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Essilor Intros Trexa Lens Material
Top Line: Essilor of America is introducing Trexa,a new Trivex-based material that outperforms standard plastic to deliver patients enhanced visual benefits.
Close Up: Trivex lenses provide the following benefits over standard plastic: Thinner: Trivexlenses have refractive index of 1.53. Lighter: Trivex lenses are lighter with a specific gravity of 1.11g/cm3. Stronger: Trivex lenses are six times stronger than standard plastic lenses. Safer: Trivex lenses block 100 percent of UV transmittance. Easier to drill mount: Trivex lenses are easier to drill mount with a high tensile strength of 61.2 kg/f.The versatile material is ideal for most lens prescriptions as an everyday performance lens.
Vital Stats: Trexa is available in wide variety of premium designs and No-Glare technologies, including progressive lenses, full back-side digital lenses, finished single vision lenses as well as inCrizal, Varilux, Definity, Xperio and Transitions VI lenses.
FDA Clears i-Optics EasyScan Smart Retinal Imaging
Product: Easy Scan smart retinal imaging system from i-Optics
Top Line: The EasyScan smart retinal imaging system from i-Optics has been 510(k) cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “With aging populations and growing obesity, countries everywhere face a rapid increase in diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other retinal diseases,” said Jeroen Cammeraat, CEO of i-Optics. “Unfortunately, the traditional fundus cameras used to diagnose these conditions are large, exclusive, and expensive, as well as being slow and difficult to use. EasyScan has been designed from the ground up to solve all these problems.”
Close Up: EasyScan is based on confocal Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope technology, which brings out clinical features in the retina in the earliest stages, provides better contrast than fundus cameras, and can better penetrate media opacities such as cataract and corneal opacities. It can image through pupils as small as 2mm, removing the need for pupil dilation and reducing the patient’s waiting time by at least 30 minutes. Patients can also drive home immediately after being examined, contrary to most fundus cameras where pupil dilation results in blurred vision for many hours after the exam.
Vital Stats: Timesaving benefits for the ECP include live image previewing, self-guiding software, automatic focusing and full digital workflow for storing, retrieving, archiving, and sharing images instantly. The portable EasyScan is 294mm wide by 423mm deep by 424mm high and weighs less than 7kg. It consumes little power by connecting to a PC or laptop via a standard USB connection, and no AC is required.
Topcon Introduces Synergy 2.0 for Eye Care Practices
Product: Synergy 2.0 Software
Top Line: Topcon Medical Systems is introducing Synergy 2.0, software that increases efficiency and patient-throughput by integrating medical devices with patient records and EMR.
Close Up: Synergy 2.0 saves time and simplifies record-keeping by providing access to test results, reports and images from more than 125 ophthalmic devices through a single, extremely intuitive interface, according to Topcon. All of a patient’s medical information is stored in one place, making it easily available.
This next-generation software also reduces overhead. The secure platform is accessible from any exam room and remote locations. That helps cut the cost of purchasing multiple software licenses for every device in the office.
Patient data can be seen, annotated, compared and transmitted to and from any location, enabling practices to better manage patient care, as well as supporting telemedicine and remote diagnosis. Physicians can customize the way medical reports are viewed to work the most effectively for their practices.
The software includes a wide variety of reports for interpreting visual fields, optical coherence tomography (OCT) for retina, OCT for glaucoma, and fluorescein angiography, among others. Synergy 2.0 automatically aligns fundus images, regardless of the procedure or camera manufacturer. Synergy can also launch other manufacturer’s software to increase the functionality of the system or a particular medical device.
Among the new features offered by Synergy 2.0 are tighter integration with electronic medical and health record systems (EMR), as well as picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). This is done through leveraging standard communication technologies such as Health Level 7 (HL7) and Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM).
Vital Stats: Topcon provides on-site training for new users, as well as offering online demonstrations and support.
Personalized Mobile Apps for ECPs via EyeDocApp
EyeDocApp is the first customizable application for the eyecare industry and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android operating systems.
Top Line: Developed by Scott Pouyat, OD, of
Lake Zurich Eyecare in Lake Zurich, Ill., the EyeDocApp allows practitioners to update their office information, announce new practice services, promote customized deals and promotions and more. “The EyeDocApp lets practitioners communicate with patients using these additional touch points that will keep the practice top-of-mind," Pouyat said.
Close Up: The EyeDocApp web site features a video tour and many examples of how the app displays along with its multiple features. A step-by-step feature enables any OD to customize their own practice's app. There is a one-time set up fee and a monthly hosting charge for the service. Since its initial launch in April, it has been subscribed to by over 75 optometrists and other eye care professionals. The company intends to expand distribution to more through a new and exclusive sales and marketing arrangement with Jobson's ECP Business Services unit.
Vital Stats: Patients can easily download the App for free via the
Apple Store and from the
Android Market, or search either site for EyeDocApp.