Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. remains “on the hunt for other companies, including makers of innovative contact lenses, as it presses on with efforts to take over Botox-maker Allergan Inc (AGN.N),” according to a Reuters report. “On a conference call with investors, Valeant Chief Executive Officer Michael Pearson said the company will not be content to remain the No. 4 global player in the contact lens industry.” Read more.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Safilo Group and the Tommy Hilfiger Group renewed their global eyewear licensing agreement for the exclusive design, development, production and distribution of the Tommy Hilfiger ophthalmic and sunglass collections. The agreement will run until December 31, 2020, with an optional five-year extension thereafter.
“The old and new come together in bold new color combinations for the perfect summer eyewear collection,” according to Midwest Lens. “The newest frames from the Vera Bradley Ladies collection offer classic and trendy looks in Vera Bradley latest colors. Jasmine, Blake, Marissa and Greta offer four sunny looks for summer that are perfect for any woman who loves Vera Bradley.” Read more.
“Comprised of four plastic and four metal styles, the new release features a bright, diverse color palette,” writes Midwest Lens. “Several techniques are utilized to demonstrate the brand’s penchant for rich, attractive coloring. Plastic triple laminate temples feature cuts to show off the added color within their layers. Metal styles feature endpiece work that allows for subtle color accents to contrast their fronts. Additionally, a theme of dynamic detailing on endpieces such as flowing metal work, laser etching and rhinestones. A variety of shapes and sizes are featured in the entire new collection, showing an ability to fit standard size faces and tweeners alike.” Read more.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
“An MIT mobile health spinoff wants to bring vision tests to smartphones and has raised $4 million as part of a Series A round. In a phone interview with MedCity News, EyeNetra COO and co-founder David Schafran confirmed the fundraise but was fairly tight-lipped about details such as how the tests would be delivered and assessed,” notes MedCity News. “Previously known as PerfectSight, EyeNetra developed a device called NetraG that can be applied to mobile phones to create a smartphone vision test. The device can generate a recommended power for each person’s eyeglasses and contact lenses. It is designed to test for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It also measures for the distance between eyes. Its website claims its technology is as accurate as autorefractors, but a good deal less expensive than their $45,000 price tag.The company also is developing a data analytics component to identify patterns and trends to develop specific recommendations for each patient.” Read more.
“What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists,” according to a post on Science Daily. “The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual's visual impairment, and creating vision-correcting displays that enable users to see text and images clearly without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. The technology could potentially help hundreds of millions of people who currently need corrective lenses to use their smartphones, tablets and computers. One common problem, for example, is presbyopia, a type of farsightedness in which the ability to focus on nearby objects is gradually diminished as the aging eyes' lenses lose elasticity. More importantly, the displays could one day aid people with more complex visual problems, known as high order aberrations, which cannot be corrected by eyeglasses, said Brian Barsky, UC Berkeley professor of computer science and vision science, and affiliate professor of optometry.” Read more.
“Moves by three of the four major U.S. contact lens makers to set price floors for many of their products, preventing low-cost retailers from discounting the expensive devices, have drawn scrutiny from lawmakers.,” reports Reuters. “The Senate Judiciary Committee's nine-member antitrust panel will meet on Wednesday to consider the decisions by Alcon, owned by Novartis AG ; Bausch+Lomb, owned by Valeant Pharmaceuticals ; and Johnson & Johnson to put in place minimum sale prices for some of their products. The practice would have been illegal just a decade ago but became legal when the Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that manufacturers can set minimum sale prices in some situations. Lawmakers will seek to determine whether these policies limit competition and lead to higher prices for consumers.” Read more.
