Ophthalmic Instruments 

Topcon’s new 3D OCT-1 Maestro system is designed to deliver a high resolution, color, non-mydriatic image with the latest SD-OCT technology. The device features a rotating touch panel and fully automated (alignment, focus and capture) operation, the company says. 

After the OCT image within the fundus image is indicated, a 12mm x 9mm scan, along with automated segmentation, provides measurement and topographical maps of the optic nerve and macula, according to Topcon. 

A compare function, automatic segmentation of RNFL, total retina, GCL + IPL and GCL + IPL + RNFL with an extensive reference database are included, according to the company. 

Visit www.topconmedical.com.

Lenses and Finishing 

UV Protection Lens 
Super Optical now offers a new lens for UV reduction. The BlueShield blue light lenses will be released at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. 

A limited number of lenses in a few bases cover the entire FastGrind range: -9.00 to +8.00 sphere and up to three cylinder. BlueShield helps block over 95% of AMD- and eyestrain-causing blue light and, on average, over 85% of other blue light, according to the company.

Visit Super Optical at Vision Expo West, Booth #LP11086.

Hard Coating
FastCoater, a new tabletop hard-coating machine, will be available for presale at Vision Expo West. 

FastCoater costs less than its closest competitor while still focusing on a quality hard-coat product, according to the manufacturer, Super Optical. An independent lab test of its hardest coat saw the highest rating for adhesion, thickness and coating coverage, according to the company. It is also the smallest on the market, according to Super Optical. 

Visit Super Optical at Vision Expo West, booth #LP11086. 

Frames Webinar Series 
ABB Optical Group is offering a webinar series about educating patients on UV protection and helping optometrists increase premium sunglasses sales.

Presented by Alessandro Baronti of Luxottica, the series is free for ABB Optical Group’s Primary Eyecare Network members and $15 per webinar for nonmembers. Each class is from 12:30pm to 1:30pm PDT. The remaining installments of the series are: 

  • September 14, Art of Retailing
  • October 12, The Art of Assortment Planning
  • November 9, The Patient Handoff

Visit PrimaryEye.net.

Ocular Nutrition 
Patients have a new supplement option for ocular health. PreserVision AREDS 2 formula + multivitamin, released in June, is beta carotene-free and contains a high level of vitamin D to support the needs of older adults, according to Bausch + Lomb. The supplement is now available in major retailers, including Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kroger and Amazon.

Visit www.preservision.com

Contact Lenses

Monthly Lenses 
Optometrists can now offer patients Johnson & Johnson’s Acuvue Vita monthly replacement contact lenses. The new, non-coated silicone hydrogel lens, launched in June, is designed to help maintain lens hydration, enhance comfort and provide UV protection, according to the company.

The lens material is designed to integrate beneficial lipids while maintaining a low deposition profile and reduced evaporation rates. 

Visit www.acuvue.com.

Rebate Program

Bausch + Lomb has updated its contact lens rebate website. It now works on all digital devices and features a scan-and-upload function that allows patients to submit rebate forms online or by mail. Customer service representatives will be available via live chat, e-mail or phone, according to the company. 

After receiving an eye exam, the mail-in rebate offer will save patients up to $130 on select Bausch + Lomb contact lenses until December 31, 2016. 

Visit www.BauschRebates.com