We are often asked how nanoCLEAR™ AR performs in humid beach city climates as compared to vacuum AR. Well, nanoCLEAR AR and vaccum AR vacuum AR (whether it’s Crizal™ or some other brand) have very different failure modes. In the better vacuum AR stacks, craze is the root cause of most failures and patient returns. With the nanoCLEAR AR lens, its essentially impossible to induce craze. As a result, our AR is damaged far less in boiling water and salt water tests than vacuum lenses
With vacuum AR on a plastic lens, the thermal expansion rates are vastly different between the AR and the lens. Since the AR layers are also brittle, they tend to fracture under the stress created when the lens heats up and expands. Once that happens, contaminants work their way into the stack more easily and can cause delamination. Even if delamination is avoided, craze typically causes haze, so once it’s severe enough that will lead to a returned lens as well.
Since our nanoCLEAR AR uses plastic binders and nanoparticles, the thermal expansion rates of the AR and lens can be matched, which eliminates craze failures. That’s not to say we never have failures, all AR can be damaged by patients, however, nanoCLEAR AR performs well in hot, humid coastal regions. Just ask our customers in Miami, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean!
Cynthiana Vision Center located in Cynthiana Kentucky, purchased the Digital Lens Technology in 2003. Owner, Dr. Bret Hines, added the nanoCLEAR AR unit to his business in 2006. As shared on their practice website, Cynthiana Vision believes in providing patients with thorough eye health care and provides the latest in eye care technology and treatments.
Angle Miller, optician at Cynthia Vision has been working with the technology for over thirteen years and is a big advocate of the system. “I love the speed of the lens production process,” said Angel. “It allows for a quicker order turn around over traditional labs and patients like that,” she added.
When asked to share a story of how a patient benefited from the onsite production, Angel said, “Bad weather was coming and a patient needed to travel out of state. We were able to get his lenses in a day with the nanoCLEAR unit, and he was able to avoid the snowstorm in his travels.” Processing lenses on site definitely allows for a unique competitive advantage in the optical market place.
Question: I have a lens that is “speckled”, what can cause this and what can I do?
Possible Causes: Lens was removed from the annealing stages and cooled under running water while too hot. If a lens is cooled under running water while hot, it may have a “speckled” appearance caused by localized differences in the rates of cooling of the lens surface. These speckles can be numerous, irregularly shaped.
Solution: The lenses should be air cooled for several minutes before running water over them. If you have a “speckled” lens, returning it to the annealing oven for 5 to 10 minutes will usually eliminate the issue
Eyecare Business, July 2016 by Stephanie DeLong
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Are you utilizing Vision Dynamics Lab for out of range and expanded product offerings? Vision Dynamics Lab carries a complete array of Optical Dynamics lens products, including clearLIGHT PLUS, sunSMART II grey & brown and ultraSUN II. As a Q-2100 owner you receive discounted pricing on all Vision Dynamics Lab products and services.
With Vision Dynamics Lab you can expand your power range to +6.50 to -10.00 with cylinders out to a -4.00. Keep as many patients as possible in the same great Optical Dynamics products you dispense in house or put them in the newest photochromic products you may not have yet added to your system.
Vision Dynamics Lab carries progressive lens designs with fitting heights to 16mm. Expand your progressive offering to meet the needs of the majority of your patients.
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At Optical Dynamics all Q-2100 and nanoCLEAR AR equipment is assembled, tested and shipped direct from Louisville Kentucky. We manufacture all lens materials and coatings onsite. Our R&D team develops and blends all photochromics in-house. At Optical Dynamics we are proud to be a made in the USA company.
As a Q-2100 Digital Lens System owner you are producing lenses in the USA, made with products manufactured in the USA, while providing your operator with employment in the USA. Lens products made in the USA differentiates you from most other practices in your area, so share the news. This is a great message and your patients should know it!
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Vision Machinery and Equipment (Pty) Ltd (VME) was established in 1995, with a core business being the distribution of Digital Lens Systems from Optical Dynamics. 20-years later, with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, VME remains an active distributor of Optical Dynamics in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. VME imports, warehouses and distributes the Q2100 Lens System and the nanoCLEAR Anti Reflective Coating machine as well as providing a full range of spare parts and back up service.
In addition to systems placed throughout the continent including Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria, VME uses the the technology in their own chain of optical locations throughout S. Africa.
We look forward to many more years of successful partnership with Vision Machinery and Equipment.