Custom Cosmetic Tinted Lenses Available
ABB Optical Group now offers Concise Colors, a custom cosmetic and prosthetic tinted contact lens utilizing the Orion Vision Group’s advanced tint process and custom lens designs. Concise Colors contact lenses give eyecare practitioners (ECPs) the power to fit any patient in natural opaque tints, according to the company.
Concise Colors are available in sphere powers of ±20.00D in 0.25D steps and up to 6.00D of cylinder power with axes in 1° steps around the clock. There are 16 tint colors combined with a choice of starburst and/or limbal ring elements. Concise Colors are available in methafilcon 55% and polymacon 38% hydrogel materials and in Definitive (Contamac) 74% silicone hydrogel material.
Concise Colors is also a solution for prosthetics. ECPs can combine the cosmetic tint options of Concise Colors with the features of an occluded pupil or clear pupil or with four underprint shades. Call (800) 772-3911 or visit www.abbconcise.com.
ABB OPTICAL GROUP NOW OFFERS CONCISE COLORS CUSTOM CONTACT LENSES THAT CAN BE MANUFACTURED IN A WIDE RANGE OF SPHERICAL AND TORIC PARAMETERS AND IN THREE DIFFERENT LENS MATERIALS.
Scleral Lens for “Regular” Corneas
Visionary Optics has released the Elara Scleral lens, which offers a prolate geometry to fit “regular” corneas. Its features are designed to provide essential hydration, comfort, and vision.
Visionary Optics says the Elara Scleral lens is indicated for patients who have ocular surface disease with or without a dry eye component and for patients who have failed with traditional GP or soft lenses, especially if they have astigmatism or high refractive error.
The lenses are available with base curves from 42.00D to 52.00D, a 15.5mm diameter, sphere powers made to order, cylinder powers from –0.25D to –15.00D in 0.25D steps, and axes from 1° to 180° in 1° steps. Changes to the standard parameters are unnecessary for most cases. However, Visionary Optics is able to customize any parameter including front-surface toric (double slab-off ballasted design); toric haptics; center thickness; optic zone; peripheral curves; lens notching; and multifocal front surface (coming soon).
A 12-lens fitting set will be available in March 2015. All lenses will offer a 90-day unlimited warranty. Call (877) 533-1509 or visit www.visionary-optics.com.
VISIONARY OPTICS’ ELARA SCLERAL LENS IS DESIGNED FOR REGULAR CORNEAS.
Sports Tinted Scleral Lens Enters Market
The Orion Vision Group launched the BioSport Sclera, the first rigid scleral sports tinted contact lens, at the recent Global Specialty Lens Symposium in Las Vegas. The company says that BioSport Sclera is an excellent alternative for rigid lens wearers who require protection from the sun’s glare and ultraviolet light and, at the same time, want the stability and comfort of a scleral lens.
The BioSport Sclera is being manufactured in the Lagado Tyro-97 (hofocon A, Dk of 97) UV material because of the materials’ exceptional wettability, flexural strength, and optical quality, according to Orion Vision Group. Lens parameters include diameters of 13.0mm to 18.2mm; base curves on the 16.3mm diameter lens of 6.00mm to 9.40mm, which translates to sagittal values of 3.50mm to 6.00mm in 0.50mm steps; and sphere powers of +25.00D to –25.00D in 0.25D steps, with toric and multifocal options available, including cylinder powers of –0.25D to –6.00D with axes in 1º increments.
A nine-lens diagnostic set is available with a standard diameter of 16.3mm. BioSport is now available in #3 dark gray; other colors being tested include brown, amber, and x-blue. The tint zone is edge-to-edge only. The company says that the lens has performed well for tennis and soccer players, and it is expected to perform well for athletes involved in baseball, football, and running. Call (866) 300-6257 or visit www.orionvisiongroup.com.
ORION VISION GROUP OFFERS SPORTS TINTING IN A SCLERAL LENS WITH BIOSPORT SCLERA.
Smartphone Helps with Keratoconus Fitting
Metro Optics now offers its ComfortKone QuickFit System for patients who have keratoconus. ComfortKone QuickFit utilizes fluorescein pattern imaging captured with typical smartphone cameras as part of the standard fitting process.
According to the company, practitioners will select and apply one of five diagnostic lenses, instill fluorescein, and capture and email a photo and an over-refraction to its consultation team, who will then do the rest of the process.
The ComfortKone QuickFit System is a product update. Call (800) 223-1858 or visit www.metro-optics.com.
New Hypochlorous Acid Alternatives Available
Ocusoft, Inc. recently announced the availability of Ocusoft HypoChlor, a 0.02% concentration of hypochlorous acid in both spray and gel formulation that can be used to supplement the company’s existing Ocusoft Lid Scrub family of eyelid cleansers in the most severe cases.
The company also wished to better clarify the role of hypochlorous acid in managing eyelid care. Ocusoft says that the FDA requires that hypochlorous acid is registered as a medical device, which may be marketed by the filing company as either a prescription (Rx) or over-the-counter (OTC) product. The basis of Rx versus OTC relies on the claims that can be made of the product rather than ingredient concentration. Generally, the Rx versus OTC has nothing to do with percentage of principle ingredient, according to the company.
Ocusoft also says that hypochlorous acid formulas do not contain the surfactants found in other eyelid hygiene products and thus are largely ineffective in debriding the oil, scales, and debris often associated with eyelid irritations.
Accordingly, in the most severe cases in which hypochlorous acid might be most beneficial, it is suggested to use combination therapy including both a surfactant cleanser and hypochlorous acid to achieve optimum results. Call (800) 233-5469 or visit www.ocusoft.com.
New Punctal Plug Gains FDA Approval
Lacrivera, a division of Stephens Instruments, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the VeraPlug Punctal Occluder. The VeraPlug is a premium product that the company says is designed to provide a simple and effective treatment for chronic dry eye.
The VeraPlug conforms perfectly to the puncta for unparalleled retention, and its low-profile dome results in enhanced patient comfort, according to the company. It is available in three sizes: small, medium, and large. It features a proprietary shaft design for easy insertion and proper anatomic fit, according to Lacrivera. The VeraPlug Punctal Occluder is individually packaged and preloaded on a sterile, disposable inserter/dilator, one pair per box. Call (855) 857-0518 or visit www.lacrivera.com.
VERAPLUG IS DESIGNED FOR EASY INSERTION AND PROPER FIT.
New Service for Adding Personalized Audio Messages to Practice Sites
Clompus Consulting Group, LLC recently launched a new digital service to help eyecare practitioners communicate with potential patients on their websites using their own voice.
The company will help practitioners write a script for a 60- to 90-second message. Clompus Consulting Group provides coaching while recording the message using the latest internet digital technology, so the message sounds more clear compared to a phone-based recording, according to the company. After the recorded message is edited, the company provides a broadcast-quality MP3 audio file that practitioners can add to their website.
A short video explaining the service and how to initiate the process of creating a message is available at www.clompusconsulting.com.