Lab Equipment

Area Purifier

The Air Mini, from AIT Industries, eliminates the strong smells that emanate from a grinding machine when edging Trivex, polycarbonate and high-index lenses. Specifically, the de-vice reduces more than 98% of dust and smoke and 90% of odors that come from new lens materials, AIT says.
The Air Mini is small enough to be stored near or underneath your edging cabinet. You can attach it to any major edging system.
Call 1-800-729-1959, or go to

 Lens Pad

The Riki Pad, from Miki Sangyo, is designed for use on super hydrophobic-coated lenses during the edging process. The pad, which works in conjunction with a blocking pad, attaches to the lens to decrease the slipping angle. Also, it eliminates the need for an edging mask by providing a non-slip, anti-torque surface with which to adhere, the company says. Once edging is complete, the Riki Pad releases from the lens via a finger tab, and no glue residue is left on the lens surface.
You can use the pads on any size lens and on all super hydrophobic coatings. They come in sheets/packs of 2,000 (four pads per sheet) or in roles of 2,000.
Call (973) 263-4111, or go to

 Contact Lenses

Acuvue Oasys Parameter Expansion

Acuvue Oasys, from Vistakon, is now available in 24 fully expanded parameters. These include Acuvue Oasys High Minus, in powers of -6.50D to -12.00D (0.50D steps) and Acuvue Oasys High Plus, in powers of +4.25D to +6.00D (0.25D steps) and +6.50D to +8.00D (0.50D steps).
Acuvue Oasys is indicated for daily wear, though patients may wear the lenses for up to six consecutive nights/seven days of overnight wear.
The silicone hydrogel lens is made of senofilcon A and features an improved formulation of the companys patented Hydraclear internal wetting agent. It comes in an 8.4mm base curve and a 14.0mm diameter and blocks 96% of UVA and 99% of UVB rays.

The lens comes in a six-pack. Call 1-800-843-2020, or go to

PureVision Toric Parameter Expansion

PureVision Toric, from Bausch & Lomb, is now available in sphere powers of plano and -6.50D to -9.00D (0.50D steps) with cylinder powers of -0.75D to -1.75D (0.50D steps) and axes of 10 to 180 (10 steps). The silicone hydrogel lenses are made of balafilcon A and come in an 8.7mm base curve and a 14mm diameter.
PureVision Toric is intended for monthly replacement and comes in six-pack boxes; the typical annual supply is four boxes (two for each eye).
Call 1-800-828-9032, or go to

Diameter Expansion

The Extreme H20 54% lens, from Hydrogel Vision Corp., is now available in two diameter options: 13.6mm with an 8.3mm base curve and powers of +6.00D to -12.00D (0.50D steps above -6.00D) and 14.2mm with an 8.6mm base curve and powers of -0.25D to -6.00D.
The 13.6mm diameter is designed for pediatric patients, patients of Asian descent, patients with tight lids and anyone else who has a horizontal visible iris diameter (HVID) of less than 11.8mm, the company says. The 14.2mm diameter is designed for patients whose HVID is greater than 11.8mm.
The disposable daily wear lens is intended for two-week to one-month replacement. It is made of hioxifilcon D (54% water content). This material retains 97% of its original water content during wear, the company says.

The lenses are available in a six-pack. Call 1-877-336-2482, or go to

Disposable Lens

Ocu-Ease Elite, from Ocu-Ease Optical Products, Inc., is a disposable visibility-tinted contact lens made of methafilcon A (55% water content). The lens comes in 8.8mm and 8.4mm base curves and a 14.2mm diameter and is available in powers of -12.00D to +8.00D (0.25 steps).
Ocu-Ease Elite comes in a blister six-pack and is exclusively available to practitioners. Call 1-800-521-8984, or go to

Low Vision

Video Magnifier Upgrade

The Merlin LCD desktop video magnifier, from En-hanced Vision, Inc., now has an easy-to-use sliding brightness lever and a three-button control panel. Also, the control panel has been moved from the base of the device to the Merlin LCDs 17- and 19-inch monitors.
Additional features include:
          An 8-milli-
second pixel response rate with true/vivid color.
         A screen that raises and lowers, and pivots, swivels and tilts in all directions.
         Four standard viewing modes that have five digital color-select modes.

         Magnification of 2.7x to 58x (magnification varies with monitor size).


         Optional voice recognition as an alternative to the control panel.

Call 1-888-811-3161, or go to www.enhanced

Exam Equipment

Instructional Video

Optos has partnered with Volk Optical to create a video about targeted ophthalmoscopy. The video demonstrates how to use the Optomap Retinal Exam along with other forms of ophthalmoscopy, such as binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy, direct ophthalmoscopy and the traditional slit lamp fit with Volks Digital Series lenses. (The Digital Series lenses provide a 3D view of the optic disc, allowing for broad retinal images out to the vortexeven through small pupilsand early detection of glaucoma, Volk Optical says.)
Targeted ophthalmoscopy involves:
         Using the Optomap Retinal Exam to capture a wide field view of the retina to discover the patients condition. 

         Focusing on a specific area of interest using the Optos v2 software and a second form of ophthalmos-copy with Volk Digital Series lenses to establish a
         Using the information gleaned from these steps to determine the most appropriate management for the patient.
Call 1-800-854-3039, or go to

What"s New on the Web

Web Site Upgrade, from Transitions Optical, Inc., has a new look
and format, including larger font sizes and different colors for
easier viewing by patients who have vision problems.
Additional features include:

         A local Ultraviolet (UV) Ray Index report.

         Information on UV radiation, glare and premium
              product options.

         An eye care professional locator that directs
              patients to Transitions-preferred doctors
              according to zip code.

         A new search engine that allows visitors to search 
               both the Transitions site and other optical
               industry sites.

         Links to Web sites from U.S. and global optical
               and health associations.
Call 1-800-848-1506, or go to

Vol. No: 143:07Issue: 7/15/2006