“Demonstrating a noteworthy tribute to masculine boldness, Seraphin Eyewear introduces the Lincoln. With its daring take on traditional men’s styled frames, a solid representation of bravery emulates throughout the Lincoln,” according to Midwest Lens. “Designed with a larger prominent face in mind, the Lincoln embodies modern masculinity with declared confidence. This notable appearance is carefully revealed in handcrafted Italian acetate in four traditional pattern options of Midnight Fade/Midnight, Blue Demi, Olive Demi, and Honey Tortoise. This distinguished frame gets a modern twist with its three-dimensional silver diamond-shaped rivets, giving depth and visual intrigue to the peaks of the Lincoln.” Read more.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
“Two Google patents hot off the presses imagine a world where special contact lenses essentially turn your eye into a fingerprint, with each person having a unique, snowflake like signature,l” according to the website Phandroid. “Built in capacitive sensors would be used to ensure it’s an actual eyeball, not a fake replica, that is being scanned. The process has three steps:
- Receiving light on an iris of an eye
- Detecting, at one or more light sensors disposed on or within a transparent lens covering at least a portion of the eye, light reflected from the light incident on the iris of the eye, wherein the light reflected comprises image data indicative of a pattern associated with the iris.
- Outputting an iris fingerprint based in part on the image data.”
Friday, July 25, 2014
“Bernhard Willhelm is well known for his extraordinary designs, their innovative cuts and witty references to pop culture. For the Autumn/Winter 2014 season, the brand once again decided to forgo a live presentation and instead used the city of Los Angeles to stage their new lookbook. The resulting images show Bernhard Willhelm’s most recent collection alongside two new models from the Mykita & Bernhard Willhelm sunglasses range: Ursula & Erwin,,” according to Midwest Lens. “A shape traditionally occurring in smaller frame dimensions, the octagonal silhouette is blown out of proportion for Ursula. Like sister hippie-esque model Janis, Ursula features sleek details; the temples as well as the nose pads are not treated or coated. The continued use of this reduced concept streamlines the frame, and the radical lens shape takes center stage.” Read more.
“Italy's Luxottica has extended a license agreement to produce and distribute Chanel-branded eyeglasses until the end of 2018, renewable for a further two years, the world's largest eyewear maker by revenue said on Thursday,” reports Reuters. “The relationship between Luxottica and Chanel dates back to 1999 when the French fashion house launched its first-ever eyewear collections, CEO Andrea Guerra said in a statement.” Read more.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
“And for 20 years, she has built and led managed care company Premier Eye Care, which manages medical and routine vision care, including medical review, authorization and payment, for 2.7 million Floridians, through Medicaid and Medicare plans and private insurance plans, including Humana, WellCare and Simply Healthcare,” writes Florida Trend. “Premier, which also manages vision care for another 287,743 outside of Florida, is on Florida Trend’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Florida for the second consecutive year.” Read more.
“Video eyewear and smart eyeglasses company Vuzix Corp. of Brighton said Thursday it had signed a deal with PC giant Lenovo to launch Vuzix’s M100 Smart Glasses into China,” reports the Democrat & Chronicle. “Vuzix launched the M100 — which includes a built-in computer and has similar capabilities as a smartphone — in late 2013 and has said it looks to the M100 to be a flagship product. According to Vuzix, the M100 in China will be co-branded as a Vuzix/Lenovo solution and marketed there as part of Lenovo’s New Business Development brand. as ‘Vuzix 100 Smart Glasses powered by Lenovo NBD.’ The Lenovo deal has Vuzix serving as the exclusive third-party provider of smart glasses to Lenovo for the Chinese industrial and commercial markets.” Read more.
“L’Amy America’s Columbia Eyewear, an industry leader in outdoor ophthalmic design, announces the worldwide launch of several new models for the Summer, with design options in stainless steel or titanium,” according to Midwest Lens. “Bitterroot and Brundage are 2 new easy-wearing, traditional rectangles with slight sport attitude made of stainless steel which is durable, and has a soft-brushed finish with subtle two-color temple detail—the ultimate “daily commute” frame for more conservative tastes.” Read more.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
"Millions of low- and moderate-income people who signed up for health insurance with the help of federal tax-credit subsidies could find themselves without coverage or facing big premium bills if a destructive decision handed down by a federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday is not reversed," starts an editorial from the New York Times. "It would be a crippling blow to the ability of the Affordable Care Act to reduce the ranks of the uninsured with grievous consequences for vulnerable customers." Read more. How do this affect children? The only Americans eligible for vision care coverage under the ACA are children.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
During August, Children’s Eye Health & Safety Awareness Month, PBA Offers Programs for Kids, Parents, and Teachers
Prevent Blindness has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness month to inspire parents to make their child’s vision health a priority. Family-friendly resources on a wide variety of topics that help parents take the right steps to keep their child's sight healthy for life can be found at preventblindness.org and through the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) website. Topics covered include amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), UV-protection and sports safety, and the Affordable Care Act and children’s vision.
