Contact Lenses

Custom Silicone Hydrogel Lenses

O2Optix Custom silicone hydrogel lenses, from CIBA Vision, are made to order for hard-to-fit patients, such as those with high hyperopia, aphakia, large or small corneas, or steep or flat corneas. The lenses are made of sifilcon A and feature a biocompatible plasma surface treatment. They have a 32% water content and feature a light green handling tint.

O2Optix Custom lenses are available in sphere powers of -20.00D to +20.00D (0.25D steps). They come in three diameters:
13.2mm, with base curves of 7.4mm, 7.7mm, 8.0mm or 8.3mm.
14.0mm, with base curves of 7.8mm, 8.1mm, 8.4mm, 8.7mm or 9.0mm.
14.8mm, with base curves of 8.0mm, 8.3mm, 8.6mm, 8.9mm or 9.2mm.
O2Optix Custom is approved for daily wear and quarterly replacement. Call 1-800-241-7468, or go to

Dry Eye

Punctal Plug and Stent

The Mono-Crawford, from FCI Ophthalmics, is a lacrimal stent anchored by a silicone punctal plug. The plug replaces the need for sutures and facilitates removal of the stent, the company says.
The stent features an olive-tipped probe end and comes with either 3mm or 4mm punctal plug collarettes. A PVP (polyvinyl pyrollidone) coating is optional.
Call 1-800-932-4202, or go to


HydroEye, from ScienceBased Health, has been reformulated to include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid found in black currant seed oil. This new combination suppresses the inflammatory response in dry eye, the company says.
The dosage is two capsules per day. Call 1-888-433-4726, or go to

Diagnostic Technology

AMD Monitor

The Foresee PHP (Preferential Hyperacuity Perimeter), from Notal Vision and MSS, is a non-invasive visual field diagnostic system that helps monitor patients who have age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It does so by detecting early signs of choroidal neovascularization.
The Foresee PHP exam takes three to five minutes and measures up to 14 degrees of macular area, the company says.
Call 1-800-728-9615, or go to

Combined OCT and Angiography

The Spectralis HRA+OCT (Heidelberg Retina Angiograph and optical coherence tomograph), by Heidelberg Engineering Inc., captures HRA and OCT images simultaneously in any of four imaging modalities: autofluorescence, infrared, fluorescein angiography or indocyanine green (ICG) angiography. The Spectralis scans the retina 40,000 times per second, providing detailed images of the retinal structure, the company says.
Call (760) 598-3770, or go to

Accommodation-Stimulation Targets

Flashing Fixation Sticks, from Gulden Ophthalmics, are a set of two battery-operated plastic sticks that feature small flashing lights at the top. You can use a single stick for testing pursuits, near point of convergence, motilities, fixation stability at near in diagnostic positions of gaze, amplitude of accommodation, or vergence facility. Dual sticks can be used for saccade testing, the company says.
Call (215) 884-8105, or go to

Lab Equipment

Diagnostic Lens

The Digital ClearField lens, from Volk Optical, is a 2.79x magnification double aspheric lens for use in binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy (BIO). The lens has a 72-degree field of view for observing the mid- and far periphery of the retina.
This lens also features enhanced stereopsis, low-dispersion glass construction, and an anti-reflective coating, the company says.
Call 1-800-345-8655, or go to

Ophthalmic Lenses

Lens Line Expansion

The Varilux Physio 360 and Varilux Physio presbyopic lens lines, from Essilor, are now available in three new materials:
Thin&Lite 1.60. The lenses in this material come in powers of -12.00D to +8.00D, up to -4.00D cylinder, and add powers of +0.75D to +3.50D and +4.00D in 0.25D steps. These lenses are available in clear and Transitions shades gray and brown.
AirWear Polarized. The lenses made from this polarized material feature Essilors W.A.V.E. (Wavefront Advanced Vision Enhancement) technology. They are available in powers of -10.00D to +6.00D, up to -4.00D cylinder, and add powers from +0.75D to +3.50D in 0.25D steps.
Thin&Lite 1.74. The group is available in powers of -18.00D to +9.00D, with up to -4.00D cylinder, and add powers of +0.75D to +3.50D and +4.00D in 0.25D steps.
Call 1-800-377-4567, or go to

