Eye Check from Volk a Portable Ophthalmic Exam Tool

Mobile, handheld instrument aids in contact lens fitting and diagnosis
Mentor, Ohio (March 28, 2014) – Volk Optical’s Eye Check, an electronic handheld ocular measurement device, aids in the diagnosis of ophthalmic abnormalities. Capable of a number of key measurements including pupil diameter, horizontal visible iris diameter, interpupillary distance, margin reflex distance, pupil eccentricity and strabismus angle, Eye Check helps practitioners screen, diagnosis and document ocular characteristics for contact lens fitting and general diagnostic purposes.

Volk Eye Check

Volk’s Eye Check aids in contact lens fitting and general diagnosis.

The Eye Check’s intuitive user interface is easily navigated by physicians and support staff for seamless integration into the practice environment. Its real-time, accurate and objective results enable quick decision making and can be output to electronic records management systems with WiFi connectivity.

Eye Check can help to quickly identify patients that are candidates for specialty lenses and reduce practice drop out rates.
An estimated 6 million contact users drop out of lens wear each year, 12 percent of those due to the discomfort of poorly fitting lenses1.
Eye Check measurement parameters that facilitate lens fitting are:

  • Horizontal Visible Iris Diameter (HVID) to assess correct contact lens diameter
  • Pupil diameter and eccentricity for GP lens fitting and multi focal contact lens choice
  • Lid margin to pupil margin for bifocal lens fitting

For general diagnosis and documentation, Eye Check also measures:

  • Interpupillary distance for eyeglass fitting
  • Margin reflex distance for detection and documentation of ptosis in endocrine disorders, as well as pre- and post-surgical comparison
  • Strabismus angle for Amblyopia and Strabismus screening with objective documentation of strambismus amplitude

1 Ref. New Data on Contact Lens Dropouts, 1/15/2010 (John Rumpakis OD)

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New Lenses Including TVG and G6 Gonio from Volk at ASCRS

Mentor, Ohio (March 24, 2014) – Volk Optical will be showing its complete lens offerings during the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Meeting, April 25-29 in Boston, Mass. Volk’s exhibit at booth 2033 will showcase surgical gonio and gonioscopy lenses including the TVG for MIGS procedures and the G6 Gonio with true 360° views.

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Volk’s G6 and TVG gonio lenses

The TVG Surgical Gonio lens has been designed specifically for precision and comfort in MIGS and all intraoperative gonioscopy procedures. Its floating lens feature eliminates corneal pressure and the resulting distortion of chamber angle views.

With six closely aligned mirrors, the G6 Gonio delivers sweeping images of the anterior segment–a full, gap-free view without rotation. The G6’s imaging is a significant improvement to the classic 4 mirror gonio lens.

Also on display will be Volk’s entire line of diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical ophthalmic lenses, equipment, and accessories. Volk will offer special show pricing and a free multi-lens case with purchase. Visit Volk at booth 2033 to see the newest gonio lenses and take advantage of show specials.

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Surgical Gonio Lens Designed for MIGS Procedures

Volk Optical’s TVG Surgical Gonio stabilizes the eye
Mentor, Ohio (February 07, 2014) –Volk Optical’s new TVG Surgical Gonio lens provides clear views and maximum ocular control during micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) and other intraoperative gonioscopy procedures.

TVG Surgical Gonio designed for MIGS procedures.

TVG Surgical Gonio designed for MIGS procedures.

The lens was developed in collaboration with Transcend Medical, a pioneer in MIGS procedures, and Dr. Steven Vold. Its unique floating lens feature, with stabilization ring and multiple pivot points, provides ocular control not possible with current surgical gonio lenses. Traditional lenses can apply pressure to the cornea and distort chamber angle views. The TVG’s floating lens does not apply any corneal pressure, eliminating this potential for distortion and providing clearer imaging.

A Thornton-style stabilization ring provides improved control of the globe during surgery, increasing precision and surgeon comfort. The lens can also be used in the left or right hand, according to surgeon’s preferred dominant hand.

Additionally, like all Volk surgical lenses, the TVG is compatible with steam sterilization and constructed to withstand repeated sterilization cycles without image degradation over time.

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Portable Ophthalmic Imaging with Pictor Plus

Volk’s lightweight digital imager provides freedom from office exams
Mentor, Ohio (January 29, 2014) –Volk Optical’s Pictor Plus handheld imager delivers convenient portable ophthalmic imaging in any setting. High resolution images of the retinal and anterior segment can now be captured during non-office exams – on non-ambulatory patient visits, at off-site clinics and during field work.

Volk’s Pictor Plus

Volk’s Pictor Plus imager is highly portable for use during out of office exams.

