Contact Lenses
Alcon Launches Precision1 for Astigmatism Contact Lenses
Alcon announced the U.S. launch of Precision1 for Astigmatism, a daily disposable, silicone hydrogel contact lens. The lens, which uses the Water Gradient Technology of Dailies Total1, features Precision Balance 8|4 lens design for a stable lens-wearing experience, the company says. The lenses feature Smartsurface Technology, a permanent micro-thin layer of moisture that steps up from 51 percent water at the core to greater than 80 percent water at the outer surface. For information, visit


SynergEyes iD Hybrid Contact Lenses Launch
SynergEyes introduced its next generation of hybrid contact lenses, SynergEyes iD, for patients with astigmatism, presbyopia, hyperopia and myopia. The company says the hybrid lenses are designed to fit patients’ unique ocular anatomy, and lens choice is based on keratometric readings, HVID and refraction. A patient’s corneal diameter and curvature drive the specific lens design, with new linear skirts following the shape of the sclera, SynergEyes adds. The multifocal lens uses a proprietary extended depth-of-focus design from the Brien Holden Vision Institute. For information, visit


Diagnostic Aids
Haag-Streit Introduces Lenstar Myopia 
Haag-Streit has introduced Lenstar Myopia, consisting of the Lenstar 900 optical biometer and EyeSuite Myopia software, developed in close cooperation with myopia experts Thomas Aller, OD, and Pascal Blaser, founder and developer of Aside from axial length measurements, the company says Lenstar 900 offers a wide range of data including keratometry metrics for making accurate predictions about myopia’s onset and progression. For information, visit


US Ophthalmic Introduces Eyer Portable Retinal Camera
US Ophthalmic has introduced the Eyer Portable Retinal Camera, which connects to a smartphone. The company says the device can “detect fundus disease at a lower cost than conventional methods.” The device, which can be used for telemedicine exams, illuminates and images the retina. It connects to a smartphone’s camera, and an app sends the images over the internet to Eyer Cloud. The device further offers: panoramic images of more 110 degrees; iCloud connectivity; telemedicine capability; anterior and posterior segment imaging; and 12-megapixel images. Visit


Volk Releases ClearPod to Solve Mask-related Fogging
Volk Optical has released its newest product, the ClearPod, to solve the problem of mask-related fogging during fundus exams. This patent-pending design was created in collaboration with Bradley Sacher, MD, a cataract specialist and Jeremy Wingard, MD, a glaucoma specialist at Illinois’ Wheaton Eye Clinic. The ClearPod clips securely onto the Volk fundus lens and forms a barrier, directing air currents away from the lens surface and helping to stop lenses from fogging. For information, visit


A New Option for Telemedicine
Topcon recently launched its new Topcon RDx ocular telehealth software platform in the United States.

Topcon says the RDx allows practitioners to connect to their offices remotely and conduct comprehensive eye exams in real-time from virtually anywhere, without sacrificing quality. RDx connects to Topcon’s CV-5000S digital phoropter, allowing practitioners to perform full refractions remotely.

In addition to the integrated face-to-face consultation dashboard, RDx automatically imports the autorefractor and lensometer data and presets the refraction starting point on the digital phoropter to optimize the exam. For information, visit


New Amniotic Membrane Debuts
Keeler announced a partnership with Merakris Therapeutics, a developer of regenerative health care products. The company says its dehydrated amniotic membrane product, Opticyte Amniotic Ocular Matrix technology is based on a manufacturing process intended to retain extracellular matrix properties and structures. The company says the amniotic membrane is processed without harsh chemical reagents that may cause irritation. The Opticyte Amniotic Ocular Matrix comes in 8 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm and 14 mm circular grafts along with 1x1 cm and 1x2 cm surgical repair grafts. For information, visit