Adjustable Slit Lamp
Hai Laboratories recently announced a new slit lamp, the Hai Elevate, that allows a comfortable exam experience for patients of all body types. The slit lamp’s base is shorter than other devices to accommodate larger patients. The first point of contact between patient and tabletop can be raised to the upper chest so the patient can easily reach the chinrest.
New Software for Spectralis
New spectral-domain optical coherence tomography software (Glaucoma Module Premium Edition, Heidelberg Engineering) can improve serial analysis of glaucoma patients and suspects by using anatomic registration to track progression. The program combines an anatomic positioning system (APS) and specific scan patterns to better analyze the optic nerve head, the retinal nerve fiber layer and ganglion cell layer to permit earlier diagnosis of glaucoma, the company says.
The APS detects the fovea and optic nerve head and uses them as landmarks to create a map of the eye and center on the optic nerve head.
True-Color Retinal Scanner
CenterVue recently announced 510(k) FDA clearance for its Eidon true-color confocal scanner for retinal disease detection. The technology is the first to combine confocal imaging and white light illumination, the company says, for imaging of the central retina and periphery.
Eidon includes three imaging modes—true-color, red-free and infrared—and automatic patient sensing, alignment and focus capabilities. It operates as a standalone unit via a software application and can be used automatically or manually with or without pupil dilation.
FDA Clears Punctal Occluder for Dry Eye
The FDA recently cleared Lacrivera’s VeraPlug punctal occluder for use in treating chronic dry eye. Available in three sizes—small, medium and large—the VeraPlug is individually packaged and preloaded on a sterile, disposable inserter/dilator. The device includes a unique shaft design and low-profile dome to offer easy insertion and better patient comfort, the company says.
Patient Education Initiatives
Bausch + Lomb is launching consumer education efforts on proper contact lens wear and care using social media. The campaign encourages people to visit their eye doctor. The programs include:
• Bausch + Lomb Ultra Contact Lenses: Keeping Up With Today’s Advances in Digital Technology
• Biotrue Oneday Contact Lenses: What’s in Your Dryness Survival Kit?
• PureVision 2 Multi-Focal Contact Lenses for Presbyopia: Do Your Eyes Show Your Age?
• Biotrue Multi-purpose Solution: The Eye-opening Facts About Binge-Watching
Silicone Hydrogel Lens Enters US Market
CooperVision has announced wider distribution of Clariti 1-day silicone hydrogel contact lenses in the US market. This expansion is a result of Cooper-Vision’s recent acquisition of Sauflon Pharmaceuticals earlier this year.
The Clariti 1-day lenses are manufactured with a high water content for good oxygen transmissibility, says the manufacturer, and are available with sphere powers from +8.00D to -10.00D, a base curve of 8.6mm and a diameter of 14.1mm. Toric and multifocal options are also available.