The extremely compact Pictor Plus weighs in at just one pound, and fits easily with its accessories into a small briefcase. High quality jpeg images easily upload via Wi-Fi to computer, are compatible with most major imaging software programs and adaptable to any patient database system. Patient ID entry assigns unique identifiers to each file which can be used for patient records, or shared for remote diagnosis and consultation.

The versatile Pictor Plus includes two modules for both retina and anterior segment imaging. The Retinal module provides a 40 degree field of view of the fundus. Nine fixation points target different regions of the retina. Using a non-mydriatic imaging method, the device can easily image pupils as small as 3mm. The Anterior module images the eye surface and has a series of cobalt blue LEDs for fluorescent imaging.

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Accutome, Volk and Keeler AAO Meeting Joint Exhibit Recognized in Best in Show Contest

Malvern, Penn. (January 27, 2014) – The joint exhibit of Accutome, Keeler and Volk at the 2013 American Academy of Ophthalmology(AAO) meeting in New Orleans was awarded an Honorable Mention in the exhibition’s Best In Show contest. After this success, the three companies intend to exhibit together again at the 2014 AAO meeting.

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Accutome, Volk and Keeler AAO Meeting Joint Exhibit Recognized in Best in Show Contest

Accutome, Keeler and Volk offer complementary ophthalmic diagnostic, clinical and surgical products. All are part of Halma, plc, an international group of safety, health and environmental technology companies. The joint exhibit gave busy show visitors a convenient single stop to try out and buy products from all three companies. The new exhibit included a number of hands-on demonstrations for each company’s products.

“Keeler and Volk have been sister companies for almost 20 years. Since Accutome joined the group in 2012, we’ve been looking for additional ways their relationship under the same parent could benefit customers,” explained Adam Meyers, Divisional Chief Executive for Halma. “The joint exhibit was carefully planned for the best customer experience possible while retaining focus on the individual brands.”

The exhibit was chosen for the mention by evaluators from AAO’s Exhibit Effectiveness Evaluation team and Jefferson Davis of Competitive Edge. It was recognized for its ease of navigation for show attendees and clear corporate branding for each of the three companies.

According to the show report, the exhibit was “a marketing “how to” successfully combine disparate brands and companies under one exhibit property and still make it easy for attendees to comprehend the connection. From top to bottom, all details of this exhibit were strategically conceived and very well executed.”

For more information on the companies, visit the Halma health optics page.

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Volk Features Lens Sets and G6 Gonio at SECO

Mentor, Ohio (January 15, 2014) – Volk Optical will be exhibiting at the Southeastern Congress of Optometry (SECO) March 13-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center (Atlanta, Georgia), booth 522.

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Volk Digital Series Three-Lens set and G6 Gonio Lens

Volk’s exhibit will include its diagnostic and therapeutic lenses, equipment, and accessories. To simplify lens selection and deliver better value, Volk has created ‘Best in Class’ lens sets, packaging together several complementary lenses.

Its Digital family’s lenses increase general diagnostic capabilities and shorten exam time. Two- and three-lens sets are available with these lenses. The two-lens set includes Volk’s Digital Wide Field®, a 90D power lens with a field of view 40 percent larger than that of a classic 90D, and the Digital High Mag® for true 3D views of the posterior pole. The three-lens set adds the Digital Clear Field. A hybrid of a 20D and 28D lens, with magnification of a 20D and field of view of a 28D, the Digital Clear Field offers the best of both lenses.

Also at the show will be Volk’s G6 Gonio, which provides the most comprehensive sweeping views of the anterior segment. Its six closely aligned mirrors provide a true 360° view during glaucoma screening, without any lens adjustment required.

In addition to hands-on demonstrations, Volk will offer special show pricing and a free multi-lens case with purchase.

 

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Doctor-Developed Iridotomy Lens from Volk for Laser Glaucoma Treatment

Blumenthal Iridotomy lens design next generation for iridectomy
Mentor, Ohio (December 12, 2013) – Volk Optical has launched a new specialty lens for iridotomy procedures. Developed in conjunction with Eytan Blumenthal MD, the Blumenthal Iridotomy Lens design increases access to the periphery for more efficient glaucoma treatment with less potential for damage to surrounding tissues.

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The design of the contact lens indents the cornea to open the angle and flatten the peripheral iris, delivering better patient outcomes with less post-laser inflammation. The Blumenthal Iridotomy’s precise positioning and sharply focused laser spot minimizes iris tissue collateral damage and distances the cornea from the iris to reduce the risk of endothelial cell damage.

The Blumenthal Iridotomy lens improves over classic lenses, as it is the only lens with corneal indentation capability for enhanced viewing of the far periphery. Constructed using Volk’s patented aspheric optics, the lens delivers better image quality and improved laser burn. Lower energy is required, reducing thermal collateral damage. The large lens housing improves lens grip and alignment for oblique viewing of the entire chamber.

