New Products November December 2013
Updated Multicultural Resources Catalogue
Transitions Optical recently updated its popular Multicultural Resources Catalogue with new information and tools to better connect eye care professionals with their culturally diverse patients. New resources for 2013 include ABO-accredited education courses, a series of best practice videocasts, and a Multicultural Initiative Report from Transitions Optical. Eye care professionals can request a copy of the catalogue and other printed materials free of charge through a new online ordering feature at MyMulticulturalToolkit.com, or by contacting Transitions Optical Customer Service directly at
or (800) 848-1506.
Two New Features for Automated Taping
PSI’s Automatic Surface Tape Applicator (ASTA) Handling System now offers two new features: a hot knife to minimize blade replacements, saving time and money, while creating less debris and mess; and, new suction cup handling that gives labs the ability to use multiple job tray designs and provides smoother transportation of the lens between the tray and the taper. The ASTA Handling System combines PSI’s Automated Surface Tape Applicator (ASTA) with conveyors and robotics to completely automate the process of taping lenses. It is a simple unit that is easy to install and operate and can be incorporated into a lab’s existing conveyor belt system. For more information contact PSI at 800-237-8154 or visit their Website at
Versatile and Flexible Storage for Labs
The new Lab Kits from Eye Designs creates a more efficient and convenient work space where each lab tool and frame order has its place and is easily accessible. Lab Kits feature wall mounted panels along with a variety of accessories such as aluminum shelves, open bins and multi tool holders. The wall panels are constructed of marine-grade plastic for extreme strength and durability while the specialized accessory components snap and lock into place for stability. With a neutral gray finish and anodized aluminum and black components, Lab Kits are modern and stylish to also enhance the overall design of the lab environment. Lab Kits are available in three different options to meet all storage and organization needs. Each individual Lab Kit includes two wall panels with a variety of accessories and measures 24” w x 48” h. For more information call Eye Designs at 1-800-346-8890 or visit their Website at
Kodak and Signet Armorlite Renew Licensing Agreement
Signet Armorlite recently renewed their 17-year licensing agreement with Eastman Kodak Company.
As Kodak moves forward, it has restated its commitment to delivering imaging innovation with superior color quality based on its history of imaging and color science technology. In alignment with Kodak, Signet Armorlite offers KODAK Lenses with digital lens technology that focuses on color enhancement and contrast sensitivity. The new “See the Colors of Life” campaign launched at Vision Expo West will bring awareness of how significant color vision is in daily life.
“For the last twenty years, Kodak and Signet Armorlite have shared a goal of providing quality products and technology innovation to their respective customers,” states Brad Staley, president of Signet Armorlite, Inc. “The renewal of our contract with Kodak signals nothing but great success for both companies going forward.” For more information about Signet Armorlite and KODAK Lenses, please visit their Website at
New Plastic Photochromic Lens from Vision-Ease Lens
ChangeRx, the new plastic photochromic lens from Vision-Ease Lens offers an affordable, lightweight option with homogeneous “in mass” manufacturing for fast, uniform reactivity when exposed to UV light. ChangeRx lenses provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, and are immediately available in semi-finished single vision, with gray and brown color options along with coated and uncoated availability. Future availability will include a general purpose (Novel) and a short corridor (Novella) progressive along with FSV with and without AR.
“ChangeRx plastic photochromics are a great addition to the marketplace,” said John Bator, senior product manager at VEL. “In addition to great performance, the product is an ideal solution for direct surfacing needs with availability in one diopter step base curves with a 75mm diameter.”
Eleven percent lighter and more comfortable than standard hard resin lenses, ChangeRx lenses provide the optical performance of a 1.50 refractive index in hard resin material with specific gravity of 1.18 g/cc. They also provide 89.1 percent indoor light transmission and activate rapidly to ISO Sunglass Category 3 range, making them the ideal lens choice for both indoor and outdoor use. For more information visit the Vision-Ease Website at
New Line of Tools and Supplies
Santinelli has expanded its selection of high-quality supplies, frame parts, tools and accessories, offering convenient, one-stop-shopping for both dispensary and finishing lab needs. The Santinelli International Optical Supplies product line includes hundreds of items showcased in a beautiful, full-color catalog available in an e-mag version on their Website, at trade shows, and upon request. The collection includes everyday staples, such as nose pads, temple tips and screws, but also features unique workshop aides. One of the featured lines is the exclusive “Visionary” Plier Collection developed by Breitfeld & Schliekert (B&S), a German company known internationally for highly functional and “refined craftsmanship” quality products. To request a catalog or place an order, please email email@example.com or visit their Website at
New Edger from Briot USA
Briot USA launched their newest edger, eXpression, at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. eXxpression is a new all-in-one edging system featuring a series of upgrades while still offering an entry-level price point. This machine offers a new, comprehensive touch screen that can navigate all features with ease along with providing faster tracing, improved shape modification capabilities, and easy maintenance options. OMA connectivity, remote tracing, and the ability to receive updates through Briot TechSoft make eXpression a machine that is efficient, easy, and affordable. For more information Briot at call 1-800-292-7468.
Two New Office Lenses
Shamir launched two new lenses, at Vision Expo West, for keeping the office in perfect focus; Shamir Computer and Shamir WorkSpace. The two new lenses are designed to provide patients with the perfect visual solution for their occupational environment and daily tasks. Shamir Computer has a wide field of near viewing with clear vision up to five feet—a far greater depth of field than offered by conventional reading lenses. This lens is perfect for tasks that are mainly sitting with low interaction with others. The Shamir WorkSpace is the best solution when the priority focus is both mid-distance and near viewing. It’s near distance field of viewing is not as wide as the Shamir Computer, but its mid-distance is 10 feet instead of five. This lens is perfect for occupations that involve more moving around and have a high level of interaction. Both lenses take advantage of Shamir’s Freeform technology including Natural Posture and IntelliCorridor. Shamir Computer and Shamir WorkSpace will be available in 14mm fitting heights in the following materials: 1.5 Hard Resin, DCL Trivex, 1.56, 1.58 Polycarbonate, and SuperLite 1.60. Shamir’s original occupation lens, Shamir Office, is still available as a general work space lens, while Shamir Computer and Shamir WorkSpace offer more customized solutions for a wider variety of occupational uses. For more information contact Shamir at 877-514-8330 or visit their Website at
New Low Cost Polishing Machine
The new Easy Twin CNC polishing machine from OptoTech is a low cost, two-spindle polisher for fine-polishing of ophthalmic lenses with progressive, custom made, spherical, atoric, toric, convex and concave surface geometries. It can be used for polishing both organic and silicate lenses. Two lenses are processed simultaneously even with different surface prescriptions with specifically assigned kinematics. Automatic tool change via two tool revolvers, each equipped with four polishing tools (OptoTech flex tools or flatback tools) and a fully-fledged CNC controller for freeform lens production (six CNC axes) make the Easy Twin truly easy. The Easy Twin CNC polishing machine comes with a touchscreen for ease of operation and a mechanical clamping system for blocking pieces, and an integrated cleaning tank on the forefront of the machine plus barcode handscanner. Optional add-ons include polishing tank, chiller, and polishing tools. For more information visit the OptoTech Website at
or call (215) 679-2091.