emPower! starts with a progressive lens design that has a soft and wide distance zone merged into a long and wide intermediate zone. In other words, in its “off” state, this lens has no reading power. Instead, the lens’ add power is delivered electronically using a layer of transparent liquid crystal, similar to those used in HD TVs, to electronically change the add zone’s index of refraction, which adds additional reading power. The LC add zone is held between two layers of 1.67 index plastic, which makes the lenses thin and light. The distance power range covers +4.50D through -7.00D, with cylinder up to – 4.00D and full add power from +1.25D to +2.75D.
• Fewer aberrations and distortion than traditional progressives
• Less perceived swim
• Wider intermediate add
• Ability to do tasks progressives interfere with, such as golf
• Wearers can lay in bed and watch TV without near zone
• There’s no blur in down gaze when walking down steps
Hidden within the frame of these otherwise normal-looking eyeglasses is a microchip, micro-accelerometer, and miniature batteries used to regulate the invisible electronic near zone using one of two modes: automatic or manual. The electronic lenses will hold a charge for two to three days.
A CLOSER LOOK
It should be noted that the electronic section of the emPower! lens contributes +0.75D to the near zone of the prescription. In low adds such as +1.25D, that means that the non-electronic near section of the lens is contributing only + 0.50D, which is a major reason these lenses provide low levels of aberration and distortion.
The emPower! package includes 1.67 index lenses, anti-reflective treatment, 100% UV protection, anti-scratch coating, and an electronic frame specially designed by Aspex Eyewear. There are around 36 models available with more planned. A Transitions® photochromic option is also anticipated. PixelOptics and Aspex intend to launch major marketing initiatives and support materials as the product is rolled out regionally.
The market for this technology is very large, including patients who are not able to wear traditional progressive lenses, those concerned with safety as they walk down steps, golfers, tennis enthusiasts, and anyone with an active lifestyle. This also includes wearers who are looking for the latest in vision care technology and those who want the most performance and control in their eyewear. The emPower! concept has drawn rave reviews—practices that introduce this product are sure to see an excited patient base.
Steven Silberberg is senior partner at An Eye to the Future, a private, medically oriented group practice in Matawan, NJ.
|emPower! provides wider fields of view and less distortion and blurry vision for active patients.|
WHERE TO FIND IT
888-749-3567 • pixeloptics.com