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UltraVision CLPL Offers KeraSoft IC Mobile and Web Fitting App

UltraVision CLPL's new mobile and Web fitting app makes eyecare practitioners' lives easier and lenses can be prescribed faster. The fitting app for KeraSoft IC reduces chair time in assessing irregular cornea patients and acts as a data recording and transmission center. The app guides practitioners step by step through the KeraSoft IC MoRoCCo VA process, helping improve patient care in practice. "In today's world, using electronic and mobile technology is increasingly becoming a day-to-day requirement of managing health care," says Kimberley Burns, marketing executive at UltraVision CLPL.

The free app provides the ability for practitioners to store fitting data for both eyes in one session. Other benefits of the app include real time animations of lens behavior, the ability to view fitting history for the patient in one glance, e-mailing lens orders, requesting support and much more.

To download the MoRoCCo VA app go to ultravision.co.uk/mapp.

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Essilor Study Highlights Importance of Good Vision for Taxi Drivers

In an effort to raise awareness of World Sight Day (Oct. 10, 2013) and bring global attention to the importance of eye exams, Essilor took a closer look at how vision impacts us in everyday situations—specifically focusing on taxi drivers. To understand more, a team at Essilor visited 21 major cities around the world and met with 2,100 taxi drivers to conduct an international vision study on this important group of workers.

During the study, taxi drivers were interviewed with vision-related questions such as when they last had an eye exam, and they participated in far vision and 3-D perception tests. The drivers were judged based on "normal vision," defined as 10/10 visual acuity. Essilor reported that 92 percent of New York City taxi drivers and 95 percent of Los Angeles taxi drivers who participated in the study were found to have normal vision. However, on a global level, results were mixed:

  • One out of five taxi drivers does not have normal vision.
  • Four out of five taxi drivers struggle to accurately judge distance, particularly when parking.
  • One out of five taxi drivers has not had an eye exam in the past five years.

In an effort to improve the eyesight of taxi drivers around the world, those who participated in Essilor's study were provided with vouchers to receive a free eye exam from their eye doctor. "Having good vision is crucial, for taxi drivers as for every one of us," says Jayanth Bhuvaraghan, Essilor International's chief corporate mission officer. "But there is still a long way to go, particularly in terms of raising people's awareness of just how important it is to have their eyes tested regularly. For this reason, Essilor is working with eyecare professionals throughout the world on raising the general public's awareness of this important aspect of public health." Watch a video about Essilor's study of taxi drivers' vision.

Adlens Adjustables Win Silver at the 2013 International Business Awards

Adlens Adjustables has been recognized with a Silver Stevie Award at the 10th annual International Business Awards on Oct. 13 in Barcelona, Spain. The product was recognized for its utility, craftsmanship and technology in the "Best New Product of the Year" category in Health and Pharmaceuticals.

Adlens Adjustables are designed for use as a temporary spare pair and provide instantly customizable vision correction through the simple turn of a dial. The glasses are adjustable for a wide range of spherical powers from -6.0 to +3.0D. They were designed to be used in various types of situations: for up-close work, computer use, DIY and yard work and for managing fluctuating vision in diabetes patients or after eye surgery.

"Our recognition in this category is an exciting validation of our work and the technology we have developed," says Graeme MacKenzie, OD, director of industry affairs at Adlens.

eL&T Tip of the Month

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Acuity is the acuteness or clearness of vision, which is dependent on the sharpness of retinal focus. That means that the clarity of all of the ocular components and their media must transmit and receive light without issue. In an adult eye, the cornea and lens protect the retina from UVC (skin cancers), UVB (sunburn, blisters, skin cancers) and the UVA (skin aging). UVB and UVC are serious agents of skin tissue changes because the DNA directly absorbs them.

» For more information, and to take this CE course online, visit 2020mag.com.

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New Products

Simplicity UV Coater

Coburn Technologies
Description: Compact UV hard coating system, which provides a consistent 98 percent yield rate average with select tintable and non-tintable coatings.
Features: Built using award-winning technology, the Simplicity coater combines a wash station, coating station and UV cure station in one fully enclosed countertop design.

  • Compact 3-in-1 unit combines wash station, coating station and UV cure station.
  • Small footprint for limited spaces.
  • Fully enclosed coater to prevent debris in the air from getting onto lens.
  • User-friendly touch screen with simple controls and adjustments.
  • Programmable controller with multiple recipes for faster, easier coating changes.
  • Easily check spindle speeds on screen for maximum control of the coating process.
  • Removable coating module that allows for much easier cleaning, maintenance and switching between coatings.
  • Utilizes Coburn's UVMAX (tinatble) and UVAR (non-tintable) coatings which both feature excellent adhesion, low viscosity and unique UV/thermal hybrid chemistry.

"Its size and automated functionality make it an ideal fit for small to medium-sized labs looking to bring lens coating in house," says Wendell Slone, manager of Coburn's Lens Coating Group. "And its programmable control over the coating process makes it ideal for tinting and other specialty applications in larger labs."

Alex Incera, president of Coburn Technologies, adds, "Following the success of our new UV coating offerings, UVMAX and UVAR, we now have an improved and innovative coating platform that can assure a high yield rate when integrated correctly into existing lab processes."

Coburn is currently taking orders for the Simplicity Coater. Customer shipments will begin in November 2013.
(800) COBURN-1

Iness T

Essilor Instruments
Description: An all-inclusive digital tracer/blocker, Iness T is a member of Essilor's Triplets family. The unique 2-in-1 device combines breakthrough optical shape tracing with accurate digital centering.
Features: Iness T creates 3-D shapes from any demo lens or pattern, based on 800 points trace and frame curve parameters and uses a two-way optical path – eliminating lens power distortion. The blocker has a parallax-free camera system and 3-D compensation, as well as a wide working area for lens marking visualizations even on lenses with dark tints. Iness T can store up to 1,000 jobs and offers a second edger connection to handle more edging capacity.

"Iness T features a new level of accuracy for optical shape tracing and eliminates a mechanical tracer purchase. Pairing it with a Jess edger makes it's an affordable entry level finishing system with state-of-the-art features," says Robin Rhodes, director of sales, Essilor Instruments USA. "Until now, optical tracing wasn't accurate enough for many of today's frame styles. Our engineers designed the special 3-D OST software that together with a sophisticated infrared light system provides extremely accurate traces."

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