Contact Lenses – See Concept Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:29:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Contact Lenses – See Concept 32 32 A $900,000 Settlement, America’s Top Eye Doctors, and More: 11 Industry Updates Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:54:54 +0000

The 175 doctors named the best eye doctors in the United States plus 10 other ophthalmology updates Becker’s reported in September:

1. Here is a list of the top five highest paying states for ophthalmologists, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2. Optometry was ranked the second best job in the United States in 2022, according to Indeed.

3. From New York to California, 175 optometrists and ophthalmologists have been named America’s Top Eye Doctors for 2022 by Newsweek.

4. Ophthalmologist Craig Morgan, MD, and Eye Consultants of Huntington (W.Va) have paid $907,075 to resolve allegations that they submitted false Medicare and Medicaid claims.

5. These eye clinics in Boca Raton, Florida, and Blaine, Minnesota, were named Fortune’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2022.

6. The American Academy of Ophthalmology submitted comments to CMS regarding the proposed changes, calling for increased oversight, reform of prior authorization procedures, step therapy and medical records requests.

7. Vial Ophthalmology has added Paul Karpecki, OD, to its Scientific Advisory Board as part of an ongoing expansion.

8. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care has launched its new Acuvue Oasys Max 1 day contact lenses, designed with TearStable technology and OptiBlue, a blue light filtering technology.

9. The House voted to reform prior authorization in the Medicare Advantage program, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology urged the Senate to move the legislation forward quickly.

10. Entrepreneur Daryl Geweke has donated $4 million to the UC Davis Health Eye Center, based in Sacramento, Calif., so that two ophthalmology professors can continue their research into the treatment of glaucoma.

11. The Connecticut Medical Examining Board fined ophthalmologist Duane Austin, MD $40,000 for failing to ensure that four patients received the correct implant during cataract surgery.

As if the earthquake were not enough; Mexico City warned of Popocatépetl volcano activity Tue, 20 Sep 2022 04:05:01 +0000

The Mexico City Global Risk Management and Civil Protection Secretariat (SGIRPC) reported that due to the recent activity of the Popocatépetl volcano, ash fall is expected in all municipalities of CDMX. At 5:05 p.m. on Monday, September 19, Phase Two of the Volcanic Warning Signal Light was activated.

Likewise, he urged people to take precautions such as staying informed through official channels; cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or wear a face mask; clean the eyes and throat with pure water; as well as using framed lenses and avoiding contact lenses to reduce eye irritation.

Likewise, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has recommended that the population refrain from practicing outdoor activities; keep pets indoors, along with their food; sweep and remove ashes from roofs, terraces and streets.

The National Water Commission (Conagua), reported that there is no visibility towards the Popocatépetl volcano area and in case of activity, the forecast trajectory is in a west-northwest direction on the municipalities of Atlautla and Ozumba in the State of Mexico.

Some mayors have shared some recommendations to take into account through their social networks, as is the case of Iztapalapa.

“The particles produced by the fragmentation of the rocks of the Popocatépetl volcano can have an effect on our health”, warned the mayor of Iztapalapa.

The National Coordination of Civil Protection (CNPC) asked people to take extreme precautions in the event of an ash fall generated by the most dangerous and active volcano in Mexico, it also stressed the importance of knowing what effects are generated in the body.

“Ashes are particles produced by the fragmentation of rocks during eruptions and measure less than 2 mm. Its effects can go unnoticed and last a long time, even after the eruption subsides,” he noted.

Affected areas of the respiratory system range from the extrathoracic region such as the nose, mouth, and larynx; the tracheobronchial region comprising the trachea and bronchi; as well as the alveolar region in the lungs and alveoli.

Particles smaller than 4 microns lodge in the alveoli of the lungs. Likewise, the body encapsulates the particles as a defense mechanism of the lungs and forms a scar which causes inflammation and reduces the ability to breathe.

Frequent exposure to volcanic ash can cause acute eye and respiratory tract irritation; irritative conjunctivitis or corneal abrasions, gastrointestinal disturbances; severe forms of respiratory exhaustion; pre-existing hypersecretion of mucus and possibility of developing obstructive diseases, as reported by civil protection.

People couldn’t help but blame the fact of the volcanic ash on a ‘terrifying’ day with the earthquake at around 1.05pm central Mexico time today which left one person dead in Colima , several injured, as well as damaged buildings. in various parts of the Mexican Republic with a magnitude of 7.7.

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]]> Signs, causes and treatment of eye strain headaches Sat, 17 Sep 2022 12:28:05 +0000 You should note that experiencing eye strain does not mean that your eyes are injured or damaged. Headaches and eye fatigue go away after you give your eyes a good rest

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There are various things that can lead to a headache. We all know how uncomfortable and unbearable pain can be. The pain you feel may be extreme or mild, depending on the underlying reason.

One of the causes of headaches is eye strain. This can happen after engaging in activities like concentrating intently on a computer screen for too long or after a long car ride. It can make you feel blurry, exhaustion and irritation in your eyes.

