Global Insight

GSLS 2016


Since it was founded nearly 29 years ago, Contamac has prided itself upon being a partner to the speciality contact lens industry. At the recent Global Speciality Lens Symposium held in Las Vegas in January, the Managing Director of Contamac, Rob McGregor, stressed that the company’s core values have remained unchanged and that going forward, Contamac would remain a trusted partner to the industry. He also said that Contamac’s commitment to developing new, innovative products through a long term R&D programme remains at the heart of the company’s business strategy.

This meeting has grown year on year to become a hub for practitioners from the U.S. and International markets to meet, socialize and exchange ideas with colleagues and laboratories alike. More than 680 vision care professionals came from all around the world to focus on advancements in specialty contact lens fitting. Top U.S. and International speakers ensured that the quality of CE accredited lectures, presentations, panel discussions was of the highest calibre.

Changes in the dynamics of the market this year created a buzz in the hallways and lecture rooms as practitioners and laboratories speculated upon the possible ramifications that the new order would bring. Contamac were present in numbers, and Rob McGregor’s message from the podium ensured that all members of the team were kept busy over the course of the meeting with customers new and existing eager to discuss how recent events were likely to affect their businesses.

Scleral lenses and Ortho-k continued to dominate interest in both lectures and at the exhibition. The use of large diameter and scleral designs, once a very specialised area and fitted by a select few practitioners has expanded to include dry eye and astigmatic patients, with some advocating their use as an alternative to regular GP lenses. Most labs now have a scleral design and many had toric and multifocal designs to offer.

Year on year, this meeting is growing in importance for the speciality lens market, and with the growing number of international visitors is living up to its name as a truly global meeting.

Contamac Booth at the GSLS 2016
Martin Conway presenting at the GSLS
Dinner in Las Vegas with X-Cel Contacts