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Carl Zeiss Vision has formed a partnership with Bollé, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bushnell Outdoor Products, to promote a national prescription sunglass program throughout the Carl Zeiss Vision laboratory network. The exclusive agreement will enable both companies to offer a variety of customized prescription sun eyewear and to employ patented wrap lens technology, and extends a pre-existing relationship between the companies for plano (non-prescription) sunwear. The national program will be offered through all 17 Carl Zeiss Vision labs, and will include VSP orders.
"We are pleased to be the exclusive provider of Bollé lenses," said Claude Labeeuw, vice president of marketing and business development, North America for Carl Zeiss Vision. "Increasingly, eyewear manufacturers and optical dispensers are recognizing the tremendous benefits offered by our lab network, including state-of-the-art lens designs, proprietary customization and manufacturing technology, practice-building and marketing support, and fast, reliable service."
Dani LaGace, Bollé's product and marketing director, commented, "Expanding the scope of our existing relationship with an industry leader like Carl Zeiss Vision says a lot about our technological capabilities and commitment to quality. Together, we are able to bring a unique product with clear performance advantages to a wider audience."
Santinelli International hosted its annual national sales meeting in Vernon Valley, N.J. in early January. Executive management, product management, sales and marketing gathered to focus on improved efficiencies toward increased client satisfaction.
At the reception dinner, awards for top sales were presented to Mark Kaplan. During his eight years with the company, Kaplan has consistently received similar achievement honors. Capping his success, Kaplan received the 2008 Chairman's Award, an all-time sales high achievement.
"This time together is invaluable as we strategize, learn and share information," said Rick Clemente, Santinelli's executive vice president of sales and client service. "We walk away from the experience a closer-knit team, determined to reach greater heights. It was also the ideal opportunity to recognize sales achievements throughout our team, particularly that of Mark Kaplan."
At the 2008 International Vision Expo West, National Optronics hosted a silent auction for the #1 David Beach Limited Edition 7E HLP Edger. Because Beach has always been passionate about children, he decided before the auction was held that he wanted all proceeds to go to The Boys and Girls Clubs. The winner of the auction was John J. Marcin, OD of Dr. John J. Marcin and Associates in Melbourne, Florida.
On December 18, 2008, National Optronics' Southeast field technician Tim Helms, along with Dr. Marcin and his assistant, Karol Juliano, presented a check for $23,007 with all of the proceeds from the auction to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida in Melbourne.
Pictured, left to right, are an unidentified staff member, Tim Helms of National Optronics, Karol Juliano and Dr. John J. Marcin with members of The Boys and Girls Clubs.
#1 Polycarbonate is highly impact resistant and required for the situations that high-performance sports require. In that way, all wearers are prepared for everyday occurrences. In addition, SV and progressives are readily available to fill the majority of all prescriptions received. Impact X NXT is a new material with exceptional impact resistance, will not stress or star crack if drilled and is unaffected by acetone. Its lightweight (1.11g/cm3) and low dispersion (45 Abbe) will improve comfort and reduce the peripheral blur in higher-powered lenses. Currently in plano, it will soon be available in prescription.
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#2 By using aspheric and double aspheric designs as your primary dispensed single-vision lenses, you can give your patients a better-looking pair of glasses while delivering improved optics, even for high prescriptions. For the patient's budget, aspheric and double-aspheric lenses are the logical step before free-form, preparing the patient for the option of customized single-vision lenses via direct surfacing as that becomes part of the regular products available from your laboratory.
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Manufacturer: Carl Zeiss Vision
Description: Progressive lens that is precisely personalized for the individual wearer.
Features: Entire design can be automatically expanded or contracted for the size and shape of the patient's chosen frame, balancing all viewing areas and ensuring the widest fields of vision. This feature enables wearers to select from an unlimited number of frame choices. The corridor is continuously variable in 0.1mm steps, allowing for fitting heights from 13mm to 35mm.
Provides maximum visual acuity for any face. The patient's monocular PD, vertex distance, pantoscopic angle and frame wrap angle are incorporated into the design calculation to create optimum performance in that patient's unique wearing position.
Lens offers optimized optics for every prescription. The lens creates and optimizes the design in "real-time" based on the patient's exact combination of sphere, cylinder, axis and add power, eliminating the visual compromises that semi-finished lenses create for most prescriptions, Zeiss reports.
Availability: Zeiss Individual is available in clear and Transitions VI lenses (Gray and Brown) in 1.5 hard resin, 1.59 polycarbonate, and 1.67 high index. It is also available in 1.6 (clear only). Independent eye care practices can order Zeiss Individual through Carl Zeiss Vision Laboratories, enabled wholesale lab partners Perfect Optics, Expert Optics and Three Rivers Optical, and a network of authorized premier Zeiss distributor labs.
Manufacturer: DAC International
Description: A design tool for both retail office and wholesale laboratory settings.
Features: DAC International's new "Specialty Lens Designer" is used as a design tool in both retail office and wholesale laboratory settings. With it, the optician can confidently design and model advanced specialty lenses, such as blended bifocals, blended bi-centric, 8-base wrap, slab-off, reverse slabs and lenticular designs, which are included in the optional "Specialty Lens Menu" of the DAC Digital Lens Surfacing System.
The "Specialty Lens Designer" software allows the optician or lab to view the lens, using 3-D graphics, prior to manufacturing and visually witness the changes in critical elements like zones size, edge thickness, frame shape, and material. As an example, the "Specialty Lens Designer" software will give a graphic illustration of the difference in thickness between a standard plastic, high-index plastic or any other material. The new software simplifies the ordering process for both the optician and the lens manufacturer by sending the optician's completed orders, via email transfer, directly to partner labs using the DAC Surfacing System and Specialty Lens Menu Software.
Manufacturer: Essilor of America
Description: New generation of Crizal Avancé lenses featuring Scotchgard Protector offer all of the features and benefits of the prior generation, plus an improved scratch resistant layer.
Features: Integrated multi-layer AR stack, anti-static properties and super-hydrophobic topcoat utilizing Essilor's High Surface Density Process and Pad Control System. Scratch Resistance Booster Layer is an improved layer of scratch resistance that is twice as scratch resistant as Crizal Alizé and ensures durability and visual acuity over time, according to Essilor.
Availability: Finished and semi-finished single-vision.
Manufacturer: Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI)
Description: Tape that protects the lens during processing.
Features: Provides high performance and outstanding visibility of the lens markings especially on camera assisted blocking systems. Offers excellent adhesion but is easy to remove and deblock without residue. Can be used with alloy or wax on all lens materials and curves without wrinkling.
Availability: PSI Green LenSaver Tape, part #1005, has a thickness of 3.4 millimeters and comes on a 36-yard roll.
Manufacturer: Salem Vision Group
Description: High-performance roughing wheel
Features: GTX-R roughing wheel is the product of the latest diamond bonding technology. The result is a significant increase in the overall performance of plastic lens edging, regardless of the material. The GTX-R cuts faster and cleaner, virtually eliminating wheel loading even with polycarbonate and Trivex lens materials. This innovative bond also reduces torque to maintain accurate axis alignment during edging, according to the manufacturer. The gold colored wheels can be used on all plastic lens materials and are available for all major brands of edgers.
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