The Keeler Applanation Tonometer (KAT), from Keeler, is an FDA-approved contact tonometer that takes IOP measurements at the slit lamp. The KAT uses the Goldmann method of IOP measurement and calculates the force required to flatten a constant area of the cornea with a special prism mounted on the tonometer head. The KAT is compatible with most slit lamps and comes in a guide plate-mounted “T” type or optical body post-mounted “R” type. The KAT is engineered and manufactured with durable mechanical parts that are intended to withstand heavy use. Call 1-800-523-5620, or go to www.keelerusa.com.
Eye Disease Model
The new Vision Threatening Disease (VTD) Eye Model, from Gulden Ophthalmics, helps eye care practitioners explain three common eye conditions that seriously threaten a patient’s vision—age-related macular degeneration, composite diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. The VTD Eye Model is a teaching and prevention tool for instruction in the practice, in the classroom, at conferences or at health fairs. The model is portable and hands-on. It shows the retina, choroid, sclera, arteries and veins, as well as the effects of each disease on these portions of the eye. The model is made of a sturdy plastic and measures four inches in diameter. It is mounted on an opaque plastic base. Call (215) 884-8105, or go to www.guldenophthalmics.com.
Slit Lamp Camera
The EC 100, from Eye Photo Systems, is a slit lamp camera that incorporates automated aperture and digital SLR camera control for improved image quality. The EC 100 also features true high-definition video capture and Live View, as well. The aluminum fitting of the camera allows you to fit it to your existing slit lamp, and the EC 100 has an internal movable beam-splitter and adjustable aperture to allow for unobstructed ocular viewing and selectable depth of field. The EC 100 is operated via a user interface on a touch screen computer. The interface includes preset settings for corneal, lens, conjunctival, iris and retinal images. Captured images are stored as part of the patient’s record and annotated with the date of capture, camera settings, patient age and patient gender. Call 1-888-528-9701, or go to www.eyephotosystems.com.
The EyeGiene System, by Eyedetec Medical, is a warm-compress therapy that provides controlled 104ºF, self-activated warmth for up to five minutes. The mask is fitted with heated inserts, and it can be used once or twice a day. The inserts require no water or power source, so the device is easily portable. Go to www.eyedetec.com.
One-Day SiHy Lens
1-Day Acuvue TruEye (narafilcon B), from Vistakon, is the first daily disposable silicone hydrogel contact lens. The lens features the proprietary Hydraclear 1, a formulation of the patented technology for a one-day lens. It also offers high levels of UV protection. Call 1-800-843-2020, or go to www.jnjvisioncare.com.
Multifocal Lens Update
SynergEyes, Inc., has introduced a slight modification in its SynergEyes Multifocal contact lenses that is intended to enhance comfort and wearability for patients with normal corneas. This modification, Peripheral Blend, is available in all lens parameters and has been shown to significantly increase wearing success rates. This modification slightly flattens the lens at the RGP periphery, as well as the soft skirt, to create a less pronounced landing zone across a broader area of the peripheral cornea. Those patients with small corneas, corneas with high eccentricity values, discomfort, tightness or removal issues will benefit from this lens modification, says the company. Call 1-877-733-2012, or go to www.myagelessvision.com.
The new Pebble 4.3, from Enhanced Vision, features a 4.3-inch LCD screen. The device:
• Magnifies words and objects from 2x to 10x.
• Provides a choice of 28 video viewing modes for optimal contrast.
• Includes a “freeze image” feature with magnification and color/contrast change capabilities.
• Features a built-in light source for reduced glare.
• Includes a foldable handle witih comfort grip.
• Lasts for more than two hours on a single charge (rechargeable/replacable batteries are included).
• Comes with a carrying case.
• Is protected by a two-year warranty.
Call 1-888-811-3161, or go to www.enhancedvision.com.
