SynergEyes, the leading hybrid specialty contact lens company, has announced a new partnership with the Brien Holden Vision Institute to deliver advanced, customised vision correction for myopes and presbyopes.
The exclusive worldwide licensing agreement will enable the manufacture of design technologies developed by the Institute, augmenting the SynergEyes presbyopic package by offering the latest designs on the hybrid contact lens platform.
With around half of the world’s population predicted to be myopic by 2050, and with the US ‘Baby Boomer’ generation now presbyopic, the new partners believe it is crucial that technological innovation in contact lens design and manufacturing is translated into high performance products to manage the visual deficiencies.
The aim is that the tailored, hybrid contact lens enabled through this technology will allow practitioners to meet the needs of individual myopes and presbyopes, by delivering precise correction and a high degree of contact lens comfort.
President and Chief Executive of SynergEyes, optometrist James Kirchner, explained: “SynergEyes seeks to improve the quality of life for people by delivering on the hybrid platform innovative lens designs that solve age-old problems in a new way.”
Mr Kirchner added: “Working with a recognised worldwide leader like the Brien Holden Vision Institute, we plan to bring an extended depth-of-focus lens design onto the hybrid platform to the global market.”
The Brien Holden Vision Institute has developed new optical designs that incorporate an extended depth of focus (EDOF) to provide optimal visual performance from distance to near, with minimal ghosting.
The EDOF contact lens provides a series of smooth, non-monotonic power variations across the optic zone to deliberately manipulate multiple higher-order aberrations.
The aim is to achieve an extension in depth of focus which would facilitate a balanced visual performance designed to satisfy presbyopes with low, medium and high-add requirements.
Welcoming the new partnership, the Chief Executive Officer for the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Professor Kovin Naidoo, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with SynergEyes to bring our novel EDOF designs in myopia and presbyopia management in specialty hybrid contact lenses and make them available to a broader market around the world.
“This is especially important for myopia, as our mission is to slow the progression of myopia in all children to reduce their risk of permanent vision impairment and address a looming public health crisis,” he concluded.
The Brien Holden Vision Institute is a non-profit research, education and public health organisation. It develops new solutions for vision care, especially for myopia and other refractive errors, to eliminate vision impairment and avoidable blindness, thereby reducing disability and poverty.
SynergEyes manufactures and markets hybrid contact lenses for astigmatism with Duette and Duette Progressive and the UltraHealth contact lens for irregular corneas. Its portfolio also includes the SynergEyes VS scleral lens, SynergEyes corneal RGP designs and SimplifEyes daily disposable contact lenses.
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