Refractive Surgery Device
The EpiLift System, from VisiJet Inc., is an ophthalmic surgical device designed to separate corneal tissue. It received FDA approval for use in LASIK surgeries this past September.
According to the company, the EpiLift System is part of a new form of LASIK surgery called Epi-LASIK, which combines the instant visual results of LASIK with the stable, long-term outcome of PRK for those who are myopic, hyperopic and have astigmatism. The company says they are able to do this by separating the epithelium from Bowmans membrane without cutting the stromal flaps. Call (949) 450-1660, or go to www.visijet.com.
SynthaGram 204 Glasses-Free 3D Monitor
iPort Media, a private narrowcasting network that delivers customizable, educational and marketing messages via networked LCD monitors into the waiting rooms of eye care practitioners, has joined forces with Stereo-Graphics Corporation, a supplier of 3-D visualization products, to introduce the SynthaGram 204 Glasses-Free 3D monitor.
HERBAL EYE DROPS
PrimaVu Herbal Eye Drops Acuta, from PrimaVu, are designed to help cleanse and soothe mildly irritated eyes that have been exposed to allergens and environmental contaminants, such as smog, dust, pollen, smoke and other pollutants.
MicroVision Optical Inc. introduces Neox Sunglasses. Plano aspheric, scratch-resistant and made of polycarbonate material, the company says the len-ses reduce glare, enhance contrast, eliminate distortion and protect from both UVA and UVB rays. According to MicroVision, the following patients may especially benefit from the lenses:
- Those who have an increased amount of spherical aberration as a result of refractive surgeries, such as excimer laser keratomy and radial keratomy.
- Those at risk for age-related macular degeneration.
- Those suffering from tonic accommodation.
According to MicroVision, Neox sunglasses block 430 nanometers of this blue-violet light and 75% of the visible light spectrum to 600 nanometers. Neox sunglasses are available in 20 different styles, with one size per style. They come in colors such as candy apple red, shiny tortoise, frosted lime and more. Call 1-888-800-6767, or go to www.neoxlens.com.
WHAT"S NEW ON THE WEB
|VisionWeb, an online service that assists eye care practitioners in streamlining and simplifying their practices through customized practice web sites and more, has begun expanding its VisionWeb Essential product ordering to allow the ability to redo or resubmit an order and automatically archive the order. It expects these new functions to be active by mid-November.|
The new redo/resubmit function will enable users to bring up both the patient and his or her prescription information from previous orders, so that the information can be edited and resubmitted as either a redo or a new order. The new automatic order archiving function will remove outdated order information from the users current order list and automatically archive that information for the user four weeks after the order is shipped, unless the user has already archived it.
The company also announced that VisionWeb Essential will remain a free of charge ordering service. Call 1-800-874-6601, or go to www.visionweb.com.
Brown Tint Panamic Airwear
Essilor of America has added a brown-tinted prescription to its Varilux Panamic Airwear line of ophthalmic lenses.
The company says it chose to add this color to the line to satisfy the needs of fashion-conscious patients. They also say that the polarized polycarbonate lens eliminates glare, enhances safety and comfort and is available in the companys Crizal and Aliz anti-reflective coatings.
Like the lines gray option, the brown-tinted prescription comes in +6.00 to -10.00D power range, -4.00D cylinder and +.75D to +3.50D add (in 0.25D steps). The lens diameter is 75/80. Call 1-800-377-4567, or go to www.essilorusa.com.
Tracer and Blocker
Gerber Coburn welcomes the addition of the Kappa CT tracer and blocker to its Kappa Series line of lab equipment.
The company says that the Kappa CT eliminates almost all of the manual steps involved with the finishing process through using 4D tracing; frame groove profiling; tracing frames with B sizes as small as 18mm; and capturing A, B and frame DBL (distance between lenses) curve elevation.
Nidek Co. Ltd. introduces the Nidek ME-1000 Multifunction Edger.
According to Nidek, The Nidek ME-1000 employs robotic technology, advanced drilling motors and software for controlling the precise and customized drilling angles and procedures necessary for creating and offering customized lens edging with drilling.
The functions of the instrument include: 3D drilling, notching, slotting, 3D grooving, a frosted safety bevel, a polished safety bevel, drill angles, drill hole diameters, drilling of stop-facing holes and drilling of long holes.
Nidek says the ME-1000 is available for all optical dispensing businesses. Call 1-800-644-3343 or go to www.santinelli.com.
The Ophthalmic Hood, from Gulden Ophthalmics, allows light-sensitive instruments to be used in rooms that are not completely dark by blocking the extra light from interfering with the captured image of the eye.
The company notes that such light-sensitive instruments include aberrometers, imaging devices, autorefractors and slit lamps. The hood is attached to these instruments via adhesive Velcro tape and then closes behind the patients head with a zipper. Call 1-800-659-2250, or go to www.guldenophthalmics.com.
The Nidek RKT-7700 from Nidek Co. Ltd. is a combination autorefractometer, keratometer and tonometer instrument.
Because the unit combines the measurements of refractive power, corneal curvature and intraocular pressure, Nidek says it is ideal for accurate and fast patient care in clinics and hospitals.
The company also says the Nidek RKT-7700 provides fast and accurate measure times, a fully automated data acquisition process and a patient- and user-friendly interface. Call 1-800-874-5274 or go to www.marcooph.com.
iZon by Definition
Optical Connection Inc. has joined forces with Oph- thonix to provide wavefront-guided contact lenses.
Under this agreement, the Ophthonix Z-View Aber- rometer, which is currently used to provide lower and higher order aberration measurements that result in a customized pair of Ophthonix iZon spectacles, will now also be used to create iZon by Definition wavefront-guided contact lenses.
Contact lens patients are fit with a predicate lens (a fully molded diagnostic lens) and then examined by the Z-View Aberrometer, which uses a low-powered laser beam to map out the refractive map of the patients eye.
This laser beam, in turn, reveals the patients optical errors and imperfections. This information, as well as predicate lens positioning data, is electronically transferred to Optical Connections manufacturing facility.
At that time, lenses identical to the predicate lens are selected, and the WaveTouchProcess captures the information from the wavefront measurements and translates it point by point to the optical zone of the lens for precise optical correction.
A quarterly replacement supply of the iZon by Definition wavefront guided contact lenses can then be sent to the practitioner or directly to the patient. As with the spectacles, these lenses correct for both lower and higher order aberrations and may have the ability to provide good vision for many patients, including those who have seriously distorted eyes.
These iZon by Definition wavefront-guided contact lenses are available via both companies, who will support one anothers sales and marketing activities in continuing to place and service the Z-View Aberrometer in eye care practitioners practices throughout the United States.
Call (858) 646-5531 or go to www.ophthonix.com. Or call (888) 556-6567 or go to www.opticonnection.com.
|Editors Note: We recently received a press release from CIBA Vision about a mistake made in a prior press release regarding Aquify 5 Minute Multi-Purpose Solution. This solution was covered in the Product Review section of our September issue under Contact Lens Care. The text should have read: It works in two different ways, either as a quick 10-second rub and a five-minute soak or a four-hour soak with no rubbing. CIBA Vision and Review of Optometry apologize for any confusion.|