AUTOGRAPH III NEWEST FREEFORM DESIGN FROM SHAMIR
Autograph III is the new and improved version of Shamir’s Autograph II. Using a new generation of EyePoint Technology, lenses can now be created to adjust to real world viewing. The goal of this new technology is to overcome the problem of different prescription-related viewing experiences through the same zone of the lens. Previously, each patient’s perceived viewing field was significantly different based on their prescription, although the lens design remained the same. EyePoint Technology III has effectively solved this problem, so both hyperopic and myopic patients experience similar viewing fields, by enabling the ability to provide a different lens design for the Hyperopic and Myopic patient. Shamir Autograph III is available in CR-39, SuperLite 1.60, SuperLite 1.67, SuperLite 1.74, Polycarbonate, DLC Trivex, and NXT and in 11mm, 13mm, 15mm and 18mm fitting heights. For more information contact Shamir at 877-514-8330 or visit their Web site
Crizal Kids UV Lenses
Essilor has combined the impact resistance of Airwear polycarbonate with the UV protection and glare reduction of Crizal AR to create Crizal Kids UV lenses. The lens comes with an unlimited lens replacement for the lifetime of the prescription. Recommended for patients ages 5 to 12, Crizal Kids UV is available in single vision, in +6.00 to -6.00 sph, and up to -2.00cyl, with a maximum eye size of <49mm. To learn more visit
LABTECH: New Products May/June
Progressive Choice Free-Form
Now patients have a new Choice. Carl Zeiss Vision is offering a new customized progressive lens series, Choice, consisting of three new progressive lenses: ZEISS Progressive Choice, ZEISS Progressive Choice Plus, and ZEISS Progressive Choice Plus V. ZEISS Progressive Choice lenses are optically optimized for up to 30 percent larger fields of clear vision. Four corridor options, sized for 13, 15, 17 and 19mm fitting heights, are available. No compensated powers are required for verification of the lenses.
“Some patients are reluctant to make the leap in price to a free-form progressive lens,” said Roya Graily, product marketing manager, Carl Zeiss Vision. “At the same time, many practices are concerned that free-form lenses will make dispensing more complex. ZEISS Progressive Choice addresses both concerns: it is priced and dispensed like a semi-finished lens, but the wearer will enjoy significantly better visual performance.”
ZEISS Progressive Choice Plus and ZEISS Progressive Choice Plus V are fully customized for the wearer’s combination of sphere, cylinder, axis and add for up to 40 percent larger fields of clear vision compared to ordinary progressives. Both employ newly improved ZEISS Center of Rotation Evaluation (CORE) technology, which uses a highly accurate calculation of the wearer’s center of rotation distance to sharpen vision throughout the lens. They differ only in the way the corridor is determined:
• ZEISS Progressive Choice Plus offers the five corridor options for fitting heights of 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21mm
• ZEISS Progressive Choice Plus V employs a corridor sized automatically in 0.1mm increments to the fitting height of the patient’s frame.
For more information contact Carl Zeiss Vision at
For Small Lab Applications
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Perfect for small lab applications, the new Alta Zd edger from Briot offers distinct software and capabilities that ensure customized and best aesthetic fit for high-wrap frames, complex patterns and customized lens shapes. The small finishing wheel allows for elaborate finishing capability while reducing the use of the drill/mill tool. The Alta Zd is also fully versatile and easily adapts to individual requirements including a partial processing function and ability to combine a groove together with a V-Bevel. This machine delivers consistent and reliable results with accuracy measuring 1/100th of a millimeter. For more information on the new Alta Zd, contact Briot USA at 1-800-292-7468.
Recharge! Reduce Gadget Induced Eye Fatique
HOYA has developed and launched Recharge, an anti-reflective lens treatment that reflects the harmful Blue Light away from the eyes. Within the visible light spectrum there is “good blue light” and “bad blue blight.” The good blue light helps our body’s biorhythms and sleep patterns. While overexposure to the HEV, or “bad blue light,” attacks us with a wide range of annoying and chronic conditions associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and Digital Eye Strain (DES). HOYA’s new Recharge anti-reflective treatment reflects the portion of blue light emitted from back-lit hand held devices that is “bad” and ensures the portion of blue light we need for optimal contrast and other health benefits is allowed to pass through.