You should keep in mind that experiencing eye strain does not mean that your eyes are injured or damaged. Headaches and fatigue go away once you rest your eyes.

Signs of an eye strain headache:

You feel pain behind your eyes
You might feel pain behind or around your eyes, and the area where you feel pain might be sore or tired.

No digestive issues
An eye strain headache is usually not associated with vomiting or nausea. So, unlike other types of headaches, you won’t experience nausea or any other digestive-related issues.

It develops after prolonged activity
You develop an eye strain headache after overusing your eyes during activities such as staring at your phone screen for hours or reading a book continuously.

Causes of a headache due to eyestrain:

Some of the causes of a headache due to eyestrain are:

1. Uncorrected vision.
Uncorrected vision can also cause eyestrain headaches. Glasses or contact lenses can solve the problem. Your eyes work harder to form a clear image when your vision is uncorrected. This can lead to an eye strain headache.

2. Exposure to bright or dim light.
You may experience eyestrain headaches after being exposed to bright light, such as sunlight, or dim light for too long. When your eyes are working hard to focus, you may experience headaches.

3. Prolonged use of contact lenses.
Prolonged use of contact lenses can cause eye irritation and fatigue.

Treatment of headaches related to eyestrain:

You can moisten your eyes by applying eye drops as dryness can make eyestrain worse. Further, you simply need to close your eyes and rest them for several minutes. Putting an ice pack or a cold towel on your forehead can also provide relief.

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Warby Parker Inc. (NYSE: WRBY) Receives Medium “Holding” Rating from Analysts Thu, 15 Sep 2022 06:18:25 +0000

Shares of Warby Parker Inc. (NYSE: WRBY – Get Rating) received a consensus rating of “moderate buy” from the eleven ratings companies that currently cover the company, reports. Two investment analysts rated the stock with a hold recommendation and three gave the company a buy recommendation. The 1-year average price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the past year is $24.64.

Several analysts have recently released reports on the stock. Telsey Advisory Group cut its price target on Warby Parker shares from $30.00 to $25.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a Friday, August 12 report. Piper Sandler assumed coverage of Warby Parker shares in a Friday, July 22 report. They issued an “overweight” rating and a price target of $20.00 on the stock. Loop Capital lowered its price target on Warby Parker shares from $18.00 to $15.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a Monday, June 27 report. Stifel Nicolaus cut his price target on Warby Parker shares from $15.00 to $11.00 in a Wednesday, July 20 report. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group lowered its price target on Warby Parker shares from $16.00 to $12.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a Thursday, July 21 research note.

Warby Parker stock up 0.2%

WRBY opened at $14.34 on Thursday. Warby Parker has a 52 week low of $10.86 and a 52 week high of $60.30. The company has a 50-day moving average of $13.27 and a two-hundred-day moving average of $19.09. The company has a market capitalization of $1.37 billion and a P/E ratio of -5.88.

Warby Parker (NYSE:WRBY – Get Rating) last released its results on Thursday, August 11. The company reported ($0.20) EPS for the quarter, meeting analyst consensus estimates of ($0.20). Warby Parker had a negative net margin of 35.47% and a negative return on equity of 44.81%. The company posted revenue of $149.62 million for the quarter, compared to $148.78 million expected by analysts. Research analysts expect Warby Parker to post -0.61 earnings per share for the current year.

Insider activity

Separately, Chief Financial Officer Steven Clive Miller sold 4,957 shares of the company in a trade dated Friday, September 9. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.10, for a total transaction of $74,850.70. Following the completion of the transaction, the CFO now owns 165,547 shares of the company, valued at approximately $2,499,759.70. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, accessible via the SEC’s website. Separately, CFO Steven Clive Miller sold 4,957 shares of the company in a trade dated Friday, September 9. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.10, for a total transaction of $74,850.70. Following the completion of the transaction, the CFO now owns 165,547 shares of the company, valued at approximately $2,499,759.70. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, accessible via the SEC’s website. Additionally, CEO Neil Harris Blumenthal sold 5,099 shares of the company in a trade dated Friday, September 9. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.10, for a total transaction of $76,994.90. Following completion of the transaction, the CEO now owns 106 shares of the company, valued at $1,600.60. The disclosure of this sale can be found here. Insiders hold 25.36% of the shares of the company.

Institutional entries and exits

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently changed their positions in the company. Brown Advisory Inc. increased its holdings of Warby Parker shares by 4.5% during the second quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 54,156 shares of the company worth $610,000 after purchasing an additional 2,353 shares during the period. Verition Fund Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Warby Parker during the second quarter worth approximately $1,632,000. Legal & General Group Plc acquired a new equity stake in Warby Parker during the second quarter worth approximately $298,000. Chilton Investment Co. Inc. acquired a new equity stake in Warby Parker during the second quarter worth approximately $205,000. Finally, Price T Rowe Associates Inc. ® increased its equity stake in Warby Parker by 6.8% during the second quarter. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD now owns 21,314,924 shares of the company worth $240,006,000 after purchasing an additional 1,365,543 shares during the period.

