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.

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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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Volk Optical Releases Software for Pictor Plus Portable Ophthalmic Imager

Pictor Workstation streamlines digital image management with DICOM support for records integration
Mentor, Ohio (June 8, 2016) – Volk Optical has released Pictor Workstation, increasing the power and convenience of its Pictor Plus handheld imager. The add-on software platform improves workflow, managing patient information and images taken with Volk’s Pictor Plus. Pictor Workstation makes it easier than ever to take and manage high resolution images of the retinal and anterior segments in any setting.

Volk Pictor Plus Workstation

Pictor Workstation streamlines digital image management with DICOM support for records integration.

With wireless connectivity and DICOM file support, Pictor Workstation enables records management without immediate access to a desktop computer. Patient worklists can be set up and imported into the Pictor Plus camera. Image transfer via Wi-Fi or USB from the Pictor Plus camera to EMR or PACS is automated.

Pictor Workstation is also a powerful standalone software for image management. Up to nine images can be displayed simultaneously for review and image comparison. Additionally, Pictor Workstation includes review tools to aid in diagnosis, including powerful color filters and contrast enhancements. Pictor Workstation is Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 compatible.

A free 60-day demo is available for Pictor Workstation. For more information, and to access the demo, visit www.volk.com/pictorworkstation, phone Volk direct at +1 440-942-6161, or contact your Authorized Volk Distributor.

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Volk Optical Expands Single Use Lenses Range with Surgical BIO Lenses

Volk®1 20D and 28D provide safe, convenient pre- and post-operative diagnosis and laser treatment
Mentor, Ohio (April 14, 2016) – Volk®1 Single Use 20D and 28D Surgical BIO Lenses deliver glare-free, high resolution imaging with the safety of single use design. Volk1 Single Use lenses are convenient and sterile for surgical applications, including pre-and post-operative retinal imaging and LIO laser treatment.

Volk 1 Single Use Surgical BIO Lenses

Volk 1 Single Use Surgical BIO Lenses reduce disease transmission risk.

Volk1 BIO lenses are specifically designed for surgical use, with a broadband anti-reflective coating to reduce the distracting glare associated with reusable BIO lenses, which are often uncoated. The individual sterile packaging eliminates the risk of disease transmission via improperly sterilized lenses. Processing reusable medical equipment is cumbersome, with equipment, labor, and disinfectant disposal expenses outweighing the cost of single use medical devices.

The Volk1 20D lens provides views of the optic disc and macula with a 3.3x image magnification, 45° / 58° field of view and .32x laser spot. The 54° / 70° field of view, 2.27x image magnification, and .44x laser spot of the Volk1 28D make it particularly well suited to wide field fundus exams, as well as small pupil diagnosis and treatment.

The Volk1 Surgical BIO lenses are an ideal pre- and post-operative complement to the Volk1 HR Single Use Direct Image Surgical Vitrectomy lenses. The Volk1 family also includes direct image contact laser treatment lenses for capsulotomy and iridotomy. Volk1 lenses come pre-sterilized, individually sealed in Tyvek pouches. For a limited time, Volk is offering a free sample pack of Volk 1 Surgical BIO lenses for customer trial.

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Oculoplastics Module Added to Volk’s Eye Check Handheld Ocular Measurement Device

Document MRD, aperture and pupil measurements for records and insurance reimbursement
Mentor, Ohio (February 9, 2016) – Volk Optical has added a new Oculoplastics Mode to its Volk Eye Check portable ophthalmic exam tool. With this mode, the handheld Volk Eye Check provides fast, objective and accurate pre- and post-op measurements for clinical and cosmetic lid surgeries. The Volk Eye Check is simple to operate with automatic report generation for documentation.

Volk Eye Check Oculoplastics

Volk Eye Check’s Oculoplatics Mode provides fast, objective and accurate pre- and post-op measurements for clinical and cosmetic lid surgeries.

Volk Eye Check’s Oculoplastics Mode analyzes 26 datapoints in under one minute, providing precise binocular capture of measurements including:

  • MRD1 and MRD2, plus two additional points on each lid
  • Palpebral Aperture and aperture at limbus
  • Pupil diameter and iris diameter
  • Pupil eccentricity

In addition, a grid scale provides a convenient way to measure and compare landmarks such as brow position, and Margin Crease Distance. Objective documentation of these characteristics is useful for insurance reimbursement, as well as providing “Before and After” evidence for patients and clinicians.

The Volk Eye Check’s touch-screen interface is easily navigated for use by a technician, nurse or doctor. Its real-time, accurate and objective results eliminate inter-clinician variability to enable quick decision making. The single-page Oculoplastics patient report includes side by side comparison diagram, and list of measurement values. The PDF report can be exported over wifi to be appended to electronic medical records and submitted for insurance approval.

In addition to the Oculoplastics Mode, the Volk Eye Check fully automates the analysis of ocular characteristics for general diagnosis in “Eye Check (EC)” Mode and for contact lens selection and fitting in “Contact Lens (CL)” Mode. The unit comes with a one year warranty and ongoing software upgrade support.

The Oculoplastics Mode is included on all newly purchased Volk Eye Check devices. To upgrade a previously purchased Volk Eye Check, contact a Volk representative. Volk is currently offering a 30 day money-back guarantee of Volk Eye Check with Oculoplastics Mode, complete with training and ongoing support.

