Article Date: 5/1/2002

What's New
For Your Patients And Practice

The AL-2000 Biometer/Pachymeter features the Haigis formula, which employs an algorithm to calculate the IOL power of high myopes and high hyperopes.

The Tomey Corporation has received 510k clearance for the AL-2000 Biometer/Pachymeter.

In the biometry mode, the AL-2000 calculates IOL power with four formulas: SRK-II, SRK/T, Holladay and Haigis. The AL-2000 can display up to three lens constants for each formula chosen.

In the pachymetry mode, the AL-2000 can measure up to 25 points across the cornea. The measurement range of 150 to 1,500 µm lets you evaluate LASIK flaps, even those with the thickest corneas.

Phone: (800) 358-6639

Drill & Edge
WECO showcased the WECO 450 Drill & Edge at Vision Expo.

The WECO 450 Drill & Edge edges all lens materials, grooves rimless lenses and polishes automatic-ally. It also drills all plastic and hard resin lens materials with computerized precision, and can drill up to four holes or slots per lens.

The WECO 450 Drill & Edge is compatible with most WECO finishing-line products, as well as with other lab equipment and software.

Phone: (877) 872-9326

Santinelli offers the LessStress lens drill as a response to the popularity of rimless three-piece mount frames.

Less Stress
Santinelli International is the exclusive distributor of the LessStress drilling machine. The designer and manufacturer of this lens drill -- Interspeed, GmbH -- claims that it's "the smallest, lightest, easiest-to-use, most precise and innovative drill to enter the market."

LessStress features a drill tilt, a pentascopic tilt table, an opto-electronic encoder and electronic-coordinates readout in .05 mm.

Phone: (800) 644-3343

Sunwear Forum
Live Eyewear is sponsoring "Sunwear Selling Solutions," a new forum at

The forum "creates an information resource and meeting place for optical professionals to discuss sunwear-dispensing issues that matter most to them," says a spokesperson for Live Eyewear.

To launch the forum, Live Eyewear is sponsoring a Name That Frame contest. Winning entries receive Live Eyewear apparel.

Live Eyewear
Phone: (800) 834-2563

Patient Education
Vistakon has published "The Advisor," a newsletter intended for your waiting room. "The Advisor" educates your patients about the advantages of regular eye exams.

The first issue of "The Advisor" focuses on the risks of giant papillary conjunctivitis from soft contact lenses, and which lenses may be associated with the disorder. The issue also covers such topics as contact lens compliance, astigmatism and toric contact lenses.

Future issues of "The Advisor" will address presbyopia, bifocal contact lenses and early eye exams for children.

Phone: (877) 334-3937

Allergy Software
Novartis Ophthalmics launched the software iMedConsent Allergy at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting in New York. The software -- a value-added service -- helps you educate patients about allergic conjunctivitis and other serious eye disorders.

The software contains a patient education library and lets you create customized consent forms for medical procedures. Dialog Medical of Snellville, Ga., designed it.


Optometric Management, Issue: May 2002