Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses?

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, October 28, 2011

Is your child ready to have a glasses-free option when on the go? Are you tired of worrying about your son or daughter’s glasses during sports or about them playing the game with imperfect vision? It may be time to get your child fit for contact lenses!

Follow the easy steps listed below to find the perfect lens for your child’s eyes and for their lifestyle:

  • Find an eye care practitioner near you by using our Find a Practitioner tool.
  • Talk to your child about contact lenses, but first do the research: 
  • Try them out! Get fit with a free trial pair of contact lenses - print off our free* trial certificate and bring it with you to your child’s next visit with your eye care practitioner.

For more resources and information, please visit www.coopervision.com

*By prescription only. Eye exam may be required and this coupon does not include eye exam or fitting fees.

Direct to Patient Delivery

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Offer your patients another reason to love your practice with the convenience of at-home delivery of their contact lenses. CooperDirect™ is an easy-to-use program that will ship your patients’ lenses to their home or office, saving both you and your patients’ time.

CooperDirect can be used with both annual supply and Rx individual lenses and offers free shipping with the purchase of four or more multipacks*. For more information, please visit our website.

*Free of charge shipping for Direct Patient Delivery applies to orders for a one year supply of contact lenses. Orders shipped directly to the patient for a smaller quantity are subject to a shipping charge.

Online Ordering at CooperVision.com

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, October 21, 2011

Placing an order is easy at coopervision.com. Are you new to online ordering at CooperVision? Register today and start receiving these benefits:

·         Place all product orders including Direct to Patient Delivery

·         Check the status of your orders and product banks

·         Look up and print previous invoices and credits

·         Print return forms

Registering at coopervision.com also gives you 24/7 access to account-specific information like your top products, remaining trial lens balance and current locked in pricing. Sign up today!

Introducing New Biofinity Packaging

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Earlier today, we debuted new packaging for the Biofinity and Biofinity Toric products. The new design showcases our new corporate identity and watermark logo, which launched in March:



The new packaging reflects CooperVision’s perspective that the world is a vibrant, dynamic place. It also provides a unique take on water and comfort – valuable qualities of CooperVision lenses that are key ingredients in our wearers’ daily lives.

There is no change to the contact lenses themselves, so practitioners and wearers alike can be assured that CooperVision contact lenses will continue to provide the same clear vision and great comfort that thousands of wearers have come to depend on.

“The new packaging highlights our commitment to providing practitioners with innovative contact lenses and tools that help enhance the patient’s wearing experience and their interaction with the practitioner’s office,” said Dennis Murphy, president, the Americas, CooperVision. “We are excited to see our new brand identity roll out across our product portfolio.”

CooperVision Continues the Voluntary Recall of Avaira™ Toric Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, October 13, 2011

CooperVision Continues the Voluntary Recall of Avaira Toric Contact Lenses

 PLEASANTON, Calif., October 13, 2011, In full cooperation with the United States Food and Drug Administration, CooperVision, Inc. is continuing to work with the FDA, distributors, customers, eye care practitioners and lens wearers to complete the worldwide recall initiated on August 19, 2011 on certain lots of Avaira™ Toric contact lenses.

“Our first priority is always the health and safety of all CooperVision lens wearers and as such we responded quickly to complaints from our customers by initiating a voluntary recall” said Christine Moench, vice president, Global Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance. “We want to ensure that all consumers are aware of this action and know where to go for more information.”

If you wear Avaira Toric contact lenses and experience any symptoms, CooperVision recommends that you stop wearing the lenses immediately.  Contact your eye care practitioner for advice.

If you wear Avaira Toric contact lenses and are not experiencing symptoms, CooperVision recommends that you:

·         Go to the CooperVision recall web page at www.coopervision.com/recall, and enter the lot number of your package to determine whether your lenses have been recalled.

·         Alternatively, you may contact us on our toll-free consumer hotline (1-855-526-6737)

·        If your lenses have been recalled, immediately remove your existing lenses, discontinue lens wear; and return your lenses to your eye care practitioner or point of purchase. 

The recall was initiated because of the unintended presence of a residue on certain lots of Avaira Toric lenses, which may cause hazy vision, discomfort, or eye injuries requiring medical treatment. Not everyone experiences the same symptoms. Since the initiation of the recall, the company has received some additional complaints of severe eye pain. Avaira Toric contact lens wearers that experience any symptoms should stop wearing the lenses immediately and speak with their eye care practitioner.

We have ongoing relationships with practitioners to continue to identify all the affected lots in the market. To date, the recall has impacted approximately 600,000 Avaira Toric contact lenses in the U.S. 

