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Dr. Frank Fontana on the Early Days of Contact Lenses and the Future of Eye Care



Dr. Fontana (aka optometry's "Uncle Frank, The King of Contact Lenses"), in his 69th year attending SECO (!!), talks about being a pioneer the field of contact lenses, and what the future might hold for ECPs.

He also gives a shout-out to our own Paul Farkas and Ted Kassalow, who were also party to this history.

Registered ODwire.org members can reminisce and ask Uncle Frank questions in this thread
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The New MyDay Toric & Building your 1-day Practice – Mark Andre, FAAO


In this brief ODwire.org TV Interview, Mark Andre, FAAO, Associate Professor of Optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry tells us all about the NEW CooperVision MyDay Toric, and using the new lens to build your 1-day practice.

We touch on:
  • Statistics on toric fits, dropouts and where the market is moving
  • The design of the lens vs Biofinity
  • The nature of the material and its low modulus
  • Using LensFerry to help build your 1-day Practice


If you have any questions about MyDay Toric or LensFerry, please post them in this thread.

Thanks to CooperVision for their long-standing support of the site!
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Uprise Essentials & Pro – Plus Free Special for ODwire.org Members


I spoke with Denise Crown from VisionWeb @ VEE to catch the latest with them (listen to the 5 minute interview above.)

Uprise has now split out their platform into two separate packages at different pricepoints -- "Essentials" and "Pro".

So for a new practitioner who doesn't necessarily need the kitchen sink, but does want an EHR, Essentials is an inexpensive way to go. You can then seamlessly "upgrade" to Pro when ready.

*** They are extending the show special: You can get Uprise Essentials for FREE for your first doc if you sign up for VisionWeb's Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) package (which does claim submissions, etc.)

Just contact them to take advantage of this or ask questions in this thread.
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Olympian Laurie Hernandez on Contact Lenses, Perseverance, and DWTS!


At SECO 2018, we sat down with gold medal Olympic gymnast, Dancing with the Stars winner, and NY Times best-selling author Laurie Hernandez to discuss contact lenses, perseverance, and her possible return to the sport!

Laurie was fit with CLs at an early age, and the improved vision they provided helped her training as she forged a path to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

She's subsequently become a spokesperson for Alcon, which is how we ended up getting this interview at SECO (yes, I was shocked to be sitting there!)

Her positivity and poise are remarkable.  My biggest takeaway from our brief talk was the importance of remaining optimistic in the face of long odds and (very) painful injuries.

Thanks again to Laurie and to Alcon for making it happen!

Discuss the interview in this thread.
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Contact Lens Technology to Meet Patient Needs in the Digital Age

ODwire.org Radio #56: In this episode, Adam & Paul speak with Dr. Christopher Lievens, all about how the needs of contact lens patients are evolving as more and more of us spend our days glued to digital devices! We cover:
  • The challenges heavy digital device users face with contact lenses, including dry eye
  • Strategies to help these patients [...]
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Interview: Dr. Craig Thomas on Amniotic Membranes: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly



Dr. Craig Thomas talks about his CEwire2017 lecture, Amniotic Membrane Therapy: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (51961-AS).

He's performed several hundred membrane placements so far, and this talk is all about practical considerations when using this new form of therapy.

Have any tips for ODwire.org members looking to get started with this treatment modality? Weigh in!

CEwire2017:  40 COPE and ABO-MOC Approved Credits
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Interview: Ashley McEvoy on the J&J Acquisition of AMO

This morning Johnson & Johnson completed their $4B acquisition of AMO. I got to speak with Ashley McEvoy, Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Medical Devices for a few minutes about the deal. https://www.odwire.org/community/threads/jjvc-completes-4b-amo-acquisition.102361/   10 comments
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CEwire Flashback: Dr. Jeff Sonsino on Valeant Acquisitions & Specialty Lenses

In this interview from CEwire2016 (held this past January), Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino talks about why the Valeant acquisitions should matter to all clinicians, in plain english. He also discusses legislation that contact lens retailers are attempting to get through state houses around the country via aggressive lobbying, including ‘generic’ contact lenses. Registered users may discuss it here [...]
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Acuvue Vita: The New Monthly Lens [#R053]

The Acuvue Vita is a new monthly replacement lens by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. In this interview, I spoke with @Jeffrey Sonsino and @Cristina Schnider OD MSc MBA at AOA Boston about the new lens and how it fits into practice. (Interestingly, Jeff was the very first person to place a commercial order for the [...]
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