Transitions Optical unveiled Transitions XTRActive new generation lenses, the latest innovation from Transitions Optical, which will offer the best extra darkness and the best light protection in the clear to dark photochromic category. Transitions XTRActive new generation includes features that enhance the wearer’s life in all settings, according to Transitions Optical. Offering the best extra darkness in the clear to dark photochromic category, Transitions XTRActive new generation lenses are the darkest photochromic lenses in hot temperatures and the only photochromic lenses achieving category 3 levels of darkness at 35 degrees Celsius. In addition, Transitions XTRActive new generation lenses are the only photochromic lens achieving category 2 levels of darkness in the car, offering maximum darkness at 23 degrees Celsius with no driving restriction. The technology also offers the best harmful blue light protection across more light situations, including the best blue light protection indoors. As with all Transitions lens technologies, they block 100 percent of UVA and UVB.
Features: Compared to the Transitions XTRActive lenses on the market today, this new generation is darker overall, darker in hot temperatures and in the car, and up to 35 percent faster to fade back. These advances are possible thanks to the new nano-composite matrix technology combined with new, extra powerful broad spectrum dyes which activate in both the UV and visible light spectrum.
Availability: T Transitions XTRActive new generation lenses will be available in the U.S. and Canada in the third quarter of 2021 in gray, brown, graphite green and in six style mirrors. Additional details on the timing of availability across materials and designs will be provided by the lens manufacturer partners of Transitions Optical. Availability in other markets will be announced at a later date.
In addition to this new generation, Transitions Optical began the rolling launch of Transitions XTRActive Polarized in the U.S. and Canada in January 2021. Both products provide extra protection for eyeglass wearers who are frequently in intense light situations or who are very light sensitive. Transitions XTRActive Polarized is an extension of the Transitions XTRActive range, bringing the additional benefits of polarization to the extra dark photochromic category, while Transitions XTRActive new generation lenses offer the best extra darkness. Transitions XTRActive Polarized lenses are designed for patients who want extra protection in high-glare situations. The unique polarization technology reduces glare outdoors, providing sharper vision, a larger field of view and bright, vivid colors.
Eyecare professionals can learn more about the benefits of Transitions XTRActive new generation and Transitions XTRActive Polarized lenses on a new virtual learning platform at transitionspro.com.
Schneider is now offering alternative ways of applying its proven Anti-Fog technology. Schneider’s Anti-Fog technology has been in the market for more than three years and is a tested proven technology implemented in many optical labs worldwide. Previously, the application of the company’s permanent Anti-Fog coating required an ion beam gun and targets. It required a small hardware retrofit and was available for Schneider machines and some third-party machines as well. Now, almost anybody who owns an AR-coater can use Schneider’s Anti-Fog technology.
Features: Schneider’s Anti-Fog process can be applied to any hard coated, anti-reflective or mirror-coated lens, skipping the hydrophobic last layer. All that’s needed is a single consumable chip. Simply insert the chip to begin processing lenses. Schneider adapts the process parameters remotely, eliminating the need for a time-consuming hardware retrofit.
Unlike some other Anti-Fog technologies, Schneider uses a physical process for a long-term and reliable coating layer instead of hazardous sprays or cloths soaked with harmful substances. To preserve the Anti-Fog protection layer and its easy to clean properties, the lenses simply have to be cleaned and sealed with a special Anti-Fog cloth for daily use.
Unity BioSync with HydraMist contact lenses are now available in two base curves, 8.5 mm and 8.8 mm, allowing doctors to choose the optimal fit for their patients.
Features: Unity BioSync with HydraMist first launched in 2019 exclusively to the VSP network. It was designed to provide exceptional comfort, high oxygen supply, great vision to patients and increased patient retention for practices and is now one of the few daily disposable, spherical contact lenses available in two base curves.
Like the 8.8 base curve lens, the 8.5 base curve lens has a diameter of 14.1 mm, and the power ranges include +8.00D to -10.00D. It offers a Dk/t value of 150, allowing higher oxygen permeability, which is critical to good eye health.
Unity BioSync in both base curves provides ideal optical performance through a combination of silicone hydrogel material and proprietary polymer coating exclusive to the Unity brand. Made with HydraMist, which features unique moisture retaining polymers for an increased level of hydration throughout the day, the lens increases the biocompatibility of its material and the surface of the eye, improving the overall experience for the contact lens wearer.
Availability: UThe Unity BioSync with HydraMist portfolio remains exclusive to the VSP network. Unity BioSync is only available with a prescription.
Shamir Glacier Plus is an AR coating that utilizes advanced technologies to provide a cutting-edge glare-reducing solution for patients.
Features: It resists scratches, repels water, dust and smudges, and is easier to clean than ever before, according to Shamir. With the ability to order stock finished single vision lenses with Glacier Plus AR coating, eyecare practitioners will be able to experience premium quality Shamir branded lenses “off-the-shelf” and deliver faster turn times for patients.
Availability: The current available materials for Shamir finished single vision lenses are 1.50 clear, 1.59 polycarbonate clear and 1.67 aspheric clear. Additional FSV lenses will be available in the near future featuring Shamir’s Blue Zero material and Transitions technology. Visit Shamir’s website to find your preferred lab carrying Glacier Plus FSV.
New Packaging for No Fog Cloth.
Features: The new No Fog Cloth packaging captures more impactful remodeled imaging, improved product instructions in both English and Spanish, enhanced resealable plastic storage bags; all re-packaged in a new self-dispensing 32 piece refill kit. Additionally, an all-new deluxe P.O.P. display has been introduced reflecting the same enhanced imaging with customer-facing English or Spanish sided messaging. Both the refill and deluxe displays come with instructions for quick and easy setup, and both the packaging and resealable plastic storage pouch have enhanced simple instructions for cloth use and care.
The No Fog Cloth offers a convenient and effective solution to get rid of fog while wearing masks. No messy drops or sprays, just a simple, easy to use cloth. The No Fog Cloth works for all types of lens materials and coatings, including AR. Further, the cloth’s results last up to eight to 12 hours and can be reused for more than 200 applications.
Coburn Technologies is introducing a new product category to its surfacing line of products with an automatic lens deblocker, the Agility Autodeblocker.
Features: Developed for large labs seeking speed and efficiency, Agility is the fastest automated deblocking system on the market, capable of deblocking over 200 lenses per hour, according to Coburn Technologies. “The new Agility Autodeblocker completes our automated post-polishing product offering. When combined with our Duality De-Taper & Cleaner and our award-winning Velocity Lens Coater, our customers can fully automate the post-polishing process,” says Coburn Technologies president Alex Incera. “Lenses can be deblocked, de-taped, cleaned and coated in minutes without operator involvement.”
Agility is ideal for high volume labs that prefer a convenient automated solution. Both lenses are automatically removed from a job tray, placed onto the appropriate deblocking rings and then deblocked simultaneously using a mechanical action. Contrary to deblocking with powerful water jets that displace alloy, causes alloy waste and produce contaminated water waste, Agility separates the lens from the block without water in one clean, swift mechanical action.
“The name ‘Agility’ embodies our goals for the capabilities of the machine; rapidity, resilience and boldness,” Incera explains. The technology is also versatile in its ability to process a wide range of lens geometries and ring diameters. Agility is UL and CE certified.