Contact Lenses
Unilens C-Vue HydraVue Multifocal   
Unilens Vision introduces C-Vue HydraVue Multifocal—its latest silicone hydrogel disposable contact lens. Available in high and low add power ranges (from +6.00 to -10.00), the new monthly replacement lenses provide near, far and in-between visual outcomes without the need to wear bifocal or reading glasses.

The silicone hydrogel material also offers the benefit of higher oxygen transmissibility, the company says. Unilens provides eye care practitioners with a display cabinet and trial program with a 120-day performance guarantee on the lenses.    


Costa Rx Progressive Sun Lenses
Costa’s Rx division designed its new C-scape progressive sun lenses to accommodate the distance vision needs of watersports and outdoor enthusiasts. C-scape widens the field of view from left to right and enhances peripheral vision, allowing Costa’s Rx sunglasses to be worn all day without eyestrain and headaches, the company says.

  • Costa’s 580 Rx sun lenses are available in glass (580G) or lightweight, impact-resistant Trivex (580P) and feature a C-wall lens coating that repels oil, water and dust from the front of the lens as well as an anti-reflective coating on the back of the lens. Costa 580P Rx lenses are available with Waypoint technology—which is designed to eliminate the blurry edges that can bother active wearers of wrap sunglasses—for both single vision and C-scape progressive vision. The 580G Rx lens is available in single vision. Both 580G and 580P Rx lens colors include gray, copper, blue mirror, green mirror and silver mirror.
  • Costa’s 400 Rx sun lenses are available in CR-39 (400P) and with an optional anti-reflective coating on the back of the lens. Available with

    Waypoint technology for both single vision and C-scape progressive vision, Costa 400P Rx lenses come in gray and amber.


Exam Room Equipment
Reliance 8700 Instrument Stand       
Looking to spruce up your exam room? Then you might be interested in the new 8700 instrument stand from Reliance Medical Products. It pairs well with the 520 exam chair, but can be used with any Reliance exam chair. This wheelchair-compatible stand comes with a pole-mounted, counterbalanced slit-lamp arm that adjusts with one arm.

The 8700 instrument stand holds instruments from 35 to 65lb. (any Haag-Streit slit lamp model). The upper refractor arm accommodates instruments up to 20lb., as well as an optional third arm that has a 50-pound capacity. Three recharging wells provide a steady power supply for hand instruments, and backlit membrane switches control the chair, stand, and indirect lighting.    


Mobile App
ARBO OE Tracker Mobile App           
Recording CE course attendance can be arduous for both COPE administrators and CE attendees.

That’s why the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) developed a new OE Tracker mobile app for Android and iPhones that is free for optometrists and COPE-approved administrators.

Optometrists, CE providers and licensing boards can use the OE Tracker to electronically track, report and audit CE attendance.

Attendees can simply scan a course-specific QR code that submits the data directly into OE Tracker immediately after a course is completed. ODs can also fax their CE certificates to the ARBO office to have the hours entered into their OE Tracker account.


Fundus Camera
Optovue iCam
The FDA recently granted 510(k) clearance to Optovue’s iCam Non-Mydriatic compact fundus camera. Producing 45º color fundus images of the eye as well as external ocular structures, the iCam includes a variety of features that enable eye care practitioners to document and manage ocular health with high-quality images. A 12-bit CCD sensor is used to provide deep, rich colors with lower noise than typical eight-bit CMOS sensors used in competing cameras, the company says.

An easy user interface allows for image review and EMR communication, and simple joystick control, focusing and positioning aids expedite the photography process. The expected release of iCam to the US market is scheduled for early second quarter 2013.


Optical Display
Eye Designs Muro Wall Display   
Eye Designs unveiled its newest display system—Muro, which means wall in Italian. These stylish wall displays are designed to serve as feature pieces in the optical dispensary, showcasing leading frames and top performing brands.   

In addition to cases and modern decorative accents, Muro has LED-illuminated shelves for displaying frames, point-of-purchase materials and signage. These display units attach directly to the wall and are available in multiple configurations and sizes.    


Vision Screening Tools
EyeSpy 20/20
Developed by a children’s eye surgeon and a technology developer, EyeSpy 20/20 is a vision screening video game for ages four and up that takes the child on a virtual treasure hunt.

This vision screening assessment requires minimal training to administer and mimics the results of a trained specialist even when administered by a parent or untrained volunteers, the company says.

EyeSpy 20/20 screens for visual acuity, depth perception and childhood vision disorders, including amblyopia, strabismus, cataracts, nearsightedness, extreme farsightedness and astigmatism.

For preverbal children or those with special needs, the program integrates with other validated technologies. The software generates a printout of the student’s results at the end of testing and recommends whether additional follow-up with an eye doctor is needed.   

Compared to traditional methods, EyeSpy 20/20 may reduce the cost of vision screening by half, the company says.


Dry Eye

Allergan Refresh Optive Advanced
Refresh Optive Advanced Preservative-Free lubricant eye drops, the latest addition to Allergan’s dry eye portfolio, is designed to work on all three layers of the tear film to relieve dry eye symptoms. Its triple-action formula stabilizes the lipid layer to help reduce tear evaporation, hydrates the aqueous layer, and provides an advanced lubricating and protective shield to the mucin layer while further protecting epithelial cells from hypertonic stress, the company says.

Refresh Optive Advanced Preservative-Free delivers <0.1uL of lipid per drop and is available in 30 count single-use vials, as well as a preserved multi-dose formula. Both may be used in combination with dry eye prescription therapies and do not require shaking prior to use.


Diagnostic Equipment
Normative Database for iVue SD-OCT   
Optovue has received FDA 510(k) clearance of a normative database for the iVue SD-OCT system. Enhancing the iVue’s suite of clinical applications, the normative database provides quantitative comparisons of the retina, retinal nerve fiber layer, ganglion cell complex and optic disc measurements to help the practitioner evaluate various ocular pathologies.

After scans are captured, the normative comparison analysis adjusts for the patient’s age, optic disc size (for optic nerve head scans only) and scan signal strength. Symmetry and change analyses—combined with normative comparisons—support patient evaluation and management.   

The normative database is included with any iVue SD-OCT system purchase and a new software update will be provided at no cost to current iVue owners.


Haag-Streit Lenstar LS900
The Haag-Streit Lenstar LS900 optical biometer now features two additional IOL calculation formulas. The Masket and Modified Masket formulas are now available for post-laser refractive patients with a known history of the refractive change induced by the laser surgical procedure.

  • The Masket Method formula provides IOL power calculations for post-myopic and hyperopic LASIK and PRK patients when clinical history is available.    
  • The Modified Masket formula uses the linear relationship between the spherical equivalent of the total amount of the stable laser vision correction to adjust the IOL power calculation, based on the Holladay I formula. Like the Masket Method, the Modified Masket is appropriate for myopic and hyperopic LASIK and PRK patients.
  • The Shammas No-History formula—already incorporated into Lenstar’s software—addresses the challenge of calculating IOL power for patients after myopic LASIK and PRK, when no clinical history is available.