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September 20, 2012
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SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

ATC's K1 Chiller

EXAMS / DISPENSING

Electronic Glasses for Amblyopia

WEB TECH

J&J Launches AcuvueProfessional.com

TOOLS / SUPPLIES

BPI pc Edge Coat in Multiple Colors
Eyefinity

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

Applied Thermal Control Chiller Features Robust Design


Product:
K1 Chiller
Top Line: The range of re-circulating chillers now offered by Applied Thermal Control (ATC) has been designed specifically for use in the laboratory. For example, the K1 chiller provides 1.75kW of cooling power, but occupies only 54cm x 42cm of valuable floor space.
Close Up: According to ATC, the K1 meets the needs of the most demanding applications with a temperature precision of ± 0.1°C. The new robust design improves ruggedness without compromising its stylish appearance. Even more important for a working Lab, the K1 chiller is whisper quiet (68dB @ 1 metre).
Vital Stats: ATC chillers have high/low temperature alarms, fluid level, flow and pressure indicators fitted as standard. The K1 is provided with a choice of pumps to meet all flow rate requirements. Applied Thermal Control also provides a two-year guarantee with all K series chillers.
www.app-therm.com; +44 (0) 1530 839998


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EXAMS / DISPENSING

Xpand Debuts World’s First Electronic Glasses For Lazy Eye Treatment

 
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Product:
Amblyz
Top Line: Xpand 3D, a leader in multidimensional imaging technology, is introducing Amblyz electronic glasses for the treatment of amblyopia. Amblyz glasses work by electronically opening and shuttering the lens over the child’s good eye. A liquid crystal shutter is built into the lens and is used in order to block strong eye periodically.
Close Up: Xpand’s solution focuses on two fundamental issues that neither eye patches nor topical drugs have addressed. Using an electronic shutter to make one lens intermittently transparent or opaque, Amblyz electronic glasses occlude the healthy, strong eye in regular and intermittent periods to force the amblyopic eye to function and develop its muscles and neural connections. Secondly, the glasses are appealing and eliminate the discomfort — and social unease — of wearing a patch. These two points are key to increasing the likelihood that the child will receive a full and effective treatment.
Amblyz glasses have been developed by Xpand 3D in conjunction with top ophthalmologists and optometrists, and have been tested in clinical studies that demonstrate comparable effectiveness to current products and superiority in esthetics and comfort. These results were published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, July 2010, Vol. 51, No. 7.
“Until now, the only available treatments for amblyopia have been placing an eye patch over the child’s good eye in an effort to force the weak eye to strengthen, or to penalize the good eye with the application of atropine drops to induce blur,” said Maria Costeira, CEO, Xpand 3D. “These treatments can take years to complete. Many children find it difficult to persist in these long and demanding sessions and do not want to go through the embarrassment and discomfort of having to wear an eye patch. Our Xpand Amblyz glasses, on the other hand, now offer kids a solution that draws minimal attention to their condition as it is embedded into normal glasses.”
Vital Stats: Xpand Amblyz glasses will be available at select ophthalmologists and opticians beginning in December 2012.
www.amblyz.com; www.xpand.me


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WEB TECH

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Launches New Website For Eyecare Professionals


Product:
acuvueprofessional.com
Top Line: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care has launched a new website for eyecare professionals, acuvueprofessional.com.
Close Up: The new website, designed to function on desktops, tablets, and mobile devices, features a unique contact lens finder, which includes the entire line of Acuvue brand contact lenses, as well as products from other major manufacturers. This new tool was designed to help doctors quickly find the right contact lens for their patients by easily searching through different lens parameters, manufacturers, modalities and materials.
Visitors to acuvueprofessional.com can also access detailed product information on all Acuvue brands such as Dk/t, lens designs and the latest rebate information.
Patient instructional videos are also a new feature on the site. These short, consumer-friendly videos were designed as a resource for doctors to help patients understand common refractive errors, proper lens care, how to insert and remove contacts, Acuvue brand technologies and more. Plus, eyecare professionals can embed these videos on their practices’ web pages.
Vital Stats: On acuvueprofessional.com, eyecare professionals can also find a variety of useful practice resources, including interactive videos and articles offering sound advice from peers on how to increase patient satisfaction and practice growth. Doctors will also have the opportunity to sign up for the free “Find a Doctor” interactive online map, which will be listed on the consumer site, www.acuvue.com. This tool makes it easier for potential patients to find an eye doctor in their area.
www.acuvueprofessional.com


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TOOLS / SUPPLIES

BPI Edge Coat Works on Hard Resin, High-Index, Poly and Polarized Lenses


Product:
BPI pc Edge Coat (BPI Product # 42509)
Top Line: BPI pc Edge Coat works on hard resin, high-index, polycarbonate and polarized lenses.
Close Up: To use BPI pc Edge Coat, wet the felt tip applicator by holding the pen horizontally and cautiously press down on the felt tip against a lens. A small amount of PC Edge Coat will then moisten the felt tip. Wait three minutes between coats. Clean up excess with alcohol. Apply thin coats in order to achieve proper results. For darker color apply two to three thin layers.
Vital Stats: Available colors: Blue, gray, brown, green, yellow and pink.
www.callbpi.com; (800) CALL-BPI.


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