Clear Comfort VS. CooperVision 55 (trial) & Vertex Sphere

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by shabba_the_hut_2000, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Hi,

    Quick question: Is Clear Comfort the same as
    Coopervision's Vertex Sphere?

    I was recently sold a one-year supply of Clear
    Comfort, even though I had been fitted with a
    CooperVision trial lens labeled "55."

    My eye care professional has told me that Clear
    Comfort is identical to what I tried on. He said the
    lenses labeled "55" were CooperVision Vertex Spheres.

    According to him, 55, Vertex Sphere, and Clear Comfort
    all are the same.

    Is the doctor correct? I'm concerned that I've been
    given an inferior product.

    Please clarify this when you have a chance.

    shabba_the_hut_2000, Dec 9, 2005
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  2. Could be the same lens. Someone will know. (Cooper will tell you if you
    make them). Cooper is the WORST for marketing the same lens under
    multiple brand names just to confuse you and us. It's disgusting
    marketing technique dreamt up by some idiotic bean counter, for sure...

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Dec 9, 2005
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  3. shabba_the_hut_2000

    Quick Guest

    The manufacturer sells to the dispensers. The dispensers
    want to keep their customers. The manufacturer enables
    this with many brand names for the same lens. If you prescribe
    a lens that is not as likely to be found elsewhere (like the
    internet discounters) your customer is likely to fill/refill their
    script from you. I believe this is the motivation behind it.

    Quick, Dec 10, 2005
  4. I think you're right, but it's sick. Can you imagine a pharmacy selling
    Bayer Aspirin under the label "Bobocaps", just so they can (confuse and)
    retain their customers?

    Any prescriber that depends on this kind of shennanigans to keep his
    patients buying contacts from himself is charging too much for the
    contacts, or too little for his services, or more likely, both...

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Dec 10, 2005
  5. shabba_the_hut_2000

    Dan Abel Guest

    Meet the real world. Where do those "store brands" and "private labels"
    come from in the stores? The exact same place the others do. If you
    order enough, they put your label on. The merchandise is the same, only
    the label is different.
    Dan Abel, Dec 10, 2005
  6. shabba_the_hut_2000

    Quick Guest

    Actually the "store brands" and "private labels" are a bit
    of a different thing. "I have this Target widget that I like"
    is very different than "my doctor prescribed this specific
    medical device for my condition".

    What are the regualtions in the US? If someone brings
    in a prescription for "SuperVision 2000" contacts lenses
    are you allowed to fill it with an alternate brand name?

    Quick, Dec 10, 2005
  7. shabba_the_hut_2000

    Beermonster Guest

    I believe Clear Comfort is an old Cooper brand: it is listed in a
    Coopervision Premarket approval (P850079/S030) for their methafilcon

    I dont know if it is available in the US, but Sauflon are also
    manufacturing and producing a lens called Clear Comfort, and they may
    well be using moulding technology licensed from Cooper in the UK

    Generic prescribing of contact lenses is not currently allowed in the

    Certain manufacturers are known to take advantage of this by "own
    branding", ie a well established lens is offered to optical chains
    labelled as the Acme lens (for example). Since the supply of the Acme
    lens will be highly restricted, the patient has no real option but to
    buy their lenses from their prescriber
    Beermonster, Dec 12, 2005
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