In This Issue
|Around ABBA..............FLA In The Winter
New Appearance.........Tiffany Trynor
Consultant's Corner.....Fitting Tips
Marketing....................Free Tips & Materials
11-13 West Florida Optometric Association Destin,
|Our new web site is really turning
into a useful tool for our customers. We have updated the online order
entry process and installed password protection in order to keep certain
information from the everyday web surfer. Call or send an email to
and he will provide you with your unique password. When finished,
we will have fitting guides and problem solving assistance for virtually
every one of our lens designs. There is an area for you to attach
your topo directly from your hard drive and send it to our consultants.
There is much more to come. Please visit it at www.abbaoptical.com
and give us your feedback.
We also make our newsletter available electronically. If you prefer
to have ABBA VISION emailed to you just send us the OK along with
your email address and we will add you to the list. It is important
to get the address correct. There is a lesson to be learned from
typing the wrong email address:
A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during
a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel
where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic
schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules.
So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday,
with his wife flying down the following day.
The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his
room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally
left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing
his error, sent the email to another recipient.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home
from her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home
to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her
email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading
the first message, she screamed and fainted.
The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor,
and saw the computer screen which read:
To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I've Arrived
Date: December16, 2004
I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here
now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've
just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has
been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing
you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
P.S. Sure is hot down here!
you havent had the chance to meet Tiffany Trynor, I imagine
you will soon; Ms. Trynor is a dynamic young lady! Ms. Trynor was
raised up in NC, making her home in Belmont. After graduating high
school, she decided to attend NC State University where she graduated
with a major in Sociology and a minor in business. Tiffany began
working for ABBA in June 04.
So, how did Tiffany meet up with
ABBA? Her Optometrist introduced her to us! As the saying goes,
it was all smooth sailing from there! Not only did she get good
vision from her Optometrist, but a good job too!
Lee recently participated
in a study in Antwerp, Belgium that will begin the discussion on
the development of wavefront-guided contact lenses and whether or
not our industry is ready to manufacture such lenses.
Anticipating the debate on wavefront-guided
lenses, it seemed sensible to test the performance of power measurement
for ordinary toric lenses before we attempted wavefront
controlled lenses. This is where ABBA and 4 other labs participated.
The measurements were masked and
randomized neither the manager nor the measuring
technician knew what the labeled powers were. The 60 lens measurements
provided 180 power-related dimensions: 60 sphere power, 60 cylinder
power and 60 axis direction - not to mention calibration!
The five superlabs were:
Lab #1: John Schilperoort, Hoge School van Utrecht, optometrie
department, The Netherlands
Lab #2: Lee Dickerson, ABBA Optical Inc, USA
Lab #3: Eleftherios Karageorgiadis, EYEART, Greece
Lab #4: Morten Sejersen, Con-Lens, Denmark
Lab #5: Anatole Diep, Menicon Holdings Europe, France
Please visit our website www.abbaoptical.com
and view EFCLIN to see the whole article
Fitting our SemiScleral 13.5 Lens,
featured in this edition, must be accomplished using the Diagnostic
System. When placing the lens on the eye it is possible to have
a pocket of trapped air between the lens and the Cornea.
The technique used to ensure an air bubble is not trapped air is
pretty straightforward. Simply fill the concave surface of the lens
with wetting solution, have the patient position their head parallel
to the floor (similar to the position they would be in if they were
looking for something on the floor), hold the lens below the patients
eye, and move it straight up onto the eye. Since the lens is filled
with solution, air will be displaced with the solution as you move
the lens onto the eye.
Because the lens is quite large
and the volume of fluid in the lens adds to the weight of the lens
on your finger, it is sometimes a balancing act to get the lens
into position. We advised practitioners to use two fingers to place
the lens on the patients eye until we found a better method.
An enterprising Optometrist began using a DMV II, the lens remover
that has a hole through the middle of the handle, to hold the lens
in place while inserting it. When the lens is on the eye simply
release the pressure on the handle and the DMV releases from the
lens. Funny how simple some things are. -Ana Estrada
Were lucky to be in an industry that is supported by an organization
such as The RGP Lens Institute (www.rgpli.org).
This organization and website is designed especially for supporting
|practitioners through education.
Their latest creation is an attractive set of free presentation
cards entitled Presenting GP Presbyopic Contact Lens Options.
GP lenses for Presbyopia is the best choice for many patients and
these cards can help make your job easier when explaining the benefits
to the paitients. To get your free cards, call ABBA 800-331-2015
or get them online at ABBAoptical.com
(see Presbyopia Cards).
CLMA Seal of
On November 24th the Contact
Lens Manufacturers Association announced the results of its independent
quality control evaluation of GP contact lenses produced by member
laboratories. Based on tolerances established by the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI Standards Z80.20 - Contact Lenses) I am
pleased to announce that ABBA has been granted the 2005 CLMA Seal
The CLMA Seal of Excellence signifies
a high degree of manufacturing expertise needed to meet a demanding
level of inspection, and to produce high quality contact lenses
which meet or exceed applicable industry standards.
Only Leading Manufacturers Are Awarded
The Seal of Excellence
We dont always have
to brag on ourselves. Heres what Dr. David Chandler had to
say in a recent letter to us.
I had the pleasure of fitting my first Semi-Scleral
lens on a very interesting patient that I mentioned to you on the
phone during the ordering process. His name is Customer X and I
have been following Mr. X for approximately 20 years. In the mid-80s,
Mr. X had 20/20 vision right and left eye with plano refraction
and was unfortunately persuaded to have hexagonal keratotomy to
his right eye to give him a monovision affect.
The hexagonal keratotomy was successful at first with a sphere power
of 2.50, but he degenerated over time and developed a large
amount of myopic astigmatism.
Over the years, we have tried a
gas permeable lens, which he as unable to tolerate due to comfort
issues, even though the acuity was very good. We have attempted
glasses, with 20/60 acuity and soft lenses with not much of an improvement.
The soft lens included approximately four diopters of cylinder with
four diopters of myopia at an oblique axis and was very difficult
to obtain good vision even with the wide variety of toric lenses
available to us today. We had almost given up correcting his vision
properly when you had mentioned that I should try the Semi-Scleral
lens during one of our conversations. I have tried this on him with
your fitting set that you loaned and the subsequently ordered lens
was very comfortable, which he tolerated very well, and his acuity
was 20/20 +! Obviously this is very good vision and Mr. X is extremely
pleased with the quality of his vision, as well as with the comfort.
The comfort is better than he and I had anticipated.
I very much appreciate your recommendations
regarding this wonderful new addition to my contact lens repertoire
and look forward to fitting many other difficult to fit patients
with this lens. I may even decide to make this lens my standard
gas perm lens based on comfort and the high oxygen permeability
of the newest lens materials.