Santinelli Expands Optical Tools & Supplies Catalog

Santinelli International is introducing over 20 new products in their new catalog supplement for tools and supplies. Highlights include an “anvil style” bench block, a spring hinge tool kit, a screw-extractor set, plus replacement temples, bridges and nose pads for today’s popular  frame styles.

 The new catalog supplement is available upon request and is also accessible in an e-mag version via the company’s Website at To request the full catalog or the new catalog supplement, email

New Deblocking Pliers from Western Optical

The new line of Deblocking Pliers from Western Optical Supply are designed to fit hubs that measure 12mm round, 15mm round, 15.75 x 12mm and 15.5 x 14.25mm. Match up the dimensions  of the raised hub on your block to the inside dimensions of the plier jaw (stated with each plier style).  As various edgers use blocks from a range of suppliers, matching dimensions is the best way to determine the plier that is suitable for the job. Every plier has a tension screw to adjust the grip on  the block. The Deblocking Pliers #2001, #2002 and #2003 can be seen on the Western Website, where you can watch a live demonstration (Western Optical LIVE! page 21).

LABTECH: New Products September/October

Shamir and Rudy Project Team Up

Two technologies unite to bring technically advanced lenses together with technically advanced frames to offer a total prescription sports solution for everyone from the pro athlete to the weekend warrior. The partnership between Shamir and Rudy Project will combine Rudy Project’s award-winning, techno-geometric Italian frames, which incorporate lightweight materials such as Kynetium and fully adjustable temple arms and nose pieces, with Shamir’s recently launched Attitude III progressive and single vision sun lenses, the companies will create a revolutionary new sport and fashion sun wear line unlike anything seen in the industry before. 

This ultimate RX solution will be edged at Shamir’s new edging facility located in Los Angeles, CA, where jobs will be processed quickly with accurate precision.

“Capitalizing on the knowledge of our lens designs and edging expertise, we have taken optics, precision and aesthetics of finished eyewear to a new level,” said Nir Shmuel, VP Operations of Shamir. “Each job processed at Shamir’s edging facility is analyzed based on the Shamir design, the patient’s RX and the intricacies of the frame to ensure that the final product provides superior optics and unmatched cosmetics,” added Shmuel. 

 “Shamir represents the pinnacle of lens technology and we are delighted to bring their new Attitude III lenses to the Technically Cool Rudy Project line,” said Brad Shapiro, Rudy Project Principal. “Our relationship began several years ago with the launch of Rudy Project’s FreeForm TEK lenses which were fabricated in our proprietary ImpactX lens material, creating a virtually indestructible lens with amazing optical properties. Now, we’re excited to strengthen that relationship as we utilize Shamir’s new Attitude III lenses which will again be crafted in our award-winning ImpactX material.”

New and Improved Optifog Lenses

Essilor has improved their Optifog lenses to keep patients’ vision free from potentially dangerous fog. Patients no longer need a special liquid to activate the anti-fog property on the lenses weekly. Instead, patients will be able to clean and activate Optifog lenses at the same time with the Optifog Activator Cloth.

 “As Essilor continues to focus on bringing innovative solutions to address the concerns of eyeglass wearers, we’re excited to launch the enhanced version of Optifog lenses,” said Lauri Crawford, senior vice president of marketing, Essilor of America. “We listened to feedback from patients and eye care professionals, and with that input in mind we’ve developed a better, easier way to activate the exclusive anti-fog properties on the lenses to ensure patients maintain clear, fog-free vision.”

Optifog lenses include a unique top layer, containing fog repellent properties on both the front and back side of the lens that are activated through the daily use of the Optifog Activator Cloth. Simply wiping the Optifog lenses with the Optifog Activator Cloth can provide long-lasting protection against fog.

