Contact Lenses
Contact Lens Two-Packs
For a limited time, patients interested in color contact lenses can purchase two-packs of Air Optix Colors to try a new color without committing to a full supply. The two-count packages will be available until Sept. 30, 2015, or while supplies last, according to Alcon. 

The lenses are available with an 8.6mm base curve and a 14.2mm diameter. The contact lens power ranges from +6.00D to -6.00D in 0.25D steps (including plano) and -6.50D to -8.00D in 0.50D steps. 


Intraocular lenses
Multifocal IOL to Treat Cataract Patients
A new multifocal intraocular lens will soon be available for cataract surgery patients. The FDA recently approved Alcon’s AcrySof IQ Restor +2.5D IOL, which is indicated for adult patients with and without presbyopia undergoing cataract surgery, the company says.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added the new IOL to the list of CMS recognized presbyopia-correcting IOLs, confirming that AcrySof IQ Restor +2.5D IOLs will be eligible for reimbursement as both a Medicare-covered service and as a non-covered service.

The product will be available in the United States in the near future. 


Eyelid Care

Lash Advance Trial Cards  

Practitioners can offer their patients the opportunity to try MediNiche’s Lash Advance with low cost trial coupons. The company is offering coupons that allow doctors, their staff or their patients to purchase a three-month supply of Lash Advance at one-third the regular retail price. 

The program will run through 2015 and is intended to increase professional and patient awareness and trial use of Lash Advance, without practitioners stocking the product in their dispensary, the company says. 


Retinal Imaging
New Digital Retinal Camera 
Practitioners can consider upgrading their retinal imaging technology with the new CR-2 AF digital non-mydriatic retinal camera, which offers a unique contrast enhancement technology to correct for reduced contrast, Canon says. The camera’s contrast enhancement feature provides increased image clarity from previous models by emphasizing the difference in ‘redness’ and ‘brightness’ of blood vessel structures relative to their surroundings. By expanding the range of brightness values in a fundus image, the practitioner is able to better discriminate minute retinal details between areas initially having small differences in density, Canon says.

The CR-2 AF features low-flash intensity to minimize pupil constriction and shorten the time needed to take multiple pictures. Additionally, its lightweight design makes it ideal for offices with limited space or where telemedicine portability is required, Canon says. 


Updated Generator Model
A new generation of surface generator can help clinicians improve dry-cut milling technology for processing Trivex (PPG Optical Products), CR39 (PPG Optical Products), polycarbonate and high index lenses, according to Coburn Technologies. The SGX Pro operates on Windows 7 and includes touch screen and USB capabilities.

SGX Pro has one of the widest curve ranges and provides the same dependability and accuracy of earlier SGX models, the company says. Although Coburn has discontinued production of its SGX Plus generator, it will continue to provide support and service to existing SGX Plus generators.