Lee Woodward to head up launch of new products

As Altacor gears up for the launch of new products into the optical and pharmacy channels, it has appointed Lee Woodward as National Account Manager.

Formerly key account manager at Sauflon, Lee is looking forward to the challenge of his new role.

“This is an exciting time for Altacor, the company has a portfolio of specialist ophthalmic products under development. These products will help to support the entire treatment pathway from the hospital ophthalmologist through to the GP and high street optometrist, helping to grow the sector by creating new business opportunities.                                  

Quick results with Dry Eye diagnostics trial

Dry itchy eyes is frequently it is the reason why patients give up using their contact lenses. To help opticians diagnose dry eye quickly and more accurately, Altacor, the ophthalmic products specialists, and No7 the contact lenses manufacturer have collaborated on a trial and the initial results have been very positive.

Andrew Merry Optometrists were one of the first to join the trial in which self-contained dry eye diagnostic kits were provided free of charge by Altacor and No7, and the opticians were trained in how to use them.

Janet Wilkinson of Andrew Merry Optometrists says:

“The trial went extremely well. People often come in saying they have itchy eyes or a burning sensation and are thinking of stopping wearing their contact lenses. Others think they need a new prescription because their vision is starting to blur.

“Normally we would ask a few questions and then recommend eye drops, but we wouldn’t always be able to do any specific tests as appointment time can be limited.

“In the trial, we assessed everyone that complained of dry eye. The kits contained a Lissamine green stain which we can use to examine the eye and look at tear break-up time.”

The diagnostic kit was developed by Altacor and No7 following consultation with opticians. It provides everything needed in one box and issufficient for testing 10 patients. It helps to identify what type of eye treatment will be most effective.

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Resealable eye drops offer all day relief from dry eye

Eye drops can provide relief from dry eye symptoms.  These eye drops contain ‘tear substitutes’ which mimic the protective properties of tears.  You may need to reapply the eye drops several times a day and this is where Clinitas Soothe can help.

Clinitas Soothe is unique in that its supplied in an easy to use, sterile, resealable dropper that can be slipped into a pocket or handbag.  Each container holds about 8 drops which is sufficient for one day’s use. It can be recapped and can be used for up to 12 hours.

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NEOS Meeting looks good to Altacor

Altacor will be attending the North of England Ophthalmological Society (NEOS) meeting, Bradford on the 20th March. The theme is vitreoretinal and the PJ Hay Lecture will be given by Mr Tom Williamson, consultant Ophthalmologist at St Thomas’ Hospital London.

It looks a varied and interesting range of presentations and we look forward  to seeing you there.

If you are unable to attend the event and would like to gain more information about our prescription range of Clinitas treatments for dry eye please contact: David Harris, our  Altacor representative on 01223 421411

Conjunctivitis.com – that’s a site for sore eyes

Comedian Tim Vine won joke of the year award at the annual Lafta awards this month, but those of us who think that having sore eyes is a far from a laughing matter might appreciate some of his older jokes.

Mr Vine, who is the brother of BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy, has won the award for the best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010 with the line: “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”

And he was also runner-up in for the Edinburgh joke of the year last year with the line:

“Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels.”

If you want relief from sore eyes try some Clinitas soothe but to find out more about the Lafta awards see.