Article Date: 1/1/2002

What's New
For Your Patients and Practice

Acuvue 2 Colours

Vistakon introduces Acuvue 2 Colours contact lenses. The color of the lenses is sandwiched between the etafilcon A materials.

Acuvue 2 Colours are available in seven colors. For light eyes, the lenses come in three "enhancer" colors: blue, green and aqua. For both light and dark eyes, the lenses come in four "opaque" colors: honey, green, blue and gray.

Phone: (877) 334-3937

New ColorBlends

Speaking of lens colors, CIBA Vision FreshLook ColorBlends are now available in amethyst.

To promote the amethyst color, CIBA Vision will run a promotion until June. Patients will receive one free pair of amethyst lenses when they purchase two or four boxes of FreshLook ColorBlends, FreshLook Colors or handling tint lenses. CIBA Vision will give you the free pair of contact lenses for eligible patients.

CIBA Vision
Phone: (800) 348-9595

The Santinelli SE-9090 uses two grinding wheels simultaneously to cut on a lens, which the company says "reduces cycle times."

The Edge

Santinelli International recently unveiled its latest version of the SE-9090 edger. The SE-9090 features automatic Crystal Cut edge polishing, plus automatic safety beveling (polished or frosted) and a large color display with information for edging data entry.

The SE-9090 uses digital patternless technology to shape and size the lens. Also, the SE-9090 can interface with Santinelli's LT-900 Tracer and other tracers that are compliant with Digital Vision Inc. or the Optical Manufacturer's Association. In addition, the SE-9090 can interface with most lab software.

Phone: (800) 644-3343


Gerber Coburn presents Innovations 2.0 software to help you manage the process and business of lens manufacturing.

Innovations 2.0 is modular and runs on a computer or over a network. It features an inventory manager and lets you design a custom work ticket on the computer screen. A spokesperson for Gerber Coburn says, "Absolutely anything can be altered or created: field positions, paper size, individual job advisories. It's very flexible."

Gerber Coburn
Phone: (800) 843-1479

Optical Interiors

The company Eye Designs, which specializes in custom interiors and furniture, presents three collections of furniture:

Eye Designs
Phone: (800) 346-8890

Zeiss Technology

At the Optical Laboratory Association meeting, Carl Zeiss Optical presented two new technologies : the Zeiss Freeform Surfacing System and the Zeiss ICE 390 anti-reflective (AR) coating system.

The Zeiss Freeform Surfacing System is designed to produce progressive surfaces onsite in labs. It consists of the HSC100 ready-to-polish Freeform Generator, the CCP100 Freeform Polisher and the Zeiss LSU248 laser engraver. This System lets your lab produce Gradal Top semi-finished lenses in various materials, as well as Gradal Individual, the Zeiss progressive lens that will be released early this year.

The Zeiss ICE 390, a "plug-and-play" AR coating system, is for smaller wholesale labs. The ICE 390 consists of a small washing unit, a working area, a hydrophobic-coating chamber, an AR chamber that produces 14 lenses per hour and flowbooths and enclosures to eliminate the need for costly facility build-outs. The ICE 390 produces such Zeiss coatings as Super ET, Gold ET and Cool Blue.

Both the ICE 390 and the Freeform Surfacing System will hit the market this spring.

Zeiss Optical
Phone: (800) 338-2984


Optometric Management, Issue: January 2002