Article Date: 1/1/2008

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Checking Quality of Vision

Stereo Optical Company, Inc. now offers its Functional Vision Analyzer (FVA). Combining a number of testing exams, the instrument features contrast sensitivity tests using sine wave gratings under variable conditions to evaluate functional vision and better understand patients' quality of vision, according to the manufacturer. The new upgraded Eye-View software generates a pictorial model of patients' functional vision under day/night and with/without glare conditions.

ASSESS PATIENTS' QUALITY OF VISION WITH STEREO OPTICAL'S FUNCTIONAL VISION ANALYZER.

In addition to contract sensitivity testing, the FVA can perform various exams under a variety of conditions including visual acuity (monocular and binocular at near, distance and mid-range), stereopsis, color perception testing and potential acuity (pin hole). Call (800) 344-9500 or visit www.functionalvisionanalyzer.com.

Supplement for Diabetic Patients

Bausch & Lomb has developed Ocuvite DF Eye Vitamin Supplement, which the company says is specifically formulated to help meet the eye health needs of diabetic patients. Ocuvite DF contains the antioxidant genistein, which in combination with other essential nutrients and antioxidants such as alpha-lipoic acid combats free radicals and helps reduce oxidative stress commonly associated with diabetes, according to B&L. The supplement also contains vitamins C, D, B-1, B-6 and niacin.

B&L recommends Ocuvite DF for patients who have diabetes whose diets aren't fortified with antioxidants and for patients who are susceptible to damage from free radicals due to high blood sugar. Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk of vision loss, which is thought to be linked in large part to oxidative stress, according to B&L. Call (800) 828-9030 or visit www.bausch.com.

B&L'S OCUVITE DF PROVIDES ANTIOXIDANTS FOR PROTECTING AGAINST FREE RADICALS.

Improved Ergonomic Pliers

Hilco has introduced its new ErgoPro Slim Line Pliers, which are tailored for eyecare professionals by eyecare professionals, according to the company. Hilco says each tool is designed from top to bottom for optimum user comfort and functionality.

HILCO'S ERGOPRO SLIM LINE PLIERS ARE DESIGNED TO CONFORM TO ANY HAND.

The revamped line features the same technology as Hilco's original line of ErgoPro pliers, such as finely tuned spring action that positions jaws in ready to-use position and the smooth action spring design, which eliminates grinding and sticking. Hilco also says that each jaw is optimized for the intended use, and the durable stainless steel box joint construction is combined with improved non-slip cushion grip handles for maximum comfort. Slim Line Pliers feature shorter ergonomic handles for smaller hands, conforming to any hand according to the company. Call (800) 955-6544 or visit www.hilco.com.

Improve Retinal Images

Topcon Medical Systems, Inc., now offers a new Color Balance Tool for its Imagenet Digital Imaging Software. The new tool allows users to adjust the histogram curves of the individual red, green and blue (RGB) channels of the retinal images at capture.

Several studies at the most recent ARVO meeting reported that evaluating the histogram curves of the individual channels has been used as an objective method of analyzing the color composition and balance of digital fundus images. The new Topcon Color Balance Tool is designed to address these clinical research requirements and to help the end user achieve more detail of pathology, better illumination and better overall color balance of the images, according to the manufacturer. Call (800) 223-1130 or visit www.topconmedical.com.



Contact Lens Spectrum, Issue: January 2008