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June 18, 2015
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SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

Canon’s CR-2 AF

SOFTWARE

M&S Updates Pediatric Testing Software

WEB TECH

PSI’s New Site Includes E-Commerce

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

Canon U.S.A. Intros New Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera


Product: CR-2 AF Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera
Top Line: Canon U.S.A., Inc. is introducing the Canon CR-2 AF Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera, a new camera that delivers high-resolution, 20.2 megapixel images—the highest resolution available in any digital retinal camera today—with extraordinary detail, contrast, color fidelity and speed. Enhanced from the previous CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera, the new CR-2 AF features a special algorithm to correct for reduced contrast.
The CR-2 AF features low-flash intensity to minimize pupil constriction and shorten the time needed to take multiple pictures. Additionally, the CR-2 AF's light weight and compact design make it “an ideal diagnostic companion for offices where space is at a premium or where telemedicine portability is required,” Canon said. With an optical pathway entirely manufactured by Canon and virtually free of aberration, the CR-2 AF's digital filter set is able to provide precise and consistent views of the various layers of the retina.
Close Up: Enhanced from the CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera, the new CR-2 AF is equipped with the newly added contrast enhancement feature for even greater photographic quality. The camera's new contrast enhancement feature provides increased image clarity from previous models by emphasizing the difference in “redness” and “brightness” of blood vessel structures relative to their surroundings. By expanding the range of brightness values in a fundus image the reader is able to better discriminate minute retinal details between areas initially having small differences in density.
Building upon the success of the CR-2, the CR-2 AF is equipped with features to assist the user in easily capturing high-quality images. Image Error Detection automatically confirms both correct alignment and focus while the Quick Preview mode allows users to preview their images directly on the dedicated EOS camera immediately after the image is captured.
The camera has several automatic features for ease of use, including:
  • Auto-Focus with Manual Alignment Override automatically focuses the eye by partially depressing the joystick, or easily switches to manual focus with a twist of the focus ring.
  • Auto-Exposure automatically measures the volume of infrared light at the retina and adjusts the flash intensity.
  • Auto-Capture automatically captures the image once the eye is properly focused.
  • Auto-Fundus automatically switches from the external eye to retinal observation mode when the eye is properly aligned.
Vital Stats: The CR-2 AF Digital Retinal Camera is now available directly from Canon as well as through authorized Canon U.S.A. dealers.
www.usa.canon.com/eye-care; (800) 970-7227

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SOFTWARE

M&S Technologies Updates Its Pediatric Vision Testing Software With New Animations


Product: Smart System PC-Plus 2015 software
Top Line: M&S Technologies has added four colorful fixation animations to its Smart System PC-Plus 2015 software.
Close Up: The videos, Dancing Giraffe, Skating Octopus, Juggling Polar Bear and Fiddling Sheep, are designed to help fixate young children and facilitate a successful and thorough pediatric eye exam.
Vital Stats: These playful videos add to M&S’ current offering of the educational So Smart animated videos and the highly effective Lights and Sound Fixation Box.
M&S will be rolling out the new software version to all current customers over the next few months. “We continue to improve upon our products for the eyecare professional and this new release further demonstrates our commitment to this industry. We’re confident that the new digital animated targets will successfully assist the eyecare professional in completing a comprehensive exam on children of all ages,” said company president Joe Marino.
www.mstech-eyes.com; (877) 225-6101

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WEB TECH

PSI Redesigns Website and Adds E-Commerce Capability


Product: www.LookToPSI.com
Top Line: Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI) has launched a redesigned website with an e-commerce shopping cart at www.LookToPSI.com. According to Patrick Hernandez, PSI president, the new website does not replace the direct, responsive customer service that PSI is known for but provides another access point to their products, as well as a place for retailers and labs to learn more about PSI’s Practical Systems for surfacing and finishing. “We have served the optical industry for over 44 years by listening to our customers and building one-on-one relationships," Hernandez said. “We also recognize the importance of constantly innovating and adapting to new ways of doing business and using technology. With this new website, our products are now more accessible to retail locations and labs alike."
Close Up: The redesigned PSI website offers an easy-to-navigate design. The new e-commerce function enables customers to quickly and easily order PSI products any time of day. A broad range of products are available, including blocking pads, edging supplies, finishing equipment, tinting supplies, surfacing pads, lens polish, surface tape and chemical solutions. Product pages offer photos, videos, technical specs and links to sales sheets, SDS and instruction sheets, as well as the shopping cart features online customers have come to expect.
Vital Stats: The site still includes information on PSI’s surfacing equipment, digital supplies, diamonds, cutters and edger tools as well as links to download documentation on those products. The new Tech Notes section of the website will be updated frequently to feature informative articles and product tips that are relevant in today’s labs and retail finishing areas. The home page still features new products and events as well as links to information about PSI and their team.
www.LookToPSI.com; (800) 237-8154

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