SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
Essilor Debuts Mr. Orange
Product: Mr. Orange Edger
Top Line: Mr. Orange is the newest addition to the Essilor Instruments USA line of high efficiency finishing products. The tracing, blocking, and edging system is “high tech but not high priced,” according to Essilor.
“Because eyewear fashions are increasingly more sophisticated, many in-office edging systems are now at their performance limit. They simply can’t produce both the technically accurate and aesthetically pleasing lenses the market demands,” said Robin Rhodes, director of sales, Essilor Instruments USA. “That’s why we’re so pleased to offer Mr. Orange—the in-office edging system with today’s necessary tech capabilities for high wraps, drilling, and rimless jobs—at a relatively modest price point,” said Rhodes.
Close Up: Mr. Orange features numerous integrated functions such as management of high curves up to base 9 and optical tracing that is twice as fast as mechanical tracing for rimless and groove jobs.
All edging, grooving, and drilling tools can incline up to 30 degrees. Designed for easy operation, the system has intuitive navigation, a touch-screen interface and visual alerts. Exclusive, patented Fit-4-Frame technology lets users determine the best lens level profile for each frame/lens combination depending on lens thickness at four strategic points, resulting in a perfect lens fit with exquisite aesthetics.
“Essilor’s Star Control is especially beneficial when offices process hydrophobic treated lenses. It practically eliminates slippage and crazing, regardless of material, shape or finish,” said Rhodes. Star Control provides real-time control of cutting forces to minimize torque and stress on the lens while optimizing the speed of the edging cycle.
Making Mr. Orange even more powerful is Essibox, Essilor’s open communication system that integrates an office network and effectively manages shape and drill point databases. Lifetime remote maintenance comes standard with Mr. Orange and keeps it performing at its best with downloaded updates and remote diagnostics.
The Essilor design team factored in the operator’s comfort in Mr. Orange’s detailing: the centering space is designed for all lens geometries; a hand rest and front loading arm for ambidextrous use; and the hand rest has a soft touch finish for comfort and accuracy. The unit’s innovative computerized centering aid makes blocking with Mr. Orange easy, fast and precise.
Vital Stats: Upon its international launch at the SILMO fair in Paris, Mr. Orange won the coveted Silmo D’Or optical industry award in the equipment category.
Eyeglasses Feature Built-in Video Recorder
Top Line: ZionEyez, a Seattle, Wash.-based company, has developed Eyez, an innovative personal video recording technology. Eyez embeds a 720p HD video camera within a pair of eyeglasses designed to record live video data and take pictures. The recorded data can be stored on the 8GB of flash memory within the Eyez glasses, transferred via Wifi/Bluetooth or Micro USB to a computer, or wirelessly transferred to most iPhone or Android devices. After a one-time download of the Eyez smartphone and tablet app, users can wirelessly broadcast the video in real time to their preferred social networking website.
Close Up: The dimensions of Eyez are comparable to the Ray-Ban "Wayfarer" design sunglasses. (Lens: 50mm wide x 38mm high, Bridge: 11mm, Temple: 143mm). The non-prescription lenses, which are removable, block up 100 percent of UVA/UVB radiation. Eyez can also be fitted with prescription lenses.
Vital Stats: Eyez are sold exclusively through the ZionEyez website for $199.99 MSRP.
RevolutionEHR Launches RevolutionPHR
Top Line: RevolutionEHR, a leading provider of web-based practice management and electronic health record systems for the optometric community, has launched a secure online patient portal: RevolutionPHR. RevolutionPHR allows patients to securely view their Personal Health Record, or PHR, online from data that resides in RevolutionEHR.
Close Up: Patients can view their current account history, past payments, status of optical and contact lens orders, and a summary of past and future appointments. Also, by having access to clinical summary documents available in RevolutionPHR, patients can enjoy access to their health information while RevolutionEHR customers will be able to successfully meet the Meaningful Use objective of providing patients timely online access.
Vital Stats: RevolutionPHR is available to all RevolutionEHR customers and their patients at no additional charge. RevolutionPHR will soon expand its feature set to include pre-office-visit online patient interviews, patient scheduling management, and online bill paying.
www.revolutionehr.com; (866) 261-0688
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
WOS Releases Redesigned 2012 Catalog
Product: WOS 2012 Catalog
Top Line: Western Optical Supply (WOS) has totally redesigned its catalog for 2012. The new catalog provide more “how to” information about the extensive WOS line of unique dispensing hand tools and accessories.
Close Up: The catalog features a number of new products, including an expanded line of pliers that are now available with a foam grip or enhanced steel grip in addition to the traditional vinyl. A new layout makes it easier to differentiate between the multiple offerings WOS has for each plier type. Also, the detailed, "how to use" images have been expanded. Pricing has been simplified so that the same plier with varying grip treatments are all priced the same.
Vital Stats: Several labor saving new tools are featured in the new catalog, including the nose pad popping out plier and the nose pad inserting plier. There is also the new eyewire forming press and a new version of the Universal Nut Grabber.
www.westernoptical.com; (800) 423-3294
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