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Alcon Launches Trifocal Toric Intraocular Lens PDF
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Tuesday, 07 February 2017

AlconAlcon has announced the launch of AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Toric presbyopia- and astigmatism-correcting intraocular lens (IOL) for patients with pre-existing corneal astigmatism undergoing cataract surgery. It is a new option for astigmatic patients who seek to address their near, intermediate and distance vision needs with a single lens.

This new lens achieved CE Mark status in November 2016, and was recently launched in Spain, Portugal and Chile. It extends the PanOptix trifocal platform that was first launched at the September 2015 European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting in Barcelona.

"The launch of the AcrySof IQ PanOptix Toric intraocular lens is a significant step forward in Alcon's presbyopia-correcting portfolio and extends our reach into the presbyopic population," said Mike Ball, CEO and Division Head, Alcon. "This lens not only expands available options physicians have to provide value to their patients with astigmatism, it gives patients the visual clarity and increased independence to improve their current lifestyles. For the surgeon, it also allows them to treat astigmatism at the same time as presbyopia with a trifocal that is part of the market-leading AcrySof platform."

The new AcrySof IQ PanOptix Toric IOL is intended for primary implantation in the capsular bag of the posterior chamber of the human eye for the visual correction of aphakia and pre-existing corneal astigmatism secondary to removal of a cataractous lens or clear lens. It is indicated for adult patients with and without presbyopia undergoing cataract surgery who desire near, intermediate and distance vision with increased spectacle independence. It utilizes the same trifocal optic as the AcrySof IQ PanOptix IOL on the front surface of the lens and combines it with the astigmatic correction features of a toric IOL on the back surface. This is the only IOL that delivers an intermediate focal point at 60 cm, a distance preferred by many patients for intermediate vision activities, combined with the exceptional rotational and axial stability of the AcrySof single piece design.

"Without innovations like this, many of my patients undergoing cataract surgery still need to rely on glasses or contact lenses to correct near vision issues or astigmatism post-surgery," said Dr. Thomas Kohnen, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Goethe-University Frankfurt. "The availability of vision correction options like the AcrySof IQ PanOptix Toric IOL helps them get back to driving, reading books and using electronic devices without contacts or eyeglasses with tolerable side effects in comparison with previous technologies."

Mondottica Releases Karen Millen Sunglasses Collection PDF
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

KM sunglassesMondottica is launching its debut sunglass collection in collaboration with their newest brand partner Karen Millen.

Born and bred in England, Karen Millen is known globally for creating beautifully crafted fashion for confident women who know their own style. Each individual piece of their collections have been designed, hand-crafted and perfected in their London atelier to deliver signature quality and attention to detail. From couture inspired techniques to luxurious heritage fabrics, every Karen Millen garment has a story to tell.

The collection features innovative design, fresh colours and forward thinking shapes to celebrate the individual. Embracing the brand’s playfulness, eclecticism and refinement, the sunglass collection looks to Karen Millen’s individual style to create three new ranges designed to elevate looks with personality and sophistication: Introducing the Atelier, Luxe and KM Sun Collections.

Coopervision Introduces Digital Lifestyle Contact Lens PDF
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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Biofinity Energys CLCoopervision has introduced its first contact lens specifically created for digital lifestyles during the recent CES (Consumer Electronics Show) show in Las Vegas.

According to the company, these new contact lenses, called CooperVision® Biofinity Energys™, are engineered from the ground up, combining breakthrough optical properties with an advanced moisture-retaining polymer material.

Seven in ten adults experience discomfort that comes with long hours of digital device use, and is most commonly felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen, characterized by tiredness, dryness, and redness. More than a third of Millennials spend nine or more hours each day on digital devices. Not surprisingly, 68 percent to 88 percent of Millennials report eye tiredness and dryness symptoms. Extended exposure to bright light, screen glare and longer periods of device use can contribute to the issue, which is becoming known as digital eye fatigue.

Biofinity Energys™ contact lenses are designed for all-day wear, helping people’s eyes better adapt so they can seamlessly and continuously shift focus between digital devices and offline activities. After one week of wear, eight out of ten digital device users agreed that Biofinity Energys™ lenses made their eyes feel less tired.

"There's no reason for eye tiredness and dryness to be the 'new normal' for the millions of contact lens wearers who are looking at screens throughout the day," said Dr. Michele Andrews, Senior Director of Professional and Academic Affairs, North America for CooperVision. "Trying to change people's behaviors by asking them to scale back their digital device use or change how they interact with screens has limited value. As a contact lens specifically designed for millions of digital device users, Biofinity Energys™ paves the way for meeting their demanding needs in a wholly new manner. Our research and development team broke new ground, discovering a way to address both optical and comfort aspects in a contact lens created to be worn throughout the day.”

