Volk Optical Expands Leadership Team with New Vice President Appointment

Utkarsh Sharma, Ph.D. joins Volk as Vice President of Product Development and Strategic Marketing
Mentor, Ohio (March 22, 2018) – Volk Optical has appointed Utkarsh Sharma, Ph.D. Vice President of Product Development and Strategic Marketing.

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Utkarsh Sharma, Ph.D., Vice President of Product Development and Strategic Marketing, Volk Optical

In this new role, Dr. Sharma will lead product development for Volk’s entire range of ophthalmic products. This includes accelerating development of advanced diagnostic, surgical and imaging products that fulfil unmet needs in the vision space, as well as sustaining and improving existing products. The company’s products include a full line of reusable and single-use diagnostic and surgical lenses and portable diagnostic ophthalmic imaging systems. Dr. Sharma will contribute to the company’s strategic plan as a member of Volk’s executive leadership team and board of directors.

Dr. Sharma brings to Volk extensive experience in product development, management and commercialization of ophthalmic imaging systems. Most recently, he served as Director of Optovue’s Advanced Development Team, leading the design and commercial launch of numerous ophthalmic diagnostic products. Prior to Optovue, Dr. Sharma was a Project Team Leader and Scientist at Carl Zeiss Meditec, where he led the development of the first FDA approved OCT Angiography (OCTA) technology.

In addition to his industry experience, Dr. Sharma spent time in academia as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at both Harvard Medical School (Boston, Mass.) and the University of Illinois (Urbana, Ill.). He earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay, India), and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.). Dr. Sharma holds 15 patents in medical imaging, applications, optics and lasers. He was recently awarded the prestigious SPIE Early Career Achievement Award for his pioneering contributions to ophthalmic imaging devices.

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New Vice President of Global Sales for Volk Optical

Matt Marzullo to lead global ophthalmic lens, surgical and imaging device sales
Mentor, Ohio (January 25, 2018) – Volk Optical has appointed Matt Marzullo its new Vice President of Global Sales.

Matt Marzullo, Volk

Matt Marzullo, Vice President of Global Sales, Volk Optical

Marzullo will be responsible for developing and executing Volk’s global sales and marketing strategy, and leadership of its international sales team and distributor network. As a member of Volk’s executive leadership team and board of directors, he will help shape the company’s strategic plan and guide its continued growth.

Marzullo brings sales experience specific to the healthcare industry to his new role. He joins Volk from O2 Concepts, a manufacturer of portable oxygen machines, where he was most recently Director of Sales. Prior to that, he was in medical device sales for Johnson & Johnson. Marzullo began his career in the United States Army, where he served for eight years, attaining the rank of Captain. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership & Management, with a minor in Electrical Engineering.

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Volk Optical Releases Next Generation Lens Cases

Redesign emphasizes form and function
Mentor, Ohio (November 28, 2017) – Volk Optical has launched a new case design for its full line of diagnostic and therapeutic ophthalmic lenses. The next generation case enhances the durability and look of its classic case design.

Volk Optical Lens Case

Volk’s new lens cases are sleek and durable.

Volk’s next generation emphasizes both form and functionality. The sleek modern design has been engineered to withstand 50,000 openings, without hinge breakage. A durable thermoplastic rubber insert cushions the lens, and a magnetic closure holds the case securely shut.

Volk’s Digital Series, BIO, Slit Lamp, Laser, Gonio, Surgical, and Specialty Treatment Lenses are all available with the new case. For quick identification, the case exteriors are color coordinated by lens family and clearly labeled with the lens name. The cover plate can also be custom engraved with doctor or practice name.

The case’s new molded plastic exterior and interior insert are easy to wipe clean. The addition of nonslip stabilizing feet hold the case steady in place.

The next generation case is now standard on new single lens orders, or can be purchased individually as a replacement case.

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Volk Optical Appoints New President

Jyoti Gupta, Ph.D., joins industry leader in ophthalmic lenses and imaging devices
Mentor, Ohio (January 18, 2017) – Volk Optical has appointed Jyoti Gupta, Ph.D., to the position of President, following the move of long-time Volk President Pete Mastores to the position of Chief Commercial Officer on Volk’s board.

