PPG Launches CR-39 Licensed Lens Caster Program in honor of the 60th anniversary of receiving a patent for CR-39 brand monomer, the first resin to be widely used in the manufacture of plastic ophthalmic lenses, PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) is launching a program to recognize lens casters who have played an important role in the products growth and who remain committed to supplying it to the industry.
According to PPG, the CR-39 Licensed Lens Caster Program identifies those casters who are dedicated to preserving the integrity of CR-39 monomer and promotes them as preferred sources for lenses made from the material. The program's objective is to assure labs and retailers they are getting the genuine product when they specify lenses made with CR-39 monomer.
The CR-39 Licensed Lens Caster Program and its members will be highlighted in advertising and at industry trade shows throughout the year. In addition, a web site, www.cr39casters.com, will provide a listing of program participants.
Essilor Airwear PALs Earn AOA UV Seal The American Optometric Association (AOA) has awarded its Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbers/Blockers to Essilor of America's Varilux Airwear progressive lenses, as well as the company's Ovation, Essilor Natural and Adaptar progressive lenses made with Airwear polycarbonate material.
The AOA's Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbers/Blockers is one of nine categories in the AOA Seal of Acceptance Program. The AOA's Commission on Ophthalmic Standards evaluates the quality of ophthalmic products, devices and instruments. It specifies the minimum requirements and test procedures for acceptance of products for the Seal.
Products meeting the AOA Seal's criteria provide substantial protection of the eye from naturally occurring environmental ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The product sample must not transmit more than 1 percent UVB (290 to 315 nm) or UVA (315 to 380nm) short wavelength VIS (380 to 400nm) in order to be accepted.
Varilux, Ovation, Essilor Natural and Adaptar progressive lenses made in Airwear will now use the AOA Seal of Acceptance in product labeling and marketing.
SOLA Technologies Named First CZV Premier Transitions Lab Carl Zeiss Vision and Transitions Optical have recognized SOLA Technologies as the first Carl Ziess Vision Premier Transitions Lab. This is the first year for the award, which will be given annually to the Carl Zeiss Vision Lab that demonstrates the strongest commitment to growing its business with Transitions Lenses over the previous year.
SOLA Technologies, located in Hebron, Ky., employs a fully ABO-certified sales force, including two optometrists, who have worked closely with Transitions Solutions Team representatives to deliver training and education to customers, as well as roll out promotions.
Pictured above during a recognition ceremony held recently at SOLA Technologies are (left to right) Dan Woebkenberg, account manager; Sandra Hammond, OD, account manager; Bryan Rossi, sales director and Michael Browning, regional director of lab operations from SOLA Technologies; James Roberts, senior account manager, Transitions.
Essilor Announces Definity Promo Winners, Hosts Education Dinners Two ECPs who participated in Essilor's Going Pro promotion for Definity progressive lenses have won the grand prize of trip to the 2006 NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. Burt Rubin, an optician with Dr. Raffaele Petrosino in Wakefield, Mass. was the Essilor Laboratories of America grand prize winner. Mary Braun of Eye Care Professionals in Green Bay, Wis. was the independent distribution division grand prize winner.
To heighten awareness and help educate ECPs about Definity progressives, Essilor is hosting a series of educational dinners in various cities in the western U.S.
These dinners give us the opportunity to introduce our breakthrough dual add technology, share the unique benefits that Definity can provide to patients, and demonstrate how Definity progressive lenses compliment other existing Essilor products, says Francois Glon, general manager of Definity.
The evenings feature a doctor from the Definity speakers bureau and Maureen Cavanagh, national sales director for Definity. The speakers provide an in-depth overview of Definity and its technology, ideal patients for the product and how to fit and dispense the lens effectively.
The dinners began in March and more than 50 ECPs have attended each of the events that took place in Denver, Seattle and Portland. Upcoming dinners are planned for Salt Lake City, Sacramento and southern California.