June 22, 2012

ALDEN OPTICAL TO LICENSE NOVAKONE® TO DAVID THOMAS CONTACT LENSES
Expands Availability Outside of North America

ALDEN, New York – Alden Optical, Inc., manufacturer of custom + specialty soft and GP contact lenses, announced today that it has signed an agreement to license NovaKone® to David Thomas Contact Lenses, a group subsidiary of Menicon Holdings BV. David Thomas Contact Lenses, based in the UK, is one of the world’s most respected specialty contact lens laboratories with a strategic focus on lenses for irregular corneas. “David Thomas has the franchise on keratoconus given their experience with the Rose K lens and being one of the largest manufacturers of keratoconus contact lenses in the world. After a clinical review in the UK, David Thomas concluded that NovaKone would be an excellent addition to their substantial specialty lens portfolio” stated Tom Shone, President, Alden Optical. Graham Avery, Joint Managing Director for David Thomas commented “the availability of NovaKone ensures that David Thomas continues to offer specialty fitters in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India the very best tools to improve vision in patients with keratoconus.” David Thomas Contact Lenses plans to launch NovaKone in the regions they serve by September, 2012.

Alden Optical (www.aldenoptical.com) was established in 1969 by Charles "Pat" Creighton, OD. The company has enjoyed a long reputation for manufacturing premium specialty and custom made-to-order soft and gas permeable contact lenses while offering unparalleled customer service.

David Thomas Contact Lenses (www.davidthomas.com) has been a leading UK contact lens manufacturer with over thirty years’ experience. Based in Northampton and now wholly owned by Menicon Holdings BV, they work with eye care practitioners in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India to provide vision solutions with the latest lens design technology. Their team of experienced personnel is dedicated to helping practitioners achieve these aims.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Alden Optical
Phone: 800-253-3669
Email: info@aldenoptical.com