Ophthalmic Swim Goggles

WaterOptics swim goggles, from Sable, feature flat lenses and modular nose bridges. Individual lenses are available in powers of -1.50D to -7.00D (0.50D steps), -7.00D to -10.00D (1.00D steps), or plano. The lenses are coated with an anti-fog treatment and feature silicone eye cups. Available colors are black, blue, amber or rose.
Call 1-888-516-4831, or go to

Progressive Lenses

The Multigressiv ILT and Multigressiv ILT XS, from Optical Distribution Corporation, are atoric/aspheric lenses that feature a progressive corridor on the backside of each lens and a single-vision front surface. The lenses accommodate prescriptions from -10.00D to +8.00D, up to -4.00D cylinder, and add powers of +0.75D to +3.50D. The ILT has a fitting height of 14mm. The ILT XS has a fitting height of 18mm.
Call 1-888-407-3937, or go to

Photochromic Lenses

Brown polycarbonate photochromic lenses, from Vision-Ease Lens, are now available as part of the LifeRx line. The brown tint is available for the D-28 bifocal lens, semi-finished single vision (SFSV) lens, aspheric SFSV lens and the companys Illumina progressive lens.
Call 1-800-328-3449, or go to

Low Vision

Portable Video Magnifier

The Opal portable handheld video magnifier, from Freedom Scientific, features a four-inch diagonal full-color screen that has a magnification range of 3x to 6.4x. The magnifier also includes a built-in stand and side grip.
Call 1-800-444-4443, or go to

Patient Education

Education Software

The Ocutouch 360 education software package, from Trevi Technology, features seven patient education programs. The latest addition: a sequence that shows how corneal molding can improve vision. Ocutouch features more than 3,700 animations and illustrations, the company says.
Call 1-888-668-7384, or go to

What"s New on the Web

Global Resource Centre

The Global Resource Centre, launched by the International Centre for Eyecare Education, provides spectacles, frames, lenses, and low vision aids to organizations that work with disadvantaged communities worldwide. A community caregiver, such as an optometrist or outreach clinic, can place orders via the Web site for ready-made spectacles, frames and lenses, or low-vision aids at reduced prices. Registration is required.
Go to or


Converse by REM Eyewear

REM Eyewear announces additions to the Converse Eyewear line for young adults and the Converse Kids collection for children.

The Converse Eyewear line includes:
Backlot, a metal unisex modern rectangular frame that features V-shaped wire rims and the star-chevron logo laser-cut at the temples. Backlot is available in size 52/17-135 and in colors charcoal, brown/green, red/gray and navy/violet.
Crobar, a unisex modified rectangular metal and zyl frame that features a top bar and milled detailing along the temples. It is available in size 51/18-135 and in colors black, blue, brown and olive.
Rail, a unisex metal frame that features a modified rectangular shape and milled rails of color on the temples. It is available in size 51/17-135 and in colors black/gray, brown, burgundy and gunmetal/green.


Catwalk, a unisex semi-rimless metal frame in a modified rectangular shape. It features a temple design reminiscent of an industrial floor plan. Catwalk is available in size 50/17-135 and in colors antique gold, black, brown and dark gunmetal.


Excess, a unisex modified rectangular frame made of multi-laminated zyl. It features the star-chevron logo on the temples. Excess is available in size 51-15/135 and colors black, brown, burgundy/olive and purple.
Grab, a Monel unisex modern rectangular frame that features cutout metal construction and contrasting colors. Grab is available in size 49/17-135 and in colors black, dark brown, gunmetal and red.