Prevent Blindness also offers the following programs to help save children’s sight:
- The NCCVEH is teaming up with Family Voices and its National Center for Family Professional Partnership (NCFPP) for August’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month to offer families of children with special health care needs important information on vision issues. Resources include Vision Health for Children on the Autism Spectrum, Families of Children with Vision Impairment: Working with Medical Professionals, and much more.
- Eye Spy,an eye health and safety education program, is designed for children. Through the program, children learn about eye anatomy, how the eye works, and eye safety. Teachers may also use the program in the classroom.
- Designed specifically for educators, Star Pupils Eye Health and Safety Curriculum for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 provides teachers with interactive materials that help students learn the importance of sight, components of the eye and how we see, and how to identify objects and situations that can be dangerous to eyes. The program meets National Health, National Science and National Physical Education standards and includes presentation guides, eye exam diagrams, in-class worksheets and an activity book for children to take home. It can be downloaded free upon request,
- The Eye Patch Club is geared to children with amblyopia and their families. Eye doctors commonly treat amblyopia by having the child wear a patch over the unaffected eye for extended periods of time. This program encourages children to wear their patches as prescribed. Among other materials, members of the club receive their own special calendar and stickers. The Eye Patch Club kit may be purchased for $12.95 by calling (800) 331-2020. Proceeds will go to support the sight-saving programs of Prevent Blindness.
“Marcolin Group and Emilio Pucci announce having reached the worldwide exclusive license agreement for the design, production and distribution of sunglasses and eyeglasses for Emilio Pucci, the timeless fashion brand synonymous with luxury, color, design and “joie de vivre”, represented in its famous prints, innovative silhouette and fabrics that go beyond seasonal trends, for more than 60 years,” according to Midwest Lens. “The license, effective January 2015 with the launch of the first sunglasses collection, will have the duration of five years, renewable. The eyewear release will speak to an extremely feminine woman, embracing radiant and refined aesthetics and a luxury lifestyle in which creativity and minimalism will come together.” Read more.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
|Irene Luthy with an Optex frame.|
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
“Jobson Optical Research has released the 2014 U.S. Optical Retailer Report & Directory, which lists the top optical retailers in the U.S., including their company headquarters contact information, key executives, buyer names for all product categories, and trade names/DBAs,” reports Vision Monday. “The report/directory also includes Vision Monday’s most recent annual ranking and analysis of the “Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers” based on their 2013 estimated sales and business unit counts.” Read more
“A dad has been fined in court after shouting abuse at Vision Express staff in a row over contact lenses,” according to a post from the Warrington Guardian. “Barry Dilworth, of Brambling Way, Lowton, screamed at an optometrist at the store in Golden Square as he was unhappy at the service. The 52-year-old then burst into a consultation room to confront the optometrist, who had gone to see another customer, and demanded an apology.” Read more.
“Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation - from the sun, tanning beds, lamps or booths - is the main cause of skin cancer, accounting for around 86% of non-melanoma and 90% of melanoma skin cancers. In addition, excessive UV exposure can increase the risk of eye diseases, such as cataract and eye cancers,” writes Medical News Today. “The health risks associated with exposure to UV radiation have certainly been well documented, so much so that the World Health Organization (WHO) have now officially classed UV radiation as a human carcinogen. This year alone, Medical News Today reported on an array of studies warning of UV exposure risks. One study, published in the journal Pediatrics, revealed that tanning bed use among youths can increase the risk of early skin cancer, while other research found that multiple sunburns as an adolescent can increase melanoma risk by 80%. Furthermore, in response to reported health risks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently changed their regulation of tanning beds, lamps and booths. Such products must now carry a visible, black-box warning stating that they should not be used by anyone under the age of 18. “ Read more.
