Nidek and Marco ARK-1s
With the newly announced ARK-1s autorefractor/autokeratometer with glare testing by Nidek and Marco, practitioners will be able to detect refractive problems in patients with both ease and accuracy.

The ARK-1s will measure various refractive parameters, including objective spherical, cylindrical refractive errors and cylinder axis.

The device’s accommodative measurement is useful for detecting refractive errors in pre-presbyopic patients, latent hyperopic patients and children exhibiting problems reading, according to the manufacturers.

One of the device’s hallmark features is its inclusion of glare testing.

The addition of this technology eases the examination of patients with cataracts, which saves clinicians time vs. traditional methods, while delivering accurate results due to its eye tracking auto alignment system.

The compact, all-in-one device features a retroillumination modality that also allows patients to view an image of their own cataracts and how they’ve progressed.


Photochromic Lenses
QSpex AQuity LTD with QuasAR
New AQuity LTD with QuasAR lenses from QSpex Technologies will allow clinicians with an in-office lab to produce high quality lenses on site using the QSpex Premium Lens Fabrication System in approximately 35 minutes.

The new line of photochromic lenses will be available in both single vision and advanced digital progressive designs, in three modalities: clear, polarized and photochromic.

The system gives practitioners the ability to dispense lenses to photochromic patients, eliminating their need to wait for a new prescription.

The QSpex Premium Lens System has a small office footprint and uses single use, disposable plastic molds, which avoids the need to clean each mold following use. The lenses produced by the system cover 86% of prescriptions, giving clinicians a wide range of options for their patients.


Dry Eye Relief   
Bruder Eye Hydrating Compress
Bruder’s microwave activated Eye Hydrating Compress helps to relieve dry eye symptoms by naturally improving meibomian gland function.

The product’s microwave-activated system quickly heats up and, once applied to the eyelids, helps to melt away fatty acids that can build up in the meibomian glands, causing irritation and inflammation in the eye.

The washable, reusable compress helps lipids flow unimpeded to the eye’s surface, improving tear film integrity and relieving dryness.

The compress is easy to use and requires no water, Bruder says. Once the device is microwaved, it can be placed on the eye for relief of dry eye, MGD, styes, chalazions and blepharitis.


Kodak Lens Intelligent Dispensing Software
Signet Armorlite recently introduced the Kodak Intelligent Dispensing Software, or Kodak Lens IDS, a new dispensing tool designed with independent eye care practitioners in mind.

The Kodak Lens IDS can be used in conjunction with the newest Apple iPad with Retina display model to simplify the process of educating patients about various purchasing options. 

The system is divided into three dispensing categories: frame, lens and measure. When the frame option is selected, patients will be able to view and compare the various frame options offered by the practitioner.

The lens option is used to educate patients on the numerous lens modalities offered, including polarized, progressive, photochromic and AR coated.

Finally, the measure section will turn the practitioner’s iPad into a measuring device by using an additional back plate with a light, as well as a frame measurement clip.

The Kodak Lens IDS simplifies dispensing by turning independent practitioners’ iPads into an all-in-one dispensing utility, says the company.