Clip-Ons for GlareControlCorningís GlareControl lenses now come in 1.5mm plano uncuts. These CPF lenses, offered through Corning Connections labs, are 65mm in diameter and can be edged and inserted into most ophthalmic clip-ons.
With these lenses you can offer patients relief from glare brought about by macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and other age-related conditions. GlareControl lenses filter blue light that ordinary sunglasses donít. Call 1-800-742-5273.
SunSensors Joins FastGrind FamilySuper Systems Optical Technologies has added Corningís new plastic photochromic, SunSensors, to the menu of lenses you can produce on the FastGrind 2000 in-office lens-surfacing system. Super Systems says it chose SunSensors for their reported ability to change from dark to clear faster than other photochromic lenses. FastGrind SunSensors are available in single-vision, flat-top 28 and Harmony progressive designs. Call 1-800-543-7376.
Topographer Follows YouThe Scout portable topographer from EyeQuip can go where you go. This hand-held device has rechargeable batteries and built-in memory that holds up to 8 images. Like its larger cousin, the Keratron, it has a built-in headrest and alignment monitor.
This topographer is compatible with Windows 95/98. It features multiple
maps, drag-and-drop viewing, advanced database functions and LAN capability.
It automatically downloads images to a desktop or laptop when placed in
its recharging cradle.
Slit Lamps Go DigitalA new adapter now allows you to connect Nikonís Coolpix 950 digital cameras with the companyís NS-1V and FS-3V slit lamps. The adapter can handle digital imaging and real-time video output. You can remove the Coolpix 950 from the slit lamp to photograph gross specimens.
The 2.11 megapixel CCD can save images in uncompressed TIFF formats or three compressed JPEG modes. The 8MB Nikon CompactFlash card comes standard with the device, but cards with higher capacities are available. Call 1-800-526-4566, or go to www.nikonusa.com.
Topographer Links to PCThe Keratograph corneal topographer from Oculus Inc. features digital transmission to PC units. It has 22,000 measuring points and 22 rings, a built-in keratometer, and presents information in a 3-D, overview and fluorescein simulator images. Software features include pre- and post-op comparison, Fourier analysis and a three-stop contact lens fitting package. Call (425) 867-1800, or go to www.oculus.de.
NCT Sheds Chinrest, etc.The AT550 non-contact tonometer by Reichert Ophthalmic Instruments takes pressures without a chinrest, joystick or elevation controls that other devices have. This tonometer features Reichertís patented automated alignment system.
Patients lean against the forehead rest and view a fixation target. The operator then presses a button to take the reading. Screen prompts guide the operator from start to finish. Call (716) 686-4500, or go to www.reichert.com.
Diamond Slat is a SnapThe Diamond Slat wall display package from Fashion Optic Displays offers a variety of eyewear merchandising ensembles. Accessories include graphics and literature holders as well as a variety of holders for frames, lenses and sports eyewear. The accessories slide easily on and off the display. Call 1-800-824-4106.
Marchon Goes SwooshMarchon Eyewear and Nike have joined forces to develop and distribute a new line of sun and ophthalmic eyewear called Nike Sport Eyewear. Nike has made sunwear for athletes since 1996. Initially, the product offering to independent dispensers will include Nike sunwear, but Marchon and Nike have already started working together to develop a proprietary line of sun and ophthalmic frames. This would combine Marchonís Flexon metal frame technology with Nikeís existing nylon wrap styles. Call 1-800-645-1300, or go to www.marchon.com or www.nikebiz.com.
13 New Ralphs for SpringAimed at women ages 18-35, the new Ralph by Ralph Lauren sunglass collection sports 13 new styles for spring. Marketed by Safilo Group, the styles include fashion wraps, double-colored laminates and smaller shapes. Among the new plastics are:
The Bold and the MinimalRodenstock introduces five new frames for spring. These five architecturally inspired shapes use acetate laminations which the company describes them as ďbold minimalism.Ē The collection includes:
High Tech ArmaniFor fashionably cutting-edge wearers, The Emporio Armani 117S frame by Luxottica Group is a laser-cut flat metal design with integrated temples. The modified rectangular-shaped frame is available in colors satin indigo, dark pewter, satin chrome, satin brown, forest and satin black. Size is 51/19-125. A light rubber coating on the temple tips prevents sliding. Call 1-800-422-2020.
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