The eye health supplier Bausch & Lomb just introduced a new brand of gas permeable contact lenses into the UK market. These specialized lenses will hopefully address the huge need in the UK contact market for lenses that can correct a patient's corneas.
Called the Zenlens DX set, these scleral contact lenses are designed with two diameter sizes: 16mm and 17mm. Bausch & Lomb's Zenlenses also come in either oblate or prolate designs. All of these gas permeable lenses are released as 28 lens diagnostic sets.
Executives at Bausch & Lomb said that scleral lenses are critical for helping thousands of patients with corneal issues. In particular, these Zenlens sets can really help people with diseases like keratoglobus or keratoconus.
Designers used what's called "SmartCurve technology" in all of the Zenlens sets. This novel technology will help eye doctors fit contacts into their patients' eyes with greater precision. It should also make the contact lenses far more comfortable on a person's eyes.
Amy Rothwell, the current unit head of the Bausch & Lomb business, told reporters that the demand for scleral lenses is growing faster than any other specialty contact lens. With the release of the Zenlens sets, Rothwell said Bausch & Lomb is now the largest seller of specialty lenses in the UK.
In addition to the Zenlens sets, Bausch & Lomb has invested in an educational forum to help people with corneal irregularities get the information they need. Bausch & Lomb's scientific manager Richard Smith will head the forum in the UK. While it's difficult for people with corneal issues to find comfortable lenses, Mr. Smith believes the Zenlens sets will help optometrists prescribe corneal correcting lenses to more patients with a higher success rate.
Scleral lenses are so called because they attach to the white of a person's eye rather than the cornea. The white of the eye is scientifically called the sclera. Due to the scleral lenses' larger size, they tend to be more stable than other gas permeable lenses. Optometrists often recommend these lenses to people with corneal irregularities and/or severe dry eyes.
Bausch & Lomb is one of the oldest and most respected eye care manufacturers in the world. Founded in New York in 1853, Bausch & Lomb is now headquartered in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and it ships products to over 35 different countries.
The pharmaceutical company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International currently owns Bausch & Lomb. Valeant is a Canadian company headquartered in the city Laval, Québec.