Younger Optics Expands Polycarbonate Composite Multifocal Technology

Younger Optics has expanded its innovative polycarbonate composite segmented multifocal lens technology to include Transitions XTRActive FT28 bifocal lenses in gray.

This is in addition to the Transitions Signature segmented multifocals released last year. This means that polycarbonate bifocal lens wearers can enjoy the extra protection of Transitions XTRActive lenses for the first time.

Transitions XTRActive is the preferred photochromic lens of choice for many patients, both for its extra protection against bright light and to enhance indoor visual comfort. This expansion provides an opportunity for eye care professionals to significantly heighten the satisfaction of patients who wear polycarbonate bifocals because these ECPs won't have to find another option when these wearers request a darker Transitions brand lens. They can dispense authentic Transitions XTRActive lenses in a polycarbonate composite material.

Approximately one in five pairs of lenses sold today are segmented multifocals, and a majority of those are bifocals.

“Some patients will always require a multifocal lens, whether due to a medical reason or an inability to adapt,” said John Schubach, global director of lenscaster sales at Transitions Optical.

“Younger Optics and Transitions Optical have developed a polycarbonate composite lens that incorporates a thin photochromic front surface bifocal layer made of Trivex—resulting in a lens delivering Transitions XTRActive performance and superb segment cosmetics in a product that is surfaced, polished, edged and dispensed just like a clear polycarbonate lens,” added David Rips, president and CEO of Younger Optics.

Transitions XTRActive gray polycarbonate composite lenses are now available in FT28 exclusively from Younger Optics through any optical laboratory. Also available are Transitions Signature polycarbonate composite lenses in FT28 and FT35 bifocals and 7 x 28 trifocals, in both gray and brown.
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Signet Armorlite Introduces KODAK KolorUp™ Sun Lenses

Signet Armorlite, Inc. (SA) announces the addition of Kodak KolorUp Lenses to the Kodak Sun Lens product portfolio. Kodak KolorUp Sun Lenses are a unique range of sun filters to enhance color vision outdoors.

Using a proprietary in-mass tinting technology, Kodak KolorUp Sun Lens enables greater definition between colors. Kodak KolorUp Lens brightens color recognition while at the same time, reduces uncomfortable glare and protects eyes from UV rays. The special in-mass technology process guarantees greater color consistency throughout the lens, no matter how thin the prescription lens and will not fade over time. The unique tinting process also enables easy viewing of digital devices outdoors.

Kodak KolorUp Sun Lens is available in three tint options: gray, gray-green and brown. The polycarbonate material is lightweight for comfortable long-term wearing and impact resistance, making it highly suitable for outdoor activities. Lens design availability includes full-backside KODAK Progressives  and digitally-produced single-vision lenses.

To help explain the unique color enhancement properties of Kodak KolorUp Lens to patients, a lens demonstration kit is available. The demo kit includes bright imagery and product information along with three KolorUp Lenses and one polarized poly lens for color comparison. All four lenses are able to be displayed as well as removed from the kit to help the patient experience Kodak KolorUp Lens in the outdoors.

As part of the Kodak Lens Professional Series, Kodak KolorUp Sun Lenses are available exclusively to independent ECPs. To learn more about Kodak KolorUp Sun Lenses or the Kodak Lens Professional Series, please visit or To order Kodak KolorUp Sun Lens product literature or to request a demo lens kit, please visit

LABTECH: New Products September/October 2016

Satisloh North American Headquarters Expand — Again

Satisloh North America continues expanding their headquarters, based in Germantown, Wisconsin, with a recently completed 13,000 square foot addition to their warehouse as well as moving their training Academy into space vacated by another tenant. The company has been in Germantown, Wisconsin for 23 years and has expanded their headquarters' footprint six times—or on average every 4.5 years.

"Only two years after moving to this new, bigger space, we continued growing and now occupy the entire building 56,000 square feet," said Pete Lothes, Satisloh president/CEO. "Because of our much larger warehouse space, we now house all products at our headquarters. Previously, we rented space at other locations because we simply did not have enough room for our entire inventory."

The company's training program, Satisloh Academy, now has 12,000 square feet of private training space for attendees that travel to Germantown. The newly expanded Academy space also features a dedicated classroom as well as a private kitchen and entrance. The expanded space includes a tradeshow staging area, as well.

