CooperVision Launches Biofinity® XR Contact Lenses

[press release]

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Pleasanton, CA, October 21, 2013— CooperVision, Inc. today announced the launch of its Biofinity® XR contact lens brand. This is

an extension to its popular Biofinity (comfilcon A) silicone hydrogel technology, allowing practitioners to confidently fit a greater number of monthly replacement lens patients, including those with significant hyperopia and myopia.  

Every day, countless people who suffer from severe near- and far-sightedness are faced with less than optimal choices to correct their vision. Thick glasses can create distortion and upend fashion sensibilities. Older contact lens materials limit “breathability,” with less oxygen reaching the eye. And the latest high performance lenses have only covered a limited range of prescriptions. 

The Biofinity XR lens is the first of its kind that combines high oxygen permeability with all-day comfort characteristics required for wearers with more demanding prescriptions. With Biofinity XR, more people can enjoy the benefits of modern contact lens material and design, helping them live life without the hassle of glasses. 

“The availability of Biofinity XR gives eye care practitioners another reason to make it a monthly lens of choice, whether transitioning Proclear® wearers, upgrading from a competitive lens, or introducing a broader span of spectacle wearers to soft lenses,” said Dr. Juan Carlos Aragon, senior vice president, Global Professional & Clinical Affairs, CooperVision. “The same outstanding vision, fit and comfort properties that the eye care community has come to expect from Biofinity are now available with Biofinity XR lenses.”

Biofinity XR is the only extended range monthly contact lens brand with Aquaform® Technology. This technology makes the lens material highly breathable so more oxygen reaches the eyes, helping keep them clearer and whiter with less irritation. It also ensures that the lenses are naturally and uniformly wettable for smoothness and comfort, and maintains softness and flexibility for more gentle wear from the first day to the last.

Biofinity XR lenses are now available in powers from +8.50 to +15.00 (0.50 steps) and -12.50 to -20.00 (0.50 steps). The current Biofinity line continues to be available in +8.00 to -12.00 powers.

Smarter soft lens searches

Hello EyeDock users,

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I’ve been working on a new version of EyeDock’s soft lens searches for quite a while now, and think it’s finally time to show you the result. I’m excited about the new features and I hope you’ll find them useful in your practice. 

I’m considering this a beta version for a short while, at least until all of you get a chance to put this through it’s paces. As a solitary developer (who spends most of his time examining eyeballs) it’s difficult for me to test EyeDock on every OS, browser, etc., so I need you all to help me out. So it goes without saying, let me know if you run into any problems. When I feel it’s ready I’ll more completely integrate it into EyeDock.

See below for a description and a video describing some of the highlights of the new searches.

<——click Soft Contact Lens Searches to use the searches!




Todd M Zarwell OD FAAO



I made a number of changes to simplify the interface, yet keep the searches robust . However, the feature that I’m most excited about is the search by refraction feature.

In the “old days”, searching for a lens by power used to take multiple steps: Vertexing. Transposing (at least for some of us). Filling out numerous fields on a form. Picking a lens. Finding out the -2.25 cyl doesn’t come in axis 50. Picking a different lens.

Now, this can be done with a single step. Type (or paste in) your refraction:

Refraction input


EyeDock will then:

1)  Vertex the refraction to establish the ideal contact lens power (and show the results on an optical cross)


Vertexted optical cross


2) Find all appropriate lenses

3) Search within each lens’s parameters to find the best powers available for that lens

4) Calculate a theoretical VA for each lens to help compare and contrast your options

Search by refraction results



Soft lens companies

Here's a list of the soft lens companies listed in EyeDock. Click a company name to view a list of their lenses.


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Recording Keratometry: Can't we all just get along?

I've had a contact lens calculator on EyeDock for nearly 10 years now, and overall it's been very well received. I was therefore pretty surprised to receive an email a few days ago taking issue with how I require the keratometry values to be entered. The calculator gives these instructions:

Enter the keratometry measurements in this format: 45/43.25@90.


When I made the calculator I was pretty pleased with myself for allowing my users to simply enter a string of text, as opposed to selecting each value from separate dropdown boxes. However, to make it easier to parse the input I figured I better restrict the user to a certain format. I decided to prohibit entries like this:

45.00 @ 180 / 43.25 @ 090

Hence my instructions listed above.

Now, when I was at the Illinois College of Optometry we learned to record K's like this:

horizontal meridian power / vertical meridian power @ vertical meridian 

eg) 44.00 / 46.00 @ 090

This seemed about as simple as could be - on a manual keratometer you record it like so:

the drum on the left / the drum on the right @ the number on the axis wheel
Read more: Recording Keratometry: Can't we all just get along?