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April 14, 2011
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SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

Versatile Retail Edger

SOFTWARE

Customize Lens Shapes

WEB TECH

EyeXam Mobile Vision App
Neox Microsite

TOOLS / SUPPLIES

Flexible Blocking Pad
Optovue

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

Coburn Technologies Offers Versatile Edger

Product:
Coburn Technologies CPE-4000 Edger
Top Line: The CPE-4000 edger is part of the Excelon series, a versatile lens finishing systems designed for retail practices. All the finishing processes, tracing to edging, are fully optimized with advanced three-dimensional digital technology optimizing productivity and efficiency. Beveling, polishing, grooving and safety beveling processes are completely integrated and easily performed by a touch of a button.
"The Excelon 4000 edger is easily the most balanced edger we have ever sold,” said Curt Brey, vice president of marketing and business development for Coburn Technologies. “It offers a great combination between robust and reliable performance while offering some of the best in polishing, grooving and beveling results (or features). Fast and highly affordable it is an excellent edger solution for retail and wholesale applications."
Close Up: Digital pattern layout allows users to modify shape width, height, and circumference and manage the fitting challenges posed by rimless and semi-rimless frames with ease. Operators can choose between optical and geometric centered layouts. When replacing frames, the sizes of the old and new frames can be conveniently compared on screen. Optimal beveling and grooving with three-dimensional measurement. Customized beveling that can be adjusted in 0.01mm increments relative to the thickness, front curve, back curve, or base curve. Automatic polishing of beveled, grooved, and flat-edged lenses. Automatic front and rear safety beveling. Adjustable precision grooving in 0.01mm increments. Four grinding wheels for multiple lens materials including plastic, polycarbonate, high-index, and Trivex. Graphic user interface allows the operator to easily manage all process functions, system default values and custom settings. Advanced three-dimensional digital technology substantially reduces the overall cycle time.
Vital Stats: Excelon 4000 series edgers are compatible with the CFR-4000 Tracer, HBK-7000 Smart Semi-Manual Blocker, CBK-4000 Manual Blocker and CAB-4000 Automatic Lens Tracer/Blocker.
www.coburntechnologies.com

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SOFTWARE

Essilor Instruments Software Customizes Lens Shapes

Product:
M’eye Touch
Top Line: M’eye Touch is a user friendly, yet powerful software tool that lets the optician design custom lens shapes for their clients,
Close Up: M’eye Touch allows eye care practitioners to differentiate themselves from competitors and increase their profit margin. “Partner M’eye Touch with our flagship edging system, Mr. Blue, and create virtually any shape you can imagine, including reverse radius waves, fish tails or other exciting design elements,” said Robin Rhodes, director of sales, Essilor Instruments USA.
Vital Stats: With the M’eye Touch package eyeglass wearers can express their personalities through the shape of their lenses, and the eye care practice can charge a premium by offering a unique service that others can’t.
www.essilorinstrumentsusa.com

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WEB TECH

EyeXam Mobile Vision Screening App Adds Sponsors, New Pro Version Debuts

Product:
EyeXam Mobile Vision Screening App
Top Line: Global EyeVentures, LLC reports that its EyeXam iPhone application for iPhone has exceeded one million downloads and is now available for iPad. EyeXam is now sponsored by industry leaders including Alcon, All About Vision, Crystalens (Bausch + Lomb), Focus Laboratories, Vision Service Plan, and Vision Source.
Close Up: EyeXam features a self-guided, patent-pending method for assessing one’s own visual acuity at distance and near and color vision plates as well as other features. The company has also launched EyeXam Pro, designed for AMD patients to record and save their amsler grid tests and monitor/track their macula changes over time. “The launch of EyeXam entered eyecare into the mobile application and patient communication era,” said Nikki Iravani, OD, founder and CEO. “With a broad user base, EyeXam has proven to be a valuable tool for patients looking for eye related information, and is a high value asset for industry vendors seeking to reach the app users.”
Vital Stats: EyeXam is available for free download through the App store.
www.globaleyeventures.com

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Transitions, Walman/Soderberg Launch Neox Transitions SolFX Microsite

Product:
Neox Transitions SolFX Microsite
Top Line: Transitions Optical and Walman/Soderberg have launched a new microsite to educate consumers on the performance benefits of Neox Transitions SolFX sun lenses. Part of the Transitions SolFX website, the microsite can be found at www.TransitionsSOLFX.com/NEOX.
Close Up: The site features an interactive tool that allows users to choose an activity (golf, cycling, running and tennis) and change the lighting conditions from cloudy to mid-light to sunny. As the lighting condition changes, the lenses change from a contrast-enhancing green tint to a darker color in the same hue. The site also compares NEOX Transitions SolFX sun lenses to static sun lenses.
Vital Stats: A key component of the site is an eyecare professional (ECP) locator that allows prospective patients to find a local ECP that offers the NEOX Transitions SolFx sun lens. To be added to the locator tool, ECPs should contact the Optical Help Desk at (877) 863-2759. The lens, which is offered exclusively through Walman/Soderberg’s network of 35 labs, debuted last year to wide appeal among golfers, due to its increased depth perception, improved distance vision and superior clarity.
www.TransitionsSOLFX.com/NEOX

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TOOLS / SUPPLIES

PSI’s Sure Mount Blocking Pad Reduces Slippage

Product:
Sure Mount Blocking Pads
Top Line: The new Sure Mount block pad from Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI) is designed for all materials and coatings.
Close Up: This new flexible blocking pad reduces slippage across a broad range of coatings. Made especially for flexible blocks, Sure Mount performs equally well on hydrophobic and standard AR coatings, allowing labs to stock one blocking pad for all lenses. It is made of a thin, yet strong material that reduces flexing on the lens. Its high tack adhesive offers a secure hold that releases cleanly without removing progressive markings or leaving residue. It bonds quickly, so there is no need to wait before edging.
Vital Stats: Sure Mount blocking pads come in five configurations.
www.LookToPSI.com

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