedures/processes that routinely assess the security and integrity of the texting systems/platforms that are being utilized, in order to avoid negative outcomes that could compromise the care of patients."


The first commercially available multi-modal swept source OCT in the U.S., Topcon Medical Systems’ CRI OCT Triton Series has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The DRI OCT Triton features easy image capture and a 1 micron, 1050nm light source with a scanning speed of 100,000 A-scans per second. The multi-modal instrument incorporates a built-in retinal camera, eye tracking during capture of selected scans, and it combines Topcon's years of expertise in OCT imaging, color, red-free, FA and FAF imaging with the diagnostic power of Swept Source OCT. The DRI OCT Triton can visualize deeper pathology, rapidly penetrating ocular tissues such as the choroid and even the sclera, without being obscured by media opacities or hemorrhage. With the press of a single button, it can visualize from vitreous through to sclera. The instrument also features widefield OCT scanning (12 mm x 9 mm) with reference database that is useful in annual exams, allowing fully automated mapping and illustration of both the macula and optic disc in one single scan and potentially halving the number of scans the patient requires. It displays high-resolution fundus images with clear retinal vessel and macular mapping to allow Pin-Point Registration of the deepest pathology.


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