HOYA Expands Back Side PAL Offerings

Now back side progressive lens technology will be used in the production of additional lens designs from HOYA. Here’s how it works: the appropriate semi-finished single vision lens is selected and the PAL Rx is added to the back surface. Two of the primary advantages are greater availability in materials and larger cut outs to accommodate wrap sun wear. The combination of back side designs with free-form technology has opened up new levels of product availability and improved tried and true designs such as Tact and Sync.


“Many conventional designs in recent years have been digitally surfaced and for some labs that was an improvement.” said Barney Dougher, president and CEO of HOYA Vision Care, North America, he continued, “With our free-form technology, the most advanced in use today, we have taken our back side PAL designs and completely changed the way prescriptions are optimized. No one else is doing what we do the way we do it, and that is maximizing the science and technology that free-form offers and bringing it to  independent practices.”

Benefits from backside PAL technology:

1.  Greater flexibility in lens materials

2.  Practitioners can prescribe Hoya technology for all patients

3.  Allows for Hoya designs in today’s larger frame styles

4.  Ease of switching patients from non-HOYA designs

For more information visit

New Adaptive Crossbow Eyeshield

Transitions Optical, Inc. and ESS introduce of a new ballistic Crossbow eyeshield, using a Transitions adaptive sun lens, which incorporates Transitions Optical’s light-management technology with ESS’s highly acclaimed line of Crossbow eyeshields.  This allows military, law-enforcement, fire and rescue professionals the convenience of using a single ballistic eye piece for both indoor and outdoor use.

The Crossbow Photochromic is a premium addition to the ESS product line, which redefines functional eye protection for military and public safety professionals. The non-prescription lens is nearly clear indoors and in dim light conditions, providing a visible light transmission (VLT) range of 86 percent to 24 percent, and conveniently darkens outdoors to provide comfort from bright light and protection from harmful UV rays.

 “Safety professionals are a perfect fit for using photochromic technology – optimal vision can truly have an effect on their job performance,” said Sandy Callwood, marketing manager, Transitions Optical, sunwear. “Since the new Crossbow Photochromic eyeshield features our cutting-edge Transitions adaptive sun lens technology, wearers can be rest assured they will have the best possible vision in all lighting conditions.”

The ESS Crossbow Photochromic meets the U.S. MIL SPEC PRF 31013 (clause, ANSI Z87.1-2010, and US OSHA requirements. Additionally, for wearers with prescription eyewear needs, ESS currently offers two Rx insert options for the Crossbow: the nylon framed P-2B Rx Insert and the wire-framed Vice Rx Insert.

The Crossbow Photochromic One kit includes a black Crossbow frame, light-adapting photochromic lens, microfiber cleaning pouch, elastic retention strap and hard case, and is available now to purchase from ESS’s website at


Chemistrie Blue

Chemistrie magnetic lens layering technology adds another “layer” of products with their new Chemistrie Blue. Chemistrie Blue is a computer lens layer designed to filter out a portion of High Energy Visible (HEV) light, commonly referred to as blue light. This lens layer easily attaches to any pair of glasses using the patented Chemistrie magnetic system. 

 Excessive blue light is associated with today’s modern technology including computer screens, smart phones and tablets. These devices can cause the symptoms of Digital Eye Strain (DES) including eye irritation, blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes and general fatigue. According to a recent study by the Vision Council, nearly 70 percent of adults in the United States have suffered from DES.

 Featuring a proprietary coating over clear lenses, Chemistrie Blue reduces the transmission of the violet-blue light that adversely affects eye health, thereby easing discomfort and DES while reducing glare and providing better visual contrast and improved focus. Available in plano through +1.50 powers, Chemistries Blue in plano is an excellent solution for those who wear glasses with single vision lenses. The powered layers are ideal for patients with presbyopia and who have difficulty adjusting to the narrow intermediate corridor on most progressive lens designs.

Eyenavision president Joseph Zewe said, “Now, in addition to the Chemistrie sun lens and 3-D layers, you can also add a layer for computer use. Our innovative coating on the Chemistrie Blue lens is the perfect solution for reducing digital eye strain for those who spend long hours working on a computer.” Regarding the convenience of the product, Mr. Zewe adds, “Since this is an on-demand application, you can easily remove your Chemistrie Blue lens.”

