Transitions Optical is launching the next generation of Transitions Signature lenses—Transitions Signature GEN 8. Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses are engineered with new proprietary technology that delivers the best overall photochromic lens performance, the brand said in a statement. Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses are faster in activation and fadeback, and are darker than previous generations. The lenses also block 100 percent of UV and help protect from harmful blue light indoors and out.
Features: The next generation of Transitions Signature lenses comes six years after the launch of Transitions Signature VII lenses with a new breakthrough technology. The performance of photochromic lenses is linked to two components: the matrix in which the dyes reside and the photochromic dyes themselves. The Transitions Signature GEN 8 lens technology incorporates a fully reinvented system, including a reinvented matrix and new photochromic dyes, which has not been done since the launch of Transitions V lenses in 2005.
A new multicriteria methodology was developed to assess the overall performance of photochromic lenses. This methodology is based on market research done in the U.S. among 1,000 eyeglass wearers, defining the key criteria that matter most for consumers on photochromic lenses.
“As leader and champion of the photochromic category, our mission is to provide better vision and protection to everyone. We are proud to introduce a new technology, bringing a new level of performance, based on consumers’ needs. With Transitions Signature GEN 8 we are confident that we will recruit new wearers and grow the category,” says Chrystel Barranger, president of Essilor Photochromics and Transitions Optical.
Vital Stats: Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses feature a nano-composite matrix and a new generation of ultra-agile photochromic dyes. The nano-composite matrix in Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses is a nano-structured material which mimics a semi crystalline structure. This matrix creates free zones for improved dye mobility. Not only can the dyes move more freely, but it is also more stable and consistent in its performance, Transitions Optical says.
High performance lens tape
Features: After over a year of extensive testing with both lens manufacturers and wholesale labs, Dynamic Labs of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., has released Spartan Lens Tape. This tape with liner offers excellent lens protection with a secure hold and easy release, according to Dynamic Labs.
“This tape was specifically designed to resolve numerous surfacing problems that our customers had been experiencing,” says Dan Vogel, senior sales executive at Dynamic Labs. “They have been requesting a quality tape for both conventional and digital surfacing that is affordable and easy to use.”
Availability: The Spartan Tape comes in both a medium tac for most operations as well as a high tac version where a higher torque can create slipping problems.
Coburn Technologies has launched a new e-commerce website for optical consumables and spare parts, shopcoburn.com. Digital Surfacing, Traditional Surfacing, Finishing, Coatings & Chemicals, Diagnostics and Spare Parts are the primary offerings on the site.
Features: On ShopCoburn, any lab manager, technician or purchasing personnel can easily locate and order consumables and spare parts compatible with a multitude of machines with the click of a button. The new ShopCoburn now offers easy navigation, clean design, search functionality, featured and recommended products and a simple checkout process.
“We’ve completely transformed our e-commerce site to enhance our customers’ online shopping experience. The new design reflects our new branding and is more user-friendly than ever. We are proud to provide our customers with this helpful tool to keep their labs and practices running smoothly. We develop and manufacture most of our own consumables and coatings in-house and are able to fulfill customer orders with speed and efficiency,” says Alex Incera, president of Coburn Technologies.
ShopCoburn even provides consumables and spare parts for their legacy products, as well as competitor’s coating and digital lens processing equipment, making the site a one-stop-shop for operations that have a variety of equipment.
HumanWare recently launched the Reveal 16, a full HD digital magnifier that is intuitive, easy to use and foldable.
Designed with simplicity in mind, Reveal 16 is the ideal tool to read books or magazines, write down notes, do crosswords and even see distant objects…all this can be done in an unmatched, crisp and crystal-clear image quality. Reveal 16 has only four buttons and a user-friendly interface available in 29 different languages, which makes it the simplest magnifying solution on the market.
The Reveal 16 is easy to fold and store when not in use. When folded the Reveal 16 can be easily moved and used in different locations.
Some highlights of the Reveal 16 include:
- Adjustable 16-inch screen
- Autofocus lock
- Four large and contrasted buttons
- 10x magnification optical zoom
- Up to 45x digital magnification
- Real 1x
- Programmable contrast colors
- HDMI port
- Polarized lights (no reflection from glossy paper, such as magazines)
- Reading line and blinds
Availability: Reveal 16 can be ordered through a local HumanWare representative or distributor, as well as from the company’s website.store.humanware.com/low-vision-reveal-16.html