What is Myopia?

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, July 28, 2011
Nearly 70 million people in the United States suffer from myopia. Commonly referred to as nearsightedness, myopia is a condition in which near objects (objects up close) are viewed clearly and objects in the distance appear blurred. Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long for the focusing power of the lens and cornea; creating an overpowered eye that causes images to reach true focus in front of the retina.

Most cases of myopia are diagnosed in children or teens; however the condition tends to run in families - if both of your parents have myopia, your risk level increases. Symptoms include eyestrain, squinting, and distant objects appearing blurry. Myopia can be corrected with spherical contact lenses or glasses. Correction requires a "minus" lens to "weaken" the eye optically, permitting clear distance vision. Click here for a visual description of the way in which spherical contact lenses correct for myopia.

If you think you or your child may be experiencing myopia, contact your eye care practitioner. Myopia is usually diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam. Click here to find an eye care practitioner near you.

The Cooper Companies Announces Management Changes

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO) recently announced Eugene J. Midlock, age 67, currently senior vice president and chief financial officer, has indicated his intent to retire as chief financial officer on December 16, 2011. A succession plan is in place and his successor will be named at that time.

The company also announced the following appointments to more closely align its corporate structure with its strategy.

  • Carol R. Kaufman, currently senior vice president of legal affairs, secretary and chief administrative officer, has been appointed executive vice president, secretary and chief administrative officer.
  • Albert G. White III, currently vice president, investor relations and treasurer, has been appointed vice president, investor relations, treasurer and chief strategic officer.
  • Daniel G. McBride, Esq., currently vice president and general counsel, has been appointed vice president, general counsel and chief risk officer.
  • Gregory W. Matz, currently vice president and chief financial officer, CooperVision, Inc., has been appointed vice president of finance at Cooper and will continue his role as vice president and chief financial officer, CooperVision, Inc.

About The Cooper Companies

The Cooper Companies, Inc. ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE Euronext (NYSE:COO). Cooper is dedicated to serving the needs of the healthcare professional, improving the quality of life for its employees and customers and providing market leading products. Cooper's commitment to health and wellness is reflected through its corporate culture and global initiatives to promote healthy life choices for its employees. Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to crafting quality lenses for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical focuses on supplying women's health clinicians with market leading products and treatment options to improve the delivery of healthcare to women. Both companies provide superior product range and quality, along with friendly customer service and a drive to continually innovate. Cooper and CooperVision are headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, and CooperSurgical is headquartered in Trumbull, CT.

New Rebate Values Announced

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, July 21, 2011
Now through December 31st, 2011, your patients can save up to $100 on CooperVision contact lenses. The new rebate values range from savings of $10 to $80 and are valid on purchases of qualifying sphere, toric, and multifocal lenses. Combo rebates are also available in the form of Avaira Asphere/Toric purchases and Biofinity Asphere/Toric/Multifocal purchases. For your new to CooperVision contacts patients, an additional savings of $20 can be added to a qualifying CooperVision product purchase. 

For more information, including program terms and conditions, please visit www.coopervision.com/rebates.

Want to Enhance Patient Convenience?

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, July 19, 2011
In today's ultra-competitive environment, simply providing the best eye care in town isn't always enough to keep patients returning to your office. Add convenience and price savings to the top-notch service you provide and your patients will happily return. We're here to help on both accounts. Log In or Register to read more.

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Real Stories from Contact Lens Wearers

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, July 14, 2011

What's it like to wear contacts? We asked teens to share their contact lens stories with us to feature on our teen website, mycontactsports.com. Here's an excerpt from one of the featured stories on our site:

My name is Ellen. Here is my story and experience with contact lenses. I started wearing contact lenses last year in 7th grade. The main reason for me to get contacts was that I was tired of worrying about my glasses. Before, I would have to worry about my glasses accidentally falling off while running in my P.E. classes. After I started to wear contact lenses, I didn’t have to worry about it anymore.

The brand of contact lenses I wear is CooperVision Proclear [1 Day] daily disposable. They are very comfortable lenses and sometimes I literally forget that I have them on. Wearing contact lenses made my life much easier both at school and at home. When I played piano with my glasses on, they used to slide down to the tip of my nose, and I would have to stop playing just to push my glasses up. With contacts, I don’t have to worry about the glasses falling off anymore. Now, the only time I wear my glasses is when it is really late or when my eyes start to feel dry. Wearing contacts changed my life and it is one of the best decisions I ever made.

To read more stories from real teens, visit mycontactsports.com.

Contact Lenses and Sports

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, July 12, 2011
In a recent survey of children and youth (ages 8-18), it was revealed that the most important reason for getting contact lenses wasn't to look or see better, it was because they became active in sports.* Contact lenses provide peripheral vision, they don't get fogged up, and are shatter proof. If you or your child is active in sports and wears corrective eyewear, consider contact lenses as a way to help improve on-the-field performance.

Why contacts?
Contact lenses are a safe and reliable option for correcting eyesight on the field. Whatever sport you're involved in, contact lenses can provide convenience and crisp vision. Please remember to follow your coach's instructions in regards to protective eyewear, such as goggles or sunglasses.

Why CooperVision?
CooperVision is an advocate for healthy, comfortable contact lens wear and is the lens of choice for thousands of leading eye care professionals nationwide. We offer a full array of monthly, two-week, and daily disposable contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. There's almost certainly a CooperVision lens that's right for you. To learn more, please click here.

What type of contact lens is best for me?
Your eye care practitioner will work with you to determine the best type of contact lens based on multiple factors, including your prescription, life style, and needs. To help start the conversation with your eye doctor, take our Lens Finder quiz.

For more information on contact lenses and sports, please click here.

*Source: CooperVision survey conducted by Braun Research, December 2009.

Save on Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, July 7, 2011
Follow our 3 simple steps to save up to $100 on your contact lens purchase:

1. Visit your eye care practitioner for a complete eye exam and to be fitted for your contact lenses. Your eye care practitioner will provide you with the lens that works best for you. To help you start the conversation, take our Lens Finder quiz.
2. Purchase your CooperVision contact lenses and begin the rebate submission process by completing this form.
3. Mail in your completed form; allow 10-12 weeks to receive your rebate.

For more information on product and new wearer rebates, please click here. Enjoy the extra money in your pocket!

New Streamlined Fitting Process

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, July 5, 2011
With last month's launch of Biofinity Multifocal, we also introduced a new, streamlined fitting approach. We worked closely with eye care professionals to develop the new approach based on real-world experiences and we are confident that it will allow you to fit even more patients with ease and flexibility.  Log In or Register to read more!

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