June 20, 2018
SynergEyes, a hybrid specialty contact lens company, has announced a new partnership with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, a transnational vision correction center that delivers customized vision correction for myopes and presbyopes.
The exclusive worldwide licensing agreement will enable the manufacturing of design technologies developed by Brien Holden Vision 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 U.S. “Baby Boomer” generation now fully presbyopic, the two organizations say it is crucial that technological innovation in contact lens design and manufacturing is translated into high performance products to manage these visual deficiencies.
The tailored hybrid contact lens enabled through this technology will allow eyecare professionals to meet the needs of individual myopes and presbyopes, delivering precise correction and a high degree of comfort, says James Kirchner, OD, president and CEO of SynergEyes. “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,” he notes. “Working with a recognized 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.”
Brien Holden Vision Institute says it 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 lens provides a series of smooth, non-monotonic, power variations across the optic zone to deliberately manipulate multiple higher-order aberrations. The idea is to achieve an extension in depth of focus that would facilitate a balanced visual performance designed to satisfy presbyopes with low, medium and high-add requirements.
Prof. Kovin Naidoo, CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, adds, “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.”