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Around ABBA..............FLA In The Winter
New Appearance.........Tiffany Trynor
EFCLIN.......................Wavefront Technoloty
Consultant's Corner.....Fitting Tips
Marketing....................Free Tips & Materials
Bragging Rights...........Semi-Scleral
Upcoming Events
MARCH

11-13 West Florida Optometric Association          Destin, FL


Around ABBA
Lee Dickerson
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 Jess@abbaoptical.com 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!

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New Appearance
If you haven’t 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!


EFCLIN
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

Consultant's Corner

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 patient’s 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


Marketing Inside the Office
…and it’s FREE!

We’re 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 eyecare

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Marketing cont'd
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 Excellence
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 of Excellence.

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

Bragging Rights
We don’t always have to brag on ourselves. Here’s what Dr. David Chandler had to say in a recent letter to us.

Dear Lee,
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-80’s, 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.