Bausch + Lomb announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for Bausch + Lomb Ultra Multifocal for Astigmatism contact lenses, the company’s first multifocal toric lens to be available as a standard offering.
Bausch + Lomb says the monthly silicone hydrogel lens is the company’s most advanced soft contact lens design.
“Eye care professionals have routinely stressed the need to have a readily available contact lens that addresses both presbyopia and astigmatism, underscoring the critical vision needs of this growing patient population,” Joe Gordon, U.S. president, Bausch + Lomb, said in a company news release. “Our in-house team of scientists and contact lens designers developed Bausch + Lomb Ultra Multifocal for Astigmatism to provide patients a lens with excellent comfort and vision that can be fit during the initial contact lens exam. We anticipate Bausch + Lomb Ultra Multifocal for Astigmatism will be available to eye care professionals and their patients by mid-2019.”
The majority of all adults ages 40 or older currently wear some type of vision correction, with nearly one-third of those being astigmatic. Previously, eye care professionals who decided to move forward with a multifocal toric lens fitting for these patients were unable to do so during the initial visit. They were required to special order the lenses and schedule a follow-up appointment for a fitting. With Bausch + Lomb Ultra Multifocal for Astigmatism contact lenses, eye care professionals will have the ability to immediately fit patients with these lenses as a standard offering in the fitting set.
“As the population of astigmatic patients with presbyopia grows, the availability of a comfortable and convenient option to help this population of patients is critical,” said Gina Wesley, OD, Complete Eye Care of Medina, Minnesota. “I believe these new Bausch + Lomb Ultra Multifocal for Astigmatism lenses will not only deliver on these benefits by providing these patients a same-day fitting option that addresses their presbyopia and astigmatism, but also a unique differentiator in my practice with the reliability of a trusted brand.”