About Warby Parker

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Warby Parker Inc provides eyewear products. It offers eyeglasses, sunglasses, light sensitive lenses, blue light filtering lenses and contact lenses, as well as accessories including cases, a lens kit with anti-fog spray, pouches and anti-fog lens spray. The company also offers eye exams and vision testing directly to consumers through its retail stores, website and mobile apps.

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A beacon of light helping with sight Tue, 13 Sep 2022 06:39:48 +0000

Opticana, Israel’s leading optical retail chain, hosted the first-ever Optometry Innovation Conference Optivision by Opticana. Israel is at the forefront of innovation in most fields, and the field of optics is no different. As Merav Chapni Raz, Deputy CEO and Store Manager at Opticana, said, “Our new world technologies have also entered optometrist exam rooms. Today, they can offer an expanded set of in-depth tests and diagnostics using innovative and revolutionary tools. equipment and products. These products allow us to offer our customers a variety of innovative optical solutions and treatments that improve the quality of vision and the quality of life of spectacle wearers. We are constantly working to update and reinforce the importance of the optometrist in the new and developing world, while allowing our customers to benefit from an expanded and innovative set of tests.” Here are some of the startups Israelis who help us see a brighter and clearer future (pun intended).


RevitalVision is a digital health startup with breakthrough therapeutic software that improves the brain’s visual processing capabilities in patients with various eye diseases and visual impairments when no other alternative treatments are available or effective.

With 500 million people worldwide suffering from poor or insufficient vision that cannot be improved by surgery, optical correction or medication, RevitalVision has developed a unique solution for eye care specialists to further improve vision beyond the eyes and beyond current practices. While the entire eye care industry focuses on correcting eye anatomy and directing lights, RevitalVision focuses solely on optimizing the visual processing of the brain.

RevitalVision is the only FDA cleared product for children 9 years and older and adults with amblyopia (lazy eye) and has been shown to improve vision in multiple eye diseases and vision impairments. It has also just been approved for two new unique USA CPT reimbursement codes by the AMA for the treatment of amblyopia.

RevitalVision was founded in 2019 by Yair Yahav (CEO) and Yogev Shamay (CTO). They are located in Modi’in, Israel and have 10 employees. To date, the company has raised $3 million and is currently raising more capital to expand, with a primary focus on the US market.


NovaSight is a medical device company whose mission is to prevent visual impairment in pediatric patients by using eye-tracking technology in new therapeutic, diagnostic and preventive solutions. The CureSight™ Amblyopia Treatment System is designed to replace traditional eye patches. The treatment is performed while the patient watches their favorite streamed content from the comfort of their home. For visual diagnostics, the company is developing the EyeSwift®PRO eye-tracking based visual diagnostic device that screens for multiple visual impairments in seconds and can be used by anyone trained. Specifically designed for children, the EyeSwiftPRO requires minimal patient cooperation. NovaSight is also developing TrackSight™, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for myopia prevention and vision health monitoring. TrackSight is designed to be used by children on laptops and tablets for educational and recreational purposes, and by adults in the workplace for objective eye strain and dry eye monitoring.

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NovaSight was founded in 2016 by Ran Yam (CEO) and Professor Dan Oz (CTO). They have 22 employees and are located in Airport City. NovaSight’s leadership and scientific advisory board are comprised of experienced executives, researchers and key opinion leaders in pediatric eye care.

CU Control Lenses by Opticana

In 2000, there were approximately 1.4 billion people worldwide who suffered from nearsightedness (myopia). By 2050, this number is estimated to reach 4.8 billion, or around 50% of the world’s population. Why is there an increase in myopia? What changed? The new world has created a new reality and changed the lifestyles of millions of people as we have moved into the digital age. This new digital lifestyle with daily exposure to screens, computers, smartphones and televisions, leads to changes in distance vision and creates myopia. Recent studies show that several main factors can lead to myopia in children – excessive use of screens, dim lighting, little time outside the classroom and reduced exposure to daylight, lack of hours of sleep and remote reading. But how does myopia affect our health and quality of life? It can be linked to a variety of medical complications such as retinal detachments, glaucoma, cataracts and optic disc changes. Additionally, if left untreated, it can affect decreased functioning, learning abilities, social and occupational difficulties and challenges, and damage to quality of life. Using state-of-the-art technology, CU Control has created an effective treatment for myopia and the prevention of vision deterioration in children aged 6-16 using glasses. Their lenses can slow the rate of development of myopia and reduce the elongation of the eyeball. CU Control lenses have power reduction, starting from the center of the lens, where there is maximum power and prevention, to the edge of the lens. The reduction works circularly and in all directions of the lens. Circular prescription reduction technology alters focal point positions to precisely match the curvature of the retina. Thanks to this technology, the aesthetic result is also better, and the glasses are thinner and give a high level aesthetic appearance. The treatment is safe, effective, easy and comfortable for children.

