SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
Essilor Instruments USA Introducing Essibox
Top Line: Essilor Instruments USA is introducing Essibox, a system designed to simplify the professional’s work.
Close Up: Essibox is designed to facilitate the transfer of information between various sources in an optometric practice: optometry equipment, measurement devices, practice management software, ordering software, etc. The system eliminates the need for multiple data entries and connects all of the practice’s tools and systems creating a single, continuous information flow. Available by subscription, Essibox provides software updates, remote maintenance, electronic documentation, and multi-site management capability, including remote tracing.
“Because Essibox is designed around an open communication system, it allows creating an integrated office network,” said Robin Rhodes, director of sales, Essilor Instruments USA. “The equipment automatically transfers data—shape, Rx, height PD, lens type—to the centering system and the edger—all without manual data entry, and the Essibox application is accessible from any computer workstation in the store.” Essibox will be gradually interfaced with all major practice management systems in the U.S., according to Essilor Instruments.
Vital Stats: Essibox effectively manages shape and drill point database. Its unlimited storage capacity enables the creation of an archive of shape and drilling data. The unit comes with a pre-loaded database of over 2500 shapes and drill patterns.
EXAMS / DISPENSING
Vision-Ease Lens Introduces ChangeRx Plastic Photochromic Lenses
Product: ChangeRx plastic photochromic lenses
Top Line: ChangeRx from Vision-Ease Lens is an economically-priced plastic photochromic lens that provides 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. It combines lightweight comfort with superior photochromic performance, according to Vision-Ease.
“Offering ChangeRx plastic photochromics is our response to the price barrier found with other photochromic options,” said John Bator, senior product manager, Vision-Ease Lens. “ChangeRx performance will have customers do a double take when it comes to the affordability.”
Close Up: ChangeRx lenses are available in SFSV, D28, PAL and FSV/FSV AR in both gray and brown. The lenses are made with homogeneous “in mass” manufacturing, where photochromic molecules are embedded throughout the plastic lens monomer, not bonded or coated to the surface. The result is fast, uniform reactivity when exposed to UV light.
Vital Stats: Eleven percent lighter and more comfortable than standard hard resin lenses, ChangeRx lenses provide the optical performance of a 1.50 refractive index in hard resin material with specific gravity of 1.18 g/cc. They also provide 89.1 percent indoor light transmission and activate rapidly to ISO Sunglass Category 3 range, making them the ideal lens choice for both indoor and outdoor use.
ChangeRx lenses are available in a wide range of powers and bases. Specific release dates will be announced.
Eyenavision Releases Chemistrie+ Reader Lens
Product: Chemistrie+ Reader Lens
Top Line: Eyenavision is releasing the “Chemistrie+” reader lens for its patented magnetic lens layering system.
Close Up: The Chemistrie technology will now allow a wearer of eyeglasses to attach a Chemistrie+ reading lens directly to the prescription lens, eliminating the need for a wearer to remove their prescription glasses and replace them with drugstore readers. Chemistrie+ lenses provide an alternative for those who need vision assistance in reading, but prefer not to wear bifocals or progressive lenses. They are also a simple solution for those who suffer from eye fatigue due to computer use. Wearers of single vision prescription glasses can simply “click on” their Chemistrie+ lenses. Like the Chemistrie sunlens product, the Chemistrie+ lenses are edged and base-curved matched to the primary prescription lenses.
Vital Stats: Chemistrie+ is offered in add strengths of +.50, +.75, +1.00, +1.25, and +1.50, all of which are available in base curves of 2, 4, 5, and 6. The Chemistrie+ lenses are fabricated from HiVex, a lens material which has the lightweight, tensile strength, and superior optical qualities (46 ABBE value) Eyenavision is seeking for the product. Chemistrie+ lenses block 100% of UV rays and are surfaced to a .8mm edge thickness. A double-sided hydrophobic anti-reflective coating is included standard on all lenses.
ABB Concise Debuts Enhanced Features on New Site
Product: ABB Concise is debuting several new website enhancements to help customers further embrace online ordering, starting with a new
abbconcise.com. A majority of orders received by ABB Concise accounts are submitted via the websites abbconcise.com and the patient online ordering site yourlens.com.
Top Line: The new website for ABB Concise, the largest U.S. contact lens distributor, will maintain current easy-to-use features but offer new functions. Coming soon, said Lynda Baker, executive vice president, is the Find A Doctor feature. The main page will feature new consumer links such as good contact lens practices, consumer buying tips and a link to yourlens.com. "When consumers find our website and peruse the consumer-related links, they will use the Find a Doctor to locate an ABB Concise account in their area,” said Baker. “That will drive more patients to our doctors' offices."
Close Up: New features include Live Chat with a customer service representative. Accounts can now also use the replenishment ordering system for easy stock revenue inventory ordering of soft contact lens or ophthalmic lens order. There will be an archive of Practice Partnership GP Webinars online; and a news alerts and news section. ability to search actual RX parameters in the new, enhanced Paramater Guide; storage of patient information for easy access and ordering.
Vital Stats: ABB Concise accounts will have a new ability to search actual RX parameters in the new, enhanced Parameter Guide and the new site also features storage of patient information for easy access and ordering.
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
Tech Optics Offers Economically-priced 2.5x Loupe
Product: Tech Optics International now offers the Task-Vision 2.5x Loupe, which meets the needs of dental, medical, scientific and optical industry users and is economically priced.
Top Line: The Task-Vision 2.5x Loupe is aspheric (distortion free) and achromatic (color correct) with hard-coated optics offering 2.5X magnification and is worn like spectacles and easy to adjust.
Close Up: The loupe has a focusable working distance between 10 to17 inches, with fine focusing on both telescopes, adjustable pupilary distance and adjustable nose pads for height and comfort. It also offers the widest field of view (3 inches) and weighs just 80 grams.
Vital Stats: Included with the Task-Vision loupe are an adjustable head strap, soft case with strap and belt loop, soft rubber eye cups/shields and instructions. Tech Optics International only sells to ECPs, low vision centers, optical wholesalers and state and government agencies.