|The TL-2000C from Tomey lets ECPs customize the touch-screen settings.|
|Coburn’s HLM-7000 uses an advanced algorithm that delivers accurate measurement results.|
|Topcon’s CL-300 uses a green light reading beam for ultra-sharp lens measurements.|
|Veatch’s LightSpeed Auto Lensometer has a multi-dot sensor for precise measurements.|
|The VX40 Lens Analyzer from Visionix quickly provides data at the touch of a single button.|
Today’s lens inspection systems can deliver speed and efficiency to any eyecare practice.
Lens inspection systems can give ECPs a wide choice in terms of functionality, size, and extra options. Sometimes referred to as a lensometer or lens analyzer, they are designed to perform with precision, ease, and reliability.
With an updated user interface, advanced digital technology, and almost intuitive operation, the Huvitz Digital Lensometer HLM-7000 from Coburn Technologies, Inc. delivers precise measurements in an easy-to-use unit. “In a world where lens technologies get more complex every day, it is important to have a machine like the HLM-7000 that can do the complex work, but is not complex to use,” states Jason Smith, director of marketing communications.
An advanced algorithm and wide diopter measurement range gives fast, accurate results. A variety of modes let ECPs examine dark sunglasses, high- and low-prism lenses, and children’s glasses. The HLM-7000 can measure UV levels, PD, and the power of lenses, as well as small, progressive, and multifocal glasses. Its adjustable, ultra-clear LCD monitor tilts for maximum comfort. The built-in thermal printer and pen-type marking assembly provide clear, efficient records, and the compact size makes it a worthy choice for even tight workspaces.
ECPs can choose from three units in Marco Ophthalmic Inc.’s Automatic Lensometer Series. The top-of-the-line LM-600PD is the only unit that can take PD measurements and has an automatic right/left detection with a special PD slider for a secure grip on lenses.
Both the LM-600P and the LM-600PD come with a high-speed printer that has an automatic paper cutter. The LM-600, the LM-600P, and the LM-600PD all provide accurate measurements with the Hartmann-Shack Principle that uses 108 points of data. They also feature automatic lens detection and transition power mapping. The UV transmittance measurement data assess the filtering quality of the lens in 1% to 5% increments, and the prism measurement range expands to 20 diopters in both horizontal and vertical directions.
All three units come with a built-in IC Card Reader that can provide wireless data transfer, a 535nm green measurement light for high-index lenses, and a full color adjustable LCD display. “Ultimately, Marco can provide seamless EMR integration of all data for the practice,” explains Susan Corwin, director of training and education at The Marco Institute of Vision Technology.
Reichert Technologies offers three models in its autolensometer line. “The AL200 is the only autolensometer utilizing a horizontal orientation, similar to the manual lensometers that most clinicians are accustomed to,” states Kim Cuskey, marketing communications specialist. It comes with a high-contrast LCD screen and a single-button eyeglass measurement function. The AL200 measures all lenses-including single vision, multifocal, PALs, and lenses with prisms-and is available with an optional printer.
Moving up the scale, the AL500 takes all the features of the AL200 and kicks them up a notch. It has a space-saving vertical design, full-color adjustable LCD screen, and built-in quiet printer. Its automatic add-lock and graphical display let ECPs analyze a PAL easily.
The AL700 accurately measures all lenses, and automatically recognizes progressive lenses, displaying add power and diopter change graphically.
Two nearly identical lens inspection systems are manufactured by Tomey USA. The TL-2000C Auto Lensometer combines an attractive design and easy-to-use controls. It provides measurements for a wide range of lenses, including standard and high-index, bifocal, trifocal, progressive, and prism, as well as hard and soft contact lenses. The 5.7-in. color LCD touch screen lets ECPs customize the shortcut buttons to individual preferences.
Along with these features, the more advanced TL-3000C can measure the UV (385nm) transmittance and lens power, and the PD mode can track interpupillary distance with automatic right/left detection. The TL-3000C can automatically switch to the contact lens measurement mode once the nosepiece for measuring contact lenses is set. Both units weigh about 13 lbs. and come with a thermal printer. “The Tomey Auto Lensometers are very simple to use with touch-screen technology,” notes Nancy Knuth, director of operations.
ECPs can choose two different models from Topcon Medical Systems, Inc. The EZ-200 Advance Automatic Lens Analyzer measures lenses with the touch of a button. It’s fitted with a large color LCD screen that automatically switches the display to the correct lens type-single vision, bifocal, or progressive-and can also show a progressive map. The Auto Dust Detection Function alerts ECPs to the exact location of dust on the glassplates. The EZ-200 can communicate with other Topcon products or a PC.
Topcon’s CL-300 Computerized Lensometer has a new UV transmittance measurement function and green light reading beam that dramatically sharpens lens measurement of high-curve lenses over the conventional model. The CL-300 handles single, multifocal, and progressive lenses and can easily switch to contact lens measurement mode.
“The Topcon EZ-200 Advance and CL-300 combine innovative technology and precise measurement with ease-of-use features, making them the ideal instruments for the single practitioner or the busy clinic,” asserts Robert Gibson, vice president of marketing.
The Yeasn LightSpeed Auto Lensometer, distributed by Veatch Ophthalmic Instruments, has wavefront technology for enhanced performance. It comes with a Hartmann multi-dot sensor for precise measurement, particularly of progressive lenses. The 7-in. color touch screen comes with refined icons for ease of use. The auto-identification mode automatically identifies the lens type, switching to the corresponding measurement mode.
It measures a wide range of conditions-including PD, PH, and UV absorption, low astigmatism, and prism-and measures lenses with a transmittance of 10% or lower, exceeding ISO standards.
The unit uses a green LED light-eliminating the need for Abbe compensation when measuring lenses with different indexes-and comes with a new high-speed parallel processing system for accelerated data capture and calculation, and a high-speed thermal printer.
“The Arizona Lion’s Eyeglass Recycling Center has been using these at their facilities for the past six months, and plans to add them to all their locations,” says Kyna Veatch, sales and marketing manager.
Fully automatic, the VX40 Lens Analyzer from Visionix, Inc. lets ECPs easily insert the frame with one hand and receive a complete lens analysis with the touch of a single button. It works on every type of lens, including office, single vision, and bifocal, and is compatible with all lens technologies and brands. The precision reading-covering a 1,350-point wavefront-based measurement-also compares and analyzes customized and free-form progressive lenses.
The VX40 comes with a 7-in. LCD touch screen that clearly displays the types of lenses patients have worn in the past as well as what they are currently wearing. “The amount of data that the VX40 produces in less than 30 seconds enables practitioners to interpret data faster and more efficiently,” says Katherine Allen, marketing manager. “Instead of retrieving data, ECPs can now spend more time with patients making recommendations for better vision choices.”
Adding any one of these units could help ECPs deliver enhanced service to patients.
Robert Lerose is a New York-based freelance writer.
|WHERE TO FIND IT:
|Coburn Technologies, Inc.
|Marco Ophthalmic, Inc.
|Topcon Medical Systems, Inc.
|Veatch Ophthalmic Instruments