When it comes to measurement and selection instruments, ECPs have a plethora of options.
From freestanding kiosks to iPad applications, tools in the measurement and selection arena are ideal for decreasing human error, in turn saving patients and ECPs time and money. In many cases, these devices and apps can assess a patient’s needs by capturing all the necessary information with just one photo. In addition, the decision-making process can also be sped up since patients can reach out to friends and family for up-to-the-minute second opinions.
The advanced technology and ease of use of these devices, from the design, to the user-friendly applications, to the comfort level of the patient, are key to these products’ success with both ECPs and patients. “We see the Visioffice‘ 2 as an opportunity to modernize and refresh the dispensing process,” says John Walborn, vice president, Essilor of America, Inc.’s services and strategic initiatives.
Samantha Morrow, associate marketing manager, Nikon Optical USA, Inc., offers a similar take on Nikon’s measurement and selection device. “Capture i is a versatile iPad-based app, and when combined with the advanced technology packed into the small, yet sophisticated Capture i measurement unit, becomes a powerful tool for any practice,” she states.
Here’s an overview of several measurement and selection devices-and related apps-currently on the market.
e-Column™ and Smart Mirror™ Mobile
• e-Column: all-in-one freestanding column
• Smart Mirror Mobile: iPad portable solution
• Slim, clean look (e-Column)
• Desktop and freestanding iPad stands (Smart Mirror Mobile)
• Height-adjustable 360° rotating stand gives ECPs use of both hands for frame and posture adjustments
• Both include frame selection
• Both capture digital measurements for all fitting parameters, fitting height, pantoscopic tilt, vertex distance, frame wrap, reading distance, inset, frame selection, and augmented reality lens simulations for AR, progressives, photochromic, and polarized lenses
• NV Fit, the near vision module, allows patients to select the optimal progressive lens design according to their comfortable reading distance
• Enables the e-Column/Smart Mirror Mobile app to choose the best corridor length and progressive lens design based on reading distance
• Works with iPad 3 (or newer) with iOS 6 (or higher). Docking station required
• Fast, accurate measurements
• Four-frame comparison
• Lens option descriptions
• Enhanced virtual reality feature
• Captures progressive segment heights, pupillary distance, retroscopic and pantoscopic tilt angles, frame wrap, and rear vertex distance
• Automatically adjusts for natural posture to ensure accurate results
• Portable and lightweight tablet
• Increased efficiency leaves ECPs more time to discuss options with patients
Visioffice 2 System
• Column unit
• Accommodates both standing and seated patients
• Offers user-friendly sales support and education features
• New head-posture optimization measurement allows for natural and accurate fitting heights
• Accurate, precise, and consistent method for fitting and prescribing eyewear
• High-definition imaging system captures crisp, clear images in varied lighting conditions
• iPad app
• Covers pantoscopic tilt and face form angles, lens positioning, frame corneal distance
• Considers lifestyle preferences (occupation, hobbies, and other common activities)
• Simplifies the MyStyle fitting and consultation process
• Capture i App v1.2.1
• Capture i Measuring unit (available from Nikon Optical USA), which works with iPad 3 and iPad 4
• Features Infinite Optics technology, measuring a true pupillary distance without the patient converging
• Can be used to take measurements for any manufacturer’s lenses
• Offers improved corneal reflection detection and enhanced auto detection for measurements
• Measures heights for progressives, bifocals, single vision aspheric, and single vision spherical lens styles
• User-friendly and precise
• Includes a “Notes” section
• Does not require an Internet connection to take photos or calculate measurement results
• Works with iPad 3 and iPad 4 as well as the iPad Air
• Additional, required components include OptikamPad Enclosure Kit and EY-Stick
• Four modules, each for a separate area of dispensing: measurements, augmented reality, four-frame selection, and interactive lens demos
• Captures monocular pupillary distance, segment heights, pantoscopic tilt, rear vertex distance, wrap angle, A, B, ED, and DBL
• Patients can request on-the-spot second opinions on frames by using the app’s email function
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otto™ (One Touch To Optical™)
• iPad app optimized for a 32GB (or more), iPad 3 (or newer), with the latest iOS and a working camera
• Wireless Internet access and print capability is required
• Captures pupillary distance, segment heights, pantoscopic tilt, rear vertex distance, and wrap angle
• Manages day-to-day patient care info
• Offers patient consulting services
• Transfers measurements for submissions of VSP claims and private pay orders
• Easy to launch with iTunes‘ account and compatible web browser on office computer (as well as an account with eyefinity.com)
• Patient experience is enhanced on several levels, all at the point of care
• Electronic device requires MS Windows XP SP3, MS Vista (32/64 bit), or MS Windows 7 (32/64 bit), TCP/IP network protocol; minimum network speed 100 Mbp, and Internet access for updates and remote service.
• Captures frame data, pupillary distance, monocular pupillary distance, fitting height, segment heights, back vertex distance, pantoscopic tilt wrap angle, head rotation, and lens stamp
• Accommodates any size wrap or frame
• Includes automatic error detection
• Can evaluate or review data at any time
Rachel Bozek is a freelance writer who includes the optical field as one of her areas of expertise.
|WHERE TO FIND IT:|
|Carl Zeiss Vision Inc.
|Essilor of America, Inc.
|HOYA Vision Care, North America
|Nikon Optical USA, Inc.
|Optikam Tech, Inc.
|Vision Services Plan (VSP)