“Our eyes were designed for us to use as hunters and gatherers. Now we hunt and gather on Google,” stated Barney Dougher, president of HOYA Vision Care, North America. “We are not fully equipped to handle all of the demands placed on our eyes by today’s technological devices.” For more information visit the HOYA Web site at
CrystalCLEAR Glass Polish from Vision Dynamics
CrystalCLEAR glass polish, a new high grade polish ideal for polishing glass lenses, is now available in one and five gallon buckets from Vision Dynamics Laboratory.
“As the processing of glass lenses shrinks, the cost of buying polish in traditionally available quantities has become quite expensive,” said Eric Lindquist, national sales manager. “At Vision Dynamics, our polish is available in smaller more economical weights to right size your inventory,” added Lindquist.
Specifics of the product include:
• Premium white rare earth cerium oxide powder ideal for polishing glass lenses
• Color: White
• Median Particle Size: 2.2u
• Neutral PH
• % Cerium Oxide: 95%+
• Recommended Baume: 8° - 10°
For more information contact Vision Dynamics at 800-797-2743 or visit their Web site at
New Lens Material
Tribrid, a new lens material from PPG Industries, merges elements of Trivex with traditional high-index technology to create a lens material suited to patients with higher prescriptions within the +/-3.oo to +/-7.00 diopters range. Tribrid material features optical clarity (Abbe number 41), lightweight comfort (density 1.23 grams per cubic centimenter), thinness (refractive index of 1.60), impact resistant (withstands more than 160 times the energy of the FDA drop ball test) and 100 percent UV protection.
“Tribrid material represents the next evolution in lens material technology,” said Christine Camsuzou, PPG general manager of optical materials. “It expands upon the foundation of Trivex material—clarity, light weight, strong and UV protection—and makes similar attributes available in a high-index lens to meet the everyday visual needs of patients with higher-prescription requirements.”
Tribrid lenses will be available in the summer of 2013 from X-Cel Optical in semi-finished single vision clear and Transitions lenses. Tribrid lenses are compatible with digital free-form processing and with anti-reflective coatings. For more information on Tribrid lenses visit
New Lenses in the Thin&Lite and Transitions VI Lines
Now Thin&Lite 1.74 lens material from Essilor, is available in Transitions VI lenses in the following brands including Varilux Physio DRx, Essilor Digital single vision lenses, and Crizal. Thin&Lite 1.74 lenses are the thinnest and flattest lenses, ideal for patients with higher prescriptions who want to minimize lens thickness and weight. For more information contact Essilor at 1-800-Essilor.
New License Agreement
Carl Zeiss Vision and Rodenstock have entered into a cross-license agreement for patents covering certain ophthalmic lens technologies, including Carl Zeiss Vision’s back-surface freeform progressive lens technology. This agreement will allow Carl Zeiss Vision and Rodenstock to accelerate the delivery of advanced ophthalmic lens products and related technology to markets throughout the world.
New Free-Form Polisher from Augen
The new free-form polisher from Augen features dual independent polishing arms, follows high curves over 6D cyl and 20D sphere, with an easy-to-read monitor for tracing both independent arms simultaneously. The Augen EasyForm FF-2LP is a fast, tough polisher that follows toric, aspheric and progressive design curves to preserve the surface and prescription integrity, can process up to 30 jobs per hour and polish lenses up to 85mm. Parts and guidelines are included for making your own polishing tools, which provides savings and down time in ordering and waiting for replacement parts. For more information contact Augen at 1-866-284-3611.
Transitions Vantage Lenses Available in 1.67
Transitions Vantage lenses are now available in 1.67 high index material providing eye care professionals a variable polarization solution for patients with stronger prescriptions. Transitions Vantage lenses adjust to match the level of outdoor glare, which can vary as the day progresses and conditions change. For more information contact Transitions Optical at 1-800-533-2081.