“With its striking Olive Stripe Frame and Polarized Green Platinum Flash lenses, the new WX Moxy (Model #SSMOX04) epitomizes Wiley X’s popular Street Series sunglass family — bold looks, even bolder protection and the ability to go from the concrete jungle to the open road to the great outdoors without missing a beat,” according to Midwest Lens. “The WX Moxy’s lightweight, nearly indestructible frame features a wraparound design for optimal coverage and excellent field of view — so you can stay focused on the action whether fishing, mountain biking or hanging out at the beach. Of course, you’ll want to look great whatever you’re doing, so the WX Moxy is designed with “edgy” styling and slightly narrower temples that fit great and look good on a range of face sizes and shapes.” Read moreRead more.
We received the following email from the Opticians Association of America. We thought we would share.
Vision Monday is seeing how vast and manifold the optical industry is every single day. For their Sept. 1st issue, they would like to show their readers just how diverse and vibrant this industry is by asking different segments to document different parts of their day.
What does your company do each day that is interesting or particularly representative of your field? They are asking you to photograph and log at least 4-6 moments over the course of the next two weeks that you feel best represent or characterize what some of the various departments of your company do.
From the mundane to the outrageous they want to see it all. They've asked folks from all over the industry to do the same and they will plot them all out in the September issue in order to share with you all just how great and multifaceted the optical industry in the United States is.
They are offering the option of providing you with a disposable camera and printed worksheets to record the moments (as well as a self-addressed and stamped return envelope). You are of course also welcome to use your own digital camera and email them the images, as well as the completed worksheet, if that makes you more comfortable.
They are expecting a lot of amazing pictures, so they ask that you please email your worksheet and images back to John Sailer (Senior Editor, Vision Monday) at firstname.lastname@example.org (or return your worksheet and camera that will be included in the envelope) by July 25th.
Please let them know which you would prefer (and provide a mailing address if you'd like the camera) so they can get you everything you need ASAP!
Click Here for the "A Day in the Life" Worksheet. Have Fun!!!
Smartphone Eye Exams from Home? Possibly Says VSP. New Awards Program for Labs Providing Unity Lenses
Meanwhile VSP's Optics Group launched a new award program for independently owned optical laboratories offering Unity Performance Optics lenses. Each year, VSP Optics Group will choose one independent lab that ranks highest in three main criteria for its work in the previous calendar. Read more.
- Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, Miami;
- Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia;
- Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore;
- Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston;
- Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Engadget. "The first will provide a way for diabetic patients to keep on top of their glucose levels by measuring the sugar levels in their tear fluid, feeding the data back to a smartphone or tablet. The second solution aims to help restore the eye's natural focus on near objects, restoring clear vision to those who are only farsighted (presbyopia)." Read more.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Carolyn “Dufrene asserts that on March 8, 2013 she came under the care of Haley and Silbernagel of Eye Care Surgery Center, located at 706 W. 15th Ave. in Covington, due to deteriorating vision because of cataracts in both eyes. On May 29, 2013 the plaintiff contends she underwent surgery to implant a lens in her eye, but after the operation she suffered from eye pain and had difficulty seeing out of the eye before it was determined that the wrong lens had been implanted. Dufrene claims the wrong lens had been implanted because the eye had been improperly tested prior to the surgery<’,” reports the Louisiana Record. “The plaintiff alleges that on June 17, 2013 she underwent a second surgery on her left eye to install the proper implant and that afterward she continued to have difficulty seeing out of the eye. Dufrene claims that when she went to get a second opinion another doctor told her that the wrong lens had been inserted again resulting in her vision only being 20/400 and that she would need another corrective surgery or would have to wear glasses to correct her vision.” Read more.
