Article Date: 4/1/2002

What's New
For Your Patients And Practice

The Smart Pak comes with a universal transformer and plugs (110v to 240v) for domestic and foreign use.

New Keeler BIO
Keeler Instruments has enhanced its line of binocular indirect ophthalmoscopes (BIOs). Both the Vantage and the All Pupil II now come standard with headband dimmers, which should make illumination control easier.

Keeler Instruments is also offering the Smart Pak, a power source that's portable or mountable. The Smart Pak features a 2-hour quick charge.

Keeler Instruments
Phone: (800) 523-5620

Rosy Eyewear
Panoptx has added the Snow Rose lens to its Windless Eyewear line.

The polycarbonate Snow Rose lens offers 100% ultraviolet protection and doesn't distort colors. The lens is available in Panoptx models of Cyclone, Raptor and Venturi.

Phone: (877) 726-6789

Discount Prescriptions

On February 1 of this year, Novartis Ophthalmics launched Novartis Care Card, a program in which low-income Medicare recipients can receive discounted prescription drugs.

The Novartis Care Card is free to patients (who meet the program's requirements) and provides discounts of up to 25% off of wholesale prices of prescription medications.

Three medications are covered by the card: Rescula (which lowers intraocular pressure in open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension), Zaditor (which provides relief from allergies) and Voltaren Ophthalmic (which treats pain and ocular inflammation after cataract surgery).

If your patients would like to receive more information, have them call (866) 974-2273 or visit

Novartis Ophthalmics
Phone: (866) 393-6336

Live Eyes
At this year's Vision Expo, Live Eyewear displayed its fit-over sunglasses, Live Eyes.

Unlike most fit-over sunglasses, Live Eyes doesn't incorporate side shields. However, Live Eyes does deliver 40% more protection than the typical fashion sunglasses.

Live Eyes is available in four colors: Ebony, Olive, Taupe and Tortoiseshell.

Live Eyewear
Phone: (800) 834-2563

The Briot Axcell CL features an image-processing system that identifies the optical center automatically.

New Edger
Also at Vision Expo in New York, Briot unveiled the Axcell CL, an edging system that offers automatic centering blocking with a touchscreen. In addition, the Axcell CL features 5-D tracing.

Briot says the 5-D tracing "goes beyond 3-D" to measure frame size, shape and curvature, as well as thickness and the angle of the frame bevel. The company believes that its 5-D tracing delivers the most accurate and aesthetic lens fit inside the frame.

Phone: (800) 292-7468

Biocompatibles Acquired
CooperVision has acquired Biocompatibles Eye Care. The acquisition includes the Proclear, Acti and Hydron family of products.

Until June, you can still purchase Biocompatibles products through Biocompatibles. After June, you can purchase all Biocompatibles products from CooperVision, either online or over the phone.

A CooperVision spokesperson says, "We are committed to maintaining the current distribution policies on the Proclear line and will work to prevent diversion of the product via the double-bar code system already in place with the products."

Phone: (800) 341-2020


Optometric Management, Issue: April 2002