The new Varilux Comfort, from Essilor, is intended to allow patients to move more quickly between fields of view. The lenses also offer enlarged distance and near vision fields, and they are geared toward allowing the wearer to view digital devices with improved comfort. The lenses will be available in 1.50 index plastic, 1.50 Transitions Gray or Brown, Airwear Clear and Airwear Transitions VI Gray or Brown. Call 1-800-ESSILOR (1-800-377-4567) or go to www.variluxusa.com.
Eye-Catching Contemporary Displays
The Omni collection, from Fashion Optical Displays, is a contemporary, wall-mounted display system. It consists of an assortment of slender panels that can hold anywhere from seven to 45 frames each. The panels can be arranged to fit any wall and are ideal for high-traffic areas or dispensaries with limited space. Omni features the premium Concorde three-point frame support system, and it includes a wide selection of interchangeable graphic and signage holders, mirrors and display shelves. Call 1-800-824-4106, or go to www.fashionoptical.com.
What's New on the Web
Improved Usability and Navigation
The new websites of Bausch + Lomb Storz Ophthalmics and Bausch + Lomb Instruments provide site visitors improved usability and navigation. Both sites now offer enhanced product displays and combined search capabilities. Reorganized site pagination allows users to customize and sort product list displays to suit their needs, and they can also refine product sets according to the procedure for which they’re needed. For Bausch + Lomb Storz Ophthalmics, go to www.storzeye.com, and for Bausch + Lomb Instruments, go to www.bauschinstruments.com.
Specialty Lens Tools
Art Optical Contact Lens, Inc., introduces its new interactive website. Artoptical.com features specialty lens design calculators and fitting tools as well as easier, more user-friendly navigation. The site is also enhanced with mobile device viewing capabilities. The site also offers lens training webinars and videos, fitting tips, product updates, and an archive of published articles regarding specialty lenses and related topics. The popular “Ask a Consultant” and “Send a Topo” features from the previous version of the site are still available. Go to www.artoptical.com.
Toronto optometrists Peter Rozanec, Glen Chiasson and Graham Rasenen record a free podcast for fellow O.D.s. In this podcast, which has a global focus on the profession, they interview experts and discuss the latest news about optometric trends across international borders. Recent topics include social media, EMR, retina, pediatric eye care and insurance concerns. Go to www.internationaloptometrypodcast.com.
ACTIONed (Assessment, Certification, Training, an Interactive Ophthalmology Network), delivers accessible and affordable educational resources through a collaboration of the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology, the Canadian Society of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel, the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society and the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators. The site offers more than 60 courses ranging from basic to advanced levels, and new courses are added monthly. Features include interactive content, downloadable audio or text resources and asynchronous audio/video content. Go to www.actioned.org.
Karl Lagerfeld by Marchon Eyewear
Marchon presents the Karl Lagerfeld Limited Edition Guitar frame. This frame draws its inspiration from the 2010 Karl Lagerfeld runway show, which featured a motif of glam rock, guitar heros and edgy style. The KL668SG is a round black zyl sunglass with a metallic guitar on the right temple and a signature logo treatment on the left. It is available in size 56/16-135. Call 1-800-645-1300, or go to www.marchon.com.
Candie’s Eyewear by Viva International Group
Viva International Group introduces the fall Candie’s Girl Eyewear collection, which draws inspiration from playful graphics in the brand’s apparel and accessories. The collection is designed for girls from the ages of eight to 12. The group includes C Noelle and C Nicolete, two handcrafted acetate frames. The frames’ modified oval shape is set off by the heart graphics and decorative patterns on the temples. These are printed in a broad spectrum of colors with rich undertones, including burgundy/pink, brown/teal and purple/blue. Each frame is accented with a Candie’s metal block logo plaque. C Noelle is available in size 44/16-130 and in colors burgundy, black and brown. C Nicolete is offered in size 44/16-130 and in colors brown, black and purple. Call 1-800-345-8482, or go to www.vivagroup.com.