Optical Dynamics presents their Q-2100 Digital Lens System as a green alternative to traditional lens surfacing. With the Q-2100 Digital Lens System lenses are produced direct from the bottle of liquid lens material to the finished Rx. No longer must one inventory thousands of lens blanks to be processed to the finished prescription. A single bottle of lens material is all the operator needs to make any Rx within a broad range. Whether you need a plus lens, a minus lens, a progressive or a flattop you produce only what you need and only in the quantity you need it.
More importantly, the digital casting process eliminates the large amount of hazardous waste typically associated with traditional lens surfacing. Lenses are not made into thick semi-finished “hockey pucks” that need to be ground and polish to the finished Rx. This eliminates all the polishing slurry and lens material waste that needs to be filtered cleaned and properly disposed as part of the existing lens manufacturing process. When optical practices process lenses in house, the traditional transportation by-products in the channel of distribution are also reduced.
“Optical Dynamics digital lens fabrication system is a green alternative to traditional lens manufacturing,” states Michael Yager, VP of Sales. “Our system is environmentally friendly, has a very low carbon footprint, low power consumption and can be safely operated in an eyecare professional’s environment. At Optical Dynamics we continue to search for the greenest alternatives for all our new product designs,” added Yager.
The Q-2100 Digital Lens System occupies little space, is clean, quite and self diagnostic. With the additional benefit of producing free form quality lenses the system is an ideal choice for the progressive optical practice.
La Grande Family Eye Care in La Grande, OR added the Q-2100 Digital Lens System with nanoCLEAR AR to their practice in late 2011. Their knowledgeable optometrists and friendly staff are eager to help their patients with all their vision needs. For this reason, the practice wanted to dispense a “high quality lens with a short turn around time to his patient base.” The purchase of the Q-2100 with nanoCLEAR AR was the perfection choice to make to make this happen.
According to the staff, “improved patient satisfaction and lower lab bills,” have been achieved by making digital lenses in house.
Did you know Optical Dynamics offers a full array of extended warranties for your Q-2100 and nanoCLEAR AR units? It is our goal to offer the most comprehensive and value added warranties possible. Warranties that allow you to keep your equipment in tip top shape should you experience a technical issue and warranties that provide a value even if you do not need to use them for service reasons.
The nanoCLEAR AR Extended Warranty & Maintenance Contract Includes the Following Benefits:
- Repair parts (nanoCLEAR AR, Wash Module, PC and Dispense Stand), labor, ground shipping both ways, and loaner program if available
- If unit does not need to be serviced during the 1-year warranty period, the purchase of the warranty allows for the return of the nanoCLEAR AR unit and dispensing stand to Optical Dynamics for preventative maintenance, including cleaning, inspection & software upgrades***
- 50% discount on cast lenses through RTE (+$18 w/AR), during down time due to repair
- Access to our loaner program if loaner AR unit is available
** Does not include spin bowls (upper & lower), hepa filters, foam pre-filter for hepa, wash nozzles, wash filter, suction cup seal ring, syringe cap o-ring, plastic deck plate, arm sneeze guard & strobe lamp, consumables, expedited shipment or preventative maintenance on PC or wash module This warranty will be void in its entirety as to any parts or equipment covered hereunder in the event of damage caused by abuse. All repairs necessitated by damages excluded from this warranty will be charged to the customer
*** Includes free software upgrades only; new product software upgrades must be purchased
A Look at Lens Materials by Jenean Carlton, ABOC, Eyecare Business August
Given all the considerations of lens materials, how do you make a decision about the best lens material for your patients? First, learn about the patient’s prescription and lifestyle needs and then research data about materials.
Index of Refraction: Index of refraction indicates how readily a lens material will refract a bean of light. The higher the index of refraction, the more the material will bend light rays. The higher the index of refraction, the thinner the lenses can be processed. Plus power lenses are thinner in the center when fabricated and minus lenses are thinner on the edges.
Abbe Value: White light is made up of the visible spectrum of wavelengths from 380nm to 760nm, with each wavelength corresponding to different colors of light. The higher the Abbe value of a material, the less likely it is to have problems with dispersion or chromatic aberration, which is perceived as color fringing or off axis blurring in the lens periphery.
Specific Gravity: Specific gravity is a measurement that determines a lens material’s weight. The lower the density or specific gravity of a material the lighter it will be when fabricated into a lens.
