Take a Sneak Peek at New Lens Products

By Judith Lee
Free-form lens technology continues to dominate the news in optical lenses, and this will be evident at Vision Expo East. Some lens makers are just now throwing their hat into the free-form ring, while others are offering second or third generations of free-form lenses. A few companies are offering free-form lenses and the equipment needed to make them. Here’s a “sneak peek” at what you can expect.

AUGEN OPTICS

Augen Optics will display free-form lenses and demonstrate its EasyForm digital processing equipment onsite at booth LP7315.

HDRx Trinity free-form progressives will be featured. These new products, launched last fall, are the same premium lens designs as the Augen High Definition progressives product line, delivered in a free-form configuration. HDRx Trinity progressives are available in three distinct designs: HDRx Trinity 13/17 for general wear; HDRx Trinity 8/12 for small frames; and HDRx Trinity Spacia for outdoor and technology activities. HDRx Trinity progressives can be ordered in photochromic, polarized and high-index lenses. Lenses can be optimized with the design on the back surface, or customized with the design on the front. Augen will display its Vigeo Lens-and-Frame Package for children. Vigeo is a frame engineered for children’s faces through industrial design, not fashion design. The frames are safe, ergonomic, and lightweight. Vigeo is designed to fit 97.5 percent of children, between the ages of 6 and 18, comfortably. The ergonomic design was made using optical and anthropometric data (specific eye and face measurements), gathered from over 500,000 children in elementary and junior high schools.

The Augen EasyForm digital surfacing system is a turnkey system for laboratories seeking an entry into free-form. EasyForm is a full free-form processing system, providing the ability to produce free-form Augen HDRx Trinity Progressives and HD Single Vision lenses onsite. The EasyForm system includes a patented multi-axis computerized surface generator utilizing ­Augen’s premium lens design software. The “plug and play” ­processing system offers a small footprint, and produces both Augen free-form and conventional lens surfaces.

BRISTOL C&D, INC.

Bristol C&D, Inc. is releasing a polycarbonate lens in a photochromic that darkens and clears quickly. Bristol is best known for its line of Bristolite high-base lenses. Your customers may Rx the new lens, called B-Lite Photo for geriatric patients and also for pediatric patients with Down Syndrome or Autism. B-Lite Photo is available in 9.00, 11.00 or 13.00 base and in 70mm polycarbonate semi-finished, aspheric single vision or flat-top 28 gray lenses.

CARL ZEISS VISION

Carl Zeiss Vision continues to push the boundaries of progressive lens personalization with ZEISS Individual2. ZEISS Individual 2 adds a new dimension to personalization by ­providing dispensers the option to ­include extra ­support in the near or ­intermediate zones for patients who would benefit from it. All ZEISS Individual2 designs have the same outstanding distance zone, and each will provide excellent all-around performance. Of course, ZEISS Individual2 also employs the Rx, frame and position-of-wear customization that have made the original ZEISS Individual progressive lens an industry leader.

CHEMAT VISION INC.

Chemat Vision Inc. introduces icClear single vision lenses with either high-minus power (> -10.00 D) or high-plus power (> +4.00 D). With these lenses, you can offer customers ordering high-power lenses a much thinner lens, thanks to the integration of advanced high-index optical materials, special aspheric and lenticular optical design, and digital precision fabrication. Both plus and minus power lenses can be designed, while blend and curve elements can be tailored to the Rx. A graphical portrayal of the finished lens can be viewed on the monitor, ensuring the final product will be as expected. High-power lenses can be thinned as much or as little as desired. The lenses available are ±20 D in the spherical range and -20 D in the cylinder range. You can check out icClear at the Chemat booth LP7545.

HOYA

HOYA will be featuring two products that are designed to please even the pickiest lens wearer, HOYALUX iD MyStyle progressive, and EX3 high definition AR technology. A free-form lens, both front and back sides of ­HOYALUX iD MyStyle are entirely customized for the wearer. Because even the smallest aberration can compromise perception and vision, HOYA utilizes the MyStyle iDentifier interactive tool to apply free-form design principles to the retina and pinpoint measurements. EX3 AR technology provides maximum protection against scratches, extreme protection from reflection and glare, clear vision and longer lens life. EX3 increases clarity and color contrast, and is recommended for active lifestyles. At VEE, HOYA will also feature Sync, a single vision lens for those who are frequently reading smartphone and tablet screens. Sync aids the eye with the exhausting demands of focusing at differing distances. It prevents eye fatigue and provides comfortable vision all day long.

OPHTHONIX

The iZon eFocus computer lens will be featured at the Ophthonix booth LP7283. With this customized progressive computer lens, your customers can address the unique vision problems associated with computer use, providing clear, crisp and comfortable vision. Each prescription is customized for a patient’s intermediate requirements, as well as the distance they typically sit from their computer screen. It has a wide intermediate zone, but also a fully usable reading zone, making it ideal for office work. As with all iZon lenses, they come standard with scratch-resistant, ­anti-reflective and super hydrophobic coatings. They are available in the iZon Single Layer design, and 1.60, 1.67 and polycarbonate materials.

Also featured at VEE will be the 1.67 lens material, the thinnest way to achieve high-definition vision. Up to 30 percent thinner and lighter than standard plastic lenses, they are aesthetically pleasing for high-prescription patients while allowing for a wider range of frame choices. This material can be used for iZon Single-Layer progressive, single vision and eFocus lenses.

SEIKO

At booth LP7303, SEIKO will introduce the Surmount Ws Dual Patented 100 percent Internal Free-Form Lens, a hard design progressive lens offering a 42 percent wider reading area with clear distance vision to the periphery. The lens is recommended for progressive lens wearers who rely heavily on eyeglasses for near vision.

