Volk Optical Expands Single Use Lenses Family with Surgical BIO Lenses

Volk®1 20D and 28D provide safe, convenient pre- and post-operative diagnosis and laser treatment

Mentor, Ohio (April 13, 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.

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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.

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

For more information about Volk1 Single Use lenses and to request a free sample pack, visit www.volk.com, phone Volk direct at +1 440-942-6161, or contact your Authorized Volk Distributor.

“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

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

Document MRD, aperture and pupils 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.

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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.

 

For more information about Volk Eye Check’s Oculoplastics Mode visit www.volk.com, phone Volk direct at +1 440-942-6161, or contact your Authorized Volk Distributor.

Eye Examiner: Fitting Specialty Contact Lenses – Alex Levit

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Volk is starting a new series of “Eye Examiner” posts, getting the thoughts of physicians on the state of vision care, best practices and favorite Volk products. Our first post features Alex Levit BSc (Hons) FCOptom (CL CVP)of Barnard Levit Optometrists (www.barnardlevit.co.uk/), a fellow of the College of Optometrists specializing in contact lenses and children’s visual problems. In addition to patient care, research and lecturing duties, he has developed a unique contact lens design and fitting system for Keratoconus (ALK™system) and provides optometric expert medico-legal and consulting services to contact lens manufacturers. Below, he shares his thoughts on the Volk Eye Check.

QUESTION #1

How has the Volk Eye Check’s Contact Lens (CL) Mode changed the way you conduct a contact lens examination?

The Volk Eye Check provides essential information which streamlines the decision-making process in the contact lens fitting process.

My ability to communicate the information provided by the Volk Eye Check report directly to the manufacturer optimizes the process by which custom contact lenses are ordered, designed, manufactured and supplied.

I’m therefore able to devote more time to the physical eye examination, and, based on the information in the VEC report, discuss with patients the most appropriate options for them. Patients become an integral part in the decision-making process.

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QUESTION #2

What measurements does Volk Eye Check’s CL mode provide that you cannot acquire through traditional CL exam approaches? Which measurements are most important to you?

All measurements provided by the Volk Eye Check may in principle be acquired by one method or another; the problem is that the acquisition of these measurements is very time-consuming. Additionally, it is a well-known fact that subjective measurements are inherently inaccurate and suffer from not only inter-practitioner, but also intra-practitioner, variability.

As the Volk Eye Check is deskilled enough to be performed by clinical assistants, there is no burden on professional time and all the measurements are objective and highly repeatable.

Regarding the importance of measurements, all measurements are important for different uses. For example horizontal visible iris diameter (HVID) and corneal SAG are key measurement for all types of contact lens fitting considerations and calculations. Pupil metrics are essential for the design of the contact lens optical power profile in rigid and soft multifocal lenses. Eyelid position is important in rigid gas permeable translating multifocal lens design and fitting.

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QUESTION #3

Volk Eye Check’s Best Fit Analysis feature produces a customized report of all of the possible standard and specialty CLs available for each patient. Why is this feature important to you and how has it helped you fit CLs better?

Almost 30% of eyes would benefit from custom-made contact lenses, the Best Fit Analysis identifies these eyes and in this respect it is not only an invaluable time-saving tool but also an aid in quality decision-making, which improves fitting outcomes.

When fitting standard contact lenses, it is good to know that these lenses are appropriate in eyes with standard measurements. It is also good to know when these lenses might not perform optimally so that patients can be informed in advance.

In custom lens fitting, the provision of all the row data and information to contact lens manufacturers enables them to design and manufacture contact lenses which are truly customized to patient’s eyes, delivering outstanding results with minimal time demands through trial and error.

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QUESTION #4

How has the CL mode for Volk Eye Check impacted the bottom line of your practice?

The considerable time saving has a direct effect on the bottom line. The fitting and supply of specialty products has substantial economic benefits due to increased profitability from specialty products sales, patient’s loyalty, practice buildup through recommendations, and reduced loss of market share to the nonprofessional entities such as Internet providers.

 

QUESTION #5

Have you experienced a positive change in the dropout rate of CL patients after using Volk Eye Check?

I personally did not have a chance to audit dropout rates since using the Volk Eye Check, but it is clear that this technology improves the quality of contact lens practice from the clinical perspective, which must have a beneficial effect on dropout rates.

It is also important to point out that patient’s participation in the decision-making process during their contact lens experience has enormous benefits as patients better understand and appreciate the intricacy and complexity of contact lens practice and are empowered to become an integral part of this process.

 

EXPERT:       Alex Levit, BSc (Hons) FCOptom (CL CVP)
ADDRESS:  Zamenhof House, 58 Clifton Gardens, London NW11 7EL
EMAIL:        al@barnardlevit.com
WEBSITE:   www.barnardlevit.co.uk/

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.

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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.

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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.

For more information about Volk1 Single Use lenses and to request a free sample pack, visit www.volk.com, phone Volk direct at +1 440-942-6161, or contact your Authorized Volk Distributor.

