Volk’s Terry Cooper Joins Mission to Uganda to Prevent Blindness

Terry will bring the Volk’s Pictor Plus portable imaging capability to underserved population

On Friday, April 24th, Terry Cooper (Volk’s Regional Manager for Europe) will embark on a 10 day charitable mission to Uganda. The Vision 2020 Links team, a group of ophthalmologists, orthoptists, and nurses from the Royal Free Hospital in London lead by consultant ophthalmologist Clare Davey, is on a mission to reduce preventable blindness in this underserved nation.

Volk’s Pictor Plus handheld digital imager will be used primarily for diabetic retinopathy exams, as it delivers high quality retinal images with a 40 degree field of view of the fundus. It will also be used for pediatric retinoblastoma screening–particularly critical as the incidence of this childhood cancer in Uganda is much higher than that of the UK (1-2 cases referred per week in in one clinic alone in Uganda, compared to 50-60 per year in the UK).

“I first learned about the Uganda trip when I met Clare Davey at an ophthalmology congress,” explains Terry. “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.”


Terry has spent this week in training with the Vision 2020 team. Here, a Vision 2020 team member practices a retinal exam using the Pictor Plus.

The portability of the Pictor will be a huge boon for the mission, as screenings will take place both in a hospital setting in the capital city of Kampala and in a more rural clinic located in Mbarara near the border of Rwanda. The extremely compact Pictor weighs in at just one pound. The Pictor, its accessories, and a laptop with DR screening software will travel in a standard sized backpack outfitted with a solar panel for field use.

The entire Pictor Plus system fits in a solar powered backpack.

The entire Pictor Plus system fits in a solar powered backpack.

Terry will be sending back dispatches from the field as he’s able and we’ll be documenting his trip. Like Volk Optical on Facebook (Volk Optical), or follow us on Twitter (@VolkOptical) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/volk-optical) to follow Terry’s journey.

Accurate Ocular Measurements with the Volk Eye Check

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 and document ocular characteristics for contact lens fitting and general diagnostic purposes.

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.

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

For more information go to Volk.com/eyecheck

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Portable Ophthalmic Imaging with Pictor Plus

Volk’s lightweight digital imager provides freedom from office exams
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.

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.

Retina rear with eye light

More information: http://volk.com/pictorplus/

New Iridotomy Lens with Unique Features

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.

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.

Blumenthal Iridotomy PR

More details: www.volk.com/index.php/volk-products/specialty-treatment-lenses/volk-blumenthal-iridotomy-lens.html

Surgical Gonio Lens Provides Improved Control

Volk – Transcend Vold Gonio (TVG) Gonio Lens

The TVG lens has been designed for micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) and intraoperative gonioscopy procedures. It has a stabilization ring with a floating lens feature. This provides precise ocular control and clear angle visualization.

The TVG lens can be steam sterilized, withstanding repeat sterilization cycles without image degradation.

Call for more information and to trial this great new lens: 800-345-8655 / volk@volk.com


Retinal Imaging In Your Hand

Recharge your practice with the Pictor portable retinal camera. Shoot detailed, high-resolution images, in your exam room in daylight or total darkness. And, at 0.9lb., you’ll want to take Pictor everywhere: on-location screenings, nursing home calls, and to wherever your patients may be.

Run Pictor through a 30-day free trial in your practice. If it doesn’t meet your revenue or diagnostic expectations, return it, no questions asked. It’s simple, just like Pictor.

Call 800-345-8655 or email volk@volk.com for more details.

Pictor 3

4 Mirror Gonio Lens Options

When considering a 4 mirror lens for gonioscopy, there are a number of options available to you:

1) The Volk 4 mirror lens is now available in 2 magnification levels
a. Traditional magnification of 1.0x; does not alter the size of the structure you are viewing
b. High magnification of 1.5x provides a much higher level of detail in the anterior chamber

2) Contact options
a. Flanged version which requires a coupling fluid and provides superior stability
b. No flange version does not require the fluid and reduces time to apply the lens and examine

3) Holding options
a. Small or large ring keeps your hand close to the patient’s brow – can help stabilize the lens
b. A 2 position angle (straight and 45°) keeps your hand away from the patient’s face

The Volk 4 mirror has consistently positioned mirrors at 64° and is an all glass lens providing the finest image quality of the chamber angle.

Cleaning Volk Lenses

When cleaning lenses, a good practice is to rinse under tap water to remove particulate which can scratch the lens coating and glass. A mild detergent and water is ideal to clean the surface.

Clean your lens one side at a time in a clock wise direction. Cleaning in a counter clock wise direction may loosen the glass element from the ring.

Do not use micro fiber clothes as they will remove the coating over time.

Do not air dry your lens as water droplets left on the surface of the lens will case damage to the coating. Clean and Dry with a lint free cotton cloth to avoid damage.