I recently attended the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) which is held every year in Las Vegas. This is one of the biggest contact lens conferences in the world and – as the name implies – there is an emphasis throughout the meeting on the contact lens management of conditions such as keratoconus, post-graft, high myopia, astigmatism and paediatric aphakia. Each year over 400 contact lens specialists from all around the world travel to Las Vegas to attend the GSLS.
While I was at the meeting I spent quite a lot of time with the people from SynergEyes. This is the company that makes the hybrid contact lenses and we now have over 500 patients in our practice who have been prescribed these lenses. The development of these contact lenses over the last 7 years has basically meant the difference for a lot of our patients between being able to wear and not wear contact lenses. Working with SynergEyes and their lenses is an absolute pleasure, and I had a number of informal discussions with them at the conference – both on the golf course and at dinner – during which they told me about their new soon to be released post-surgical lens (for both post-graft and post-refractive surgery) and their new Duette multifocal lens which they have just released.
In Las Vegas I also caught up with Paul Rose from New Zealand who is the inventor of the Rose K lens and many other specialty designs. Paul is a brilliant man and a really nice guy and at the meeting he was telling me about his new Rose K2 XL Semi-Scleral lens which he developed recently for the fitting of keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, post-graft and other irregular corneae. Paul sold his private practice a few years ago, however he still spends a lot of time there – with the support of the present owners who no doubt appreciate having his expertise at hand – working on new lens designs.
Overall, it was a very rewarding trip and I look forward to introducing the lenses into the practice shortly.