Las Vegas—Studies of a 790-nm titanium-sapphire laser (SOLX 790, OccuLogix) used to perform trabeculoplasty in human donor eyes and in patients suggest that the laser may be an important tool for treatment of open-angle glaucoma due to benefits such as an IOP-lowering effect, low complication profile, and ability to repeat treatment periodically, according to Gabriel Simon, MD, PhD. He presented a poster on the findings of his research here at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas—The numbers speak for themselves. Today, there are between 4,500 and 5,000 certified ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the United States—outpacing the number of hospitals offering outpatient surgical procedures. More ASCs are expected to sprout up around the country at a rate of about 8% per year.
As more and more ophthalmologists choose to provide full-service patient care, including eyewear dispensing, the relevant and growing complexities to the choice between an in-office edging lab approach versus an off-site, wholesale finishing lab solution have become increasingly important.
Smithtown, NY—The old saw "It's hard to find good help these days" may hold some truth. It's not because solid, qualified, hard-working people aren't looking for jobs. The trick, says James Rienzo, is finding them—and that takes an organized, systematic approach.
Duluth, GA—CIBA Vision Corp. has launched a voluntary trade-level recall of select lots of O2Optix (lotrafilcon B) contact lenses, distributed primarily in the United States, and in other countries excluding Japan.
St. Paul, MN—The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists Education and Research Foundation (CLAO ERF) Board of Trustees will make available scientific research grants to be awarded July 1.
Dallas—John Carrier has been appointed the new president of Essilor of America Inc. Replacing Carrier as president of Essilor Laboratories of America is RÃ©al Goulet.
Orlando—Toledo Optical, of Ohio, was named by Transitions Optical Inc. as the 2006 U.S. Transitions Lab of the Year during the 11th annual Transitions Academy at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort on Jan. 27. The announcement was made before an international audience of more than 1,000 industry professionals at a recognition ceremony held to honor Lab of the Year finalists from four regions.
Indianapolis—Marketing. It wasn't something they taught at medical school, but it's essential to the success of a practice. Marketing can set a practice apart from the competition.
Portland, OR—Amy Sacks Eyewear and Accessories was founded in part to provide funding for The Pixie Project, an organization that provides spay and neuter services—as well as other veterinary services—for pets in low-income families.