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January 19, 2012
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SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

Wireless Viewing Experience

WEB TECH

MBA Site Relaunched
AlwaysCare Launches AlwaysAssist.com

TOOLS / SUPPLIES

Twin Lux LED Magnifier
VisionWeb

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

Nyxio Launches Sleek, Ergonomic Video Eyewear


Product:
Nyxio Venture MMV
Top Line: Nyxio Technologies Corp. is launching the Venture Mobile Media Viewer ("MMV"), a new class of video eyewear offering designer styling in a sleek, ergonomic form.
Close Up: The slim profile and full-sized image ensure a state-of-the-art wireless viewing experience that is compatible with most video and audio formats, according to Nyxio. With built-in 2GB flash memory and up to 32 GB with a micro SD for mega storage of media files, the Nyxio Venture MMV makes it now possible to watch movies, read e-books and play video games in the privacy of your own virtual movie theater in high-resolution and with stereo sound. USB interface allows easy and high speed file uploading of all your favorite media to a 62inch 16:9 wide screen virtual display in a non-radiation LCD panel.
Vital Stats: Retail prices start at $332.
www.nyxiotechnologies.com; (866) 310-8128

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WEB TECH

MBA Site Relaunched with Enhanced Design and Functionality

 
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Product:
The new MBA site offers a more usable and attractive environment for accessing tools for optometric practice growth.
Top Line: The website of the Management & Business Academy, sponsored by Alcon and Essilor, features a dramatic redesign. The MBA site features a new organizational flow that allows easy access to a wealth of detailed reports, articles, surveys, calculators, staff workshops, monographs and other resources.
Close Up: The MBA site is open to all who register. Existing content is highlighted, and new content is added to the site on a weekly basis with the posting of two MBA e-newsletters: MBA Essentials and MBA Intelligence. An enhanced search function allows users to home in on highly detailed metrics and best practices that can be applied to measure and improve practice performance. “We are delighted to have an appealing and functionally superior new design that is the equal of the MBA as a best-in-class resource for optometrists involved in efficient practice management and business development,” said Dwight Akerman, OD, FAAO, director of professional affairs and programs at Alcon. “The pace of business is quickening, and the new MBA site puts business management resources right where ODs say they want them—online and easily accessed.” Added Rod Tahran, OD, FAAO, vice president for professional relations at Essilor, “The great success of the MBA is built on the strength of a data base of optometric practice performance metrics that is unsurpassed in its comprehensiveness. The new design enables users of the MBA site to more easily and readily locate pertinent metrics by which they can measure how their practice stacks up—then plot a path to greater practice success.”
Vital Stats: The MBA program began in 2005, and more than 3,000 ODs have undergone the MBA seminar program, while more than 1,600 optometric practices have contributed to the MBA database of practice performance metrics. To date, more than 12,000 ODs have registered as users of the MBA site.
www.MBA-ce.com

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AlwaysCare Launches AlwaysAssist.com, Revamped Benefit Management Site


Product:
AlwaysCare Benefits, Inc. launches AlwaysAssist.com, a new online benefit management tool for group benefit plan members, administrators and vision care and dental care providers.
Top Line: With new features and a fresh look, the redesigned AlwaysAssist offers clients the tools they need to access and manage their benefits online.
  • AlwaysCare members can search for vision and dental providers; print ID cards; view benefit information, claims and coverage amounts; and access health links and benefit tools unique to AlwaysCare.
  • AlwaysCare group administrators can enroll and administer employee benefits for all plans; download enrollment status reports; print ID cards; and access bills and billing history.
  • Providers can view, delete and submit claims; verify member eligibility through various search options; and follow submitted claims through the approval process.
Close Up: The new AlwaysAssist also continues AlwaysCare’s tradition of service where “extras come standard.” Clients can communicate with an AlwaysCare customer service rep directly through an online message center. “Our benefits offer substantial value for our clients and their employees,” said AlwaysCare president Erich Sternberg. “The new AlwaysAssist builds on that foundation with new tools to simplify access and administration of these essential offerings. Our overarching objective has always been to provide the best experience for our Clients. This is yet another step forward in that regard,” he said.
Vital Stats: With a 97-percent overall customer satisfaction rate, AlwaysCare strives to continue offering products and services, like the enhanced AlwaysAssist, that clients will find valuable. AlwaysCare offers employer-paid and voluntary group benefits that make life a little easier for its members, administrators and providers with one bill, one point of contact, one phone number, one customer service center and one online site to manage their benefits. AlwaysCare provides employee benefits such as group dental, vision, life, disability, critical illness and accident coverage in 49 states.
www.alwaysassist.com or www.AlwaysCareBenefits.com

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TOOLS / SUPPLIES

Precision Vision Offers Twin Lux LED Magnifier


Product:
Twin Lux LED 8D (4.4x) Magnifier (Cat. No. 916222)
Top Line: The Twin Lux LED magnifier, manufactured by Schweizer, does not look, or work, like a traditional illuminated stand magnifier. It provides an extremely largest field of view at 4.4x magnification. This magnification is created by two aspheric, lightweight lenses placed at a precisely engineered distance which in turn creates the large field of view.
Close Up: The illumination for the Twin Lux is created via three four-chip SMD LEDs which provide a very bright, consistent high contrast light source and creates the ideal illumination for reading material due to its special light emitting diode. In addition, the Twin Lux is available in three light temperatures (2700K, 4500K, and 6000K) for improved reading acuity and allows customization for each individual's unique visual needs.
The Twin Lux LED magnifier also creates a comfortable reading posture through its ergonomically tilted style and has been engineered to have low energy consumption and provide a long battery life.
Vital Stats: Engineered for low energy consumption and long battery life. Three AA batteries included. Protected by 10-year warranty.
http://precision-vision.com

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