Jyoti Gupta, Volk

Jyoti Gupta, Ph.D., President, Volk Optical

In her new role, Dr. Gupta will be responsible for leading Volk Optical, providing strategic and tactical direction to support the future growth of Volk’s global sales and operations. This includes driving the development of new products to serve unmet needs in the ophthalmic imaging, and diagnostic and surgical lens spaces. The company’s products include the Volk iNview and Pictor Plus portable diagnostic ophthalmic imaging systems, as well as a full line of reusable and single-use diagnostic and surgical lenses.

Dr. Gupta comes to Volk from Unilife Corporation, where she served as Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Drug Delivery Systems, responsible for the development and growth of its syringe business. Prior to Unilife, she held strategic marketing roles at Becton Dickinson, and was involved in clinical research at Medtronic Spine and Biologics. Dr. Gupta also serves as an adviser to early state startups originating out of universities.

Dr. Gupta earned a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Ga.). She also holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Christian Brothers University (Memphis, Tenn.).

“Jyoti’s experience in the medical space will be invaluable to Volk as we develop products that keep pace with key advances in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease,” said Mastores. “Under her guidance, Volk’s portable imaging devices will continue to evolve, as camera and software technology improve. We will also continue to expand our diagnostic and surgical lens lines, including single-use lenses, developing new offerings to meet the demands of the latest procedures and treatment protocols.”

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Volk Optical Adds SLT Lens to Single Use Lens Family

Volk®1 SLT eliminates potential for disease transmission during trabecular procedures
Mentor, Ohio (October 11, 2016) – Volk®1 Single Use SLT Lens provides detailed, high-resolution views of the trabecular meshwork for selective laser trabeculoplasty procedures, coupled with single use safety and convenience.

Volk1 Single Use

Volk®1 SLT eliminates potential for disease transmission during trabecular procedures.

Volk1 Single Use SLT Lens provides imaging similar to that of Volk’s traditional reusable SLT lens, in a sterile, molded acrylic lens body. Its single internally reflecting surface delivers 1.0x magnification, maintaining laser spot size and power density. Designed for Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, its curved upper lens surface ensures the laser beam profile remains circular, for consistent laser spot placement, and is equally well suited to Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty and other trabecular procedures.

The lens’ silicone contact flange provides patient comfort and stability for laser delivery. Pre-sterilized in individual Tyvek pouches, Volk1 Single Use lenses eliminate the potential for cross-contamination of infectious disease, as well as the costly reprocessing of reusable lenses.

In addition to the new SLT Lens, the Volk1 Single Use family includes contact laser treatment lenses for capsulotomy and iridotomy, 3-Mirror and 4-Mirror Gonio lenses, non-contact surgical BIO lenses (20D and 28D), and high-resolution direct image surgical vitrectomy lenses. For a limited time, Volk is offering a free sample pack of Volk1 lenses, available at the company’s AAO booth, 734, or by contacting Volk directly.

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Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products Lens Designs Added to Volk Eye Check

Fitting of Bausch + Lomb- Specialty Vision Products custom specialty lenses supported with precise, personal measurements
Mentor, Ohio (October 6, 2016) – Volk Optical announces today that is has integrated Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products custom specialty lens designs into the Best Fit Analysis Report of its Volk Eye Check portable ophthalmic exam tool. Capable of a number of key measurements, the Volk Eye Check’s CL Mode captures and fully automates the analysis and display of ocular characteristics for contact lens fitting, saving time and increasing first time fit rates.

Volk Eye Check

Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products Lens Designs Added to Volk Eye Check

Volk Eye Check’s CL Mode provides precise measurements to aid in contact lens fitting including Horizontal Visible Iris Diameter (HVID), Pupil diameter and Sagittal depth. The Best Fit Analysis feature generates a patient-specific report recommending the most appropriate lenses by brand and type. Now included in the Eye Check Best Fit Analysis module are fitting rules for Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products™’ HP Toric and Sphere, ASTERA® Multifocal Toric, NovaKone® ; and C-Vue™Toric, Sphere, and Multifocal design contact lenses.

All current Volk Eye Check users will automatically have access to the Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products designs.

“The addition of the Bausch + Lomb range of lenses to Volk Eye Check will enable Bausch + Lomb customers to get to the correct fit faster and more accurately, saving them chair-time and enhancing patient experience,” said Yuval Yashiv, Chief Executive of IRISS Medical Technologies, Volk’s technology partner for the Volk Eye Check.

