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December 26, 2013
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SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

AIT’s New WECO Patternless Edger

EXAMS / DISPENSING

LCD Acuity Chart System From Topcon

WEB TECH

CareCredit Launches Mobile Site
New Device Tests for APD
Optovue

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

AIT Industries Unveils WECO E.5 Patternless Lens Edger


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Product:
AIT WECO E.5
Top Line: AIT Industries is releasing a new midrange patternless edging system, the WECO E.5. Offered exclusively by AIT, the E.5 offers integrated drilling, lensometry, autoblocking, grooving, safety bevel, and wrap frame edging.
Close Up: The E.5 makes the processing of the most challenging jobs easy for lab personnel. Its new touch-screen interface has proven to be quick and intuitive to learn and use, according to AIT.
“WECO and AIT are two well-known leaders in the market for in-office finishing equipment. The E.5 offers the perfect combination of features, performance, and value. With the E.5, we now have a more complete line of edging equipment to meet the needs of eyecare professionals of all types,” said Matthew Vulich, AIT’s vice president, marketing.
Vital Stats:
  • Grinding wheel for beveling all materials
  • Automatic polishing of CR-39, Hi-Index, Trivex, and Polycarbonate
  • Integrated Drilling
  • Intuitive Touch-screen icon based interface
  • Adjustable grooving angle 0-30°
  •  Automatic internal/external safety bevel
  • Continuous 3D mapping
  • Bevel programs: automatic, program guided, manual and flat
  • Integrates with Existing AIT Tracer/Blockers
  • OMA Compliant
  • VCA Compliant
  • Superhydrophobic lens roughing process
  • CE compliant
  • UL Approved
www.aitindustries.com; (800) 729-1959


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EXAMS / DISPENSING

Topcon Introduces Versatile Computerized Acuity Chart System


Product:
CC-100 LCD Acuity Chart System
Top Line: The Topcon CC-100 chart system is a versatile computerized acuity chart system. The high resolution 19” LCD monitor ensures clear and bright chart display. All common visual acuity tests are available, including ETDRS and Children’s’ LEA symbols. You also have the ability to add your own video content. The CC-100 can be operated by the Topcon CV-5000S automated phoropter or by a remote controller.
Close Up: The Topcon CC-100 features a 19-inch, high-resolution LCD screen, which ensures a clear and bright visual acuity chart display and provides a large variety of optotypes to perform a wide range of refraction tests.
The CC-100 can be operated as a stand-alone system or can be integrated into a Topcon refraction lane. The integrated PC design allows for total flexibility, allowing you to hang the CC-100 on a wall or attach it to a table stand.
The CC-100 enhances the refraction experience for both the doctor and patient. Visual acuity testing can be conducted with the lights on or off. In addition, the easy-to-use infra-red remote control allows the examiner to switch between a multitude of test charts and screens quickly from anywhere in the exam room.
The CC-100 includes all the features and functionality you need for accurate and
efficient visual acuity testing. Optotypes can be displayed in Snellen, Snellen Metric and Logmar Progressions.
The Topcon CC-100 offers a wide variety of visual acuity charts, including Letters, Tumbling E, Landolt C, and Children’s charts. You can also upload your own video content.
Vital Stats:
  • Wide range of optotypes
  • Random optotype function
  • White Maddox LED light source
  • Letter or sine-wave contrast sensitivity testing
  • ETDRS Charts
  • Adjustable red/green duochrome for compatibility with any refraction system
  • Reversible for mirrored rooms
  • Pediatric fixation videos
  • Patient education information
www.topconmedical.com; (800) 223-1130


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WEB TECH

CareCredit Launches Optimized Mobile Account Management Experience for Smartphone Users


Product:
CareCredit Mobile Site
Close Up: While thousands of patients and cardholders visit www.carecredit.com each month to learn more about the program and manage their account online, a growing number of those are using mobile devices to access their account and make payments. In response, CareCredit has launched an optimized mobile site designed to provide a secure, user-friendly experience for smartphone users.
Top Line: The enhanced site provides the features patients have told CareCredit they want most from mobile account management. These include the ability to access account summary with a single user name and password and to make payments and view payment history. It allows users to enroll in and view e-statements and view transaction history. It enables patients to update personal information and add or change their bank information.
“We continue to enhance our digital capabilities to create the most user-friendly experience possible for consumers and providers,” said Dave Fasoli, president of CareCredit. “From educational information and our Provider Locator, to account management resources and our Provider Portal, making these tools easy to access and use has been an important reason that we have some of the highest satisfaction ratings in the industry.”
Vital Stats: With more than one million unique visitors each month to www.carecredit.com and over 560,000 monthly searches on CareCredit’s online Provider Locator, the optimized mobile site provides another way for people to conveniently access the information they need about CareCredit when they need it. The enhanced site works on all major mobile operating systems, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows. Users can access the optimized mobile service by visiting www.gogecapital.com/carecredit from their smartphone.
www.carecredit.com


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APD Tester: A Better Way to Test for APD


Product:
APD Tester
Top Line: The APD Tester offers a new way of testing for afferent pupillary defect. Babak Kamkar, OD, an optometrist in private practice in southern California, demonstrated a 3D printed prototype of the small, hand-held device to ophthalmologists attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting last month in New Orleans.
Close Up: The device is unique in that it allows the examiner to see magnified view of both pupils in an overlapping field, simultaneously. By shining the light in the right eye the direct pupil reaction can be readily observed. Switching the light to the other eye allows immediate view of the other pupil within the same field of view. Detecting even a subtle relative afferent pupillary defect becomes much easier than the traditional swinging flashlight test. Dark irides, sluggish pupils, post-surgical or traumatic pupils are all relatively easy to examine.
APD Tester has a built-in Blue/UV light, which allows magnified examination of the conjunctiva or cornea. By instilling a drop of ophthalmic fluorescein dye in the eye, the blue/UV light can help diagnose a cornea foreign body, cornea abrasion, or even a cornea ulcer. This feature is especially helpful for primary care physicians or urgent care centers that usually do not have slit lamp biomicroscopes.
Vital Stats: The device has a patent pending and is being manufactured and distributed in limited supply by Richmond Products, which expects to release it in the first quarter of 2014.
www.richmondproducts.com; (505) 275-2406; drbkamkar@gmail.com.


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