IOT launches new personalized lens calculation technology

IOT launches new personalized lens calculation technology

Digital Ray-Path 2, is an innovative personalized lens calculation technology that considers wearer’s accommodation

Digital Ray-Path 2 works in synergy with nature by harnessing the innate power of the human eye to create advanced lens designs. IOT has just launched the Digital Ray-Path 2 technology, an evolution of its predecessor, Digital Ray-Path. This new technology, in addition to mathematically minimizing oblique aberrations, adds the intelligent use of the wearer’s accommodation a natural mechanism of the eye that allows us to focus at different distances with great precision, thus creating unprecedented lenses.
Wearers will enjoy impeccable visual quality, greater comfort, and more precise focus. According to IOT co-founder and co-head of research and development, Dr. Jose Alonso, “The relationship between eye accommodation, the accommodative object space, and compensated power has long been understood. Until now, lens calculation technology has not been sophisticated enough to create FreeForm digital lenses that take full advantage of this knowledge. With Digital Ray-Path 2, we are finally able to create personalized lenses that harness the accommodative power of the human eye as part of the calculation. This allows us to focus on elements of aberration that the eye does not naturally correct for. The result is lens designs with dramatically reduced areas of peripheral blur.” Digital Ray-Path 2 is a patent-pending technology, only available at IOT. Visit www.iot.es

Schneider Anti Fog: Now available for most AR-coaters

Schneider Anti Fog: Now available for most AR-coaters

Schneider Anti-Fog Consumable Chip

The bad news: Wearing face masks will most likely remain for some time to come. The good news: Glasses will no longer fog up thanks to the Schneider Anti Fog Coating technology. All you need is one single consumable chip! Insert and go: No matter what equipment and size you are using, the Schneider Anti Fog technology runs on most common EB-coaters. The process parameters are adapted remotely. No time-consuming hardware retrofit needed! Unlike other technologies, Schneider Anti Fog is a long-term and reliable coating layer. To preserve the Anti Fog protection layer and its’ easy to clean properties, the lenses simply have to be activated with a specially developed Anti-Fog-cloth for day to day use. Make your customers smile again by selling lenses that just don’t fog up any longer! Visit www.schneider-om.com

Coburn Technologies announces new ProCoat hard lens coating

Coburn Technologies announces new ProCoat hard lens coating

ProCoat for hard lens coating

Coburn Technologies, Inc. is pleased to introduce ProCoat, their most robust and feature-rich hard coating for backside lens coaters. ProCoat is the “pro” when it comes to unsurpassed abrasion resistance, adhesion, tintability, clarity and stability.

Expertly formulated by their experienced coating development team, ProCoat delivers higher abrasion resistance and offers a greater degree of adhesion across a broad range of lens materials while also providing unsurpassed tintability. Alex Incera, Coburn’s president, explains; “ProCoat is the outcome of our latest coating development efforts to push the envelope of the performance of UV-curable spin coatings. The functional performance of this coating will be attractive to large commercial labs and small independents alike. You no longer have to sacrifice abrasion resistance for tintability and vice versa.” He continues, “And our coatings are based on Hybrid Cross Linking Technology™ (HCLT) allowing us to optimize performance across multiple parameters including adhesion, abrasion resistance, yields and tintability.”

Like Coburn’s UVMAX and DURA-UV, ProCoat is approved for use in competitive coating systems, is fast curing and achieves higher yields at a lower cost so labs can be sure they are making a solid investment toward their lens coating operations. ProCoat is also free of volatile solvents, making it safer to ship and handle.
For additional information about Coburn Technologies and their new ProCoat hard coating, visit www.coburntechnologies.com or call 1-800-COBURN-1.

Vision Expo East: Launch of new online continuing education platform

Vision Expo East: Launch of new online continuing education platform

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The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, co-owners of Vision Expo, are reimagining the Show’s continuing education offerings with the launch of VisionEd Direct, a new virtual continuing education platform offering on-demand accredited courses, and plans for a new education area to debut at Vision Expo East 2021.

Built on the Quantum Optical platform, one of the premier sources for continuing education in the ophthalmic field, VisionEd Direct launches today with 10 hours of accredited education, including five hours of Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) courses and five hours of American Board of Opticianry (ABO) courses. Visit the platform at education.visionexpo.com.
“Vision Expo has always been committed to delivering the highest caliber of education,” said Fran Pennella, Vice President of Vision Expo at Reed Exhibitions. “We are doubling down on our efforts to offer the best in education throughout the year with the launch of an on-demand platform, which is more relevant and important than ever before in the new COVID-19 reality we are adapting to. We are proud to offer VisionED Direct as a cutting-edge virtual option for the community to continue learning in between in-person events.”

