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OcuBall’s Polymer-Based Eye Model Replaces Animal-Based Methods for Foreign Body Removal; Eliminates Smell and BioHazards

WATERLOO, Ontario, August 14, 2019—Educators and professionals worldwide now have access to a novel eye model that replaces traditional animal-based methods for foreign body removal—a critically important skill for clinical practice. OcuBlink, Inc., has shipped its first order of OcuBall, a polymer-based eye model that can be used for training and in educational settings to perfect the removal of foreign bodies, while eliminating safety concerns related to handling, disposal and storage of biological tissue.

OcuBall’s inaugural order is being shipped to the Illinois College of Optometry where it will be used by optometry students to practice and gain confidence in the removal of materials from the eye, such as tiny pieces of metal from the cornea. OcuBall comes premade with carbon/mild steel particles inserted on the surface of the eye to provide a realistic, safe and inexpensive clinical scenario for the practice of foreign body removal. Over time, the metal pieces can rust and form a typical rust ring, just as they do in the human eye.

Made of a biocompatible polymer-based material, OcuBall is less expensive than typically sourced animal models and it eliminates concerns of cross-contamination and biological waste. OcuBall can be stored in saline for several weeks without spoilage and has no odor.

“OcuBall feels like a human eye and simulates a realistic response to embedded foreign bodies, similar to those found in clinical environments,” said OcuBlink Chief Executive Officer Hendrik Walther, PhD, MSc, BSc Optom. “We are thrilled to share the development of a model that performs like a real human eye, giving students the opportunity to gain confidence in a situation they are likely to encounter in real life.”

OcuBlink began as an initiative of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) and now operates as an affiliate, utilizing CORE’s staffing, counsel and laboratories. In the fall of 2018, OcuBlink was accepted into Velocity, Canada’s most productive startup incubator. Last year, OcuBlink, Inc., announced its development of a life-like in-vitro eye model that reduces  dependence on animal testing to understand the science of the eye.

For more information, visit OcuBlink.com.

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About OcuBlink Inc.

OcuBlink develops sophisticated in vitro eye models for ophthalmic companies to accelerate research and development of products for the eye. These include devices for studying anterior and posterior eye disease and contact lens offerings, and its platforms have already been the subject of six conference abstracts and seven papers highlighting the technology. OcuBlink is affiliated with the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE), based at the School of Optometry & Vision Science, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. For more information, visit OcuBlink.com.

 

About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) – formerly known as the Centre for Contact Lens Research – was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.

 

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McDougall Communications for CORE
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Contact Lens Update Issue 48 Focuses on Solution Induced Corneal Staining (SICS), Provides Free ECP Reference Download

SICS has been discussed in the literature for nearly 20 years, but are we any closer to understanding the mechanisms by which it occurs and its clinical significance?

WATERLOO, Ontario,  July 24, 2019—The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has published the latest edition of Contact Lens Update, available for free at ContactLensUpdate.com. Issue 48 focuses on exploring solution induced corneal staining (SICS).

Eric Papas, PhD, BSc, Dip CL, FAAO, provides a fascinating perspective of the journey the optometric profession has taken in order to better understand the phenomenon of transitory punctate corneal staining associated with reusable contact lens wear. Is it the lens material, the preservative in the care solution, or perhaps another agent? Read his editorial to find out more.

Over the past few years, a better understanding has been reached of what is happening at the cellular level when this type of staining occurs, and has provided suggestions both for the mechanism by which this occurs and the agents that may be responsible. Novel in vitro experimentation by Tahmina Khan, PhD, contributes  recent evidence in this area, highlighted in a  poster. In this issue, David McCanna, PhD, research assistant professor at CORE, shares a review of Khan’s manuscript.

Ultimately, for the eye care practitioner, what are the key facts to remember? A free-to-download reference tool delivers a two-minute summary of the evolution of our understanding of SICS, along with addressing what ECPs should consider when it occurs in patients.