i-Optics and Hoya Vision Care signed a multiple-year contract to launch a unique collaboration in a several optical retail markets. i-Optics developed EasyScan, which reportedly generates medical-grade retinal images within three minutes without pupil dilation. The two companies believe that their partnership will enable to provide affordable eye exams and customized advice. HOYA sees the direct connection of retinal imaging and protective lens treatments for protection against harmful UV rays and blue light emissions from digital devices. Besides that, it actively involves the customers in the purchasing process of their new pair of lenses and helps to raise awareness of the importance of good eye care and eye care solutions. Hoya and i-Optics start their partnership this summer in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy and the USA. As of the beginning of 2015 both companies expect to expand their exclusive collaboration globally. Read more.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
A new clinical study published in in JAMA Ophthalmology has identified REBIScan's Pediatric Vision Scanner (PVS) as superior approach to testing preschool children for amblyopia and strabismus. Study author Reed Jost, senior author Dr. Eileen Birch, and their colleagues from the Retina Foundation of the Southwest tested 300 children using the PVS (and also using Welch Allyn's SureSight autorefractor), and then examined the children individually. In an independent study supported by the Thrasher Research Fund, they found that the PVS significantly outperformed the SureSight in sensitivity, identifying 97% of children affected by the targeted conditions, and made significantly fewer unnecessary referrals of healthy children (better specificity). Read more.
Friday, July 11, 2014
For the second year in a row, Essilor of America has earned the esteemed Good Housekeeping Seal for the entire Crizal No-Glare lens product portfolio. Evaluated by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, the Seal emblem offers additional credibility to the performance of the Crizal brand. Read more.
“In a new study led by UC San Francisco (UCSF) scientists, a chemical compound designed to precisely target part of a crucial cellular quality-control network provided significant protection, in rats and mice, against degenerative forms of blindness and diabetes,” reports Science Daily. “In addition to opening a promising drug-development path for the wide range of diseases caused by cell loss, the new research offers a new view of the workings of the unfolded protein response (UPR), a cellular ‘life-or-death’ signaling network: When cells are under stress, the UPR works to ensure that they produce properly configured proteins, but those cells not up to this task are quickly prompted by the UPR to self-destruct.” Read more.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Vision Care Institute, a Johnson & Johnson Co., has released a UV Protection App that reportedly will help eye care professionals educate patients about the causes and effects of UV exposure and steps they can take to help protect their eyes. Australians have been using a similar app call SunSmart for years. Meanwhile the Vision Council and the AAO are pushing the need for UV protection on the consumer level. “Less than half of parents enforce sunglass use for their children, according to recent surveys by the Vision Council, a trade group, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology,” goes an excellent story in the Wall Street Journal about UV protection and dangers. “Years of overexposure can lead to cancer of the eye or eyelid. It has also been linked to an increased risk later in life for cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye, and macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults. About half of Americans have lighter colored eyes that make them more susceptible to UV-related damage.” Read more or print out for your patients.
“Washington Redskins running back Lache Seastrunk is an incredible athlete who can put points on the scoreboard in a hurry (emphasis on hurry as seen here). He is also the wearer of some beautiful spectacles,” says The Redskins Blog, the NFL team’s official site. “While there’s no denying that he’s hoping to add another dimension to the offense, be a trusty weapon for Robert Griffin III and spell Alfred Morris and Roy Helu Jr. to ensure they don’t tire, he doesn’t want you to confuse his choice of wearing glasses to that of a hipster’s paradise. As seen in the picture above from the NFL Combine in February and other off-the-field events, Seastrunk wears glasses. Becoming a point of everyday conversation now, ESPN 980 personality Chris Cooley asked the rookie if it was a fashion statement or something of need….’These really are prescription glasses,’ Seastrunk explained to a questioning Cooley.” Read more.
The investment bank and asset management company “Piper Jaffray believes the recently signed 10-year license agreement between Michael Kors and Luxottica represents a multi-year opportunity for both companies,” according to Yahoo!Finance. “After meeting with Luxottica, Piper believes the company's goal of $100M in wholesale sales in three years could prove conservative given the growing appeal for the Michael Kors brand.” See the story.