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Laser Lens Optimized for Vitreolysis Procedures

Volk Optical’s Singh MidVitreous Lens improves patient comfort during elimination of floaters
Mentor, Ohio (August 31, 2016) –Volk Optical’s new Singh MidVitreous lens provides high resolution views with doctor-designed features that improve treatment efficiency and patient comfort during laser vitreolysis treatment.

Volk Singh lens

Singh MidVitreous Lens improves patient comfort during elimination of floaters

Developed in collaboration with Dr. Inder Paul Singh, the lens was specifically designed for elimination of vitreous strands or opacities in the near and central mid-vitreous. With a 1.16x image magnification, and .86x laser spot, the Singh MidVitreous Lens provides the highest resolution and focusing ability of any commercially available vitreolysis lens. Less laser energy is required for treatment, improving efficiency and safety.

A compact design facilitates lens placement, particularly in children and patients with small eyes. The small flanged contact increases patient comfort by providing stability throughout vitreolysis, which typically lasts longer than other laser procedures. The design prevents patients from squeezing the lens off the eye, and reduces the amount of manual pressure the doctor needs to apply in order to maintain coupling. The 30-mm ring diameter and short 24-mm lens body allow for easier slit lamp handling, with slightly more imaging depth range than a taller lens. The direct contact lens requires the use of viscous coupling fluid during laser treatment.

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Volk Lenses Now Available with Ellex Ophthalmic Lasers

Providing clear optics for YAG, SLT, laser vitreolysis, and photocoagulation procedures
Mentor, Ohio (August 9, 2016) – Volk Optical and Ellex Medical (ASX: ELX, Ellex) have partnered to provide ease of access and convenient purchase of Volk ophthalmic lenses to complement Ellex ophthalmic lasers. Ellex will commence an offering of Volk contact laser lenses, as well as mirrored gonioscopy lenses, in both reusable and single-use designs, with the purchase of an Ellex ophthalmic laser for YAG, SLT, laser vitreolysis, and photocoagulation procedures.


Volk and Ellex have partnered to provide ease of access and convenient purchase of Volk ophthalmic lenses to complement Ellex ophthalmic lasers.

With this arrangement, Ellex will now have the opportunity to provide reusable laser lens styles, and Volk®1 Single Use lens for a global collaborative market presence. Volk lenses are designed with high-quality optics and anti-glare coatings to deliver crisp, high-resolution views. The range of reusable lens styles includes contact laser lenses for capsulotomy, iridotomy, laser vitreolysis, focal grid and peripheral retinal photocoagulation, 3- and 4-mirror gonioscopy, and selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). Volk1 Single Use lenses, which eliminate potential cross-contamination and costly reprocessing, are available in a similar range of styles, and can be re-ordered directly from Ellex.

Ellex is recognized as the expert in short-pulsed lasers for use in ophthalmology. Its laser range pairs 30 years of manufacturing expertise with cutting-edge technology to deliver consistently better treatment results. The systems offered with Volk lenses include the Tango™ for SLT and YAG laser procedures; Ultra Q for YAG laser procedures and the Ultra Q Reflex for vitreolysis (as well as standard YAG procedures); and Solitaire, Integre Pro and Integre Pro Scan for photocoagulation.

“It makes sense that Ellex should align its suite of ophthalmic laser products with Volk: if our customers can visualize the treatment site with greater clarity then they can use our lasers to more exacting precision,” commented Ellex CEO Tom Spurling.

“The industry’s best lenses are now available with the industry’s best lasers,” explains Volk president Peter Mastores. “Ellex is a pioneer in ophthalmic laser treatment. They recognize that the clear, high-resolution imaging of our Volk lenses is critical to patient outcomes.”

To learn more about the new laser and lens bundles, or to make a purchase, visit www.ellex.com, or contact your Authorized Ellex Distributor.
About Volk
Volk Optical (www.volk.com) is a recognized industry leader in ophthalmic imaging offering the finest aspheric optics, portable ocular diagnostic imaging platforms, and unique surgical solutions. Dr. David Volk pioneered the design of ophthalmic lenses in the 1960’s and is best known for his revolutionary glass lens design and construction, which includes the patented double aspheric lens technology. Volk ophthalmic lenses are recognized worldwide as having the highest resolution and widest field imaging with the best stereopsis for precision diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical work. Volk’s portable, electronic, diagnostic imaging devices are building the foundation for the future of ophthalmology, optometry, and general medicine. The company is based in Mentor, Ohio, USA and has representatives and distributors around the world. Volk Optical is a subsidiary of Halma plc of Amersham, United Kingdom (LON: HLMA, Halma).

