Monday, July 6, 2015

Menicon's Managing Director Answers OpticalCEUs Attendees' Questions

At the recent OpticalCEUs Spring Seminar, there was a presentation about the 1-Day Miru lens from Menicon. Originally, Steve Newman, managing director of Menicon Singapore Pte. Ltd., was going to skype answers to attendees questions. International travel plans changed, and he was not available. He asked for attendees to send him their questions. Here are the questions and Newman's responses.

Attendee's Question: Why doesn’t 1-Day Miru have UV inhibitors in it? Will it ever?

Steve Newman: Miru doesn't currently have a UV inhibitor. We originally developed it with the unique Centraform process that incorporates a sophisticated UV curing process. This process assists us in achieving a very high level of lens-to-lens consistency. This is very important in a daily lens where the patient is experiencing a new lens everyday. The use of this UV in the curing process is not currently compatible with UV inhibitors. We are looking into this and may include this in the future.

Attendee's Question: Will 1-Day Miru ever come in colors?

Newman: It is very possible that a future flat pack may include a color-type lens. Limbal enhancement lenses are becoming quite popular, and Menicon currently produces and sells such a lens in Japan. The flat pack is an ideal platform for this type of lens and can showcase it very well via its front foil form.

Attendee's Question: What are your suggestions on how to best present the 1-Day Miru to a patient who is used to wearing other disposables?

Newman: This is a good question. While 1-Day Miru lenses are great for first time lens wearers, I tend to suggest that the experienced patient can also benefit very much by using the flat pack as they are aware of the main frustrations that can be experienced with a standard blister pack, such as lens removal issues and orientation frustrations, and can adapt that much faster to an improved contact lens experience. Once upon a time, ,there were no such things as packaged adhesive bandage strips. One cut gauze and covered it with tape.

Attendee's Question: It was mentioned that there may be toric lenses in development. Can you tell us any specifics about design and parameters?

Newman: The design of the Miru flat-pack toric will be a unique "dynamic stabilization" type with an aberration controlled and prism-free optic zone to ensure optimal vision. Final parameters are being developed now, but it will likely be a 14.50 diameter to aid in stability on the eye.

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