Carrera and Jimmy Choo have released a capsule collection of Carrera by Jimmy Choo sunglasses for men. It comes at the heels of the reported success of the women’s version last year. It also marks Choo’s first foray into the men’s eyewear. The collection is said to blend “the eyewear expertise and passionate attitude of Carrera with the innate confidence, effortless attitude and overtly masculine style expressed by the Jimmy Choo man.” Read more.
“A&A Optical announces the release of four new smart styles from Pez eyewear: Catch, Peanut, Popsickle, and Slide,” notes Midwest Lens. “The Pez collection offers stylish and classic eyewear for children in bright colored plastics, and super tough metals. Cable temples and pediatric fits are available for infants. Tough and sturdy, Pez eyewear offers a No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty.” Read more.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
“A team of scientists from several Harvard-affiliated centers in Boston, MA, has grown human corneal tissue in mice using adult-derived human stem cells. They believe their breakthrough will bring hope to people who have impaired or lost vision due to burns, chemical injuries, or eye diseases that damage the cornea,” reports Medical News Today. “Dr. Bruce Ksander, associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, and also of Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, and colleagues write about their work - the first known example of tissue grown from a human stem cell - in the journal Nature. The cells that make up the cornea - the transparent ‘window’ of tissue at the front of the eye - are constantly damaged from blinking and exposure to the outside world. To repair the damage, the eye maintains a small number of ‘limbal stem cells’ at the edge of the cornea.” Read more.
“A wireless device that was implanted in the eye of a glaucoma patient and monitored for well over a year measured intraocular pressure safely and accurately, researchers report.” That’s the word from Reuters appearing on Health e Galaxy. “The device, still in early stages of development, shows potential to provide a first in glaucoma research: continuous, long-term data on the fluctuations of eye fluid pressure, researchers say. ‘The data we will gather could change the way we treat glaucoma as we do not know to what extent fluctuations in eye pressure lead to loss of vision,’ Dr. Samir Melki, Director of the Boston Eye Group and lead investigator in the study, told Reuters Health by email. Dr. Melki and his team published their findings online in JAMA Ophthalmology.” Read more.
“The Intaglio collection is influenced by the printing method from which it takes its name; this method utilizes an image that has been incised into a surface,” according to Midwest Lens. “The frames in the Intaglio eyewear group feature intertwining acetate links that have been created using thermoforming, a new molding technology.” The new additions--JL 1683 in Onyx, Topaz/Onyx, Aquamarine Tortoise, and Topaz/Ruby—also use more than 170 Austrian crystals. Read more.
“This season, Puma enhances its high-quality eyewear collection with several dynamically stylish new optical looks for the newly launched youth segment. Each profile reflects the key Puma characteristics of edgy athletic design and optimum functionality,” writes Midwest Lens. “Inspired by a demand for eyewear that effectively meets all the needs of today’s full lives, these frames promise cool, understated appeal and unsurpassable long-wearing comfort – even under the most trying of circumstances. The final look and feel denote spontaneity and high energy.” Read more.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
If you are unable to complete the necessary requirements, or fail to turn in your renewal fee prior to the end of the year, ABO & NCLE have established a ninety (90) day grace period, ending on March 31 of the year immediately following your expiration, with an additional $50 fee, for you to complete any remaining course work and to file your renewal paperwork.
The smart glasses consist of a video camera mounted on the frame of the glasses; a computer processing unit that is small enough to fit in a pocket; and software that provides images of objects close-by to the see-through displays in the eyepieces of the glasses. Read more.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
At the same time, the company said that its Acuvue Oasys brand now comes in a new six-month supply pack (12 lenses per box), replacing the three-month packs as of yesterday. The new packs will be available in all parameters that are currently available in the current three-month and annual packs: Power ranges of 8.4 and 8.8 BC including -0.50D to -6.00 in 0.25D steps, -6.50D to -12.00D in 0.50 steps, +0.50D to +6.00D in 0.25D steps, and +6.50D to +8.00D in 0.50D steps. Read more.