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Opticana was founded in 1988 by Meir and Sarit Rassin and provides the most advanced optometry services in Israel. Innovation being one of the core values ​​of the company, they always keep abreast of technological changes in Israel and abroad in order to stay at the forefront of progress.

CooperVision Israel

CooperVision is committed to helping people around the world see better every day. Through scientific and technological innovation, operational excellence and close working relationships with eyecare professionals, CooperVision has helped improve the vision of millions of people and become a trusted global leader in eye care. contact lens industry.

The company designs and manufactures highly specialized contact lenses for the management of myopia and other indications. Since no two eyes or people are the same, providing vision corrective contact lenses should be no different. Thus, CooperVision Israel is committed to providing a better quality of life through vision correction solutions. CooperVision Israel’s expertise is in producing contact lenses for each case and to meet all needs, whether multifocal, toric, keratoconus and irregular cornea lenses, therapeutic and baby lenses, cosmetic, prosthetic, scleral, GP or custom designed.

Cooper Vision product. Credit: CooperVision

CooperVision Israel was developed with the acquisition of Soflex in 2016 and is located in northern Israel and has 120 employees in Israel. They launched the first FDA approved product for myopia management 4 years ago – MiSight 1 Day Contact Lenses and continue to contribute to the field of myopia management through professional support, accreditations and other approved products.

Save with’s End of Summer Sale Sat, 10 Sep 2022 17:38:21 +0000

Start the new school year on the right foot with stylish frames or opt for last minute summer shades. has incredible sales this month, making it easy for the whole family to shop. has tons of options to choose from for all tastes and budgets. Now through September 20 you can get two pairs of glasses for the price of one, and there are plenty of other deals worth your time and savings – check out all the details below.

clearance sale has hundreds of different styles of prescription sunglasses and frames available in its clearance section. You can save up to 70% on select styles, making it easy to get a pair, two or five. Consult the liquidation section here.

Buy one get one free

Until September 20, use the code WITHOUT BOGO and you can get a second pair of glasses (of equal or lesser value) for free. Your order may include a premium frame and the discount will be applied to the less expensive of the two pairs of glasses. Choose from sunglasses or regular frames. This offer does not include frames or contacts for children.

Save 50% on sunglasses and eyewear is offering 50% off eyeglasses and sunglasses with basic prescription lenses: just use the code SUMMER50 at the register. You will also get free shipping with your order, but this discount cannot be used on sale frames.

Designer frames at 40% off

If you’re a fan of luxury brands like Gucci, Prada, and Versace, you’ll want to take advantage of this deal. Just use the code DESIGNER40 at checkout through September 22 and receive 40% off designer frames for sunglasses and eyewear to take your style to the next level. However, this agreement excludes Ray-Ban, Oakley, Persol, Wiley X, Costa Del Mar, Komono and children’s frames. This offer also includes free shipping.

Save 25% on all contact lenses

Are you looking for contacts instead? With code CONTACT25, you can save 25% on your contact lens order. This includes Dailies, Air Optix, Acuvue and more (some exclusions apply). You also get free shipping with this offer (ends September 22).

Glasses don’t suit you? Ordering the wrong color? offers a 100% money-back guarantee, a one-year limited warranty, and free shipping on returns and exchanges. And if you’re still on the fence and want to shop around before you buy, you should check out our roundup of all the best eyewear deals and contacts online it happens now.

How to pack a suitcase Fri, 09 Sep 2022 13:59:00 +0000

Flying carry-on luggage has long been an art form practiced primarily by those traveling with budget airlines. After all, why bother stuffing 100ml bottles and rolling up your underwear if you have free checked baggage? But 2022 and its air travel problems have completely changed things. Now, hand luggage is all the rage.

Want to skip the queues at check-in? Travel in hand luggage only. Hate waiting on the treadmill for your stuff? Travel in hand luggage only. Don’t want to lose your suitcase or wait three days for your bag to arrive? Well, you have a point.

But what and how to pack to maximize your hand luggage? And what about your checked baggage? Here’s what you need to know.

Main photo: Pack carefully to save time and money (Getty Images)

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How to make the most of your baggage allowance

Before you even start packing, it’s worth laying out everything so you can do a quick inventory to see if you actually need everything. Toiletries can often be decanted into smaller containers, and you probably don’t need as many outfit changes as you think.

Also consider the type of clothing you bring. Garments made from specialty fabrics such as micromodal are odor resistant, which means you potentially wear more wear with the same outfit and don’t need to bring as much. In cold weather, a puffer jacket is likely to be much less bulky than a wool sweater, while still keeping you warm.

Don’t forget there’s also the outfit you’re traveling in – sometimes it’s best to wear the bulkiest items, especially sneakers, jackets or hats.

To make the most of the space in your suitcase, get some packing cubes. These help compartmentalize everything and compress your clothes in the process. Fold or roll your clothes before putting them in the packing cubes to make the whole process easier and ensure you have fewer creases to deal with at the other end. If you’re packing shoes, handbags, or even hats, you can always stuff them with socks or underwear to help them hold their shape and save space at the same time.