As part of the recall, CooperVision notified its customers and requested eye care practitioners contact their patients regarding this recall. Because CooperVision lenses are sold through distributors and eye care practitioners, communication efforts have been focused through these channels in order to most effectively reach lens wearers. Within the first two weeks of the initiation of the recall on August 19, 2011, CooperVision completed the following actions: 

  • Sent worldwide recall notifications to more than 9,000 Avaira Toric CooperVision customers.
  • Contacted more than 7,000 U.S. eye care practitioners who have received or sampled Avaira Toric contact lenses.
  • Issued a press release via GlobeNewswire from CooperVision’s parent, The Cooper Companies, regarding the voluntary recall of limited lots of CooperVision Avaira Toric lenses.
  • Included information on the CooperVision website for lens wearers to easily and quickly check if their lenses are impacted (www.coopervision.com/recall), established a toll-free consumer hotline (1-855-526-6737), and included an informational notice on www.coopervision.com.
  • Instructed authorized distributors to send back all Avaira Toric products – not just specific lot numbers – so that CooperVision could ensure that affected lenses were removed.
  • Provided retailers and distributors access to patient communications materials – including post cards and e-mail messages – to send to Avaira Toric lens wearers impacted by the recall.
  • Worked with eye care practitioners to specifically remove affected lots of Avaira Toric products, by providing them with more than 3,500 customized reports detailing affected lots specific to their location.
  • Deployed customer care resources to answer questions from patients, and a specialized team of customer care representatives were made available to contact patients on behalf of eye care practitioners.

The efficient and effective implementation of this recall remains a priority for CooperVision.

About CooperVision

CooperVision, a unit of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE: COO), is one of the world's leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. The Company produces a full array of monthly, two-week and daily disposable contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges; such as astigmatism, presbyopia and ocular dryness; and offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, thereby creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.

 Contact lenses are medical devices and can only be prescribed and dispensed by a licensed eye care professional.

Fall Allergies

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, October 6, 2011
Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies and many experience allergy symptoms in their eyes, including itching, tearing and redness. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently released their annual study of the top US cities identified as the worst fall allergy hotspots. The rankings are determined by analyzing three factors including pollen scores, the number of allergy medications used, and the number of allergy specialists in the area. Knoxville, Tennessee takes the #1 spot for 2011. For more information and to see if your city makes the list, click here.

For contact lens wearers, allergy season can be a frustrating time. 1 Day lenses are a great solution to help reduce allergy symptoms - a fresh lens is used every morning and disposed of at night, so the accumulation of allergens on the lens is reduced, meaning a more comfortable wearing experience for you.

Proclear 1 Day lenses are the only daily disposable contact lenses with FDA clearance for the claim: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear." If you live in one of the top 100 cities for 2011 fall allergies or suffer from seasonal allergies, talk to your eye care provider about Proclear 1 Day. Try them for free* with this free trial offer and start to enjoy fall! For more information on contact lenses and allergies, click here.

*By prescription only. Eye exam may be required and this coupon does not include eye exam or fitting fees.

Hyperopia versus Presbyopia

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Having trouble focusing on near objects? Do you find yourself squinting to read a menu, or moving a book farther away from your face in order to see more clearly? You may be experiencing one of two very common vision conditions - hyperopia or presbyopia.

What is hyperopia?
Commonly referred to as farsightedness, hyperopia is a condition in which the eye is underpowered. Objects in the distance are viewed clearly; however objects close-up appear blurry. Symptoms include squinting, eyestrain, and near objects appearing blurry. Occasionally, headaches may occur when focusing on near objects (during activities such as reading or sewing) for an extended period of time. Hyperopia is usually present at birth and tends to run in families.
 
What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a natural part of aging in which the lenses in the eye thicken and lose their elasticity, and the muscles surrounding the lens weaken. This causes the worsening of vision and the decreasing of focus, especially on near objects. Symptoms include blurred vision (which can worsen in dim light or when you are fatigued), eyestrain and headaches. The condition usually starts around age 40 and progresses through age 60.

I think I may have hyperopia or presbyopia. What do I do?
Contact your eye care professional, who can perform a comprehensive eye exam, which will help detect either condition. Contact lenses or glasses can correct both hyperopia and presbyopia.

Spherical contact lenses or glasses can correct for hyperopia - correction requires a "plus" lens containing additional optical power to permit sharp vision of near objects. Multifocal contact lenses or glasses can correct for presbyopia - multifocal contacts focus light from both near, intermediate and far distances to the back of the eye, creating the clearest possible image. For more information, click here or talk to your eye care provider. 

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