Split Job Curing Cycle

Some prescriptions will use different initialization cycles for each eye. The Q-2100 screen will show the word SPLIT when this occurs.

 

 

Split jobs require a few extra steps to complete them correctly. Fill both mold assemblies as usual and put them in the initial curing drawer with the fill port up. Press the CURE button once and the box just above the button will direct you to check for correct filter placement. Check the filters and continue when they are correctly placed.

 

Press the CURE  button a second time and the box will direct you to start curing the left or right assembly. The alert tone will sound when the first assembly has finished the initialization step.  Remove it and place it in the post cure station and press the POST CURE button. Place the second mold cavity in the initialization drawer of the main chamber on the proper side and press CURE to start the initialization cycle for the second assembly.

The tone will sound again when the second mold assembly is ready to be moved to the post cure station. Move the mold assembly from the main chamber to the empty post cure location in the post cure drawer. Press the POST CURE button again to stop the alert tone and continue the post cure cycle for the two cavities. The two assemblies will finish their curing cycles together. The tone will sound again when the post cure cycle is complete.

Demolding and annealing for split jobs are the same as any other job.

Point of View with Dr. Kerry Holt

Kerry Holt, OD practicing since 1998

In February, 2010, I added the Q-2100 and nanoCLEAR AR unit to my practice, Eyeland Vision in El Paso, TX . For years I ordered lenses from an outside laboratory, but began investigating options to speed up the process of returning finished eyewear to my patients. I considered adding a surfacing lab, but it was complicated, expensive, with high maintenance, and didn’t address AR. I wanted to control the service level I could provide while at the same time control the quality of the lenses I dispensed. With the purchase of the Q-2100 technology I now do both. I provide just-in-time delivery of lenses with or without anti reflective coating and the digital lenses I produce are optically pristine and superior to traditionally surfaced lenses.

With the installation of this technology I was also able to control my cost of goods for the first time. The return on investment was almost immediate with our typical lab bill cut not long after installation. I can produce progressive lenses that stand out in design and durability while improving my bottom line. Most importantly, my patients are extremely pleased with the delivery speed and optics of their new eyeglasses and we are pleased with their repeat business.

Reduce Spectacle Remakes

IMan Fitting  Glasses on Girln an article published in Optometric Management, author and Q-2100 system owner Dr. Jim Davis shares five steps to help optical professionals reap the benefits of providing an optimum pair of glasses. No one wants upset patients claiming they can’t see out of their new eyeglasses in a waiting room full of patients!

Step One: Double check the refraction. According to Dr. Davis, “I rarely change a prescription more that +/-0.75D so when a patient’s prescription has changed more than that amount I have found the number of remakes increase, so I always examine the patients previous refractions to ensure I haven’t made an error prior to recording the new Rx.”

Step Two: Manage the patient’s expectations. “If the patient’s prescription has changed significantly, educate them on what specifically they can expect with the new prescription,” says Dr. Davis. “And always take the time to educate first time progressive wearers,” added Davis.

Step Three: Have a well educated optical staff. “Always make sure your staff understands appropriate frame selection, pupillary distance and seg height along with proper patient positioning,” advises Davis.

Step Four: Always check lens powers. “Another way to prevent spectacle remakes is to always check the lenses your lab produces as soon as they arrive,” recommends Davis. By checking the lenses before they are dispensed you can catch any lab production errors.

Step Five: Provide a written policy. Dr. Davis recaps his recommendations with the suggestion for a written policy. “Give your patients a written policy on re-makes before they leave the office with their new spectacles. Although completely avoiding spectacle remakes is impossible, the five aforementioned tips can reduce them and result in more happy patients,” Davis adds.