Pack your hand luggage carefully to save time and money
It pays to be organized when packing (Getty Pictures)

What to put in hand luggage

If you’re only going away for a weekend, there’s really no excuse to do anything other than pack only hand luggage. But even for week-long trips, it’s totally doable depending on where and when you’re traveling and who you’re traveling with.

Obviously, summer wardrobes are not as bulky as winter outfits. And if you’re flying with BA or another flagship airline, you can usually take a small under-seat bag and a cabin-sized trolley on board. But even on premium tickets with easyJet and Ryanair you can get a decent enough allowance to make it work – just be sure to check your bag measurements first.

There are essentials for every trip abroad, such as your passport, travel documents (which may involve a vaccination passport), a face mask if needed, and cash. Otherwise, for a weekend, here are some essentials to take into account for your cabin luggage:

• Two tops, one formal
• A pair of pants/shorts/skirts
• Socks and underwear for the number of nights you are away
• Pajamas
• Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, moisturizer, makeup, hairbrush and anything else you might need)
• Glasses/contact lenses if you wear them
• Essential drugs
• Travel adapter, chargers and any cables
• a bottle of water (to be filled at the airport)

A travel pillow is a good addition to try and store in your carry-on
Space to spare? You might want to pack a travel pillow (Alamy)

Optional extras

• Travel pillow
• Eye mask
• Earplugs
• Swimsuit (provide a waterproof bag if you plan to swim just before leaving)
• Sunglasses and jewelry
• Hat
• An elegant outfit, if you are planning a fancy dinner
• Clothing for wet/cold weather
• Change of footwear (trainers, dress shoes and/or flip flops)
• Camera
• Listeners
• Power bank
• Tablet/book
• Solar cream
• Sun glasses
• Mini first aid kit (headache tablets, antacid, diarrhea medicine, insect repellent, bandages, etc.)
• Tote bag, for outings and dirty laundry on the way back

What to put in checked baggage

Going on a longer trip? Well, if you have the luggage space and don’t mind lugging your suitcase around, it’s perfectly acceptable to bring a little extra comfort. If you just need the basics, here are the essentials to pack for a week or more.

• A mix of smart and casual tops for every day you’re away, especially if you’re going somewhere hot and likely to sweat
• Two or three pants/jeans/skirts/shorts depending on the weather
• For women, four or five dresses: feel free to reduce the number of other outfits accordingly or keep them for the evenings
• One or two pairs of shoes/trainers/flip-flops, depending on the activities
• Socks and underwear for the number of nights you are away
• Pajamas
• Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, moisturizer, makeup, hairbrush, etc.) as well as all grooming tools such as razors, nail clippers and tweezers
• Glasses/contact lenses if worn; spare lenses and solutions if necessary
• Mini first aid kit (headache tablets, antacids, diarrhea medicine, insect repellent, bandages, etc.): carry the essentials in your hand luggage
• Travel adapter, chargers and any cables: carry a spare cable in your hand luggage
• Tote bag, for outings and dirty laundry on the way back

There's room for more in your suitcase if you're checking baggage on a flight
Take extra if you’re checking bags, but don’t overdo it (Getty Images)

Optional extras

• Special outfits for parties or events
• Sunglasses and jewelry (or take them in your hand luggage)
• Hat (or wear it)
• Solar cream
• Mini first aid kit (headache tablets, antacid, diarrhea medicine, insect repellent and bandages, etc.)
• Small sewing kit
• Clothing for wet/cold weather
• Swimsuit (provide a waterproof bag if you plan to swim just before leaving)
• Small sports equipment such as a diving mask or dry bag

Azura Ophthalmics Obtains Grant to Evaluate AZR-MD-001 for Improved Quality of Vision Related to Contact Lens Discomfort Wed, 07 Sep 2022 12:00:00 +0000

TEL AVIV, Israel and MELBOURNE, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Azura Ophthalmics Ltd. (Azura), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel therapeutic class of ophthalmic keratolytics for ocular surface diseases, today announced that the company has received a grant from CUREator, Australia’s national biomedical incubator run by Brandon BioCatalyst. The grant will support Azura’s two-stage study evaluating the safety, tolerability and efficacy of the company’s lead clinical candidate, AZR-MD-001, in patients with contact lens discomfort (CLD ) who show signs of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).

“We are delighted to receive this CUREator grant and believe it serves to validate our differentiated approach of combining ophthalmology and dermatology solutions to harness the properties of keratolytics to address the root cause of contact lens discomfort and ‘other ocular surface indications,’ said Marc Gleeson, CEO of Azura Ophthalmics. “Meibomian gland dysfunction is the leading cause of CPD and is directly implicated in the dry eye and discomfort experienced by millions of contact lens wearers.”

Fiona Stapleton, Scientia Professor, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, said: “We are delighted that Azura has been awarded this grant and we look forward to continuing our collaborative evaluation of the AZR-MD-001 for the CLD. Our pilot study met its primary endpoints by showing statistically significant improvements in several measures of meibomian gland secretion and patients’ ability to wear contact lenses as desired.

