Volk Optical’s Pictor Plus Portable Imager Used on Charitable Mission in Uganda

Handheld digital imager screened patients for diabetic retinopathy and pediatric retinoblastoma
Mentor, Ohio (July 9, 2015) – In April, Volk’s Pictor Plus was used by ophthalmologists from the Royal Free Hospital in London during a ten day charitable mission trip in Uganda. Volk’s Regional Manager for Europe, Terry Cooper, joined the Vision 2020 LINKS team, a group led by ophthalmologist Clare Davey, on a mission to reduce preventable blindness. The Pictor Plus was the only fundus camera available to the team and was used primarily for screening for diabetic retinopathy and examinations under anesthetic of retinoblastoma patients.

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Specialist retinal nurse Sofia Mendonça uses the Pictor Plus to examine a patient at the Mulago Hospital (Kampala, Uganda). Photo credit: Terry Cooper, @capdailphotos

The trip included clinics held at the Mulago Referral Hospital in the capital city of Kampala, as well as at Ruharo Eye Centre, in the far more remote city of Mbarara. The Pictor Plus handheld digital imager is ideal for mission and field work, delivering high quality retinal views in a compact device that weighs in at just one pound. For the mission trip, the Pictor, its accessories, and a laptop with image capture software travelled in a standard sized backpack outfitted with a solar panel for field use.

“I first learned about the Uganda trip when I met Clare Davey at a Congress,” explained Cooper. “As I learned the scope of the project, I realized that Pictor Plus would be great tool for the physicians on this mission. What’s more, I have a personal interest in charitable activities, so my involvement on Volk’s behalf really came together organically.”

With a 40 degree field of view of the fundus and two modules for both retina and anterior segment imaging, clinicians were able to identify a range of patient pathologies. All stages of diabetic retinopathy, as well as serious conditions such as BRVO (Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion) and CRVO (Central Retinal Vein Occlusion) were seen. It was also used to examine retinoblastoma patients–particularly critical as the incidence of this childhood cancer in Uganda is nearly twice that of the UK (1-2 cases referred per week in Uganda, compared to 45 per year in the UK).

Typically during screenings at the Mulago Referral Hospital, four fundus images were taken of each patient with Pictor Plus: disc-centered and macula-centered, of each eye. The Pictor Plus’ eyecup provided stability to the camera, reduced stray light and generally helped team members get good images. Images were then transmitted wirelessly into Health Intelligence’s Spectra Retineye screening software for review by an ophthalmologist. Those with abnormal retinal findings were then further examined with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and treated with laser as appropriate.

Cooper and the Pictor Plus then travelled to the Ruharo Eye Centre of the Ruharo Mission Hospital to work with ophthalmologist Keith Waddell. During the visit, the Pictor Plus was used for examination under anesthetic of retinoblastoma patients. It enabled the team to take fundus images of children ranging in age from two months to 12 years old with relative ease, running on its own solar power, rather the unreliable local mains power.

“It’s personally gratifying to have this opportunity as a part of Volk-to be able to share portable technology that can be used effectively in developing countries,” said Cooper. “The dire lack of eye care resources and infrastructure means people go needlessly blind.”

For team leader Davey, having a member of the team from the optical industry was especially helpful. “This visit was particularly successful because we had a very defined remit, because we have already established good working relationships with the team in Mulago, and because for the first time we had a member from the optical industry (Terry Cooper) who set up the equipment, optimized its use and helped train the local staff,” she said. “I recommend similar Vision 2020 visits to concentrate on taking the most effective team.”

To read Cooper’s personal dispatches from the trip, visit the Volk blog: http://www.volk.com/index.php/news/.

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Volk Optical Receives Presidential Award for Export Success

Second win recognizing continuing export growth for the company’s ophthalmic devices
Mentor, Ohio (May 27, 2015) –Volk Optical was awarded the President’s “E” Star Award for Exports by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at a ceremony in Washington, DC, Monday, May 18. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. The “E” Star Award that Volk received recognizes previous “E” Award recipients for continued superior performance in increasing or promoting exports.

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Volk Optical receives the Presidential “E” Star Award for export excellence. (From Left to Right) Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Volk Optical President Peter Mastores, Volk Optical Vice President of Operations Bernie Rykaczewski, and Assistant Secretary of Commerce Arun M. Kumar.

Volk manufactures ophthalmic lenses and portable diagnostic imaging products that are used to diagnose and treat conditions of the eye. Eye doctors globally use Volk’s products to improve vision and help prevent blindness.

“We are honored to receive the “E” Star Award in recognition of our continued global export strategy.” said Pete Mastores, Volk’s president. “Since first winning the Presidential “E” Award for Exports in 2011, we have maintained our international focus, growing our business and creating jobs here in the U.S. This year, being one of just four manufacturers awarded the “E” Star designation is a testament to the hard work of our entire team-both here in the U.S. and around the world.

“The President’s ‘E’ Award winners are outstanding American businesses and organizations that have played a crucial role in strengthening and growing our economy through increased U.S. exports,” said Secretary Pritzker. “By selling Made-in-America goods and services internationally, winners are creating jobs in Ohio and their local communities. Congratulations to Volk Optical. Exports are critical to our nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace and solidify our country’s economic leadership across the globe.”

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Today, Secretary Pritzker honored 45 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

U.S. exports of goods and services hit an all-time record of $2.34 trillion in 2014, accounting for 13.4 percent of U.S. GDP, compared to 7.5 percent 30 years ago. Nationally, jobs supported by exports reached an all-time high last year with more than 11.7 million jobs, up 1.8 million since 2009.

American companies are nominated for “E” Awards through the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the overall winners.

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.

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MidVitreous Lens for Vitreolysis Applications

Volk Optical’s Idrees MidVitreous Lens specifically designed for elimination of floaters
Mentor, Ohio (May 13, 2015) –Volk Optical’s new Idrees MidVitreous lens provides high resolution views and maximum focusing ability to reduce required laser energy during vitreolysis treatment.

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Volk Optical’s Idrees MidVitreous Lens specifically designed for elimination of floaters

Developed in collaboration with Dr. Mohammed Idrees of the Saudi German Hospital (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), the lens was designed specifically for elimination of vitreous strands or opacities in the central mid-vitreous. With a 1.11x image magnification, and .90x laser spot, the Idrees MidVitreous Lens provides the highest resolution and focusing ability of any commercially available vitreolysis lens. Less laser energy is required for treatment, improving patient safety.

The flanged contact provides stability for laser delivery and prevents patients from squeezing it off the eye. The large ring diameter (36mm) and tall lens body allow for easy manipulation within the orbit, particularly in patients with deep set eyes. The direct contact lens requires the use of viscous coupling fluid during laser treatment.

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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.

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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.

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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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