on Glaucoma Medications
Z AND AZOPT
Alcon has introduced Travatan Z solution (travoprost 0.004%), the world's first
BAK-free prostaglandin analogue. Travatan Z is a new formulation that eliminates
benzalkonium chloride (BAK) from Alcon's existing Travatan solution and replaces
BAK with SofZia, a robust ionic buffered preservative system that is gentle to the
ocular surface. Alcon developed this BAK-free version of Travatan because long-term
use of topical solutions containing BAK may compromise the ocular surface and exacerbate
conditions such as dry eye.
suspension can help in lowering IOP. Topical CAIs like Azopt have been shown to
lower IOP better than beta-blockers or alpha-agonists when added to a prostaglandin
analogue, with the added benefit of decreased side effects.
Phone: (800) 862-5266
LUMIGAN AND ALPHAGAN P 0.1%
Lumigan (bimatoprost 0.03%) is a once-daily prescription eye drop indicated for
the reduction of IOP in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
In 2006, the FDA approved Lumigan as a first-line treatment, in addition to its
widely established use by ophthalmologists as a second-line
therapy for patients
who require additional lowering of IOP.
Patient compliance with treatment has been shown to be vital to
reducing the risk of disease progression and vision loss. An extension of Allergan's
pivotal trials concludes that bimatoprost continues to be well tolerated and effectively
sustained lower IOP in patients over 4 years of continuous treatment. (Williams
RD, et al. Long-term efficacy and safety of bimatoprost for IOP lowering in glaucoma
and ocular hypertension: results from the extension of the pivotal trials through
year 4. Poster presented at: AGS; March 3-6, 2005; Snowbird, Utah.)
Lumigan has been reported to cause changes to pigmented tissues,
including the eyelashes, iris and eyelid. These changes may be permanent. Allergan
says patients using Lumigan may also experience some usually tolerable side effects,
including eye redness (hyperemia), increased eyelash growth or itchy eyes.
Alphagan P (brimonidine tartrate 0.1%) is a new formulation of
the original Alphagan 0.2% and Alphagan P 0.15%. Alphagan P 0.1% is indicated for
lowering IOP in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
Alphagan P offers a dual mechanism of action for treatment flexibility.
The new formulation is designed to ensure that patients receive maximal therapeutic
efficacy while reducing drug exposure. Patients using Alphagan P 0.1% may experience
some usually tolerable side effects, including allergic conjunctivitis, conjunctival
hyperemia and eye pruritus. Alphagan P 0.1% is contraindicated in patients receiving
monoamine oxidase inhibitor therapy.
Phone: (800) 347-4500
Istalol (timolol maleate 0.5%) is a once-daily beta-blocker topical solution that
helps lower IOP. Clinical studies show that Istalol, which is a QD solution, lowers
IOP as well as other b.i.d. beta-blocker drops. The difference between other beta-blocker
medications and Istalol lies in the unique formulation of Istalol, says ISTA. Istalol
is the only beta-blocker solution indicated for once-daily dosing and contains 50%
less preservative than other solution formulations. Additionally, unlike other beta-blockers,
Istalol does not contain a gel base, which means that there is no gel-induced blur.
Phone: (949) 788-6000
Xalatan (latanoprost 0.005%) is related to a class of compounds called prostaglandins,
which act locally in the eye to increase drainage of aqueous humor and to reduce
IOP. Xalatan is believed to relieve pressure in the eye by opening up channels that
allow the fluid inside the eye to drain.
In 1996, Xalatan was FDA approved and became the first of a new
class of medications to treat open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. In 2002,
Xalatan became the first prescription eye drop in its class to receive a first-line
indication for use in patients with ocular hypertension and open-angle glaucoma.
Xalatan, the most-prescribed treatment in its class, provides
effective IOP reduction throughout the day and at night with convenient once-a-day
dosing, says Pfizer.
Phone: (888) 691-6813
Vistakon Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Betimol (timolol 0.25%, 0.5%) is a patent-protected, branded beta-blocker currently
marketed in the United States by Vistakon Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Clinical studies
have demonstrated the efficacy and safety of Betimol as statistically equivalent
to that of timolol maleate (Timoptic). The most common ocular adverse events reported
in using Betimol include foreign body sensation (2%), burning/stinging (1%), dry
eye (1%) and ocular discomfort (1%).
Vistakon Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Phone: (800) 523-6225
new syringe-style insertion system utilizes the company's current Emerald Advanced
MEDICAL OPTICS (AMO)
Syringe-style Insertion System
AMO announces a new syringe-style insertion system, the DK7788. The new inserter,
made specifically for AMO by Duckworth and Kent, will provide another option for
inserting AMO's acrylic IOLs: ReZoom Multifocal, Tecnis and Sensar with OptiEdge.
The DK7788 inserter automatically rotates the barrel at the appropriate point in
the delivery of the lens and provides for truly one-handed lens delivery. It is
a reusable and autoclavable system.
Phone: (800) 449-3060
glasses will focus on objects from distances of 3 meters to infinity.
Eschenbach's new MaxEvents are hands-free, head-mounted glasses, that provide 2.1x
magnification. They feature a mirrored coating that eliminates glare and distracting
reflections, ensuring that the enlarged eyes of the wearer are not visible to the
external observer. The MaxEvent glasses will focus on objects from distances of
3 meters and up, and are perfect for viewing any activity where a magnified image
would be helpful.
Phone: (800) 487-5389
Rosenwasser donor lamella inserting forceps.
KATENA PRODUCTS, INC.
