“Second Opinion Helps Make Better Surgeons” from EuroTimes.org

How can it be that “a trainee can see what the trainer misses,” as Dr. Leigh Spielberg claims in a recent article for EuroTimes.org? When the trainee is using the latest Volk lenses, of course!

After a first year resident spotted a lesion using a Volk Digital WideField, that Dr. Spielberg hadn’t seen with his own Volk SuperField, he decided it was time to investigate upgrading his exam lenses.

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Dr. Spielberg, a vitreoretinal and cataract surgeon at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium, was able to see for himself how the non-contact Digital Wide Field’s increased field of view enabled him to view more anatomy out to the periphery, including the large, but not clinically significant, ora bay noted by the resident. Colleagues also recommended to him the Volk HR Wide Field contact lens for a distortion-free, 165° dynamic view of the periphery, in a small, easily-maneuvered profile.

Armed with this knowledge, Dr. Spielberg obtained both the Digital Wide Field non-contact and HR Wide Field contact lenses from Volk at ESCRS in the fall. Subsequently, “the HR Wide Field lens instantly became [his] go-to lens for examination of the periphery, particularly for an overview of retinal detachments” or when a retinal tear is suspected.

Read the full article at EuroTimes.org:  http://bit.ly/2VolkEUT

“Volk Ophthalmic Lens Review” featured on EyeGuru.org

“By Residents, For Residents” is the motto of EyeGuru.org, providing essential information to ophthalmology residents, from Residency Essentials guides to Flashcard Decks. The site’s latest blog post, written by site co-founder Dr. David Xu, a second year ophthalmology resident at UCLA, tackles the common question many residents face: “Which lenses should I buy?” It’s an important one; lenses are a significant cost to newly minted ophthalmologists, so you want to invest in lenses with the utility, performance, and quality to last you for years to come.

In his post, David reviews several of our slit lamp lenses, BIO lenses, and gonio lenses, comparing the magnification, field of view, application, and ease of use for each type of lens, and recommending his preferred choices. He even breaks down key lens parameters in a handy comparison chart.

While we did provide loaner lenses for David’s evaluation, he did not receive any other benefit from Volk, and all views and opinions in his post are his own.

Read the full blog post at: EyeGuru.org

 

 

“Case Study: Plano Tinted Lens-Fitting” in Optician Magazine

The latest issue of Optician Magazine features an article by Menachem Salasnik of Barnard Levit Optometrists (London, UK), explaining how he has used the Volk Eye Check to more easily fit tinted lenses on a patient with dyslexia. The case study illustrates how accurate vertical visible iris diameter(VVID) measurements provided by Volk Eye Check made it easier to determine the correct tint diameter that would completely cover the pupil and iris, without bleeding into white background of the sclera.

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Traditionally VVID measurements have been taken with a ruler, which can introduce subjectivity and margin for error. “Using the Volk Eye Check I was able to obtain accurate measurements of the VVID of this patient,” explains Salasnik.

Read the full article at opticianonline.net here:  bit.ly/VECplano

Focus on Strabismus

New tools for earlier diagnosis and better outcomes

Early diagnosis and intervention in cases of strabismus are key to preventing vision loss. Unfortunately, as IRISS Medical Technologies’ Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simon Barnard explains in a recent eyehealth.co.uk article, “Strabismus is often not obvious and requires skill in diagnosing it.”

However, as Dr. Barnard goes on to explain, new technology is making it easier to quickly and objectively diagnose this misalignment of the eyes. The IRISS software technology that powers Volk Eye Check, a handheld measurement device providing 14 different ocular measurements to aid in fast, accurate diagnosis of strabismus and other eye abnormalities such as anisocoria, ptosis, and buphthalmos.

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About the size of a typical smart phone, the device is easy to use on small children who are used to having smart phone pictures taken in this day and age. The portable technology is simple enough for widespread use, resulting in more early diagnoses and referral for sight saving treatment.

“It’s currently used by optometrists,” explains Dr. Barnard, “but, in future, we hope it will be used by the health visitor or GP as a screening device.”

Read the full article on eyehealth.co.uk.