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Volk Optical’s Single Use Laser Lenses Offer Safe, Convenient Imaging

Volk®1 Capsulotomy and Iridotomy lenses reduce disease transmission and eliminate reprocessing
Mentor, Ohio (December 10, 2015) – Volk®1 Single Use direct image Capsulotomy and Iridotomy lenses deliver high resolution imaging for laser procedures in a single use design. In Volk1 lenses, the quality of Volk-manufactured optics combine with the safety and convenience of a sterile, single use lens.

Volk1 Single Use Laser Lenses.

Volk1 Single Use Capsulotomy (left) and Iridotomy (right) lenses.

To minimize disease transmission, regulatory bodies and hospital groups are increasingly mandating single use medical equipment (when available) over reprocessing reusable instruments. Volk1 lenses eliminate the potential for cross-contamination of infectious disease, as well as cumbersome and costly reprocessing. The cost of equipment, labor, and proper disposal of organic solvent disinfectants associated with processing reusable medical equipment outweighs the cost of single use medical equipment.

With a magnification of 1.57x and a .63x laser spot, the Volk1 Capsulotomy lens allows for precise laser beam placement at the capsular bag. For laser iridotomy procedures, the Volk1 Iridotomy lens provides the highest magnification imaging of the peripheral iris at 1.70x, with a .58x laser spot. Volk1 Capsulotomy and Iridotomy lenses come pre-sterilized in boxes of ten lenses, individually sealed in Tyvek pouches. For a limited time, Volk is offering a free sample pack of lenses.

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Volk iNview Captures Wide-Angle Retinal Images with Apple Devices

Quick and easy fundus imaging using iPhone or iPod
Mentor, Ohio (December 2, 2015) – Volk Optical’s new iNview harnesses the power of Apple™ devices to easily acquire wide-angle digital color fundus images. The indirect ophthalmoscopic lens attachment is compatible with iPhone® and iPod®, and works in conjunction with the free Volk iNview app to take retinal images for general visualization, patient education, referrals and record retention.

Volk iNview

Volk iNview is the first Apple-compatible retinal imaging device to offer wide field of view, ease of image capture and high optical quality.

The Volk iNview is the first Apple-compatible fundus imaging device to overcome the challenges similar instruments have failed to address: field of view, ease of image capture and optical quality. Designed for use with dilated patients, Volk iNview provides a static 50° field of view, with dynamic peripheral retina views out to 80°. The device offers both manual capture and a convenient auto-capture feature. In auto-capture, the Volk iNview app takes a rapid series of images, running a proprietary algorithm to present a collection of the best-focused and defined images for review. The Volk iNview’s custom double-aspheric glass optic is optimized for use with Apple device native cameras. Combining this premium optic technology with the Volk iNview app results in the best possible image quality from a mobile device.

The resulting images can be immediately reviewed on-screen with patients for education and treatment plan discussions, appended to medical records for documentation, or forwarded as supplemental information with referrals. Application data is securely encrypted with a user-defined password key, ensuring HIPAA-compliant patient data integrity and security. The jpeg format images can be exported to Mac or PC using the native iOS functionality. The Volk iNview is available in iPhone 5s, 6 and 6s, and iPod Touch (Gen 6) models. A package system that comes with dedicated iPod is also available from Volk, for users who prefer not to use their personal iPhone in practice.

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Best Fit Analysis Report Added to Volk’s Eye Check Handheld Ocular Measurement Device

Contact lens fitting supported with precise, personal measurements
Mentor, Ohio (September 8, 2015) – Volk Optical has expanded the capabilities of its Volk Eye Check portable ophthalmic exam tool, with the addition of a Best Fit Analysis Report to its Contact Lens (CL) Mode. Capable of a number of key measurements, the Volk Eye Check captures and fully automates the analysis and display of ocular characteristics for contact lens fitting and general diagnostics. The new Best Fit Analysis Report further improves first time fit rates for both standard and specialty lens patients.

Volk Eye Check Best Fit Analysis

Volk Eye Check now offers a Best Fit Analysis feature for accurate fast contact lens fitting.

Volk Eye Check’s CL Mode provides the precise measurements becoming standard in contact lens fitting:

  • Horizontal Visible Iris Diameter (HVID) to instantly pinpoint the best fitting contact lens
  • Pupil diameter to enhance visual acuity in multifocal lens wearers
  • Sagittal depth to improve overall fit over traditional k-values alone

The newly added Best Fit Analysis Report makes the process of fitting CLs easier, saving valuable physician and fitting optician time.

Using Volk Eye Check measurements, Best Fit Analysis generates a patient-specific report, recommending the most appropriate lenses by brand and type. Best Fit Reports quickly identify patients suitable for specialty lenses, and increase first time fit rates. Practitioners are able to select the exact brand and dimensional specifications of the standard or specialty lenses required, without the need to browse online, flip through a long catalog, or communicate with the contact lens manufacturer. For more difficult and custom cases, the reports can be sent directly to contact lens manufacturers to aid in the fitting process. By precisely pinpointing the most appropriate lens for each patient, comfort based lens drop outs are reduced.

The Volk Eye Check’s touch-screen interface is easily navigated 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 USB and WiFi connectivity. The Volk Eye Check comes with a one year warranty and ongoing software upgrade support.

The Best Fit Analysis Report subscription module is included free for one year on all newly purchased Volk Eye Check devices; a low monthly fee applies thereafter. To upgrade a previously purchased Volk Eye Check, contact a Volk representative. Volk is currently offering a free two-week trial of Volk Eye Check with Best Fit Analysis Report, complete with training and ongoing support.

Visit Volk.com for more information about Volk Eye Check’s Best Fit Analysis Report, and to request a free trial.

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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.

Volk MidVitreous Lens

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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