About Ellex
Ellex Medical (Ellex) is a pioneer in the design and manufacture of ophthalmic laser and ultrasound systems used by ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat eye disease. With more than 20,000 systems delivered to the market, Ellex has evolved since 1985 from a manufacturing company of primarily OEM products, to direct marketing of its own branded products through subsidiaries in the United States, Japan, Germany and Australia, and a network of distribution partners in more than 100 countries.

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Volk Optical Adds Gonio Lenses to Single Use Lens Range

Volk®1 3-Mirror and 4-Mirror Gonios provide clear views and maximum patient safety
Mentor, Ohio (July 11, 2016) – Volk®1 Single Use 3-Mirror and 4-Mirror Gonio Lenses provide the convenience and patient safety of a one-time use lens, without compromising image quality for visualization, diagnosis and laser treatment.

Volk1 Single Use Gonios

Volk®1 Single Use 3-Mirror and 4-Mirror Gonios provide clear views and maximum patient safety.

Volk1 Single Use Gonio lenses provide high resolution imaging of the anterior chamber angle, peripheral retina, and posterior pole, similar to that of traditional glass gonio lenses, in a sterile, molded acrylic lens body. Pre-sterilized in individual Tyvek pouches, Volk1 Single Use lenses eliminate the potential for cross-contamination of infectious disease, as well as the costly reprocessing of reusable lenses.

Both Volk1 Gonio lenses have an image magnification of 1.0x and 1.0x laser spot. The 3-Mirror Gonio Lens is fashioned in the Goldman style with mirrors accurately angled at 60°, 66°, and 76° to eliminate gaps in the visualized fundus. For visualization of the entire anterior chamber, with only a slight rotation, the 4-Mirror Gonio Lens’ four mirrors are equally angled at 63°.

In addition to the new 3-Mirror and 4-Mirror Gonio lenses, the Volk1 Single Use family includes direct image contact laser treatment lenses for capsulotomy and iridotomy, surgical BIO lenses (20D and 28D), and high resolution direct image surgical vitrectomy lenses. For a limited time, Volk is offering a free sample pack of Volk Gonio lenses for customer trial.

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Volk iNview Portable Ophthalmic Imager Now iPhone SE Compatible

App upgrade provides SE support, better imaging; hardware upgraded with new optics
Mentor, Ohio (June 21, 2016) – Volk Optical has upgraded its Volk iNview portable fundus camera, expanding the range of device compatibility to include the iPhone SE, while also improving both the app and internal optics for even better imaging. Volk iNview makes it easy to take high quality, wide-angle digital color fundus images for general visualization, patient education, referrals and record keeping.

Volk iNview

Volk iNview now even better with an upgraded app and new optics.

Volk iNview’s indirect ophthalmoscopic lens attachment is compatible with iPhone® and iPod® devices, working in conjunction with the free Volk iNview app to take retinal images on dilated patients. The recent app upgrade provides support for the new iPhone SE, as well as improving the quality of images taken with any compatible device. The device’s custom double aspheric glass optics are optimized for use with Apple devices’ native cameras. These quality internal optics have recently been upgraded, yielding even brighter, sharper images. This improved visualization is especially helpful in patients with darker retinas.

Volk iNview remains the easiest-to-use Apple-compatible fundus imaging device. The app’s auto-capture function takes a rapid series of images, running a proprietary algorithm to present a collection of the best-focused and defined images for review. A manual-capture option also allows experienced users more control over imaging.

The latest app version is available for free download from the Apple App store (search “Volk iNview”). Volk is offering free upgrades of the lens attachment hardware to existing Volk iNview owners. Visit https://volk.com/index.php/inview-upgrade/ for more information.

The Volk iNview works with iPhone 5s, 6, 6s, SE, and iPod Touch (Gen 6) models. A package system that comes with dedicated iPod is also available from Volk.

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