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Published six times per year, Contact Lens Update provides a global platform for unbiased clinical insights based in current research. Since 2011, each issue has provided dependable and up-to-date ocular health information for more than 60,000 leading eye care professionals.

In addition to a complete archive of back issues, ContactLensUpdate.com offers a resource library that provides no-cost professional tools, patient resources, images and video. It also houses complimentary technical training videos produced by International Association of Contact Lens Educators, plus an industry glossary. Industry professionals can access the latest issue directly from ContactLensUpdate.com or quickly sign up for email receipt of future issues.

The publication receives support from the educational arms of Alcon and Johnson & Johnson Vision.

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About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS

Aimee J. Lewis or Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, McDougall Communications for CORE

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CORE Director Tops Expertscape Global Contact Lens List

Multiple CORE Staff Achieve High Rankings; University of Waterloo Also Recognized

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, July 18, 2019—Expertscape has recognized multiple scientists and researchers at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) as among the world’s most respected contact lens authorities.  Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, director of CORE, was ranked as the number one global expert. The University of Waterloo placed second among institutions.

The biomedical-focused website objectively ranks people and institutions by their expertise in more than 27,000 topics, based on searches of PubMed-logged articles spanning the past decade. Expertscape allows health care professionals and consumers to find the best institutions, the leading experts, and the latest publications about a range of medical subjects. The entire contact lens ranking can be accessed at http://expertscape.com/ex/contact+lenses

“I’m humbled to be recognized alongside so many peers from around the world who are constantly adding to the growing and fascinating body of knowledge surrounding various contact lens-related topics,” said Dr. Jones. “They are close collaborators, incredibly talented professionals and personal friends in many cases. Day in and day out at CORE, I’m privileged to partner with the most dedicated and brilliant leaders in the field. It’s our life’s work and such an honor to be recognized for the contributions our team has made—and there’s so much more ahead.”

Four current CORE team members are ranked among the top 60 contact lens experts:

  • #1 Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, CORE director, professor
  • #23 Desmond Fonn, MOptom, FAAO distinguished professor emeritus and founding director
  • #48 Doerte Luensmann, PhD, Dipl Ing (AO), FAAO, senior clinical scientist
  • #58 Chau-Minh Phan, MSc, PhD, postdoctoral fellow

Two faculty members at the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo are also among the top 60:

  • #25 Luigina Sorbara, OD, MSc, FAAO, professor
  • #45 Trefford Simpson, MSc, PhD, DipOptom, professor

In addition, the list includes four former CORE staff members who have transitioned to roles across the ophthalmic spectrum, including research and development roles with global manufacturers, consultancies and academic centers.

“Seeing the prominence of both current and former colleagues makes us feel proud of the wonderful people who have contributed to CORE’s legacy of research, and illustrates the remarkable impact of our centre over the last three decades,” said Dr. Jones.

CORE also is represented on Expertscape’s contact lens solutions global experts’ list with four current and former staff members included in the top 20. Dr. Jones is ranked number two.

CORE has been involved in some of the most meaningful advancements in the history of contact lenses, including the evolution of silicone hydrogel lenses and extended wear, the development of the daily disposable lens modality, and understanding dropout and dissatisfaction with lens wear. Many of the contact lens and dry eye products currently on the market have undergone preliminary testing at CORE prior to their regulatory approval. The organization is also at the forefront of evaluating myopia management contact lenses, in addition to other medical device and pharmacological-based myopia treatments.

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About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Aimee J. Lewis or Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, McDougall Communications for CORE

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CORE Develops “Five Minute Overviews” of International Myopia Institute Papers plus Clinical Guidance

Summaries Designed for Easy, Free Access by Practicing Eye Care Professionals

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 18, 2019—The International Myopia Institute (IMI) has announced plans to continue disseminating results of its recent white papers, including developing short summaries, as noted in a June update to its members. Acknowledging far-reaching interest in the topic, the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has published “five minute overviews” of each paper ahead of the official release, authored by the CORE clinical science team. In conjunction with Dr. Kate Gifford, CORE has also created a downloadable set of practical tips on how to implement the clinical management guidelines in practice.