Volk iNview Captures Wide-Angle Retinal Images with Apple Devices

Quick and easy fundus imaging using iPhone or iPod

 

Mentor, Ohio (December 1, 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.

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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 premium optic technology with the Volk iNview app results in the best possible image quality from a mobile device.

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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 HIPPA-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.

 

For more information about Volk iNview, visit www.volk.com, phone Volk direct at +1 440-942-6161, or contact your Authorized Volk Distributor.

New Volk Products Coming to AAO 2015

iPhone fundus camera, disposable capsulotomy and iridotomy lenses, plus oculoplastics tool

Between the expert education sessions bit.ly/1kmUPJj, photo gallery bit.ly/1MvChRA and these exciting new products, Volk’s booth, #4045, is going to be jumping at AAO.  Add in special show-only promotions and we’re betting this will be a show to remember.  Read on to see which products will be making their debuts in Sin City.

 

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Volk inView iPhone Fundus Camera
The convenience of an Apple iPhone paired with the quality of Volk optics. Capture and share images with your patient with a 50-degree field of view of the retina. We’re offering $500 off to the first 200 customers at AAO.

 

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Volk®1 Single Use Capsulotomy & Iridotomy Lenses
Eliminate reprocessing costs and reduce chance of disease transmission without sacrificing quality optics. The Volk®1 Capsulotomy and Volk®1 Iridotomy lenses deliver high-resolution magnified images with a sterile, one-time-use design. While supplies last, we’ll be giving away a FREE sample pack of your choice.

 

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Oculoplastics Module for the Volk Eye Check
Already popular for its diagnostic power and contact lens fitting capabilities, the Volk Eye Check portable ophthalmic exam tool now has a dedicated module for oculoplastics. The new module delivers fast and accurate pre- and post-op measurements for clinical and cosmetic lid surgeries. We’re offering $1000 off the purchase price of a Volk Eye Check plus a free Volk lens, valued up to $400.

If you can’t make it to Vegas this year, you can still get dealt a winning hand – we’ll be honoring these show promotions on phone orders until Tuesday, November 17th. Call us at 1-800-345-8655 for more information.

Show Your True Colors with Colored Lens Rings

Silver color option gets a new hue

Volk’s colored lens ring options put a fun and practical twist on the exam tools you rely on every day. Custom colored lens rings mean you can:

 

1. easily distinguish your lenses from those of your colleagues
2. identify one style of lens from another with just a quick glance
3. organize larger practices by color coding the lenses in each exam room

 

Select Volk lenses are offered in a choice of gold, red, green, purple, blue, and a new, deeper silver finish. The new silver finish is a darker hue that makes the engraving that much easier to read.

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For a limited time, both silver options will be available. If you’re looking to complete a matched set of your existing silver lenses, or just like the classic silver look, order by the end of 2015 and specify the lighter silver color.

Colored Lenses are available in the following styles:

  • Digital WideField®, Digital HighMag®, and Digital ClearField
  • 20D, 28D, and Pan Retinal® 2.2
  • 78D, 90D, Super66®, and Super Field®

Focus on MIGS

New tools for micro-invasive glaucoma surgery

Glaucoma treatment is advancing rapidly, with new less invasive tools & devices improving patient outcomes. One such device is the Transcend Medical CyPass Micro-Stent. Designed to be implanted at the time of cataract surgery, the stent reduces intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma by enhancing suprachoroidal aqueous outflow. Dr. Steven D. Vold has been participating in clinical trials of this soon-to-be released device over the last 2 years. In the latest EyetubeTV – AECOS Summer Symposium 2015 video, Dr. Vold discusses his initial findings with moderator Dr. Mark Kontos.

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“We’re looking at 30-40% IOP lowering, we also are getting most of our patients off all of their drops,” Dr. Vold explains in the video. “So, for people with mild to moderate glaucoma in the setting of cataract surgery, I can tell you right now number one it’s efficacious; having now over 5 years of experience of this device, we’re talking about long term efficacy.”

Watch the entire EyetubeTV video here: http://eyetube.net/series/daily-coverage-aecos-deer-valley-2015/ajomo/ (registration required).

As Dr. Vold explains, the CyPass is approaching FDA approval, with the hope that it will be brought to market shortly. At this time, the leading MIGS device on the market is the Glaukos iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass, which has also been shown to reduce IOP and reduce patient dependence on medication (source: http://www.glaukos.com/istent/safety-and-efficacy).

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The use of either device in MIGS procedures is complemented by the use of Volk’s TVG Surgical Gonio lens. The result of a design collaboration between Dr. Vold and Transcend Medical, manufactured by Volk, the TVG was designed specifically for precision and comfort in MIGS and all intraoperative gonioscopy procedures. Its floating lens eliminates corneal pressure and the resulting distortion of chamber angle view for optimal stent placement.

Watch this overview of the TVG lens features and benefits

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