2016 Year in Review: Exciting Eye Care Developments

Xiidra ophthalmic solution became available in 2016.
Credit: Xiidra.com

Welcome to what’s trending in eye care, brought to you by IntroWellness.com and 20/20 Glance! I’m Dr. Jackie Garlich, here to highlight some of the most exciting developments in eye care from 2016 (video below).

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First, contacts. Three new soft contact lenses were introduced in 2016:

1) Acuvue Vita

Acuvue launched their first ever monthly contact lens called Acuvue Vita. It delivers comfort all month long by using HydraMax Technology that gives, you guessed it, maximum hydration.

Acuvue vita contact lenses were released in 2016.
Credit: Acuvue.com

2) CooperVision Biofinity Energys

Next, CooperVision launched a new monthly lens called Biofinity Energys. This lens was created specifically for digital device users. In particular, it can help decrease the strain on your eyes after looking at digital screens!

Biofinity Energys was released in 2016.
Credit: Coopervision.com

3) Alcon Dailies Total1 Multifocal

Lastly, Alcon introduced Dailies Total1 Multifocal. This contact lens offers patients over 40 a premium alternative to their reading glasses as well as reduces end of the day dryness. Side note: Here’s our review on the Dailies Total1 contact lens. 

Dailies Total1 Multifocal was released in 2016.
Credit: Dailies.com

Another major highlight for the eye care industry in 2016 was the FDA approval of a procedure called corneal cross-linking.

This procedure is used to stop the progression of a potentially blinding corneal disease called keratoconus. Thankfully, this approval has given eye surgeons another tool to treat this debilitating disease.

FDA logo
Credit: FDA.gov

Finally, in the summer of 2016, the FDA approved a new medication to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.

This is HUGE because up until this year, the only prescription medication to treat dry eye syndrome was Restasis. The new medication is an eye drop called Xiidra and clinical studies have shown some improvement in dry eye symptoms in as early as two weeks. If you are like the millions of other Americans who suffer from dry eye syndrome, Xiidra might be an option for you. Talk to your eye doctor for more information.

Note: Here’s an overview we created of Restasis vs. Xiidra

Xiidra ophthalmic solution became available in 2016.
Credit: Xiidra.com

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