The summaries, reference guide and additional myopia management insights can be accessed for free at https://contactlensupdate.com/category/issues/myopia-matters/

“IMI’s efforts and impacts cannot be understated, especially given the widespread and growing interest in stemming the progression and problems created by myopia. We expect to see the same focus on myopia at this week’s American Optometric Association Optometry’s Meeting gathering in St. Louis,” said Karen Walsh, clinical scientist and editor of Contact Lens Update, CORE. “It’s clear that many practicing eye care professionals want a consolidated version of the papers, along with practical guidance on how to create an evidence-based routine for myopia management. We hope our efforts amplify the tremendous body of knowledge being built by the IMI.”

The summaries and clinical insights fact sheet are part of a special edition of Contact Lens Update, which provides a global platform for unbiased clinical insights based in current research. Since 2011, each issue has provided dependable and up-to-date ocular health information for more than 60,000 leading eye care professionals. The publication receives support from the educational arms of Alcon and Johnson & Johnson Vision.

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About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Aimee J. Lewis or Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, McDougall Communications for CORE

aimee@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.414.9838  |  mike@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.545.1815

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Centre for Ocular Research & Education partners with SightGlass Vision to bring eyeglasses to local children in need

WATERLOO, Ontario, May 10, 2019 – The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) is pleased to announce it will receive donated eyeglasses from SightGlass Vision, Inc. to help local children in need. The eyeglasses will be distributed through the School of Optometry & Vision Science’s (WOVS) Clinic.

This effort is in support of the first annual Myopia Awareness Week (@MyopiaMovement), aimed at educating caregivers and changing the way optometrists understand and treat myopia. Myopia Awareness Week takes place May 13-19, 2019.

“We are pleased to accept this generous donation from SightGlass Vision to help children in our community who are struggling with sight issues. We know that some families are unable to afford corrective measures such as eyeglasses,” said CORE’s director Dr. Lyndon Jones. “This effort will make a huge difference in the lives of these children who are most in need, as well as their family members, and we are grateful to the SightGlass Vision team for their support and dedication to helping address myopia in children.”

Findings in Myopia Prevalence in Canadian School Children: a Pilot Study, conducted by CORE indicated, that while the rate of myopia was 6% in children aged 6-8, it soars to 28.9% in children aged 11-13.1 Often increasing rapidly during childhood, myopia progresses into the teen years and early adulthood, leaving many with significantly impaired uncorrected vision. Earlier onset and rapid progression results in the need for stronger prescription glasses and increases the risk of potentially blinding conditions such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration in adulthood. SightGlass Vision is developing new technology to slow myopia progression that is currently being investigated in clinical trials at research sites around the world, including CORE.

Myopia has seen a dramatic increase in prevalence over the past several decades. Myopia is now the leading cause of irreversible blindness in parts of Asia and it is estimated that almost half of the entire world’s population, or five billion people, will be nearsighted by 2050.2 This increase is thought to relate to lifestyle changes, including less time outdoors and more eye-straining or near-work-related activities such as reading and screen time.

“The increasing prevalence of myopia around the world is of great concern to us and it has been well established that myopia often progresses rapidly during childhood,” said Thomas W. Chalberg, Ph.D., co-founder and chief executive officer of SightGlass Vision. “Our donation is grounded in the belief that no child should struggle with sight issues and it is our privilege to make this contribution to CORE and the School of Optometry & Vision Science to help children in Waterloo Region see better.”

The University of Waterloo is one of 15 sites across North America that will select, order, and dispense the eyeglasses to children in need. The WOVS Optometry Clinic will receive up to 40 pairs of standard ophthalmic frames and impact-resistant spectacle lenses – the standard of care for children who have myopia, hyperopia, and/or astigmatism.

About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.

About the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science
The University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science (WOVS) provides the only English optometric training in Canada. The School delivers an accredited, four year degree program leading to a professional Doctor of Optometry (OD). An extensive clinic program provides practical experience for students and health services for the public. The School of Optometry and Vision Science also has an impressive program supporting research in Vision Science and Optometry. For more information, please visit uwaterloo.ca/optometry.

