New Bi-Aspheric Keratoconus Lens
Valley Contax of
Springfield, OR, recently announced the exclusive manufacture and distribution
of the I Kone keratoconus lens designed by Rob Breece, OD, of Innovations in
Sight. The new I Kone bi-aspheric design is especially indicated for acuity and
centration problems related to keratoconus, according to Valley Contax. The I
Kone utilizes a larger overall diameter to distribute the weight of the lens
more evenly over the cornea.
The I Kone is available in any base curve and
power with standard diameters of 8.8mm, 9.6mm and 10.4mm. The 14-lens fitting
set comes in base curves ranging from 44.00D through 70.00D in 2.00D steps and
the 9.6mm diameter. Valley Contax says that the standard design allows
practitioners to modify the diameter, base curve, power, optic zone and edge
lift during the fitting process.
I Kone lenses are manufactured in Boston
XO material. Call (800) 547-8815 or visit
CIBA'S FRESHLOOK ONE-DAY
LENSES WORK WELL FOR OCCASIONAL COLOR WEARERS.
Daily Disposable Color
CIBA Vision has launched its FreshLook One-Day
daily disposable colored contact lenses. The lenses incorporate the FreshLook
ColorBlends patented 3-in-1 technology into the Focus Dailies platform, which
includes the nelfilcon A material and patented LightStream technology.
Parameters include a 13.8mm diameter, 8.6mm base
curve and powers of �0.50D to �6.00D in 0.25D steps as well as plano. The lenses
will be available in FreshLook ColorBlends colors Pure Hazel, Blue, Green and
Gray � and will be sold in 10-packs. CIBA says that existing Focus Dailies
wearers do not require a refit for FreshLook One-Day.Call (800) 241-5999 or
Anterior Segment OCT
Heidelberg Engineering GmbH has received FDA
clearance for its Slit Lamp-Mounted Anterior Segment Optical Coherence
Tomography (SL-OCT) device. The SL-OCT was first introduced in Europe and
received CE mark certification in 2003.
According to Heidelberg, this device is the first
commercial application of OCT for anterior segment imaging. The SL-OCT provides
noncontact cross-sectional scans of the anterior segment. Chamber angle,
pachymetry, flap thickness, corneal curvature and comprehensive biometric
measurements are possible with the instrument as well as pre- and post-surgical
comparisons, according to the manufacturer. Call (760) 598-3770 or visit
AGAIN HYDRATE IS FORMULATED TO PROVIDE LONG-LASTING
DRY EYE RELIEF.
Supplement for Dry Eye
Cynacon/OcuSoft now offers Tears Again Hydrate, a soft-gel supplement
for dry eye. The formulation contains an omega-3 essential fatty acid, flaxseed
oil, an omega-6 essential fatty acid, evening primrose oil and bilberry extract,
microencapsulated in a proprietary liposome process. The manufacturer says that
the formulation improves absorption and provides longer lasting relief that may
lead to improved tolerability of these oils in the digestive track.
Tears Again Hydrate is available only through doctor's offices.
Call (800) 233-5469 or visit
Free Practice Management Tool
C&E Vision Services, Inc. has released a free Web-based
financial simulation model for independent eyecare professionals, allowing them
to benchmark significant aspects of their practice revenue and operating costs against
a "typical" practice of similar size and revenue. The Independent Eyecare
Professional Benchmark Analysis model also provides an opportunity to test potential impact
on bottom-line profit effects of many "what if" decisions.
The guest version (www.cevision.com/iep) has limited input options,
while the C&E Vision Services RewardPlus member edition provides a comprehensive
input matrix for numerous variables. Call (800) 346-7603 or visit
Contact Lens Spectrum, Issue: April 2006