June 08, 2016

New Lenses Now Available to Practitioners and Patients Throughout the U.S.

PLEASANTON, Calif., June 8, 2016 CooperVision, Inc. announced today the expanded availability of Biofinity® XR toric, the latest addition to the company’s leading Biofinity® range of monthly silicone hydrogel contact lenses. The product, first announced in January, was initially introduced to select practices as manufacturing ramped up. Now, Biofinity® XR toric is available to all eye care practitioners—and their patients—throughout the United States.

We  continue  to focus our efforts and resources on developing and manufacturing high performing products that target unmet needs, further extending our commitment to having a lens for every eye,” said Jerry Warner, President, North America, CooperVision. “With nationwide availability of Biofinity® XR toric lenses, eye care practitioners across the country can fit a greater number of patients in a leading silicone hydrogel material, keeping pace with the widespread move to this healthier material.”

The Biofinity® XR brand is the only silicone hydrogel contact lens range from a major manufacturer designed for patients with prescriptions beyond the traditional stock range. CooperVision first introduced its Biofinity® XR sphere lenses in late 2013, offering patients with severe near- and far-sightedness a combination of high oxygen permeability and all-day comfort. With Biofinity® XR toric, these in-demand benefits are extended to people who have both high prescriptions and astigmatism—typically patients who have had challenges with contact lenses in the past, or may even have thought that contact lens wear was not an option.

“This lens helps address some of the fitting challenges for patients with high refractive errors,” said Kerry Giedd, OD, MS, FAAO, Eola Eyes, Orlando, Fla. “I have had patients over the years that had a hard time finding the right fit, and they were thrilled with the Biofinity® XR toric on the first try. I’m happy that I can now offer my patients an easy-to-fit lens that allows current hydrogel wearers or GP/scleral wearers to upgrade into high oxygen transmissible silicone hydrogel soft lenses that deliver excellent comfort.”

Biofinity® XR toric is a fully cast molded made to order lens that incorporates the same uniform horizontal ISO thickness and optimized ballast band design as Biofinity® toric, making it an easy-to-fit, stable toric lens with excellent visual acuity. Its optimized, continuous surface ensures that the eyelid interacts with a smooth lens surface on every blink, resulting in a more comfortable wearing experience*.

Like all Biofinity® lenses, Biofinity® XR toric features Aquaform® Technology, which allows more oxygen to reach the eyes, helping to maintain clear, white eyes and healthier corneal physiology. The lens material is naturally and uniformly wettable, providing a soft and flexible lens.

Biofinity® XR toric lenses are available in sphere powers from +10.00D to -10.00D (0.50D steps after +/-6.00D), with cylinder powers from -2.75 to -5.75 (0.50 steps) and an axis of 5 degrees to 180 degrees in 5-degree steps, and +8.50D to +10.00D with cylinder powers from -0.75 to -2.25 (0.50 steps) and axis of 5 degrees to 180 degrees in 5-degree steps.

*This study compared the made to order (MTO) lens design of the Biofinity XR toric and stock Biofinity toric lens in the core range over 6 hours of lens wear.