Contact Lenses

NSBRI to Fund Electronic Adjustable Power Eyeglasses

HOUSTON—Astronauts may one day wear adjustable power eyeglasses to correct for vision changes that occur during space travel. The space specs may be provided by eVision Smart Optics, a small, Sarasota, Fla-based company that was given a grant by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) to develop electronic smart glasses that can change eye prescriptions as needed. NSBRI announced the grant last week, and said it is also funding a Stanford University-based startup company, LumosTech, which is developing a programmable mask that uses light therapy during sleep to adjust a person to a new time-zone. “Liquid crystal lenses can…


Court Allows Utah Law Outlawing Contact Lens Universal Pricing Policies During Appeals Process

SALT LAKE CITY—On Friday, June 12, 2015, a federal appeals court allowed a Utah law that prevents contact lens manufacturers from establishing minimum prices on certain products to go into effect. Utah’s Contact Lens Consumer Protection Act  was originally scheduled to go into effect in Utah on May 12, 2015, but the law had been blocked since May 14, 2015, by an injunction by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver in response to a motion filed by contact lens manufacturers Alcon, Johnson Johnson Vision Care and Bausch + Lomb. However, the court vacated that injunction on Friday,…


Art Optical Partners With Laboratoire Precilens to Distribute Expert Progressive GP Multifocal Lens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Art Optical has again partnered with Laboratoire Precilens of Paris, France, to bring another specialty contact lens to their U.S. customer base. The mutual agreement gives Art Optical manufacturing and distribution rights to the Expert Progressive GP multifocal lens, a contact lens designed to perform like a progressive spectacle lens. Art Optical has been successfully selling the BiExpert Bifocal GP from Precilens since 2009. The Expert Progressive design features slab-off GP lens technology, creating a thinner, uniform edge profile 360 degrees around the circumference of the lens, resulting in less lid awareness and improved comfort, the company said….


Appeals Court Extends Deadline for Utah State Attorneys in Contact Lens Pricing Battle

SALT LAKE CITY—An appeals court has extended the deadline Utah state attorneys have to reply in a lawsuit that three major contact lens manufacturers have filed against a Utah law that prevents contact lens manufacturers from establishing minimum prices on certain products. On Friday, July 10, 2015, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver granted a request from the Utah Attorney General’s office to extend the deadline state attorneys have to respond in a case brought against the state’s Contact Lens Consumer Protection Act by Alcon, Johnson Johnson Vision Care and Bausch + Lomb. With the deadline extended by…


Conant Lens Launches UV++

MARIETTA, Ga.— Conant Lens is introducing UV++, a lens that blocks shorter wavelength light. Exposure to this spectrum of blue light, which is emitted from digital devices, can cause eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes and retinal damage. UV++ lenses are made from an in-monomer material that blocks harmful blue and ultraviolet light. Since the material itself blocks blue light, the lens retains the property as long as it is in use. The lenses let the healthier blue-turquoise light in, which helps in proper color perception, good attention levels and wakefulness. “Positioning this product is easy and practical,” noted Chris…