Can I Use Different Chemicals to Clean My Molds and Lenses?

Cleaning chemicalsIt can be tempting to try to save a few pennies by using industrial chemicals or household cleaners to clean molds and lenses. Unfortunately there’s no way to know exactly what’s in a lot of these cleaners or to be sure that you’ll get the same thing twice even if you buy the same product. “Simple” things like denatured alcohol aren’t safe either; there are hundreds of different denaturing chemicals and processes. How these things will affect the casting process and equipment isn’t easy to predict.

Our cleaners use the minimum number of ingredients necessary to get the job done. There are no colorants or scents added. Since we control the formulations, we also ensure that only high-purity components go in them. It’s the only way we can be sure they will be effective while also being friendly to your molds and lenses. If you stick with our cleaners you don’t have to worry about contaminating your molds, affecting the casting process, or damaging your lens coatings.

IQ or EQ

Eyecare Business September 2017, by Stephanie De Long. For full article click here.

“It’s the other kind of smart,” says Travis Bradberry, Ph.D., co-founder and president of TalentSmart, a provider of emotional intelligence tests and training to more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies.

“Emotional intelligence (EQ) is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others,” explains Bradberry. Additionally, he says it is “your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.”

TIP #1 Look Beyond IQ:

IQ is what it is—it is a fixed point for everyone. On the other hand, EQ can be developed and affects how we manage behavior, navigate workplace complexities, and make business decisions. MAKE THE CONNECTION Emotional intelligence is made up of core skills that fall under two primary competencies—personal and social. Personal competence is your ability to stay aware of your emotions and manage your behavior and tendencies. Social competence is your ability to understand other people’s moods, behavior, and motives in order to improve relationships. All can be developed to put you in better touch with yourself and others.

TIP #2 Actions, Not Words:

Great bosses believe in their people, and this belief drives them to create an environment where people thrive. They inspire trust through actions, not just words. MAKE THE CONNECTION Let’s explore a couple of characteristics that set great bosses apart and that can be developed by increasing your EQ.

TIP #3 Keep Calm:

The ability to manage emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to job performance. TalentSmart has found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress. MAKE THE CONNECTION The University of California, Berkeley, found that the onset of stress entices the brain into growing new cells responsible for improved memory. However, this is seen only when stress is intermittent. As soon as it continues beyond a few moments, it suppresses the brain’s ability to develop new cells. Fortunately, unless a lion is chasing you, the bulk of your stress is subjective and under your control.

Mold Cleaning & Storage

Molds normally have residue and flashing on the surface and edges after use. All debris must be removed before the molds can be used again successfully. Clean molds must be stored properly to ensure mold safety while not in use. Additionally, proper mold storage simplifies the picking process when the mold is needed again.

Mold should be left in the soaking containers for at least 5 minutes before cleaning.

Scrub molds thoroughly with the disposable mold scrubber supplied by Optical Dynamics. Never use other types of pads as mold damage may occur. Pay special attention to edges and segment line when cleaning. Rinse the molds with running water if it is available. If running water is not available, use a container of tap water to rinse the molds (change the rinse container water frequently). Spray the rinsed molds immediately with Q-Spray and wipe them dry. NEVER store a wet mold or permanent water spotting may occur.

It is very important that all molds are stored properly and organized. Each space in a mold storage drawer is labeled for one specific mold. Make sure the mold you place there is the right one.

Once clean and dry, read the mold designation near the edge of the mold and find the proper location in the storage unit. Put the mold back into its wrapper (to help protect from dirt and scratching) and gently put into the alloted space.

Having a Ball

Eyecare Business October, 2017 by Stephanie K. De Long: Vision neophyte? Here, we break down the eye and its incredible functions so you have the backstory in sight. For complte article click here.

CORNEA: Like a window, this clear, transparent front covering admits light, begins the refractive process, and keeps foreign particles out.

IRIS: Picture this! This flat, colored part of the eye divides the eye’s anterior chamber (front) from its posterior chamber (back) and controls light levels much like the aperture on a camera.

PUPIL: The black circular opening in the center of the iris that lets in light, the pupil has an adjustable opening. Light projects through the pupil, controlling the intensity of light allowed to strike the lens.

LENS: Right behind the iris and pupil, the lens helps focus light on the back of the eye. In a constant state of adjustment, it allows you to see small details. Any presbyope can tell you what happens when it loses elasticity.

RETINA: The area at the back of the eye, the retina receives the refined, visual message from the front of the eye and uses electrical signals to transmit it along the optic nerve to the brain.

FOVEA: A small depression in the retina where visual acuity is highest.

OPTIC DISC + NERVE: The optic disc is called the blind spot, because there are no receptors in this part of the retina. This is where all axons of the ganglion cells leave the retina to form the optic nerve. The eye’s carrier pigeon, the optic nerve carries impulses converted in the retina to the brain.

What to Consider in a Lens

A Look at Lens Materials by Jenean Carlton, ABOC, Eyecare Business

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 advantage lens combines the best of all attributes:

  • Thin – Premium Index
  • Light Weight – 1.20 g/cm3
  • High ABBE Value = 40
  • UVA & UVB Protection
  • Exceeds FDA Standards
  • Drillable
  • Excellent Tint Absorption

nanoCLEAR AR Extended Warranty

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

clearLIGHT ADVANTAGE: Your New Clear Monomer

Optical Dynamics, the leader in in-office digital lens production is pleased to introduce the clearLIGHT™ ADVANTAGE. A new generation of lens material developed by Optical Dynamics Research. With higher transmission and clarity, it is clearer and transmits more light than the clearLIGHT PLUS material it will replace. For the wearer this means better vision and enhanced visual comfort. Lower viscosity and improved aging are additional benefits of our new clearLIGHT ADVANTAGE monomer.

As you place your next order for clear monomer you will be automatically upgraded to clearLIGHT ADVANTAGE.