Specialty Lenses

Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO of SynergEyes discusses specialty lenses.

Cara Moore: Hi everybody. Thanks for joining us here on Optometry TV. I’m Cara Moore joined now by Dr. Louise Sclafani with SynergEyes. Thanks for being here.

Dr. Louise Sclafani: Thank you for having me.

Cara Moore: Let’s talk a little bit about specialty lenses and really the growth in that market and some, some innovation.

Dr. Louise Sclafani: Okay, sure. Well, you know, specialty lenses entails a lot of different things. It entails the irregular cornea, it entails myopia management, and as well as presbyopia. And I’m very excited because at SynergEyes we can address all of those needs with our hybrid contact lenses, as well as with our scleral lenses too. So we have a new generation coming up in 2020 our gen three lens, we’ll have a new platform for our hybrid lens. And it will also include the optics from the Brien Holden Vision Institute on extended depth of focus. And we’re very excited about that. And we’re looking forward to putting that on patients.

Cara Moore: And this is a good thing for both patients and practitioners.

Dr. Louise Sclafani: Oh, it’s wonderful. So there’s two aspects of it. First of all, our patients are wanting and needing better correction for their presbyopia and for their irregular cornea. And this allows for a very comfortable and clear and crisp vision experience for them. So, you know, hybrid lens offers the crispness of a gas perm lens and the comfort of a soft lens. But we’ve gone through transitions, we’ve gone through changes in different generations of the lens and I’m really excited about the one to come. And the even better is we’ve developed a new way of fitting this lens empirically, without putting trial lenses on. And so this will help speed up the process for our Doctors as well as for our patients.

Cara Moore: I know there’s been some buzz about the new ISO standards in contact lens disinfection. Tell us about that.

Dr. Louise Sclafani: Yeah. So those ISO standards came out in 2018 and we found that most practitioners were not very aware of what was going on. And what they relate to is when you have trial lens fitting in your practice and how do you take care of those lenses because you’re going to put them on another patient. So, this, this conversation came up about a year and a half ago and a group of us from the diplomates section of the cornea and contact lens section. Let me say that again. Our diplomats from the cornea and contact lens and refractive technology section, came together and we started discussing this along with American Optometric Association contact lens section. And we said, we’ve got to look at these standards, we’ve got to have a discussion about it, we have to decipher them and we have to debate them. And so we put it together and we came up with a position paper and this is really exciting. Where these two major associations have come together and made an agreement to make it something that’s easier for our practitioners.

Cara Moore: And do you think that’s been an issue for practitioners not having this?

Dr. Louise Sclafani: I think having, the issue is them not understanding it. Not understanding what’s appropriate in that practice. And, but now that these ISO standards just came out, it’s, we have to adhere to them. So it’s important. In general, we think that, you know, knowing the proper way of disinfecting lenses, doing it the way that the ISO standards want us to adhere to. And then also limiting the use of these lenses as well. Perhaps more empirical fitting or single use fitting is important too.

Cara Moore: So good news there.

Dr. Louise Sclafani: Yeah, for certain, for sure.

Cara Moore: All right, well, thank you so much for being here.

Dr. Louise Sclafani: Thank you for having me.

Cara Moore: I appreciate your time. Thanks for joining us here on Optometry TV.

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