By Adrian Galbreth
UltraVision has been awarded the Queen's Awards for Enterprise for its advances in the contact lens field, specifically its KeraSoft, a patented soft contact lens for irregular corneas and keratoconus.
It is the second time that the Queen's Award has been given to UltraVision, as it scooped the prize in 2006 for its UltraWave and SAM technologies, and was described as a "great honour" by J Keith Lomas, UltraVision's chief executive.
"To receive the Queen's Award once is a serious achievement, but twice is out of this world. We were improving people's vision but now our team is taking our technologies to new levels and dramatically changing lives for the better," he explained.
He added that KeraSoft lenses have also recently received approval by the US Food and Drug Administration, which he labelled another "immense achievement" for the company.
Meanwhile, fellow contact lens manufacturer Bausch + Lomb has announced the launch of its PureVision 2 with High Definition Optics contact lenses, which are designed to reduce glare and halos while delivering excellent vision.
by Emily Tait