The design features an automatic variable inset of the corridor and reading areas based on patient distance Rx and PD. Optical dispensers can specify the patient’s preferred reading distance to ensure exact optical alignment for the widest intermediate and reading areas possible. Surmount lenses use advanced aspheric compensation to optimize the Rx for the as-worn position, and multi-polar astigmatic correction that corrects for oblique astigmatism.

Seiko Surmount and Surmount Ws lenses are available in 1.50 plastic, Trivex, polycarbonate, 1.60, 1.67, and 1.74 high-index materials. Polarized and Transitions lenses are also available in select materials.

A new generation of occupational lenses, SEIKO PCWide Free-Form, will be on display. This is an entirely new category of occupational lenses, combining 100 percent back-surface design with free-form surfacing technology to create lenses specifically optimized for the desktop environment.

PCWide lenses provide a large full-power area for reading and close-up work. The intermediate area then uses reverse power accommodation technology to smoothly reduce the power as the eye rotates upward through the lens, optimizing vision for desktop computer monitor distances. Three reverse power types are available, reducing power by 1.00, 1.50 and 2.00 diopters, respectively.

PCWide lenses are available in 1.50 plastic, Trivex and polycarbonate, as well as 1.60, 1.67 and 1.74 high-index plastic. Transitions lenses are also available in all indexes except 1.74.

Also on display will be SEIKO’s new product in the free-form, single vision category: Wrap Tech Thin, available in 1.67 index clear and polarized (gray and brown). SEIKO has utilized free-form technology to create lightweight and thin high-base lenses for wrap style eyewear.

Wrap Tech Thin lenses are available in 6.00 and 8.00 base curves in 1.67 high-index plastic, as well as in SEIKO Sportswear Transitions SOLFX lenses featuring light green/gray G15 color tint indoors that changes to 85 percent sunglass shade outdoors when exposed to UV light. To accommodate larger frames, Wrap Tech Thin lenses are automatically decentered 5 or 10mm, giving the lens an effective diameter (ED) of 85mm. Mirror coatings and anti-reflective coatings are also available.

Shamir

Stop by Shamir’s booth LP7535 to learn through an iPad experience about two new specialty designs, Shamir Golf and Shamir FirstPAL. Shamir Golf is a freeform lens with three distinct vision zones. It enables the golfer to focus on the scorecard in his hand, the ball at his feet, and the green in the distance. Shamir FirstPAL is designed for new presbyopes ages 40-45, offering a low-addition near-viewing area, maximum viewing comfort throughout the lens, and affordable pricing to ease the transition from single vision to progressive. At VEE, Shamir’s Hole-in-One Bean Bag Toss game will give you a chance to win prizes including iPads and iPod Touches, and Shamir will give away golf-inspired promotional items.

TRANSITIONS OPTICALS

Visit the Transitions Opticals booth LP7115, to learn more about the new Transitions Vantage lenses. Transitions Vantage lenses are an everyday adaptive lens designed to both darken and polarize upon UV exposure to deliver crisp, sharp vision in the brightest outdoor glare. These lenses not only adapt to changing light but also increase polarization as they darken, optimizing the angle at which light reaches the eyes to help control glare and light scatter. With variable polarization the lenses not only adapt to changing light by darkening, but also by increasing in polarization. This means that Transitions Vantage lenses will have a variable level of polarization efficiency depending on the amount of UV exposure—the darker the lens, the more polarization efficiency there is. Transitions Vantage lenses give labs the opportunity to offer a new, unique proposition—a product with both variable tint and variable polarization.

Transitions Vantage lenses use technology that is different than conventional photochromic and polarization technologies. The photochromic dyes in Transitions Vantage lenses not only darken, but they also align to create polarization. This technology does not use a polarized film, and while the photochromic molecules still change shape when exposed to UV light, they also change alignment. Like other polarized lenses, labs will need to align the Transitions Vantage lenses correctly in the frame.

Transitions Vantage lenses are a part of an everyday product offering—meant to be worn indoors and outdoors— which is complemented by a full line of Transitions performance sunwear products. With added anti-reflective (AR) coating, Transitions Vantage lenses become the only everyday lenses available that help to manage all four types of glare. With this new addition to the Transitions family of products, and revolutionary technology, labs will have something new to bring to their eyecare professionals—creating interest and excitement for adaptive lens technology. “Transitions Vantage lenses give consumers additional benefits they have never been able to have in a clear lens,” said Alexis Cardona, chief marketing officer, Transitions Optical. “We are bringing adaptability and responsiveness to an area of the optical market that formerly was fixed, further helping enhance the vision and lives of patients. This will provide significant opportunity to increase business for the eyecare professional and all of our trade partners.”

VISION-EASE LENS

Vision-Ease Lens is promoting its Continua FSV High Impact Safety 2.0 mm in the minus powers (0.00 to -6.00 to -2.00 cyl. 75mm). The lens was reintroduced last December. The release of the Continua FSV Safety plus powers is anticipated to be April 1, 2012.

YOUNGER OPTICS

Booth LP7155 offers the first peek at Transitions XTRActive finished single vision (FSV) lenses in polycarbonate and hard resin (Rx range: sph -4.00 to +4.00, cylinder out to -2.00). Younger Optics is the first to release these lenses, enabling labs to fill more prescriptions with finished lenses, rather than processing semi-finished lenses.

In addition to finished Transitions XTRActive, Younger Optics also offers XTRActive lenses in various semi-finished lens styles in hard resin, polycarbonate, Trilogy and high-index 1.67. “Younger Optics is committed to supporting the entire line of Transitions lenses,” said David Rips, president and CEO of Younger Optics. “Now Younger is the world leader in Transitions XTRActive lenses.” These lenses are designed for those who spend most of their day outdoors. The darkest Transitions lens, XTRActive blocks 100 percent of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.

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