Eytan Blumenthal, MD is Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Rambam Health Care Campus (Hafia, Israel). This is his second lens collaboration with Volk.

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Surgical Lenses Including New Gonio from Volk at ASCRS

Mentor, Ohio (March 25, 2013) – Volk Optical will be showing its new advancements in surgical gonio lenses during the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Meeting, April 19-23 at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center. Volk’s Autoclavable Surgical Gonio Lens, launched at last year’s ASCRS, will be joined by the new TVG lens that can fix eye position for better control during surgery.

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Volk’s new TVG surgical gonio lens.

Developed in collaboration with Transcend Medical, the TVG lens has been designed specifically for MIGS and all intraoperative gonioscopy procedures. Its unique floating lens feature, with stabilization ring and multiple pivot points, provides ocular control not possible with current surgical gonio lenses.

Additionally, like all Volk surgical lenses, the TVG is compatible with both steam and gas sterilization and constructed to withstand repeated sterilization cycles without image degradation over time.

Also on display will be Volk’s entire line of diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical ophthalmic lenses, equipment, and accessories. Rounding out its gonio offerings, the G6 Gonio delivers sweeping images of the anterior segment–a full, gap-free view without rotation. For non-contact imaging during both BIO and slit lamp use, Volk’s Digital family’s lenses increase general diagnostic capabilities and shorten exam time. The series includes the Digital Wide Field®, the Digital High Mag and Digital Clear Field. Digital Lenses are also available in a choice of seven different ring colors.

In addition to hands-on demonstrations, Volk will offer special show pricing and a free multi-lens case with purchase. Visit Volk at booth 1408 to see the newest gonio lenses and take advantage of show specials.

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High Resolution Ophthalmic Lens Sets Simplify Selection

Volk groups together most useful lenses for maximum diagnostic power
Mentor, Ohio (February 7, 2013) – Volk Optical has released several ‘Best in Class’ lens sets, packaging together complementary lenses for simple selection and better value. Two sets are available for its Digital non-contact lens series and one set for high resolution contact imaging.

 

Volk has grouped together several of its most popular ophthalmic lenses for simple selection and better value.

Volk has grouped together several of its most popular ophthalmic lenses for simple selection and better value.

Volk’s Digital Series lenses provide the highest resolution for non-contact imaging during both BIO and slit lamp use. The Digital family’s lenses increase general diagnostic capabilities and shorten exam time. The two-lens set includes Volk’s Digital Wide Field®, a 90D power lens with a field of view 40 percent larger than that of a classic 90D, and the Digital High Mag®, for true 3D views of the posterior pole – an upgrade to a classic 78D lens. The three-lens set adds the Digital Clear Field. A hybrid of a 20D and 28D lens, with magnification of a 20D and field of view of a 28D, the Digital Clear Field offers the best of both lenses.

For diagnostic and laser work, the High Resolution Contact Lens Set brings together two lenses with different strengths to increase diagnostic power: The HR Wide Field and the High Resolution Centralis. The HR Wide Field is the best pan retinal lens for slit lamp use, with views to the far periphery. The high magnification of the HR Centralis provides detailed views of the central retina and posterior pole.

All lenses are constructed of high grade, low dispersion glass to maintain superior resolution and the best possible image quality. The lens kits provide a better value than purchasing individual lenses. All lens sets can be ordered packaged together in multiple lens cases or individually, at no extra cost. Digital Lenses are also available in a choice of seven different ring colors.

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Pan Retinal Laser Lens with Contact Flange

Volk’s H-R Wide Field’s new design positions lens securely for diagnostic and laser work
Mentor, Ohio (September 26, 2012) – Volk Optical has redesigned its H-R Wide Field pan retinal lens with a new flanged contact element for greater stability. The new contact prevents patients from squeezing the lens off the eye during diagnostic and laser work.

Volk Optical's H-R Wide Field pan retinal lens had a new flanged contact element for greater stability

Volk Optical's H-R Wide Field pan retinal lens had a new flanged contact element for greater stability

The H-R Wide Field’s deep field of view shows details as far out as the ora serrata and most importantly, is distortion free across the entire viewing area. H-R Wide Field’s contact lens design ensures clear visualization of retinal tears or lesions across the entire retinal surface. It provides a pan retinal view not possible with a non-contact slit lamp or BIO lens and a clear view of the entire retina not provided by a mirrored lens

The combination of Volk’s patented double aspheric glass design with low dispersion glass, ensures the highest resolution imaging across the entire viewing field. A low-profile, reduced-size housing simplifies manipulation of the lens within the orbit.

The lens provides .50x magnification, with 2.0x laser spot magnification. With the widest field of view and better image quality, the H-R Wide Field is an ideal upgrade from the Rodenstock Pan Fundus Laser lens. The H-R Wide Field is the best choice for wide field diagnosis and pan retinal photocoagulation laser treatment.

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