Keeler Scholarship winner, Richard Scawn, is thoroughly enjoying his Orbital and Oculoplastic fellowship at the renowned Shiley Eye Center, University of California, San Diego.
Under the mentorship of Dr. Kikkawa and Dr. Korn, Richard has been gaining experience in thyroid eye disease management, orbital trauma, oculofacial reconstruction and endoscopic surgery techniques. In addition to his clinical work he has been engaged in research and also collaborated with the engineering department on medical device development.
Image: Richard Scawn (centre) with mentors Dr. Kikkawa (L) and Dr. Korn (R)
Richard said, “I am very grateful to Keeler and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for this scholarship. It has given me the unique opportunity to experience an excellent fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.”
Image: Richard Scawn using his Keeler loupes and coaxial LED headlight
The Keeler Scholarship is awarded every two years by the Trustees of the Keeler Trust after interviewing short-listed applicants. It enables scholars to study, research or acquire special skills at a suitable location around the world, for the subsequent benefit of ophthalmology in the UK. Applicants must be fellows, members or affiliates of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the next Keeler Scholarship will be awarded in February 2014.
Slitlamp 40H, by Keeler, is a brand new slit lamp, meticulously designed and developed by the Windsor Keeler team.
Slitlamp 40H features world class Keeler optics, crafted with nearly 100 years’ experience, housed in an elegant and contemporary design. The optical system uses Galilean converging binoculars and a rotating five-step drum that offers up to x40 magnification.
The tower illumination and slit projection system has continuously variable slit widths between 0-12mm; blue, red free and neutral density filters and an integral diffuser provide a good visual of the whole eye at low magnification. To assess for Uveitis, a 1mm square graticule is included within the aperture selections.
An integral yellow fluorescein barrier filter is conveniently housed in the optics block which is ready to take the R type KAT (Keeler Applanation Tonometer). The illumination is controlled by a rheostat conveniently positioned adjacent to the gliding joystick.
Slitlamp 40H combines modern technology and classic style to create a high performance slit lamp. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.keeler.co.uk or speak to Colin West at Keeler on +44 (0)1753 827 161.
Laura Haverley has been appointed as Keeler’s UK Marketing Manager. Laura previously held the position of Senior Product Manager where she promoted Keeler’s mainline direct and indirect ophthalmoscopes worldwide.
Keeler has changed the way it sells its products and is now working through a strong distribution network in the UK in addition to its online shop. In her new role, Laura will focus solely on marketing Keeler products in the UK and will also work to strengthen Keeler’s relationships with its new partners and distributors.
Laura commented: “I am eager to return my focus back to the UK and meet old friends and new associates. Keeler is moving in a new direction and it is exciting to be here at such a defining moment.”
“It’s all about helping to save eyesight,” said Colin West of Keeler as he donated a Keeler Portable Slit Lamp to the Lotus Eye Hospital and College of Optometry in Mumbai, India.
On a visit to the college, Keeler learned of the great work carried out by the undergraduate students and faculty staff in the Dharavi slum of Mumbai. The slum has a population of over 1 million and has a tremendous need for assistance in all areas of healthcare.
The PSL Slit Lamp will complement other portable devices used by the College in this outreach programme and will also be in great demand in their busy paediatric clinic run by Dr. Neepa Thacker Dave.
Receiving the PSL, the principle Ms.Prema Chande said: “The outreach programmes are important to us and are a constant reminder to the students of what our aims are. The slit lamp will make a real difference to our work both in the community and in the paediatric unit.”
Working with its new distribution partners, Keeler products will now be available on several distributor stands at this year’s Optrafair. Keeler partners include Birmingham Optical, Topcon, Mainline, Carleton Optical, Hanson Instruments, Grafton Optical, BiB Ophthalmic Instruments, Bondeye, Stat One Services and Ulster Anaesthetics.
As usual, Keeler will also have its own Eye Shop at the stand and customers can purchase its extensive line of existing products such as Specialist Ophthalmoscopes, Professional Retinoscopes, KAT Tonometers and various practice essentials; the popular Pulsair family of tonometers will also be available.
Keeler will be launching its brand new Symphony Slit Lamp at this year’s show. Symphony has been crafted by the Keeler team to combine modern technology, high-quality optics into a classic, elegant design and will be available for demonstration. The latest portable Classic Slit Lamp will also be on display.
Free engraving on Keeler handles and Volk lenses is available for any products bought at the stand and Keeler will give away a Specialist Ophthalmoscope by prize draw every day of the show. To make any purchases, or have a browse and demonstration of any Keeler products, please visit Stand G40.
Spectra Iris is a new addition to Keeler’s indirect ophthalmoscope range. It has been specifically designed as a compact, lightweight and portable indirect with an adjustable aperture for all pupil sizes.