About SightGlass Vision, Inc.
SightGlass Vision, Inc. is a clinical-stage medtech startup company focused on ending nearsightedness (myopia). Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, SightGlass is developing innovative spectacle lenses to reduce the progression of myopia in children. Based on groundbreaking research from the University of Washington, SightGlass was founded in 2016 by Professors Jay and Maureen Neitz, who are world-renowned vision researchers, and Dr. Thomas Chalberg, a serial entrepreneur in the biotechnology and medical device sectors. For more information, please visit www.sightglassvision.com.

  1. Yang M, Luensmann D, Fonn D, et al. Myopia prevalence in Canadian school children: a pilot study. Eye (Lond). 2018;32(6):1042-1047.
  2. Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, et al. Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050. Ophthalmology. 2016;123(5):1036-1042.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Aimee J. Lewis or Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, McDougall Communications for CORE

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CORE Announces Medal Keynote, Scientific Posters and First-Ever Pub Quiz for BCLA 2019

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, May 8, 2019—The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) 2019 Clinical Conference & Exhibition opens later this month in Manchester, England, expected to attract more than 1,000 eye care professionals from around the world. Registrants will benefit from new research, clinical insights and even a bit of trivia thanks to the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), which is playing a significant role in the biennial event.

BCLA 2019 Medal Recipient Dr. Lyndon Jones

A conference highlight will be the Saturday, June 1, keynote address by BCLA 2019 Medal recipient Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, director of CORE. In his address, Soft Lenses: Just Another Plastic or More than Meets the Eye?, he will reflect on his research experiences over the past three decades, and discuss how contact lens materials, the tear film and components within solutions interact in an ever-changing and complex manner.

Dr. Jones is also delivering two talks in collaboration with CORE sponsors on Thursday, May 30. Along with CORE Clinical Scientist Karen Walsh, he will examine the importance of modality in contact lens wear at 10:20 a.m. GMT in a CooperVision-sponsored session. At 2:10 p.m. GMT in a Johnson & Johnson Vision-sponsored program, he will address how the tear film interacts with contact lenses.

In advance of the conference, on Wednesday, May 29, Dr. Jones will speak on how to review the scientific literature at the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) / British and Irish University and College Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) Education Day for contact lens educators and postgraduate students.

Advancing the Industry’s Body of Knowledge

Known as one of the ophthalmic community’s most prolific publishers of high-value research, CORE will present five scientific posters in Manchester. All posters will be available to view from Thursday, May 30, with meet the author sessions that afternoon from 1:10 – 2:10 p.m. and Friday,  May 31, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Visual performance with a daily disposable silicone hydrogel center-near progressive design multifocal contact lens with two independent intermediate zones. Jill Woods, Board 56, Optics & Design Section.
  • A bilateral dispensing evaluation of two different toric lens geometries. Sarah Guthrie, Board 53, Optics & Design Section.
  • Validation of a multifocal contact lens online fitting app. Jill Woods, Board 73, Presbyopia Section.
  • Validation of an online lens fitting app for two daily disposable toric lenses. Doerte Luensmann, Board 3, General Section.
  • Subjective assessment of contact lens handling: what can we learn from the past? Lyndon Jones, Board 6, General Section.

Fun and Friends at An Eye for Knowledge Pub Quiz

On BCLA’s opening evening, attendees can put their ocular knowledge to the test in the first ever BCLA pub quiz! An Eye for Knowledge was designed by CORE, based on its popular CORE Knowledge ultimate eye science game (COREknowledgegame.org). Joining Dr. Jones in hosting the quiz is optometrist and Vision Sciences fellow at the University of Manchester, Sarah Morgan.

Four rounds of questions will test on-the-spot-created teams about all things contact lenses and anterior eye research, with some more lighthearted rounds and facts (and even singing) along the way. Prizes, giveaways, drinks and snacks will make for two hours of fun and networking to kick off the conference.

