Something new you may start hearing about.
The Stellest lens.
What is it?
It's a spectacle lens from Essilor designed to slow the progression of myopia.
How does it work?
Stellest uses something called H.A.L.T. (Highly Aspherical Lenslet Target) technology. The lens has a single vision zone and a constellation of aspherical lenslets spread on 11 rings. According to Essilor, "the power on each ring has been ingeniously determined to guarantee a volume of signal always in front of the retina and following its shape, to achieve consistent myopia slowdown."
Have there been any studies?
Yes! Essilor just announced key 1-year findings from its ongoing 3-year clinical trial started in 2018. The company found that after 1 year, there was more than 60% slowdown in myopia progression when compared with the control group wearing single-vision lenses. Also, eye elongation was prevented in 28% of children wearing Stellest lenses, while eye elongation occurred in all the children wearing single-vision lenses.
When can we get this lens?
No word on when this will launch yet. Stay tuned. (via)
The Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act has been introduced into the Senate. The bill, backed by the AOA and the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety, would eliminate contact lens prescription verification robocalls and thwart FTC plans to require prescribers to get signed acknowledgment forms indicating patients' receipt of their contact lens prescriptions. Read more about it here.
WHAT YOUR PATIENT MIGHT ASK YOU
Are there any preservative-free allergy drops available without a prescription?
There are now! The FDA just approved Alaway Preservative Free (Bausch + Lomb) as the first over-the-counter, preservative-free formulation eye drop to temporarily relieve itchy eyes due to pollen, ragweed, grass, and animal hair and dander.
When can we see this on shelves?
It should be available for purchase in the spring of 2021 at major retailers.
SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP
October is Contact Lens Safety Month.
Now would probably be a good time to educate patients on the dangers of buying theatrical Halloween contacts online.
Your next practice purchase: a COVID-19 sniffing dog.
Airports are hiring dogs that are experts at sniffing out COVID-19 in the sweat of travelers. (via)
See you next week!