Background of AZR-MD-001 in patients with CLD

It is estimated that there are 140 million contact lens wearers worldwide and over 44 million wearers in the United States alone. Up to 51% of contact lens wearers ‘drop out’ of contact lens wear citing CLD as the primary reason for discontinuation.1

Azura evaluated AZR-MD-001 (1.0%) ointment as a potential treatment for CPD in a first pilot study: SOVS2019-070 (the ECLIPTIC study). Significant improvements from baseline were observed in meibum gland secretion score (MGS) and number of meibomian glands producing fluid secretion (MGYLS) after treatment with AZR-MD-001 for 3 months (p < 0.0086 and p < 0.0151, respectively). Analyzes from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) conducted by Professor Fiona Stapleton revealed that the AZR-MD-001 showed a statistically significant improvement from baseline in the CLDEQ-8 score at 1 and 4 months (p<0.01) and an improvement in the visual symptoms subscale (frequency and severity of fluctuating vision) of the CLDEQ-8 (p=0.02) for the same periods.2 This impact of AZR-MD-001 on visual function was also found in an integrated Phase 2a analysis in four studies conducted by Azura in patients with MGD. The results of the integrated analyzes indicated significant drug effects on the visual function subscale of the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI).

The significant impact of AZR-MD-001 on visual function observed in the studies is believed to be the result of increased meibum release and/or production. The increased release and/or production of meibum strengthens the lipid layer of the tear film which, in turn, should increase the stability of the precorneal tear film. Given that the precorneal tear film is the first major refractive surface of the eye, this should stabilize visual quality and may explain the observed improvements in patient-reported vision-related outcomes.

About Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a chronic, progressive condition associated with blockage of the meibomian glands and impaired quality of expressed meibum. It is the main cause of dry eye (DED) and contact lens discomfort (CLD).3.4 MGD is usually characterized by terminal duct obstruction and/or qualitative/quantitative changes in glandular secretion.5 There are no approved prescription pharmaceutical agents that specifically treat these glandular changes. If left untreated, MGD alters the tear film, leading to damage to the front of the eye and severe discomfort from associated ocular surface diseases.

About Contact Lens Discomfort

Contact lens discomfort (CLD) is a condition in which lens wearers experience pain and irritation, causing them to reduce their lens-wearing time or stop wearing them altogether. The use of contact lenses can stress the tear film, leading to instability and alterations in the lipid layer, and can cause an unexpected manifestation of symptoms in patients with mild MGD who are otherwise asymptomatic.6 There are currently no approved pharmacological treatments for CLD and there are no treatments available that can significantly improve the debilitating symptoms associated with CLD such as blurred and fluctuating vision and discomfort.

About AZR-MD-001

Azura’s lead clinical-stage drug candidate, AZR-MD-001, is a topical ointment that has been developed to produce properties ideal for ophthalmic use. The formulation is applied to the lower edge of the eyelid twice a week before bedtime.

AZR-MD-001 uses selenium sulfide (SeS2) as its active ingredient. SeS2 has been identified as an ideal candidate for the treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) due to its multi-mechanism of action targeting MGD pathophysiology. It breaks down the bonds between abnormal keratin proteins to soften blockage, slows keratin production to prevent future blockages, and increases the amount of lipids produced by the meibomian glands.

AZR-MD-001 is currently being studied in a Phase 2 trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of the study drug in patients with MGD and evaporative dry eye (EDD) . Azura expects to release key data in Q4 2022.

About Azura Ophthalmics, Ltd.

Azura Ophthalmics uses its extensive knowledge of ocular surface diseases and drug development to deliver a novel therapeutic class of ophthalmic keratolytics. Our differentiated approach combines ophthalmology and dermatology solutions to harness the unique properties of keratolytics to address the root cause of many underserved ocular indications. Led by our clinical-stage program, initially focused on resolving the signs and dramatically improving the symptoms of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), our in-house developed pipeline treats the spectrum of eyelid margin diseases and of the ocular surface. For more information, visit: and follow Azura on LinkedIn.

About CUREator

Delivered by Brandon BioCatalyst, CUREator is supported by the Australian Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund. The MRFF’s $80 million Translation and Commercialization Support (ESTAC) grant aims to help companies develop projects that support medical innovation in Australia through to proof of concept and beyond, providing marketing opportunities. CUREator is responsible for managing $40 million of this fund, dedicated to supporting the commercialization of preclinical medical innovations and the early clinical development of therapies.

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2. Stapleton F, Tan J, Jia T, DrPuy V, Gleeson M, and Bosworth C. The effect of a new topical treatment containing sulfide on ocular signs and symptoms in symptomatic contact lens wearers: an exploratory study . Summary ARVO, Inv Ophthal & Vis Sci, 2021; 62:1259.

