It’s been a very busy 2019 here at Tangible® Science so far, and we wanted to take a breath and reflect on all the amazing work our team has done to further our mission of creating a better custom contact lens experience.
At the Global Specialty Lens Symposium in January, we showcased what we believe will be a game changer for custom contact lens patients – our complete Tangible® system. This year, we will be introducing new products Tangible® Clean and Tangible® Boost designed to protect Tangible® Hydra-PEG® coated lenses on a daily basis and rebuild the coating in the event it wears over time. A variety of factors can affect the durability of the coating, including a patient’s tear film composition, use of incompatible cleaners, vigorous cleaning, tap water and dry storage. These new care products will enable an improved lens wearing experience for the prescribed life of custom contact lenses.
Tangible® Clean will be the first care product out of the gate in March. It’s the ideal cleaning and disinfecting solution for Tangible® Hydra-PEG® coated lenses and eliminates guesswork about what cleaning solutions and conditioners to use. It gently removes debris and deposits from the lens without damaging the comfortable coating. It is a thinner, less viscous solution than others, enabling it to be rinsed off easily. Thicker solutions may cling to the lens, clouding vision, making the lenses feel less clean, and irritating sensitive eyes. More solution is available per bottle than with other brands, making it a good value. Finally, Tangible® Clean will be sold on www.tangiblescience.com and offered as a convenient subscription plan for home delivery. Tangible® Boost will be available later this year, pending FDA clearance.
Eye care professionals had the opportunity to demo all three products at the Tangible® Science booth, and the response was tremendous!
It was fun to catch up with old friends, meet news ones, and see all the innovation happening in the custom contact lens space. Tangible® Hydra-PEG® coating will soon be featured on virtually all GP lens materials, and we were happy to see so many of our partners and labs that offer the coating at GSLS!
The GSLS action continued in the general session on the last day of the conference. We were honored to have Dr. Chandra Mickles of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry present new data from a recent study of dry eye sufferers wearing scleral lenses coated with Tangible® Hydra-PEG®. The multicenter, randomized, double-masked study encompassed 19 moderate to severe dry eye patients who wore their habitual scleral lenses and scleral lenses with the same parameters coated with Tangible® Hydra-PEG® for 30 days each, with a one week wash out period in between. The patients who wore lenses coated with Tangible® Hydra-PEG® improved across almost every measure when compared to their habitual scleral lenses worn uncoated.
“We found that the Tangible® Hydra-PEG® coating is an effective technology that can provide superior comfort, improved dry eye symptoms, and reduced subjective fogging than untreated scleral lenses. This coating has the potential to improve outcomes for dry eye patients,” said Dr. Mickles, a principal investigator of the multicenter study.
It’s always gratifying to see patients having a better experience with their custom contact lenses and knowing what the results can do for eye care practices – fewer refits, higher patient satisfaction, and more available staff time. Truly a win-win for both ODs and patients!
Last but certainly not least, we are excited to share our new website – www.tangiblescience.com! It features more robust information on Tangible® Hydra-PEG® and our new care products, including case reports, testimonials and care tips. It also features an online store where you will soon be able to buy Tangible® Clean and other future products. Take the new site for a spin and let us know what you think – and if you’re a patient, don’t forget to take a quick quiz to see if you may a good candidate for our coating.
2019 has been jammed-packed (and fun!) so far, but we’re just getting started. Follow us on our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) to stay up-to-date on what we’re up to, as well as new patient and practice resources. We’d love to hear from you how you think we’re doing in providing a better custom contact lens experience!