2016 saw the first of the lawsuits against Valeant in the gas permeable contact lens industry. Bausch + Lomb purchased Alden Optical laboratories. B+L also voluntarily recalled its PeroxiClear hydrogen peroxide care system from the market.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care discontinued its unilateral pricing policy (UPP) in 2016 in an effort to focus their resources “on the doctor-patient relationship and advocate against contact lens deregulation.” Advocacy is a good thing, considering that 1-800 Contacts ramped up its fight against organized optometry at the state and federal levels in 2016.
More devices for myopia control may become available now that the FDA hosted a workshop to address regulation of these devices.
To infinity and beyond
Our editors had the unique privilege of discussing vision problems in space with astronaut Scott Kelly. The ongoing Fluid Shifts Study is investigating vision problems in space, especially resultant hyperopia.
Our profession also heard Buzz Aldrin’s tale of his historic moon trip at the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Meeting in June.