Like all Chemistrie clips, each Chemistrie Blue layer is base curve matched and custom made to fit any frame. For more information on Chemistrie Blue or any other Eyenavision product, please visit

Schneider Launches New ‘Super Generator’


Schneider introduces the HSC Modulo XT generator as a new benchmark in digital surfacing technology. “This radical new high speed cutting technology is a game changer in the digital generating market,” said to Kurt Atchison, president of Schneider North America.

The new HSC Modulo XT draws from Schneider’s extensive experience in the field of ultra-precise machining and includes a bundle of new technical developments. New guiding and bearing technology guarantee highest machine stiffness and process stability for never before achieved surface quality.

A new dynamic motor philosophy raises the bar in acceleration, robustness and uptime. Together with newly designed high-frequency drives and controllers, the HSC Modulo XT offers the industry’s fastest milling and turning processes.

The new HSC Modulo XT can run as a stand-alone generator or has its own on-board interface for connection to Schneider’s highly-integrated and unique system solution - the modulo system. Following a new self-organizing philosophy, the cognitive Modulo machines manage the production flow by themselves - fully self-sufficient and with the highest equipment utilization possible.


LensSaver Performance Tape in Three Sizes

 PSI’s LenSaver Performance Tape is now available in three sizes. Rolls sizes have been designed to fit into Automatic Surface Tape Applicators maximizing output with fewer roll changes, saving labs time and money.  The new 60-yard roll comfortably fits into a carbide cutter ASTA while the hot knife ASTA will accommodate the 108-yard roll. PSI’s LenSaver Performance Tape has long been a favorite because of its superior elasticity and excellent heat protection when blocking with alloy on glass or plastic lenses.  It offers good contrast for progressive markings and is conformable on high curves. The new 108 and 60-yard rolls are perfect for saving time when using a PSI ASTA.  LenSaver Performance tape is also available in the standard 36-yard roll that fits both manual and automatic tapers.  For more information, please contact PSI at 800-237-8154 or visit their website at


New FSV Lens from Seiko

The new 1.74 finished single vision aspheric Transitions VII lens with Surpass Easy Clean Plus AR coating features outstanding super hydrophobic and anti-static protection. Touted as the thinnest and lightest finished photochromic lenses available by the company, this lens has been engineered to counteract deterioration due to UV, humidity and normal temperature fluctuations.  The Seiko 1.74 finished single vision Aspheric Transitions VII Surpass ECP lens is available in gray. The factory coated lenses also include a no-slip protector for swift and accurate edging.  The power ranges from -3.00 to -10.00 sphere out to a -2.00 cylinder.  For more information visit the Seiko Website at or call 800-235-5367.


ZEISS’s Freeform Progressive Lens Patent is Confirmed

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a notice in the re-examination of ZEISS’ 6,089,713 (‘713) patent on June 10, 2014 confirming that the patent’s eight (8) original claims were patentable. The USPTO also ruled that fifteen (15) additional claims submitted by ZEISS were patentable.

The request for a re-examination of the ‘713 patent was filed by Ocuco Inc. on October 4, 2013.  The USPTO rejected Ocuco’s various challenges to the validity of the ‘713 patent, and in so doing confirmed its strength.  The panel of three patent examiners found all of ZEISS’ arguments distinguishing the prior art to be persuasive.

The ‘713 patent covers certain types of back-surface freeform progressive lenses and processes by which they are made.  These include types of progressive lenses whose front surfaces are rotationally symmetric with the back-surface progressive design determined by the individual prescriptions alone or in combination with other customization options. Karen Roberts, vice president of customer enablement, stated “ZEISS is open to discussing further licensing of the ‘713 patent to ensure that any concerns about possible infringement in the market are addressed.”




September/October 2014