Biofinity Energys™ lenses are designed to be replaced monthly, and require similar care and handling as other soft contact lenses to ensure a healthier wearing experience. Consumers should consult with their eye care professional before wearing this or any other lens.

UNSW Researchers Launch New Eye-Hand Coordination App PDF
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Monday, 21 November 2016

L-R Eye Hand Coordination Test AppThe School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia has just released an iPad app to test eye-hand coordination in a games-like manner with proven appeal to children and adults. The "L-R Eye-Hand Coordination App" overcomes a number of issues with existing EHC (Eye-Hand Coordination) tests and provides objective reporting of time taken and number of errors made tracing various shapes using a stylus. The app was conceived by Kiseok Robin Lee during his PhD candidacy at UNSW and designed by Malcolm Ryan from the School of Computing Science and Engineering at UNSW, with support from Catherine Suttle, Barbara Junghans and Sieu Khuu at SOVS.

The L-R EHC Test focusses on eye-hand coordination when just fine motor hand movements are being used within the one plane. This strategy restricts contributions from gross arm and shoulder movements that can be a significant confounder for most other EHC tests. In addition, input through stereopsis is minimal in the L-R EHC Test and the absence of good stereopsis is in itself unlikely to be a constraining factor.

Using a games-like approach, this app objectively tests eye-hand coordination in children and adults, and may thus provide sensory-motor information relevant to a range of medical conditions that affect vision and motorcoordination. The development of the app and its reliability and repeatability has been described and the mathematical degrees of difficulty of the various animal plates have been verified through empirical studies of performance in adults and children (Development of a novel approach to the assessment of eye–hand coordination. There is preliminary evidence that performance on the L-R EHC Test differentiates between those with normal vision and those with amblyopia or poorly treated amblyopia.

As the visual pathway and its interactions with other centres in the brain is complex, this app may be useful to optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists, paediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists and remedial educationalists.

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Eye Examination Device Developed For Drugs and Alcohol PDF
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Friday, 21 October 2016

DUI Detection DeviceResearchers have developed the first portable device that will one day enable police officers around the world to perform standardized roadside sobriety tests for both drugs and alcohol.

“No other device on the market can test for both drugs and alcohol,” says Daneshi, co-founder and vice-president of Ophthaligh, a company that develops mobile eye examination tools. “This includes marijuana, LSD, cocaine and other drugs. Less than one percent of drug or alcohol impaired drivers are being caught every year. This is a real breakthrough for driving under the influence (DUI)  detection technology that will help save lives and keep our roads safe.”

Currently in Canada, police officers are testing those who are suspected of driving impaired by performing eight routine eye tests with a flashlight. The results from these exams can be subjective and may vary based on the officers training, experience and interpretation. If the driver fails, they are then taken to the police station for further tests.

“The difference is that our device performs the tests objectively and quantifies the test results accurately. Our device has the ability to produce admissible court evidence by creating results containing charts and photos of the driver’s eyes. The user-friendly software interface helps eliminate human error and can be used on any mobile device.”

The DUI detection technology is an iteration of O-Glass, an award winning technology from Ophthalight, which allows physicians to perform inexpensive, accurate and automated eye exams to help make cost effective eye care ubiquitous around the world.

HOYA Launches Vision-centric 3D Tailored Eyewear Solution PDF
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

YunikuHOYA Vision Care has announced the launch of Yuniku. According to the company, it is the world’s first 3D tailored eyewear that is designed entirely around the optimal vision of the wearer. Yuniku is the result of a partnership with Materialise, provider of 3D printing software and services, and collaboration with Hoet design studio, known for innovative eyewear designs.

Regular frames and lenses can be customised only to a certain degree. The frame and fitting are a given, and lens parameters have to be adjusted to suit them, providing the best possible – though not always ideal – vision experience. Yuniku, by contrast, uses a revolutionary vision-centric approach. It begins by assessing the wearer’s visual needs and facial features. Advanced software calculates the ideal position of the lenses in relation to the eyes, and then designs the frame based on those unique parameters. 3D printing allows to further tailor the frame according the visual, comfort and aesthetic needs of the customer.

The range features an exclusive selection of frame designs, colours and finishes. These are complemented by a choice of a premium progressive, single vision or indoor lens solution.

The Yuniku concept is fully integrated, ensuring seamless customisation, production and delivery. Customers are involved throughout, offering maximum opportunity to interact and create their own unique eyewear. In store, the customer’s facial features are scanned and their visual needs are recorded. Based on the collected data, the optimal wearing parameters are defined and fixed and an automatic sizing recommendation for the frame is made. This ensures not only optimal vision but also the most comfortable frame fit, because each frame can be customised to suit every unique face.

Frame design, colour and finish can all be chosen to match the customer’s individual style. A virtual image of what the customer will look like in the selected eyewear is displayed on the screen, ensuring complete satisfaction with the end result.

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