The Converse Kids line includes:
Flow, a unisex Monel frame that comes in a soft rectangular shape. Its metal and zyl temples feature two-tone detailing. Flow is available in sizes 45/17-125 and 47/17-130, and in colors antique pewter, black and brown.
Power, a unisex Monel and zyl frame that has a geometric pillow shape and features multi-colored temples. Power is available in sizes 44/17-125 and 46/17-130, and in colors black/red, brown/denim and navy/gray.
Call 1-800-423-3023 or go to

Candies by Viva International
Viva International Group introduces the new Fancy Stones womens ophthalmic grouping, a part of its Candies Eyes line. The group includes:
C Ashlee, a modified oval plastic and metal frame available in size 49/17-135 and in colors black, brown and purple.
C Lisa, a soft rectangular plastic and metal frame available in size 48/17-135 and in colors black, coffee and raspberry.

C Ashlee (front) and C Lisa

Both frames feature a trio of rhinestones and the Candies logo at each temple, flex hinges and plastic temple tips.
Call 1-800-345-8482, or go to

Bongo by Viva International

Viva International Group introduces its Flower Power ophthalmic line by Bongo. The group of womens frames includes:
B Rosie, an oval metal and plastic frame available in size 47/18-130 and in colors brown/pink, black/beige and purple.
B Rox, a semi-rimless modified oval metal and plastic frame available in size 47/18-130 and in colors brown, rose and black/white.
Both frames feature a flower design, the Bongo logo on the temples and spring hinges.
Call 1-800-345-8482, or go to

Coach by Marchon

Marchon introduces a new ophthalmic line for women by Coach. The new line includes:
Janelle, a Monel rectangular full-rimmed frame that features a crystal treatment on the temples. It is available in sizes 52/17-130 and 54/17-135 and in colors gunmetal, coffee, tan, light rose and Bordeaux.
Colette, a zyl full-rimmed cat-eye frame that features a metal Coach logo plaque on the temples. It is available in sizes 51/16-135 and 53/16-140 and in color combinations black/grass, black/pool (blue), tortoise/pink, bark/amber and lavender/blue.
Call 1-800-645-1300, or go to

Fendi Limited Edition by Marchon

Marchon introduces the B-Buckle womens sunglass group by Fendi Limited Edition. The group includes FS382R, an exaggerated oval shape in size 66/14-125, and FS384R, a classic square-shaped frame in size 63/16-120.


Both frames are available in black zyl with gray gradient lenses. They feature a gold metal and rhinestone belt buckle detail on each temple with the Fendi logo.
Call 1-800-645-1300, or go to

Burberry by Luxottica

Luxottica introduces the new Burberry Eyewear collection, which includes both sunwear and ophthalmic frames.
The sunwear line includes:
BE 3001, a unisex Monel shield-shaped sunglass that features the Burberry D-Ring buckle on the temples. This frame is available in size 51/35-125 and in colors black with gray lenses, Burberry gold with brown fade lenses, gunmetal with gray fade lenses and brown with brown fade lenses.
BE 4010, a womens oversized square zyl sunglass that features the evergreen Burberry check pattern on the temples. It is available in size 59/13-130 and in colors wine, black and tortoise, with brown or gray fade lenses.

BE 2006

The ophthalmic line includes:
BE 2006, a unisex rectangular zyl frame that features a metal Burberry D-Ring Buckle on each temple. This frame is available in sizes 50/16-125 and 52/26-125, and in colors black with blue-gray check pattern, chocolate/crystal with brown check pattern, translucent tea rose and translucent lavender.
BE 2007, a womens zyl narrow rectangular frame that features the evergreen Burberry check pattern on the temples. It is available in sizes 51/16-135 and 53/16-135, and in colors wine, coffee, tortoise and black.
Call 1-800-484-3800, or go to

Vol. No: 144:01Issue: 1/15/2007