|The 7E HLP from National Optronics can drill up to six holes in each lens without requiring a bit change.|
To reflect your patients’ personal styles, create unique lens shapes using automated edgers right in your office.
One great way to increase sales in today’s challenging market is having the ability to custom make or modify a lens shape for your patient using today’s advanced edgers.
One often utilized technique is to customize rimless lenses to complement a patient’s face shape or lifestyle needs. Say, for instance, your patient has an unusually wide face but the rimless mountings are too narrow. No problem, simply “stretch” the A measurement. Perhaps you want to add a little to the B measurement to get all the reading area in her new progressives. Same thing, simply “stretch” the B measurement. How about changing a rimless shape by adding a sharp corner, for example? Today’s advanced edging systems can do this too.
While modifications like these are impossible with a full-rimmed metal frame, they are easily accomplished with plastic frames that stretch with heat and, of course, with rimless frames. Semi-rimless frames also allow for modification but have restrictions based on how the lenses are attached.
Some new edger systems can make it a breeze to modify lens shapes.
|Takubo’s DIA Patternless Automatic Lens Edger E-950 features a Self Lens-Trace Function.|
For example, the Alta XL and XS edging systems from Briot USA use Digiform software to make shape modifications. Once the shape is displayed on the machine’s display panel, the operator can adjust the shape in simple (A and B) dimensions or in complex ways to obtain a unique design and see the results on the display.
The Digital Pattern Layout tool in Coburn Technologies’ Excelon EZ Series features Customized Lens Edging, and the unit’s graphical display guides you through the modification process from beginning to end. The resulting new shape is visible on the screen before edging.
Takubo North America, Inc. offers shape modification with its DIA Patternless Automatic Lens Edger E-950 unit. This edger includes a built-in Self Lens-Trace Function that allows the operator to insert a
|ADD MAGNETIC LENSES FOR FUNCTION AND PROFIT For something that can generate serious profits, look to edgers that can produce Chemistrie magnetic lenses by Eyenavision. These include Briot USA’s Alta Pro, AIT Industries’ WECO Edge 580, National Optronics’ 7E, Essilor Instruments’ Mr. Blue, all MEI edgers, and Santinelli International’s Me 1000, Me 1200, and LEX. These systems can produce custom-made magnetic layered lenses whose shape and base curve match your patient’s prescription lenses. The edger’s software has a menu item for Chemistrie making it easy for the operator to edge the lenses and align the placement of the magnets set into the Rx lenses at the touch of a button.|
sample lens (or dummy lens), pattern, or cut lens that the machine will copy precisely without the use of an external tracer. If you decide that you want to modify the shape, you can do that too by using the touch-pad controls on the unit’s display panel and watch the results as you change parameters.
With the Design Cut feature of Santinelli International, Inc.’s Me 1200 Lens Edger you can create a unique lens shape utilizing the unit’s internal drill bit as a milling tool. This enables the operator to creatively design a lens edge, hole, or notch, resulting in the most intricate shapes (perhaps a star), which round grinding wheels cannot process. Shapes can be customized with the unit’s Advanced Shape Editor for virtually limitless possibilities.
The 7E HLP from National Optronics incorporates customizable drilling. Using settings on the instrument, the angle of the drill is designed to cut perpendicular to the front surface of the lens. This technique provides excellent frame fit and an aesthetically pleasing product. The 7E HLP can drill up to six holes in each lens with hole diameters or slot widths ranging from 1mm to 5mm without requiring a bit change. It can also store a database of customizable shapes or simply download drilling patterns from various sources, which permits adding and editing frame information as well as downloading drilling parameters from databases.
Santinelli’s Me 1200 processes 3D drilling and notching. This advanced drilling function enables the operator to create various hole shapes such as slots, notches, countersink holes, and jewel holes, all with a single drilling tool. You select the hole shape you want by choosing one of the illustrated icons, and the hole data input can be easily set with a stylus pen on the LCD touch screen.
Essilor Instrument USA’s Mr. Blue finish system comes pre-loaded with a
|The Digital Pattern Layout tool in Coburn’s Excelon EZ Series features Customized Lens Edging.|
database full of popular rimless lens shapes. The lens library includes the drilling points and hole size diameters so all that needs to be done is to select the rimless mounting. Mr. Blue automatically does all the rest. The drilling feature automatically adjusts to the lens’ base curve too. You can also customize the drilling angle if needed, up to 30°. For a unique look, you can choose complete holes, partial holes, or notches and produce up to 12 holes per lens.
Want really unique eyewear? Essilor Instruments’ M’eye Touch is a powerful, user-friendly software tool that lets you create and design custom shapes for your clients. You can design fish tails, radius waves, or almost any shape you and your client can imagine.
AIT Industries’ Edge 580 works with CAD 4 or CAD 5 blockers and can recognize drill coordinate positions and program drill coordinates as well as modify shapes.
Make your patients’ lenses look like jewelry with custom faceting. Doing this manually used to be only for the highly trained with a steady hand. Many eyecare professionals wouldn’t even try it, especially on expensive lenses. Even so, faceting adds a custom look that no other lens modification can offer, so an edging system that makes faceting a breeze is a valuable asset. Santinelli’s Me 1200 handles faceting with ease. The operator can choose a number of facet designs from the unit’s display.
CUSTOM GROOVING AND BEVELING
The 7E HLP from National Optronics is a feature-rich version of its popular 7E edger with a drill configuration and two added features—a Hi Luster Polish and NuGroove Grooving technology. The Hi Luster Polish Assembly provides a premium finish on all plastic, high index, Trivex®, and polycarbonate lenses. The NuGroove is a completely redesigned technology that provides beautiful, clean grooves on any lens shape, particularly sharp-cornered or small-eyed lenses without widening the groove.
Santinelli’s Me 1200 can be programmed for a “partial” groove and bevel also. The operator can select to partially bevel and partially groove the lens to create an interesting design on the edge of the lens.
Making simple modifications or creating one-of-a-kind lenses is easy with today’s advanced edger systems. If you’re looking for a way to set your optical office apart from the crowd, having this kind of capability will surely help get you there.
Kenneth N. Johnson is the Optical Manager at Professional Eyecare in Waterford, CT.
WHERE TO FIND IT
800-729-1959 • aitindustries.com
800-292-7468 • briot-usa.com
Coburn Technologies, formerly Gerber Coburn
800-262-8761 • coburntechnologies.com
Essilor Instruments USA
855-EZ-FINISH • essilorinstrumentsusa.com
chemistrieeyewear.com • 888.321.3939
800-866-5640 • nationaloptronics.com
Santinelli International, Inc.
800-644-3343 • santinelli.com
Takubo North America, Inc.
800-506-0950 • takubo-na.com