SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
PSI Automates Lens Taping Process
Product: ASTA Handling System
Top Line: Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI) debuts a fully automated taping system.
Close Up: Combines PSI’s Automated Surface Tape Applicator (ASTA) with conveyors and robotics to completely automate the lens taping process. Easy to install and operate. Can be incorporated into a lab’s existing conveyor belt system. Lenses are taped two at a time for a speed of up to 400 lenses an hour. Modular design allows unit to be manually operated, off-line if necessary and simplifies maintenance and tape replacement. Manufactured to customer specifications based on left or right loading of the tray, job tray type and the placement of lenses in tray. Options include standard cutter blades or new hot knife technology that reduces blade replacements and offers a cleaner cut with less debris. Unit accommodates polycarbonate lens gate without adjustments and tapes with no overhang.
Vital Stats: Arrives completely assembled and uses standard air and 110V electrical hookups. System uses any type of tape, with or with out liners. (PSI recommends its new double-roll Blue or Green Len Saver tapes to reduce the number of tape roll replacements during the day.)
EXAMS / DISPENSING
Silhouette Launches 3D Eyewear with Samsung
Product: Silhouette has launched exceptionally light 3D eyewear with an option for prescription lenses with electronics giant, Samsung.
Top Line: The design for this eyewear, which can be used to turn 3D television into a unique experience, was developed by Silhouette, the world’s leading manufacturer in rimless eyewear. The SSG-3700CR model will be available from electric appliance and electronics retailers in March.
Close-Up: The new 3D eyewear combines the highest image quality possible with comfort and an attractive, design that, like nearly all of Silhouette’s rimless eyewear needs no hinges or screws.
Vital Stats: Weighing in at less than an ounce, the SSG-3700CR is the world’s lightest 3D active shutter eyewear and weighs 25 percent less than earlier models. The individual components have been completely rearranged, the material is lighter and the circuit board is now smaller. LCD response time has been reduced while improving contrast. Bluetooth technology has also been newly introduced, which improves communication with the television by blocking interference from other transmission sources.
Essilor Intros Share Your Xperio Story Program
Product: Essilor of America's Share Your Xperio Story program
Top Line: The program provides ECPs with an opportunity to offer video testimonials about their experiences prescribing and wearing Xperio polarized lenses.
Close Up: The Share Your Xperio Story program is looking for simple amateur videos that portray ECPs and their success stories. Entrants can simply sit in their favorite chair, turn on their camera or mobile phone and tell their Xperio story. Or they can record and submit a story directly from a webcam. Videos should be from 30 seconds to three minutes in length. Suggested topics include: How has prescribing Xperio sunglasses impacted your practice? What is your personal experience wearing Xperio lenses? Can you describe a successful sunwear conversation and/or demonstration you had with one of your patients? What are your patients telling you about their Xperio polarized experience? The first 100 eligible participants to upload their amateur videos will earn a voucher for a free pair of Xperio lenses. ECPs can also visit the site to view stories and practice tips submitted by their peers from around the country.
Vital Stats: To enter and review the complete program rules and requirements, visit
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
ABB Concise to Release Updated Ophthalmic Lens Portfolio
Product: Second Edition of ABB Concise’s Ophthalmic Lens Portfolio
Top Line: ABB Concise, a leading contact lens distributor, is releasing an updated edition of its Ophthalmic Lens Portfolio.
Close Up: ABB Concise, a leading contact lens distributor, is releasing an updated edition of its Ophthalmic Lens Portfolio. The Ophthalmic Lens Portfolio is a reference guide to the sizes, parameters and features available for a wide variety of ophthalmic lenses distributed by the company. It includes lenses from Essilor, KBco, Somo, PPG and other manufacturers at a wide range of price points.
Vital Stats: Available to accounts through an ABB Concise sales representative or on
Acuminder Tool Helping To Change CL Wearing Behavior, Survey Shows
Product: The Acuminder Tool
Top Line: Nearly 700 Acuminder users recently responded to a questionnaire about their contact lens wearing habits. Virtually all (95 percent) said they find the reminder tool useful in helping them remember when to change their lenses, with two-thirds (66 percent) noting that it has improved their contact lens replacement.
Close Up: Prior to enrolling in Acuminder, 40 percent of survey respondents who wear two-week lenses self-reported that they changed their lenses at or less than every 14 days (average wear time: 19.9 days), Since using the reminder, 76 percent say they now change their lenses at or less than every 14 days (average days worn = 14.7).
Since its launch in 2007, nearly 40,000 contact lens wearers have
registered for the free service which sends an automatic reminder via
e-mail and/or cell phone text message on when to change contact lenses,
and can now also prompt wearers on when to buy new contacts and when to
schedule an eye exam.
Vital Stats: The Acuminder Tool was developed by Vistakon division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and maker of Acuvue brand contact lenses, but is open to all contact lens wearers.
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