Reflectance: All lenses reflect at least a small percentage of light; some reflect a significant amount depending on the refractive index of the material. The higher the materials refractive index, the greater the percentage of light reflected from the lens surfaces. (END ARTICLE)
At Optical Dynamics, our clearLIGHT plus lens combines the best of all attributes:
- Thin – High Index
- Light Weight – 1.20 g/cm3
- High ABBE Value = 40
- UVA & UVB Protection
- Exceeds FDA Standards
- Excellent Tint Absorption
First, don’t worry…it will usually come out if you treat it properly before washing. Take it from someone who spends a lot of mixing newmonomers, here is what to do:
1) Blot up any monomer you can from the area to keep it from spreading and limit its ability to cure (it doesn’t cure as easily when there’s less of it). Don’t spend a bunch of time in the sun with monomer-soaked clothes either. Sunlight cures it, and once it’s hardened it’s not coming out. Room light and short periods outside aren’t typically a problem.
2) Locate a bottle/stick of Shout Ultra Gel (it’s the one with the little scrub brush built into the top of the bottle). Make sure it says you can wait up to a week to wash the item after treating a stain.
3) Thoroughly saturate the spot with Shout and scrub it a little. Make sure it penetrates the fabric well. If the garment is thick, apply from the inside too.
4) DO NOT wash it immediately. You can wait up to a week, so give it some time to work on the monomer – a couple days at least.
5) Wash normally
Other stain removers might work too, but Shout is the one I’ve used to save a bunch of clothes over the years. I think being able to leave the ultra concentrated version on for quite a while before washing really helps.
On a related note, photochromic clothes do sound kind of fun until you walk outside and realize you look like a horror movie extra because your nice white shirt has concentrated red photochromic goop smeared on it. It took a couple treatment/wash cycles to fix that one, but Shout rescued it too.
Family Vision Clinic in Hobbs, NM, has been providing eyecare to the Southeastern New Mexico and West Texas since 1977. A family owned practice, Drs. Reber and Reber added the Q-2100 and nanoCLEAR AR unit after attending the South West Council of Optometry trade show where the technology was shown. Miguel Flores, Lab Technician, was tasked with operating the new in-office lens system.
According to Flores, “we no longer use the old, loud surfacing generator to make our FT and progressive lenses as this outdated way of making them was time consuming and many mistakes could be made.” “Now with theQ-2100 it takes but a few minutes to get the CFL progressive lenses ready for the customer and there are fewer errors as the computer gives us the corrects molds to use,” he added. “The lenses are very accurate and patients are very happy with their lenses and they keep coming back,” concluded Flores.
When asked what he likes best about the technology Flores shared, “What I like best is that as an office, we can now provide the best quality lenses in the shortest amount of time for our patients. The lenses are thin and the clarity is amazing. We recommend the lenses to all our patients.”
Representatives from Optical Dynamics and Vision Dynamics LLC are pleased to attend this year’s Shanghai International Optics Fair Tuesday February 18th and Wednesday February, 19th at the Shanghai World Expo & Convention Center. Although we do not have a booth at the show, team members will be available for onsite appointments should you wish to meet and discuss our Digital Lens Technology and/or Research & Development services:
- Galen Powers, President Optical Dynamics ext. 258
- Michael Yager, VP Sales Optical Dynamics ext. 291
- Robert Miniutti, Owner
For appointments, please call 800-797-2743
Exhibit hours for the event are as follows:
- Tuesday February 18th 9:30am – 6:30pm
- WednesdayFebraury 19th 9:30am – 6:30pm
We look forward to meeting with you at this year’s event!
Always remember the importance of good communication even in difficult situations. It can make the difference between a positive customer experience for repeat business or an unhappy customer that dose not return.
- Give your full attention to the speaker
- Do not interrupt
- Maintain eye contact
- Use positive body language
- Use active listening signals such as head movement for agreement
- Be open
- Be honest
- Be courteous
- Be constructive
- Do not promote defensiveness
- Write with a clear purpose in mind
- Precision of message
- Non confrontational
- A hand written card/thank you is always a nice touch
Shirley Holmes, Practice Manager for Belleville Optical located on the island of Barbados, has long been a believer in the benefits of in office lens production. In business since 1994, Ms. Holmes added the Q-2100 Digital Lens System to her practice in 1999. With limited lens procurement options available on the island, Ms. Holmes wanted an in office system that was user friendly and easy to integrate. “I added the Q-2100 technology to improve turn around time for delivering spectacles to our patients” shared Holmes. “It has drastically improved our delivery time thereby improving our cash flow,” Holmes added.
Belleville’s practice primarily caters to the forty and over demographic. For this reason, the quality of the progressive design and finished lens was very important to her decision making process. “Patients are very happy with the lightness and clarity of the lenses,” said Holmes. Located in a sunny warm climate, photochromics were also of key importance. Shirley recently added the new ultraSUN sunglass photochromic to her product line up. According to Holmes, her patients love the new extra active photochromic and it has been a profitable additional to her lens offering.