The quiz is free for attendees and will begin at 5:45 pm GMT on Thursday, May 30.

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Editor’s Note: Members of the CORE team are available for interviews prior to and during BCLA 2019, previewing their participation and offering independent, objective opinions surrounding industry trends, issues and opportunities. Please contact mike@mcdougallpr.com to schedule.

 

About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Aimee J. Lewis or Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, McDougall Communications for CORE

aimee@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.414.9838  |  mike@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.545.1815

New Contact Lens Update Issue Focuses on the International Myopia Institute White Paper Reports

Issue #47, edited by Dr. Kate Gifford, summarizes each report, shares a thought-provoking poster and features a new fact sheet for eye care practitioner use

WATERLOO, Ontario, April 25, 2019—The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has published the latest edition of Contact Lens Update, now accessible at no cost. Issue 47 looks at myopia, specifically focusing on the recently published International Myopia Institute (IMI) reports. Topics include:

  • Kate Gifford’s editorial which lends more background to and overall context of the IMI reports.
  • A feature article that provides a short summary of each report, written by members of the clinical science team at CORE.
  • A conference highlight poster by Dr. Noel Brennan that challenges understanding on the efficacy of myopia control interventions.
  • A downloadable fact sheet, created in conjunction with Dr. Gifford, which provides easy-to-follow steps from the Clinical Management Guidelines report, helping inform eye care practitioners about how to create an evidence-based routine for myopia management.

Published six times per year, Contact Lens Update provides a global platform for unbiased clinical insights based in current research. Since 2011, each issue has provided dependable and up-to-date ocular health information for more than 60,000 leading eye care professionals.

In addition to a complete archive of back issues, ContactLensUpdate.com offers a resource library that provides no-cost professional tools, patient resources, images and video. It also houses complimentary technical training videos produced by International Association of Contact Lens Educators, plus an industry glossary.

Industry professionals can access the latest issue directly from ContactLensUpdate.com or quickly sign up for email receipt of future issues.

The publication receives support from the educational arms of Alcon and Johnson & Johnson Vision.

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About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS

Aimee J. Lewis or Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, McDougall Communications for CORE

aimee@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.414.9838  |  mike@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.545.1815

 

Seeing Eye to Eye: Interprofessional Collaboration Course Helps Optometrists and Pharmacists Improve Patient Care

New Online Continuing Education Series Focuses on Enhancing Eye Care

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, April 8, 2019—In today’s healthcare environment where patients see several specialists during diagnosis and treatment, interdisciplinary knowledge is more important than ever. When healthcare providers across sectors collaborate to share expertise and make care decisions, patient outcomes improve.

Optometrists and pharmacists have overlapping areas of patient care—yet formal, practical education about these intersections has been absent. That’s why a team of pharmacists, eye care specialists and curriculum design experts from the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy, School of Optometry and Vision Science, and Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) developed continuing education courses specifically for this need.

The new online series, Enhancing Eye Care through Interprofessional Collaboration, aims to improve collaboration while sharing the most current profession-specific clinical and therapeutic information.

“Pharmacists are often consulted for relief of ocular conditions, and in some areas, pharmacists have prescribing authority. Additionally, optometrists are more frequently recommending pharmaceutical products to patients,” said Karen Walsh, Clinical Scientist, CORE and co-author of module one. “Yet the interaction between our disciplines—which could ultimately improve clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction—has been lacking. We’re aiming to change that.”

Enhancing Eye Care through Interprofessional Collaboration includes four modules to provide a better understanding of profession-specific knowledge that can enhance patient care: interprofessional collaboration, contact lens red eye, contact lens solutions, and dry eye.

The course includes the latest in eye care research along with clinical insight from both professions, video simulations of patient interactions and the development of new frameworks incorporating optometrist and pharmacist perspectives.

The course is accredited by the Canadian Council for Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) and the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education for continuing education credits. Registration for the course is $40 CDN. Discounts are available to those who qualify and must be used at time of registration. Contact phrcpd@uwaterloo.ca for further information, or visit http://uwaterloo.ca/optometry/eyecare.

