VSP is making contact lenses now.

Introducing UnityBioSync.

Give me the rundown.

These contacts were co-developed with the company Tangible Science (makers of Tangible Hydra-PEG). To refresh, Tangible Hydra-PEG is a contact lens coating designed to improve comfort in custom contact lens wearers.

Tell me about the new lens.

It's a daily silicone hydrogel lens (Dk/t = 150) with HydraMist technology. HydraMist is a modified formula of Tangible Hydra-PEG on the surface of the lens. According to VSP, it's a "90% water polymer that mimics the eye’s natural tear film." BioSync lenses are only available in spherical prescriptions at the moment, but check out the full parameters here. (via)


Is there any other way besides surgery to treat my droopy lids?

Maybe soon! Vertical Pharmaceuticals has submitted a new drug application for RVL-1201.

What is RVL-1201?

It's a "once-daily ophthalmic formulation of oxymetazoline, a direct-acting α-adrenergic receptor agonist," according to the company. The drop is believed to work by selectively targeting Müller’s muscle and elevating the upper eyelid.

When could we see this?

The company is hoping for a potential launch in the second half of 2020. (via)


Must have been a slow news week in West Virginia.

A 4-year-old-boy gets a red eye after being sprayed by a millipede. Story makes headlines.

Take Alexa with you in your glasses.

Amazon is launching Echo Frames, glasses that have Alexa built into the temples. Watch a review of them here. Related, Facebook and Luxottica are also working on smart glasses, codenamed Orion.

Sure, I'd love to fit you in vampire lenses!

(File this under things you never hear an OD say.) October is Contact Lens Safety Month. It's every OD's favorite month because of the exponential increase in patients wanting costume contact lenses. It's only 31 days, we can make it.
Here are some useful links:
1. Contamination risk in fake contacts.
2. Warnings from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association on the dangers of buying decorative contacts without a prescription.

Thanks for reading! See you next week!