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Laser Engraver for Optical Materials

Eye DNA announces release of EyeBeam, a laser engraver for optical materials compatible with Eyedentify eyewear and accessories. This new machine enables the operator to easily create their own branded private label product, via engraving names and logos on plastic and metal eyewear in seconds. EyeBeam features a laser for high-speed marking and engraving with a highly accurate resolution of .01mm, and a 3axis adjustment table.  Eyedentify Ophthalmic is a collection of optical frames and materials that work in conjunction with the EyeBeam laser engraver.  Intended for optical laboratories and retailers interested in private label production. How it works: Branding or personalization such as logos, text, and images are rapidly etched or marked by laser beam using easy-to- use computer software configures graphics and controls operation of the laser. The laser is rated for 100,000 hours of marking before service recommendation and comes with a one year warranty for any manufacturer defects.

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New from Coburn Technologies the HPE-8000X Exxpert Edger

"HPE-8000X is the successor to our current model, HPE-8000, and now provides a multitude of new features and advancements to support the continuously changing needs in lens and frame technology," states Wayne Labrecque, vice president of sales for Coburn Technologies.

New key features of the HPE-8000X include:

• Step Bevel Cutting: Newly introduced "step bevel cutting" assures that the lens will fit precisely into high-wrap sunglasses even with special shape cuttings, such as ventilation holes.

• 11 Different Lens Edge Finishes: More options are now available for different jobs.

• Reduce lens slippage: Adaptive swivel chuck is used to clamp the lens more evenly, while eliminating lens slippage.

• Import & Store DCS (OMA) Directly: Directly import DCS job files including frame shape, FPD, finishing style, lens material, drill coordinates and more.

• 6 Different Edging Positions: Various edging position options help provide more choices when matching lens and frame eye wire geometry.

• Retouch Support Back Up: Saves up to the last three retouch jobs allowing user to go back and edit recent jobs
if necessary.

"The step bevel function has been considered a very high end, but expensive, option. Now, with the HPE-8000X, we are changing this preconceived notion by offering this high-end feature at an affordable price point," states Bruno Yun, senior sales application engineer for Coburn Technologies.

The Expert Edger, HPE-8000X, will be showcased at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, Nevada, booth LP6075.

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Lens Design, Coating and Materials from Rodenstock

Impression FreeSign 3
The Rodenstock development team is quite justified in calling Impression FreeSign 3 its best progressive lens of all times. Due to its patented flexible design technology, the lens provides unrestricted vision and can be perfectly matched to the personal lifestyle of the wearer. Thanks to patented Eye Lens Technology, progressive lenses are calculated on the basis of the latest physiological findings. With the combination of Impression FreeSign 3 and the DNEye ordering option, the aberrometric measurement data of the eye is incorporated into the lens optimization. That way the spectacles wearer receives a customized solution matched to his personal lifestyle, which he can exploit 100 percent of his individual vision potential.

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Solitaire 2
The 20-year success story of the Solitaire technology continues with Solitaire 2. The refined premium finishes were perfected and provide excellent all-round protection for lenses. Thanks to the plasma-assisted high-tech coating technology, which is applied in special high-vacuum systems, the scratch-resistance is twice as high as conventional lenses with an anti-reflection coating. A super anti-reflection coating, dust-, dirt- and water-repelling properties, climate-resistance, antistatic properties as well as an anti-fogging effect with Rodenstock FogFree are among the functions that a Rodenstock customer can expect. Through optimum UV protection against light that is incident from the front as well as the side, strain on the eyes from this harmful light component is also reduced. Rodenstock offers a 3-year guarantee on the high-tech finishes.

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ColorMatic IQ 2
ColorMatic IQ 2, self-tinting lenses are based on new dyes with a unique molecular structure. Appealing design colors, very true colors as well as even deeper tinting even on hot days and in the shade make these quality lenses into the ideal companion for everyday life. The new photochromic molecules are bigger and react more sensitively to UV light, through which the spectacles wearer experiences perfect tinting in the shade as well. The new molecular structure makes it possible to have deeper tinting than before at high temperatures and provides the perfect balance between the degree of tinting, becoming lighter quickly and clarity indoors.

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Labtalk September/October 2018