VisionEd Direct courses are available on-demand and feature top educators from across the industry. The courses are priced at $15 per credit hour. As part of Vision Expo’s commitment to students, the courses are being offered to current students on a complimentary basis.
The easy-to-navigate VisionEd Direct platform features automatic grading, a virtual notepad for seamless note-taking, and electronic reporting of instant certificates. Furthermore, the platform stores all accreditation documentation as well as test history for easy access at any time.

“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we have worked diligently to keep the community connected and engaged. VisionEd Direct is the latest in a number of virtual offerings that we and our partners at Reed Exhibitions have rolled out to meet the demand for quality virtual programming and education during this challenging time for the optometric and optical communities,” said Mitch Barkley, Vice President of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council. “With an on-demand format featuring the same world-class educators typically present at Vision Expo each year, VisionEd Direct offers users access to an exceptional educational experience consistent with what they have come to expect from Vision Expo.”

The COPE accredited course offerings available on VisionEd Direct include:
• Cases From Your Phone – Avoiding Perils of Telemedicine, taught by Marc Bloomenstein, OD
• New Glaucoma Medications, taught by Michael Chaglasian, OD, FAAO
• Diabetic Retinopathy – An Era of Change For Optometry, taught by Jay Haynie, OD, FAAO
• Red Eyes – It’s just conjunctivitis…Or Is It? taught by Josh Johnston, OD, FAAO
• Oral Pharmaceuticals in Anterior Segment Disease, taught by Blair Lonsberry, OD, MS, MEd
The ABO accredited course offerings on VisionEd Direct include:
• Frame Board Management – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow, taught by Jackie O’Keefe Lincoln, ABOC
• Extraordinary Customer Service Models, taught by Joy Gibb, ABOC
• Patient Communication and Sales Strategies, taught by Val Manso
• Digital Eye Strain – What Every Optician and Technician Needs to Know, taught by Michael Vitale, ABOM, LDO, NCLEC
• Innovations in Lens and Frame Technology, taught by Phernell Walker, MBA, ABOM
Complete course descriptions can be found at education.visionexpo.com.

Additionally, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions plan to debut VisionEd, a rebranded, in-person education area dedicated to seminars, workshops and presentations, at Vision Expo East 2021, set to take place May 25–28, 2021 at the Javits Center in New York City. VisionEd is where attendees will hone their craft in courses led by renowned experts in clinical research, business, fashion and marketing. Additional details on VisionEd at Vison Expo East 2021 will be announced soon.
For more information on Vision Expo, visit east.visionexpo.com and follow Vision Expo’s social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Click here to pre-register for Vision Expo East 2021, taking place from May 25–28 in New York City.

Satisloh launches new AR coating to eliminate foggy lenses

Satisloh launches new AR coating to eliminate foggy lenses

Satisloh Fog-Free is the company’s solution to eliminating the annoying issue of foggy eyeglasses. Fog-Free consists of two elements: a new coating process for Satisloh vacuum box coaters and pre-treated consumer microfiber cloths, which activate the anti-fog functionality. Demand for this product has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, since face masks have become an essential part of daily life and eyeglass wearers face the challenge of their lenses fogging up continually.

How Satisloh Fog-Free works
The new process for Satisloh box coaters is applied to both sides of lenses during anti-reflective (AR) coating. These coated lenses are ready for the initial activation of the anti-fog effect, which can be done either in the lab or at the optician. The second element of Fog-Free is a pre-treated microfiber cloth which reactivates the anti-fog functionality with daily use. Activation is simple: just like a common microfiber cleaning cloth, wipe the front and backsides of lenses and the anti-fog effect is reactivated. One cloth typically lasts up to three months before it needs replacing. The combination of the Fog-Free coating process and the activation cloth’s Fog-Free substance results in a superior and long lasting anti-fog effect that outperforms conventional anti-fog sprays and wipes.

Sagnières and Del Vecchio step down from their current positions at EssilorLuxottica

EssilorLuxottica has announced a major change in leadership. Hubert Sagnières leaves all his executive responsibilities at EssilorLuxottica and its subsidiaries and will remain as nonexecutive Vice-Chairman of the company. In order to preserve the equal powers principle of the business combination agreement currently in place, Leonardo Del Vecchio decided to voluntarily step back from his executive responsibilities at EssilorLuxottica and will remain non-executive Chairman of the company.
The board granted executive powers to Francesco Milleri and Paul du Saillant, who are appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Deputy CEO) of EssilorLuxottica, respectively, until the appointment of the new Board of Directors by the 2021 annual general meeting of shareholders. Mr. du Saillant becomes Chairman and CEO of Essilor International.