3. Milner, MS, Beckman, KA, Luchs, JI, Allen, QB, Awdeh, RM, Berdahl, J., Boland, TS, Buznego, C., Gira, JP, Goldberg, DF, Goldman, D., Goyal , RK, Jackson, MA, Katz, J., Kim, T., Majmudar, PA, Malhotra, RP, McDonald, MB, Rajpal, RK, Raviv, T., … Yeu, E. (2017). Dysfunctional tear syndrome: dry eye disease and associated tear film disorders – new diagnostic and treatment strategies. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology, 27 Suppl 1(Suppl 1), 3–47.

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5. Efron N, Jones L, Bron AJ, et al. The TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort: Report of Contact Lens Interactions with the Ocular Surface and Adnexa Subcommittee. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013;54:TFOS98–TFOS122.

6. Blackie CA, Korb DR, Knop E, Bedi R, Knop N, Holland EJ. Unobvious obstructive meibomian gland dysfunction. Cornea. 2010;29(12):1333-45.

]]> Contact lens market size will reach USD 17.4 billion by Mon, 05 Sep 2022 12:00:00 +0000

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LOS ANGELES, September 052022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The contact lens market is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 6.9% from 2022 to 2030 and reach a market value of approximately $17.4 billion by 2030.

Highlights of the Contact Lenses Market Report

• The global contact lens market size was $9.6 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2022 to 2030

• The North American contact lens market is expected to lead with over 38% market share

• According to the CDS, more than 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses

• Asia-Pacific Contact Lens Market is expected to grow with the fastest CAGR during the forecast period of 2022 to 2030

• Among the distribution channels, the retail store occupied more than 35% of the total market share

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Market contact lens market
Size 2021 $9.6 billion
contact lens market Forecast 2030 $17.4 billion
contact lens market CAGR from 2022 to 2030 6.9%
contact lens market Analysis period 2018 – 2030
contact lens market Year of reference 2021
contact lens market Forecast data 2022 – 2030
Segments Covered By wear type, by design, by material, by application, by distribution channel and by geography
contact lens market Regional scope North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Profiled Key Companies Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., Alcon Vision LLC, Bausch & Lomb, Carl Zeiss AG, Contamac, Cooper Vision, Inc., Essilor International SA, Hoya Corporation, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., Medennium, Seed Co., Ltd . ., STAAR Surgical Company, SynergEyes, Inc. and X-Cel Specialty Contacts.
Report cover Market Trends, Drivers, Restraints, Competitive Analysis, Player Profiling, Regulatory Analysis

Contact lenses are thin, curved lenses worn in “contact” with the eye. These are primarily designed to correct refractive errors and maintain eye health, but later find use in cosmetics and prosthetics, among others. Moreover, these are naturally clear but often provided with the slightest tint of color to make them easier to handle for the wearers. These are made with materials such as silicone hydrogel and hydrogel, which can easily be fixed with water in the eyes. The increasing adoption of reusable lenses is a popular contact lens market trend that is fueling industry demand.

Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lenses Market Revenue

The introduction of COVID-19 has significantly hampered global demand for these devices. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, major market players have reported declining revenue from the sale of glasses. In 2020, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. saw an 11.7% decline in sales. However, a survey by J&J revealed that the market is expected to recover from 2021. In 2021, Johnson & Johnson Vision announced the results of its survey on the impact of COVID-19 on contact lenses in Western Europe. According to the report, contact lens use is showing signs of recovery across Western Europe now that lockdown restrictions have been lifted. In fact, 63% of Western European contact lens wearers surveyed wear contact lenses as often as before the pandemic, and 10% wear them more frequently. Additionally, 53% of people who stopped wearing contact lenses during the pandemic said they wanted to start wearing them again. The use of contact lenses recovers in several modalities. In fact, overall contact lens use in Western Europe is expected to increase by 12% by 2021.

Dynamics of the contact lens market

The growing prevalence of eye diseases such as refractive errors and cataracts, where contact lenses help people correct vision, is supporting the growth of the contact lens market. According to our analysis of the contact lens industry, the growing awareness about the benefits of disposable lenses over reusable lenses is driving the growth of the industry. Additionally, there are risks associated with contact such as discomfort, excessive tearing or other discharge, unusual sensitivity to light, itching, burning or gritty sensation, and unusual redness are likely to limit growth to some extent over the forecast period. Also, the launch of technologically advanced products is expected to boost the contact lens market share.

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Segmentation of the contact lens market

The contact lens market is segmented on the basis of wear type, design, material, application, distribution channel, and geography. Based on wear type, the market is divided into daily disposable lenses, disposable lenses, frequent replacement lenses, and conventional lenses. On the basis of design, the market is divided into spherical, toric, multifocal and other; materials: silicone hydrogel, hydrogel, gas permeable, hybrid and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). Additionally, contact lenses have corrective, therapeutic, cosmetic, prosthetic, and lifestyle applications. Additionally, the distribution channel includes retail stores, hospitals & clinics, and e-commerce.

Regional outlook of the contact lens market

North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa are the regional industry categorizations of the contact lens market.

