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August 13, 2015
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EXAMS / DISPENSING

Volk Intros Eye Check

SOFTWARE

CLX System, OOGP Integration

WEB TECH

Envision Debuts New Website

EXAMS / DISPENSING

Volk Debuts Eye Check, a Handheld, Digital Ocular Measurement Device


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Product: Eye Check
Top Line: Volk Eye Check is a mobile, handheld ocular imaging and screening device. It takes measurements of the eyes for use in the fitting of standard and specialty contact lenses as well as in aiding the diagnosis of strabismus, anisocoria, ptosis, and buphthalmos.
Close Up: Volk Eye Check fully automates the analysis and display of diagnostic eye measurements in real time. Volk Eye Check is intended to provide objective data to ophthalmic and optometric clinicians to enable smarter, faster decisions. Volk Eye Check can be seamlessly integrated into a clinician’s environment and work flow, bringing instant value as a simple method for quick, cost-effective ocular measurements.
Vital Stats: Eye Check’s greatest value is most readily apparent for fitting contact lenses (particularly hard-to-fit specialty contact lenses) or in screening general and pediatric patients within a practice, according to Volk. As such, Eye Check has two convenient software modes for use in ocular measurement:
Contact Lens (CL) Mode
Contact Lens (CL) Mode guides clinicians to the most appropriate first-choice contact lens via measurement of HVID, pupils, lids, and sagittal height, rather than clinician-preferred lens-to-fit. CL Mode reduces trial-and-error in fitting contact lenses by providing the accurate size of irises, pupils, lid position, and pupil eccentricity. It incorporates the Best-Fit-Analysis tool pack. The Best-Fit-Analysis will supplement the Contact Lens report that is emailed to the doctor after capturing images in a patient session. The Best-Fit-Analysis will provide ODs with a list of contact lens brands (and the exact lens sizes) that will fit the exact patient in question. This will prevent ODs from wasting time trialing contact lenses that will are likely not to fit the patient. This can greatly impact the drop-out rate of patients who attempt to wear contact lenses.
The Best-Fit-Analysis is expected to benefit ODs prescribing speciality lenses, hard lenses, and monthly lenses. ODs will even be able to provide Volk Optical with a list of contact lens brands that they prefer to prescribe and the resulting CL report with Best-Fit-Analysis will be custom-tailored to feature these specific lens brands. The Best-Fit-Analysis is expected to provide even greater value to the OD by saving valuable time (and trial and error) in the proper selection and fitting of standard and specialty contact lenses.
Eye Check (EC) Mode
The Eye Check (EC) mode enables detection and confirmation of strabismus, anisocoria and ptosis. It provides objective and repeatable measurements of key eye features such as pupil size, iris diameter, lid position, eye aperture, and strabismus angle. It also provides objective digital documentation of eye features and eye conditions; retention of electronic records and helpful for onward referrals.
The EC Mode reduces inter-clinician variability and standardizes testing and fitting across practices and between clinicians in multi-site environments such as optometry chains and healthcare groups. It complements and enhances standard examinations, such as the cover test; assessment of anisocoria, ptosis, buphthalmos. It is particularly helpful when clinician is unsure about strabismus, pupil size, lid position and can reduce potentially missed conditions.
http://volk.com/eyecheck/; (800-345-8655)

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SOFTWARE

CLX System Now Fully Integrated to OOGP


Product: CLX System
Top Line: The CLX System, a contact lens ordering, management and patient marketing system, is now fully integrated with OOGP, providing OOGP customers the opportunity to order contact lenses, manage returns and capture reorders in a simple, web-based system.
Close Up: “The automated integration between CLX and OOGP gives our mutual clients the ability to seamlessly order contact lenses, check order status and manage returns online, significantly reducing administration time for ECP staffs and improving the patient experience within the practice,” said Jeremy Bono, manager of the CLX System. “CLX integration with several leading practice management systems can boost office productivity even further,” he added.
Besides streamlining the ordering process for OOGP customers, CLX provides easy to use, detailed reports designed to reveal key practice metrics and help guide management strategies for enhanced profitability within the practice. “By integrating the OOGP ordering system with CLX, we’re not only able to ease the ordering process for our customers, but to extend to them the additional resources that CLX offers its users,” said Kent Surdal, OOGP vice-president and general manager.
Those resources, according to Bono, include such innovations as the CLX Catalog, the industry’s only on-line, daily updated contact lens catalog; Price Check, a monthly tracking of “on-line” competitive pricing; and My CL Reorder, automated patient e-mail and text communications designed to capture contact lens reorders between exams.
Vital Stats: CLX System is a cloud-based management platform specifically designed to improve the efficiency and accuracy of contact lens administration as well as to provide valuable data and robust metrics reporting. It is now integrated with the industry’s top six contact lens distributors.
OOGP is one of the largest authorized ophthalmic distributors in the nation. OOGP’s primary emphasis is serving independent eye care practitioners. Known as the “one-stop” ophthalmic distributor, OOGP utilizes three warehouses to inventory a full line soft contact lenses, ocular pharmaceuticals, lens care products and other items.
www.CLXsystem.com; (314) 743-0781

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WEB TECH

Envision’s Revamped Website Encompasses the Full Breadth of Evolving Organization


Product: www.envisionus.com
Top Line: Envision debuting a revamped website, www.EnvisionUs.com, which is designed to better illustrate its numerous and increasing facets and provide a stronger, more flexible foundation upon which to expand the organization’s online presence in the future.
Close Up: The new site reflects the evolution undergone by Envision in its continuous drive to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. The design, structure and content all have been retooled to make it easier for all stakeholders in that mission to interface with the organization, whether they are people affected by vision loss or impairment, professionals dedicated to improving the lives of such individuals, donors whose support helps fund Envision’s ongoing activity, volunteers looking to assist in the execution of Envision’s programs and services, job seekers hoping to secure employment within the organization, or other organizations interested in partnerships or purchasing Envision’s products and services.
The new website represents the ever-increasing breadth of this activity, said Heather Hogan, senior vice president of foundation and mission services, and acknowledges that Envision’s evolutionary process is far from over.
“Our goal is to keep Envision within easy reach of all who can help and be helped by our mission,” Hogan said. “That requires a dynamic, robust website, one that provides the most comprehensive picture of who we are today, is agile enough to evolve as we continue to evolve, and is optimized both for access by those who are blind or visually impaired and by the broader community. Our new home on the web makes great strides toward meeting all of these needs, and we will continue looking for additional ways to enhance it.”
Vital Stats: Improvements in accessibility include optimizing the new site to work with assistive technology such as screen readers and magnifiers. More vivid imagery and video have been added to tell the Envision story, and a section labeled “Our Stories” brings Envision to life by introducing visitors to a wide variety of individuals relating how their ties to the organization have had a positive impact on their lives. Other features include quick access to a blog that highlights the people and aspects that make up the Envision community, a calendar of coming events, and of course, a tab to access an online donation form to help support the organization’s efforts.
www.envisionus.com

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