Article Date: 12/1/2008

what's new FOR YOUR PATIENTS AND PRACTICE

Optical transmittance spectrometer

■ The Optical Transmittance Spectrometer (OTS), from Ocean Optics, measures tint color, photopic transmittance and the ultraviolet sharp spectral cutoff of ophthalmic lenses, optical coatings, windows and filters as well as characterizes photochromic, electrochromic and sun lens materials. It's built on a high-resolution miniature charge coupled device (CCD)-array spectrometer configured for the 380nm to 780nm wavelength range. The device accepts samples from 10mm to 76mm in diameter and 15mm thickness for use in lab applications, in which transmittance accuracy (to +/- 1.0%) and precision (+/-0.1%) are critical.

The OTS is built on a high-resolution miniature charge coupled device (CCD)-array spectrometer configured for the 380nm to 780nm wavelength range.

Ocean Optics
Phone: (727) 733-2447
Web: www.oceanoptics.com

O.D.-to-patient service

■ Smile Reminder, from the company of the same name, is a patient messaging software system service that automatically sends customizable text and/or e-mail messages, such as appointment reminders, e-surveys, newsletters, special promotions and birthday wishes, to patients on behalf of you, the practitioner. The messages always include branding elements, such as your logo and contact information. The software will enable you to increase visits and referral opportunities, which, in turn, increase profits, the company says.

Smile Reminder
Phone: (866) 605-6867
Web: www.smilereminder.com

Progressive ophthalmic lens

■ The Progressiv PureLife ophthalmic lens, from Rodenstock, provides customized channel placement using the patient's specific distance and add powers and two progression lengths (a minimum 18mm fitting height for PureLife and 14mm for PureLife XS). The lens comes in 1.50, ColorMatic 1.54 Gray and Brown, 1.60 and 1.67. Available powers: +8.00D to -10.00D out to a -4.00 cylinder, with short corridor PureLife XS available from +6.00D to -10.00D out to a -4.00 cylinder. Adds are from +0.75D to +3.00D on XS with 0.75D to 3.50D on the longer progression length.

Rodenstock
Phone: (888) 407-3937
Web: www.rodenstockusa.com

Progressiv PureLife provides customized channel placement using the patient's specific distance and add powers and two progression lengths.

Autofluorescent filters

■ The Spaide Autofluorescent Filters, from Topcon Medical Systems Inc., used exclusively in the company's ImageNet camera systems, produce a vivid, detailed image of the Lipofuscin material that accumulates in the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells, the company says. As a result, the new filters will improve tonal contrast, while reducing "noise" in fundus autofluorescence (FAF) images, Topcon Medical Systems Inc. says. Also, the Spaide Autofluorescent filters don't stimulate fluorescein or Indocyanine green (ICG) dyes, so you can acquire photographs pre- or post-angiography.

Topcon Medical Systems Inc.
Phone: (800) 223-1130
Web: www.topconmedical.com

Automated acuity chart

■ The Polarized SC-1700, from Marco, is an acuity chart system that offers the clinical benefit of polarization for stereo and binocular vision testing. It features 36 individual chart selections, such as the standardized Snellen acuity chart, letter and character randomization and contrast sensitivity testing. Further, the device allows you to create a customizable slide show with 18 personalized images to promote your practice. Other attributes: a 17-inch LCD screen and an infrared remote control with acuity display window.

The SC-1700 offers the clinical benefit of polarization for stereo and binocular vision testing.

Marco
Phone: (800) 874-5274
Web: www.marco.com



Optometric Management, Issue: December 2008