SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
A&R Optical Machinery Debuts Digital Lens Inker
Product: A&R Digital Lens Inker
Top Line: The A&R Digital Lens Inker from A&R Optical Machinery is designed for small to medium sized laboratories that need to apply ink markings on lenses.
Close Up: The compact, accurate and flexible inking system uses the PPOS vision system to align the high resolution 720 dpi markings automatically in accordance with the micro-engravings on the lens. With a direct interface to the Lab management software and imbedded bmp files any type or style of inking is ensured, with a specially designed ink compatible with all types of lens coatings, including hydrophobic.
Vital Stats: The easy to use touch screen user interface, compact design and 20 seconds per lens cycle make the A&R Digital Lens Inker ideal for today’s digital lens laboratory.
EXAMS / DISPENSING
Adlens Launches 'Hemisphere' Adjustable Prescription Sunglasses
Product: Hemisphere adjustable prescription sunglasses and computer glasses provide instant vision correction and immediate dispensing.
Top Line: Hemisphere instant prescription eyewear allows dispensers to “dial, set and seal” the wearer’s prescription by adjusting fluid filled lenses in each eye. Instant prescription eyewear can be customized for different activities—prescription suns for outdoor use, clear lenses for intermediate computer vision. Fluid-filled lens technology was originally developed to provide vision correction in less developed countries. In keeping with its philanthropic heritage, Adlens will donate a pair of glasses to someone in the developing world for every pair purchased. The Buy One Give One Program will be coordinated through Vision For a Nation in Rwanda.
Close Up: Hemisphere is a fluid-filled instant prescription sunglass. The refractive power of each polycarbonate lens is set by adjusting external reservoirs of optically-clear silicone fluid. Once the prescription in each eye is set, the dispenser can remove the reservoirs and seal off the fill port with color-matched tabs. Instant prescription eyewear eliminates the wait associated with dispensing traditional prescription sunwear. Hemisphere will be dispensed through eyecare professionals throughout the world.
Vital Stats: Hemisphere covers a wide range of spherical powers from -4.50D to +3.50D. Sunglasses are available in six colors: blue, burgundy, olive, crystal, dark grey and brown with matching lens tints. Clear lenses are available in dark grey and brown frames.
Adlens Ltd. was co-founded by James Chen in Oxford, UK in 2005 with the joint aims of addressing the unmet need for refractive vision correction and pursuing commercial applications of adaptive lens technology. It is a unique socially responsible enterprise committed to both financial sustainability and social impact. Adlens absorbs all research and development and fixed production costs for its products distributed in the developing world. For further information, contact Drew Oppermann, VP Sales Adlens at (862) 812-8379 or via e-mail at
EyeMaginations Introduces Luma v1.9
Product: Luma 1.9
Top Line: Eyemaginations is releasing its latest software update for Luma, the comprehensive patient education and marketing software platform for healthcare professionals. Luma v1.9 features a wide variety of new healthcare topics across a number of medical specialties. The new topics include subjects such as lid hygiene, macular degeneration, meibomian gland dysfunction, blepharoplasty, facelifts, laser skin resurfacing and rhinoplasty. The system also includes commercials and media from vendors such as Alcon, Hoya, and Zeiss.
Close Up: Also new in Luma v1.9 is the introduction of split-screen views offered within the Exam Advisor section on such topics as refractive errors, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. These unique animations allow for simultaneous views of both condition development and point-of-view perspectives for selected conditions.
Vital Stats: Eyemaginations is also launching its vignette offering. These silent waiting room segments are designed to provide specific messaging and call-to-action language for patient marketing. Enhanced tutorial videos have also been added to ensure that Luma users are maximizing their software to its fullest potential.
Handheld, Electronic Magnifer Offered as Low Vision App
Top Line: Slinkyware is releasing VisionAssist, an app for people with low vision conditions that enhances their reading ability. The app is actually a new category of handheld electronic magnifier that utilizes an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
Close Up: VisionAssist is designed to help people with low vision conditions including AMD (age related macular degeneration), glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and color blindness. It can be used on an iPhone for spot reading, with an iPad for big, easy to read images, or it can be connected wirelessly with an Apple TV or big screen TV for extra-large viewing.
"Slinkyware is committed to creating great products that help improve quality of life. The convergence of camera technology with smartphones and tablets enable us to provide assistive technologies to those that need them at better value than was possible in the past with specialized electronics," said Mike Ullrich, Slinkyware founder. "Why purchase an expensive dedicated electronic video magnifier when you can utilize your smartphone or tablet that is always with you. Distributing these products using the Apple AppStore enables us to reach many more customers that we could have in the past."
Vital Stats: VisionAssist provides a range of viewing modes that uses Slinkyware’s advanced image processing algorithms to best suit the user’s eye condition. If users find that a magnifying glass or glasses do not provide enough clarity, VisionAssist will provide magnification and enable them to improve the contrast to help them read or see. If users are in a dark area, they can use the iPhone's flash as a torch to illuminate what they are reading.
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