Rosenwasser Donor Lamella Inserting Forceps
The Rosenwasser donor lamella inserting forceps was designed by George Rosenwasser,
M.D., for inserting donor tissue during lamellar surgery. It features very thin
vaulted shanks and a unique pre-calibrated heel stop. This design prevents the tips
from completely closing, providing enough space to securely hold the folded endothelial
tissue without crushing it.
Katena Products, Inc.
Phone: (800) 225-1195
Seeca EMR, an ophthalmologist-designed system, is an electronic medical records
program that offers a new level of efficiency and profitability not possible in
a traditional paper practice, says the company. Included in the system are time-saving
features like automated e-consults, automated e-prescribing, integrated patient
education features, decision support, appointment scheduling, a drawing tool, a
picture archiving and communications system (PACS) and an array of business management
The system is fully transportable and allows access to patient
data from anywhere the Internet is available. Seeca provides advanced onsite training
by clinically experienced trainers, Internet tutorials and online support.
Pone: (985) 853-0900
The Steinert/Ruminson Astigmatic Gauge and
Marker enables precide marking of the cornea for LRIs.
Steinert/Ruminson Astigmatic Gauge and Marker
Rhein Medical introduces the Steinert/Ruminson Astigmatic Gauge and Marker, developed
in coordination with Roger F. Steinert, M.D., and Wallace E. Ruminson, M.D. The
marker measures 7 mm inner diameter and 14 mm outer diameter. It allows precise
marking of the cornea for performing any length limbal-relaxing incision, using
a single instrument.
The separation of the two marks is automatically indicated in
degrees on the inner ring, while the outer ring has degree marks to determine the
location on the limbus. Notches on the sides of the marker permit precise placement
of the marker over ink marks placed preoperatively with the patient upright, improving
the precision of the incisions.
Phone: (800) 637-4346
The SofPort Advanced Optics (AO) Aspheric IOL
with Violet Shield technology is designed to block harmful ultraviolet and violet
BAUSCH & LOMB
SofPort Advanced Optics Aspheric IOL with Violet Shield
The SofPort Advanced Optics (AO) Aspheric IOL with Violet Shield technology is designed
to block harmful ultraviolet and violet light. The SofPort AO Violet Shield IOL
protects the retina from phototoxicity without compromising scotopic vision and
color perception, a potential side effect of existing blue-blocking lens technologies,
says the company. Unlike conventional UV-blocking IOLs, the SofPort AO Violet Shield
IOL is specifically designed to also absorb high-energy violet light, which has
been demonstrated to be harmful to retina cells. Violet light is almost imperceptible
to the naked eye, so blocking it does not result in a degradation of daytime or
nighttime vision and does not compromise or alter color perception.
The SofPort AO Violet Shield IOL is an aberration-free, aspheric
silicone IOL with PMMA haptics and an uninterrupted 360Þ square edge. The lens
is specifically designed for use with the SofPort Easy-Load Delivery System.
Bausch & Lomb
Phone: (800) 531-2020
lenses feature the enhanced stereopsis that is a hallmark of the Volk Digital Series.
Digital Series Lenses
Volk Optical introduces two new lenses in its third generation Digital Series, specifically
designed for use in binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy (BIO) examinations. The image
quality of the Digital ClearField and Digital ClearMag lenses reaches a level previously
unattainable during a BIO exam, resulting in increased general diagnostic capability
with a shorter exam time, says Volk.
The combination of magnification and field of view offered by
this lens pairing exceeds that of the industry standard 20D BIO lens. The Digital
ClearField's 2.79x image magnification and 72° field of view deliver detailed
mid and far peripheral retinal views, while the Digital ClearMag's 3.89x image magnification
and 49° field of view are optimal for detailed optic disc and posterior pole
Phone: (800) 345-8655
microkeratome blade box offers more safety during surgery.
Schwind has developed a microkeratome blade box that offers more safety during surgery.
The blade is guided and protected during insertion and removal without coming into
contact with the surgeon. Cutting complications and risk of injuries are avoided
and the blade remains intact. This disposable product requires neither sterilization
The box is constructed in such a way that it can be used as a
space-saving holder for the complete handpiece after assembly of the blade and cutting
head, thereby ensuring the correct starting position for the refractive procedure.
RLM Magnifying Lamp
Sunnex's RLM Magnifying Lamp delivers durability,
performance and economy for medical exam use.
Sunnex's RLM Series Magnifying Lamp/Examination Light combines high-intensity illumination
and powerful magnification for detailed medical inspection applications. The magnifying
lamp features an ergonomically friendly, durable and configurable design, with an
easy-to-grip handle and adjustable glass.
The RLM Series provides distortion-free magnification of 5 D (2.25x).
An optional 3x add-on magnifying lens is also available. Its
ring magnifier lamp delivers a light intensity of 1,000 footcandles/10,800 Lux and
maintains a color temperature of 4,000K.
Phone: (800) 445-7869
Sanitized Tonometer Tip Covers
Ophthalmic's Sanitized Tonometer Tip Covers are designed to fit the TonoPen I, II
and XL models.
Wilson Ophthalmic's Sanitized Tonometer Tip Covers are designed to fit the TonoPen
I, II and XL models, These tips are individually packaged and sanitized by gamma
radiation. There are 220 tips per box. Manufactured from quality latex and tested
for accuracy, Wilson says its Tonometer Tip Covers bring value and quality.
Phone: (800) 222-2020
Ophthalmology Management, Issue: December 2006