In 2021, North America held the major share (%) in terms of global contact lens market revenue. The region’s main economy, the United States, accounted for the maximum share of revenue. According to 2015 estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six adults in the United States wear contact lenses, and one-third of them report at least one medical visit for a red or sore eye while wearing contact lenses. lenses.

According to our contact lens market forecast, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth from 2022 to 2030. The increasing number of people with eye disorders due to changing lifestyles is one of the key drivers of regional market growth. The growing awareness of advanced devices in the market through the marketing channels of major players is further enhancing the regional market value of Contact Lenses.

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Contact lens market players

Some of the major contact lens companies/competitors are Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., Alcon Vision LLC, Bausch & Lomb, Carl Zeiss AG, Contamac, Cooper Vision, Inc., Essilor International SA, Hoya Corporation, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care , Inc., Medennium, Seed Co., Ltd., STAAR Surgical Company, SynergEyes, Inc. and X-Cel Specialty Contacts, among others. Contact lens companies announced mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and collaborations, and new product development to improve their position in the contact lens industry. Major players are also moving to new regions with advanced technologies to gain a competitive edge in the market.

Some of the key observations regarding the contact lens industry include:

• Alcon launched PRECISION1 for astigmatism contact lenses in 2021. It is a silicone hydrogel (SiHy) daily disposable contact lens designed for patients with astigmatism. Alcon estimates that toric lenses, which are correct for astigmatism, account for 23% of the $9 billion global contact lens market. PRECISION1 is engineered with SMART SURFACE technology, which has helped the brand become the fastest growing daily disposable contact lens brand in the United States.

• Engineers from the University of Surrey, in collaboration with their partners from Harvard University (USA), the University of Science and Technology (China), the National Physics Laboratory (UK), from George Washington University and the Ningbo Research Institute of Zhejiang University, have developed a revolutionary sensor system and manufacturing process to produce ultra-thin smart contact lenses. They also said the system can be incorporated directly onto soft contact lenses using an easy assembly method. Moreover, the final design will also offer comfort and biocompatibility, robustness, transparency and detection sensitivity, which surpasses other smart lenses.

Questions this report answers

  • What was the market size of Contact Lenses Market in 2021?
  • What will be the CAGR of the Contact Lenses Market during the forecast period, 2022 to 2030?
  • Who are the key players in the global contact lens market?
  • Which region held the largest contact lens market share in 2021?
  • What are the key market drivers of Contact Lenses Market?
  • What is the largest end-user contact lens market?
  • How much will the contact lens market be worth in 2030?

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]]> Security Breach Monty Gator Cosplay is a TikTok sensation Sat, 03 Sep 2022 12:00:00 +0000

A masterful Five nights at Freddy’s Cosplay transforms a talented fan into the animatronic glamrock menace Monty Gator. The survival horror franchise features a colorful array of murderous creatures, like Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, and the titular Freddy Fazbear, who stalk the player with extreme enthusiasm. Five nights at Freddy’s featured Monty Gator in last year’s Free Roam episode Security Breachand the crocodilian creature has clearly left a strong impression on the fanbase.


The extensive list of Five nights at Freddy’s animatronics are a big part of the franchise’s appeal, and this lineup of violent villains has slowly grown since the series began. While the series began as a small independent project, single-handedly developed by Scott Cawthon, it has since grown into a huge multimedia franchise. Five nights at Freddy’s the merchandise became prolific, and the series’ gruesome history and lore was also fleshed out by spin-off games and novels. Fans have demonstrated their love for the series and its bloodthirsty mascots through Five nights at Freddy’s cosplay, with one player successfully transforming into friendly Glamrock robot Freddy.

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Now the TikTok user and talented cosplayer theroligore have turned into Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach Montgomery Gator character. As the bassist of the band Glamrock Animatronics, Monty is an extremely vicious enemy who charges at the player upon spotting him. The cosplay assembled by theroligore is hugely impressive, with prosthetic make-up materials and masterful paintwork bringing the reptilian robot to life in shocking detail. Monty’s mohawk orange and star-shaped sunglasses are even included, making the Five nights at Freddy’s cosplay a real rock hit that is sure to surprise fans.

The Monty Gator cosplay created by theroligore is incredibly impressive, and FNAF: security breach Freddy and Bonnie cosplays are a perfect set. The two fan creations, shared via Instagram, use extensive makeup and costumes to flesh out two other Glamrock Animatronics band members. Glamrock singer Freddy comes to life with his signature hat and orange hair, while the mysterious Glamrock Bonnie is created using purple bunny ears and colored contact lenses. Combined with Theroligore’s Monty Gator cosplay, these three fans could form the perfect glamrock band.

Five nights at Freddy’s inspired many tributes and fan creations, but theroligore went the extra mile with their jaw-dropping Monty Gator cosplay. The transformation requires significant make-up and prosthetic work, but the result is a truly authentic recreation of the game’s alligator. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach introduced the violent creature, and now Monty has been introduced to the real world.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Google Stadia.

Source: theroligore/TikTok