Development of the course was supported by an educational grant from Alcon Independent Medical Education.

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About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Aimee J. Lewis or Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, McDougall Communications for CORE
aimee@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.414.9838  |  mike@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.545.1815

CORE Advancing Meso Scale Discovery for Tear Film Biomarker Identification

High-Potential Ocular Research Applications Extend to Dry Eye & Beyond

WATERLOO, Ontario, February 26, 2019—The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has announced an initiative to advance use of the Meso Scale Discovery® (MSD) platform to identify biomarkers in the tear film, expanding ocular health diagnoses and treatment options.

Hundreds of proteins are found in the tear film, and their levels fluctuate for every person. These unique biomarkers offer a new method to indicate ocular issues and other health conditions, representing an untapped opportunity for research and application by pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device developers.

CORE’s investment in innovative instrumentation and knowledge specific to tear film protein expression has resulted in a noteworthy offering to the global ophthalmology and optometry fields. This capability was central to a 2018 paper on the effect of denatured lysozyme on the cornea1, and is also being used for ongoing studies regarding contact lens solution formulation.

Central to the organization’s efforts is the MSD® MESO QuickPlex SQ 120 immunoassay imager. Offering a large dynamic range and efficiency unavailable through more traditional ELISA kits, a tear film sample can be multiplexed for up to 10 different biomarkers in a single plate.

Results are then analyzed by CORE BioSciences specialists who have worked with MSD to refine their techniques. With an on-staff phlebotomist, the CORE team can cross-reference outcomes with blood, urine and other tissue samples.

CORE researchers can simultaneously assess for various ocular surface changes (such as the presence of inflammatory cells) using its Heidelberg Retina Tomograph in vivo laser-scanning confocal microscope with the Rostock Corneal Module (HRT-RCM) for anterior segment imaging. In experienced hands, this very powerful technology—with fairly limited global availability—can be instrumental to linking tissue changes with inflammatory biomarkers in the tear film.

“Whether we’re investigating inflammatory cytokines or exploring other novel concepts, our MSD expertise is providing CORE’s ocular research partners a distinct advantage,” said David McCanna, PhD, research assistant professor at CORE. “We’re enthusiastic about unlocking the power of tear film biomarkers, and can already see how they might influence breakthroughs in product development and clinical settings alike.”

For additional information about CORE and its Meso Scale Discovery initiative, visit core.uwaterloo.ca or call +1.519.888.4742.

About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.

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CORE to Present Insights, Receive Accolades at 2019 Global Contact Lens Symposium

Practitioner Lectures, Educator Meeting and IACLE Award Presentation Highlight Annual Meeting

WATERLOO, Ontario, January 22, 2019—The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) today announced a series of events in which it will participate at the 2019 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS). The annual meeting is taking place from January 24 – 27 at the Tropicana Las Vegas resort.

On Thursday, January 24, CORE’s Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, and Karen Walsh, OD, BSc(Hons), MCOptom, will present “Sensitive to Silicone? Understanding and Managing Who Present with an Adverse Reaction” from 3 – 4 p.m. PT.

Dr. Jones will take to the podium again on Friday, January 25, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. PT, with a review talk on “Hydrogen Peroxide Care Systems: Should it Be the First Choice?” He will be joined by Christopher Lievens, OD, MS, chief of Internal Clinics and professor at Southern College of Optometry.

Immediately preceding GSLS, Dr. Jones will share four-year study data regarding the CooperVision MiSight® 1-day soft contact lens for myopia management at the company’s annual educators meeting. This invitation-only gathering is attended by contact lens professors from nearly two dozen schools and colleges of optometry across North America. Physiological changes among 100 myopic children from Canada, Singapore, England, and Portugal were evaluated during the landmark study’s fourth year, with CORE serving as the lead clinical research organization.

He will also formally receive the 2018 International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award while in Las Vegas.

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 About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Aimee J. Lewis or Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, McDougall Communications for CORE

aimee@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.414.9838  |  mike@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.545.1815