Spectra Iris features an adjustable aperture slider that easily changes the aperture between 20mm to 60mm to match pupil size and improve examination. The unit has variable PD (pupil distance) settings between 48 and 76mm, there are no restrictions on the user – simply adjust the PD as necessary.
The indirect system is supplied with Keeler’s lightweight wraparound Sport Frames designed to ensure maximum comfort and balance; the indirect can also fit over the top of spectacles.
An in-built bright, homogenous LED light source eliminates the need for bulb replacements and allows up to four hours of continuous use. The entire optical unit and light pod can be flipped up to allow direct eye contact when talking to a patient or writing up notes. Spectra Iris can be packed away in its neat carrying case or hung around the user’s neck when not in use. The compact lithium ion battery can be clipped on to a belt or stored in its charger when not in use.
In conjunction with The Royal College of Ophthalmology, Keeler has awarded Richard Scawn its scholarship worth £30 000.
The money will fund Richard’s fellowship in orbital and oculofacial plastic reconstructive surgery at the University of California, San Diego. Over two years, Richard will gain special experience in endoscopic surgery, thyroid eye disease treatment and facial reconstruction as well as participating in on-going university research. His current post is Specialist Registrar at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust, set to complete in August at which time he will leave for the USA.
Richard comments, “This is a fantastic fellowship opportunity. I am extremely grateful to Keeler for providing such a generous scholarship to make this experience possible. I look forward to utilising my knowledge and contributing to ophthalmology on my return to the United Kingdom.”
The Keeler Scholarship was established in 1990 and is awarded every two years. Its purpose is to give young ophthalmologists the opportunity to study, research or gain special skills, knowledge or experience in ophthalmology at specialist centres of excellence for at least six months. Richard will join the impressive list of 12 Keeler alumni who were awarded the Keeler Scholarship and completed specialist training that subsequently benefitted ophthalmology in the UK and abroad.
In addition to its Classic Portable Slit Lamp (PSL), Keeler has launched a new version, PSL One. PSL One offers one standard magnification 10x, a more cost effective option that gives the customer a choice of Keeler slit lamp depending on their practice needs.
Keeler’s PSL One has been designed to be lightweight and durable, ideal for use on paediatric, elderly and disabled patients, in on- or off-site clinics, with a precision-machined aluminium chassis that creates a sturdy structure able to withstand daily travel and use in a busy practice.
PSL One features slit and wheels from 0.15 to 1.6 mm, a 12mm circle and a 1mm square to produce anterior chamber flare, aiding the diagnosis of uveitis. Red free, blue and ND (Neutral Density) filters all come as standard. Its advanced optics offer x10 magnification, with illumination control down to zero.
Keeler’s Classic PSL and PSL One are high-performance, British-designed and -manufactured instruments. For more information on the PSL One, please visit the company website at www.keeler.co.uk.
Keeler Ltd has appointed Keith Watson as its new Sales & Marketing Director.
Keith joins Keeler with a proven track record of success. He was previously Sales & Marketing Director at Halma sister company Hanovia, where he implemented major changes to the sales organisation and helped increase sales revenues by 35%.
Keith commented: “I am delighted to join a manufacturing company with such a strong global brand and background in healthcare and optics. Keeler has performed exceptionally in recent years and I look forward to continuing and improving the growth strategies that have contributed to this success.”
After gaining a Chemistry degree from Exeter University Keith spent several years in industrial chemistry before pursuing a career in instrumentation sales. He was Sales Director of Arun Technology, a pioneer in miniature optical spectrometers, in the UK before spending 10 years in Hong Kong and China where he was Managing Director of Spectro Analytical (Asia Pacific) Limited and General Manager of Martek Marine Limited.
Leading ophthalmic instrument manufacturer Keeler has donated ophthalmoscopes and retinoscopes to non-profit charity Vision Care for Homeless People at its clinic in London.
Vision Care for Homeless People is a registered charity that provides free eye care services and glasses to homeless and vulnerable people who have little access to mainstream eye care services. The clinics are run by volunteer, trained opticians.
Keeler’s Laura Haverley presents Vision Care CEO Harinder Paul with donated Keeler instruments
Harinder Paul, CEO and founder of Vision Care, commented: “Demand for our services is incredibly high. The ophthalmoscopes and retinoscopes donated by Keeler, along with their earlier donation of the Pulsair intellipuff, will help us deliver the highest level of comprehensive care to large numbers of patients.”
Laura Haverley, Keeler’s Senior Product Manager, visited Vision Care to deliver the diagnostic instruments. She commented: “Vision Care is a remarkable charity and we are very happy to donate our diagnostic equipment to ensure vulnerable people in the community have access to high quality eye care.”
For more information about Vision Care for Homeless People, please visit www.visioncarecharity.org.