YOUR RUNDOWN

Oasys with Transitions is here.

Let's answer some common questions.

What is the replacement schedule?

Two weeks, just like regular Oasys.

How long until it is fully activated outside?

It takes around 30 seconds.

What about coming back inside?

Roughly 90 seconds to deactivate.

What solutions can I use with this?

Any multipurpose will work, even peroxide-based solutions are OK.

How much light does it filter?

At full activation, it filters roughly 70% of outdoor light. Inside, it also filters around 15% of indoor light.

Anything else?

Fun fact - TIME listed this lens as one of the best inventions of 2018. They also have professional baseball player Bryce Harper as their spokesperson.
If you haven't tried this out yet, here is a video of an OD with blue eyes testing it out. It's noticeable.


Speaking of creative contact lens ideas...

Johnson & Johnson is also working on an antihistamine-releasing contact lens.

What lens are they using?

Etafilcon A, the same material in Acuvue 1-day Moist.

What is it releasing?

Ketotifen.

In their studies, patients who wore the antihistamine-releasing contact lenses experienced a significant reduction in the average eye itch symptoms as compared to those receiving control lenses. Their phase 3 results were recently published in the journal Cornea. (via)


Legislative Update:

Arkansas - HB 1251- just passed in the Arkansas state senate. This bill allows ODs to perform chalazion and lid lesion removals as well as laser capsulotomy and laser trabeculoplasty.
For a nice legislative recap on other states working to expand the scope of practice, click here.


NBEO lawsuit settlement.

If you were a victim of #eyedentitytheft2016, you should read this. You may be able to get reimbursed for the money you spent monitoring/repairing your credit.

WHAT YOUR PATIENT MIGHT ASK YOU

Can I use an eye drop so I won't have to use readers?

Actually, maybe. Orasis Pharmaceuticals has started a phase 2 clinical trial for an eye drop that will treat presbyopia.

How does their drop work?

The drop is called CSF-1 and it's "designed to improve near visual acuity by pupil modulation, resulting in a “pinhole effect” and an increase in the depth of field, thus increasing the ability to focus on near objects." (via)
Stay tuned.

SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

According to a 2014 survey by Prevent Blindness, less than 10 percent of American women realize that women are at a greater risk of suffering permanent vision loss than men. (via)

OD HIGHLIGHT - Janelle Davison

This week I'm highlighting Janelle Davison, an optometrist in Georgia. In addition to running her private practice, she founded S.C.O.R.E. a non-profit organization that aims to empower minority girls in STEM!

S.C.O.R.E seeks to improve access to quality STEM education for high school girls from groups that have historically been underserved in the STEM fields including low to middle-income communities. Amazing work, Janelle!

Do any of you have a side hustle you're passionate about? I want to highlight you here! Reach out and share it with me!