SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
PSI Debuts Digital Lens Polish
Product: PSI’s Clearly Digital
Top Line: Clearly Digital from Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI) is a digital lens polish that’s specifically formulated for digital/free-form polishers.
Close Up: Offers exceptional surface quality with reduced haze for brilliant, crystal-clear lenses, according to PSI. Lasts three to five times longer than other polishes currently being used in digital systems due to its stabilized chemistry and alumina particle structure, resulting in substantial cost savings to the lab. Unique chemistry provides continuous machine cleaning during polishing. Non-corrosive formula will not degrade adhesive on the foam polish button or irritate operator’s skin. Non-foaming, sheeting formula means there is no messy foam in the tank and the lenses and blocks are easy to clean. Unique suspension technology via steric repulsion keeps alumina particles from attaching to each other and forming a hard settle. Works on all plastic lens materials, including polycarbonate and Trivex.
Vital Stats: Available in one-gallon jugs (PSI part #3330G) and five-gallon pails (PSI part #3330P).
Santinelli’s Website Adds ‘Live Tech Chat’
Service: Santinelli International’s Live Chat
Top Line: Santinelli International recently enhanced its website with a “Live Tech Chat” option and other new features designed to provide clients with faster service and improved website navigation.
Close Up: By clicking the “Live Tech” button located on the company’s website homepage, customers can access the instant message window and begin a live, one-on-one dialogue with one of Santinelli’s certified technicians. Customers can obtain accurate information about parts and pricing as well as operational assistance, virtually instantly. Santinelli staff can link to documents, photos or videos which provides more detail and better clarification. Other website enhancements and additions include a new product pull-down menu bar in the top portion of the website and Static Footer Links. Both offer alternative ways for the website visitor to easily find the product or section they are searching for and improve upon traditional navigation standards.
Vital Stats: Active during business hours. Telephone support remains an option, as does the website’s FAQ section which features a growing number of videos “24/7."
EXAMS / DISPENSING
Canon USA CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera Gets FDA Clearance
Product: Canon CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera
Top Line: Canon U.S.A. received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera.
Close Up: Integrating the latest in Canon’s retinal imaging technology and enhancements in a compact frame, the Canon CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera is the company’s newest and lightest retinal camera to date, weighing only 33 pounds. The CR-2 retinal camera can be easily installed or easily transported when needed. The illuminated control panel allows medical staff to navigate operations in darkened rooms. Contributing to a lower total-cost-of-ownership, the white LED lamp used in the CR-2 retinal camera uses less power than a xenon tube and lasts approximately twice as long, which can help to reduce energy costs in medical facilities.
“Obtaining FDA clearance of the CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera helps reaffirm our commitment to eyecare professionals by instituting superb imaging technology and in turn, contributing to the quality care of their patients,” said Tsuneo Imai, senior director and general manager, Medical Systems Division, Canon U.S.A.
Vital Stats: Available for purchase through authorized Canon dealers.
Eyefinity/OfficeMate and Nidek Develop Interface
Product: Eyefinity/OfficeMate’s Interface Between ExamWriter Version 9.5 and Nidek’s Navis-Ex Software
Top Line: Eyefinity/OfficeMate has partnered with Nidek to provide an equipment interface between ExamWriter version 9.5 and Nidek's Navis-Ex software.
Close Up: Gives ECPs the ability to capture images from Nidek's Fundus photography devices and display them in ExamWriter. "We are very pleased to offer our ExamWriter version 9.5 customers this exciting integration with Nidek and their cutting edge ophthalmic equipment," said James Kirchner, OD, Eyefinity/OfficeMate chief professional officer. "Giving ExamWriter users the ability to easily examine their captured retinal images and other patient information is a great benefit to both the eyecare provider and the patients they serve."
Nidek's Navis-Ex software acquires images from Nidek's Fundus photography devices, including the AFC-230/AFC-210 Non-mydriatic Autofocus Fundus Camera and the F-10 Digital Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope. The interface allows the images to be transferred to ExamWriter version 9.5 and analyzed for the eyecare professional.
ClearVision 2011 Brand Brochure Features QR Coding
Product: ClearVision's Brand New Design Brochure
Top Line: ClearVision Optical launches its newly re-designed 2011 Brand Brochure, Brand New Design, with a stylish new layout and unique Quick Response (QR) code features and is among the first in the industry to use this increasingly popular technology which links codes to rich media text and videos from ClearVision brands.
Close Up: The brochure reinforces Clearvision's OneSource philosophy, offering customers all 10 brands through one sales representative and the new catalog has a magazine's editorial feel. The QR codes, when scanned with a properly equipped smartphone, will link to brand-specific videos, including ones for BCBGMAXAZRIA, IZOD, Op, Jessica McClintock, Junction City and Koodles.
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
WOS Offers Remedy for Tight Screws
Product: Western Optical Supply’s Screw Loosening Fluid (#4110)
Top Line: Special fluid loosens screws so dispensers won’t strip the screw driver slot.
Close Up: Designed to flow between the threads to make it easier to break the bonds.
Vital Stat: 6cc applicator.
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