Changing Main Chamber Actinic Lamps

1. Follow the steps outlined in the Service Help Screen for “Lamp On Time”.

2. Remove the Main Chamber face plate by pulling it off

3. Remove the two screws on the front of the Main Chamber

4. Gently pull out the drawer assembly

5. Remove the lamps by twisting them and then gently pulling them from the lamp holders

6. Install new lamps by pushing them into the lamp holders and twisting them in to lock them

7. Make sure new bulbs are securely installed before continuing

8. Reinstall the drawer assembly when all required bulb changes are complete

9. Make sure drawer assembly screws are reinstalled and tightened

10. Snap the Main Chamber face plate back on

Consumables

20/20 Eyecare by Alexandra Hough

As technology and trends evolve, navigating the eyewear industry can sometimes be challenging. Using facts and figures can help you understand and fulfill the needs of your customers.

  • 65% of total population 18+ wear eyeglasses
  • Metal frames 41%, plastic Frames 22%, combination 31%
  • 63% of prescription eyeglass wearers purchase 1-pair, 29% 2 pair,  5% 3-pair
  • Types of lenses sold are 53% SV, 16% bifocal/rifocal, 31% no-line bifocal

Kentucky’s New Eyecare Law Is Widely Applauded

Vision Monday By Staff

FRANKFORT, Ky.—Legislation governing telehealth and online eye tests in Kentucky that had been debated by proponents and opponents of the tests has been signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin, and both sides are claiming victory. The new law, House Bill 191, known as the Consumer Protection in Eye Care Act, was passed both the Kentucky House and Senate with widespread, bipartisan support. It allows for online eye tests, but requires patients to be at least 18 to use technology. It also requires all diagnostic information and data to be reviewed by a Kentucky licensed optometrist, osteopath, or physician.

Additionally, patients cannot use an online exam for their initial contact lens prescription, or the first renewal of their contact lens prescription, and must be seen for a complete in-person eye examination at least every 24 months to be eligible to use the technology.

“House Bill 191, or the Consumer Protection in Eye Care Act, creates reasonable consumer protection standards for Kentucky consumers,” said Ben Gaddie, OD, past president and current legislative liaison for the Kentucky Optometric Association, told VMAIL. “The legislation addresses online technologies for eyecare, such as those web applications which provide prescriptions for contact lenses or glasses. These technologies may still be utilized in Kentucky, but the legislation establishes safeguards for its appropriate use.

“Some of these safeguards include a minimum age of 18 to use the technology, a prior in-person eye examination within the previous 24 months, the same standard of care is applied as when conducted in an in-person visit, and the technology cannot be utilized for an initial contact lens prescription. Kentucky consumers still have the freedom to choose where they purchase contacts or glasses, but will now also have the same consumer protections as if they were seen for an in-person exam. These safeguards ensure that patients will still get the appropriate level of needed care from their local eye doctor, which also still providing accessibility to appropriate telehealth services,” Gadie said.

The American Optometric Association also praised the new law. “This is a turning point victory for higher standards, greater accountability and improved outcomes in health care,” an AOA spokesperson told VMAIL. “Governor Bevin and legislators from across the commonwealth have acted decisively to put health quality, safety and access to proven new technologies first while keeping the doctor-patient relationship at the center of health care decision-making. American Optometric Association doctors applaud Kentucky’s bold leadership and its powerful message to unscrupulous companies that undermine patient health to keep out of the Bluegrass State.”

“This was a huge victory for us. HB 191 was an attempt by the Kentucky Optometry Association to shut down Opternative. We are grateful that the Kentucky Senate added our amendment to allow for our platform to continue operating in Kentucky,” said Pete Horkan, a spokesman for Opternative.

Best Image Optical Shares 18 Years of Q-2100 Ownership

Best Image Optical located in Bridgetown Barbados has utilized the Q-2100 Digital Lens System since 1999. Paul Hinds, Lab Manager, has been operating the equipment for nearly 18-years. As one of our long time customers, Paul has years of experience to share.

“What I like about the Q-2100 is that it’s fast and efficient compared to grinding lenses,” says Hinds. “I love when I use it to make rush job for customers who are waiting only an hours or less,” he added.

According to Hinds, “the technology has impacted the practice very positively through the progressive lens produced with the Q-2100. “Customers have a wider area of view so they have no problem seeing,” he added.

Adding the ultraSUN photochromic product to their practice, Hinds concludes with, “the photochromic product is great and works very well in the hot and sunny climate of the Caribbean.”

Westchester Medical 11 Years & Going Strong with In-Office Lens Technology

“The Optical Dynamics progressive lens, produced with the Q-2100 Digital Lens System, provides consistent and strong optics for 99% of all patients coming in,” says Ken Usatch, who runs the optical shop at Westchester Medical in White Plains, NY.  He is referring to the Optical Dynamics tabletop lens production system that he strongly recommended to the practice 11 years ago.

“It took me about 18 months to talk this medical clinic into taking on the Optical Dynamics system, but I had seen what it can do almost 15 years ago in another practice in NY.  I highly recommended it, and I can safely say that most opticians have no idea how great this is,” Usatch added.

Optical Dynamics has spent the better part of a decade assisting practices with reducing their lab bill by offering a turnkey, in-office system that saves his practice 40%, according to Usatch.

“The industry has moved to expensive free-form lenses.  I have seen the casting capabilities, and even in the beginning, Optical Dynamics offered lens-making that produced digital quality lenses that had strong wearability, and did what they were supposed to do,” Usatch remembered.

He indicated that he uses a height of 17 ½ “ as a guide for the progressive lens client. He also indicated an upswing in the new product categories of sunSMART and of ultraSUN – which is good for all people. “They don’t have to go into a polarized lenses, and, it can be used as a sports lens as well,” he pointed out.

For the average optical shop, there is a perception that several thousand dollars is a lot of money to invest into a small, tabletop system which is ergonomic, clean, quiet, and self-diagnostic.  “I say it is the best thing that money can buy to make money and provide patient value in this business,” Usatch added.