Following its commitment to both improving the quality of health care and contributing to reducing risks in the hospital environment, BD Medical-Ophthalmic Systems has introduced a new generation of disposable ophthalmic instruments, combining the convenience of a plastic handle and the precision of a steel tip.

The line includes two forceps, two manipulators and one speculum and is available both individually and as a kit. BD plans to extend the range to include additional instruments. For information, visit

Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus
Kills Common Eyelid Bacteria

Cynacon/Ocusoft reports that independent studies demonstrate that Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus Eyelid Cleanser effectively kills common eyelid bacteria. Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus, a leave-on formula that utilizes a low-level preservative blend providing a wide range of anti-bacterial activity, is recommended for patients with moderate to severe eyelid conditions.

In a time-kill study, the anti-bacterial effectiveness of Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus Extra Strength was independently tested against a variety of pathogens. These studies demonstrated a kill rate of >99 percent when subjected to S. epidermidis, S. aureus, MRSA, E. Coli, Serratia marcescens, Pseudomonas and Moraxella. These common eyelid bacteria play a significant role in blepharitis and post-surgical endophthalmitis. For information, contact Troy Smith at (281) 342-3350 or


Cocoons Provide New
Lens Tints for Low Vision

Live Eyewear reports that Cocoons, the company's patented collection of sunwear designed to be worn over prescription eyewear, will be available in an additional range of specialty lens tints specifically developed for the low-vision market. Cocoons patented frames will continue to be manufactured with the Polare lens system in polarized gray, amber, copper and yellow. The new low-vision, non-polarized tints will include orange, amber, yellow and mauve, which have been specially developed to protect the eyes from damaging UV light and enhance visual acuity for low-vision patients. The new specialty lens options will be available in all sizes of Cocoons with the choice of black or tortoiseshell frames. Each frame style is is designed to ensure a comfortable fit over a wide range of prescription eyewear shapes and sizes, while providing 360 degrees of complete protection from the elements. They are covered by a limited lifetime warranty. For information, call 1 (800) 834-2563 or visit


Rhein Offers the Latest in Markers

Rhein Medical reports that its new Davis LRI Marker (product #8-12118) can be used for the vast majority of LRI incisions. Developed in cooperation with Andrew P. Davis, MD, the marker features 30-, 45- and 60-degree LRI line indicators and its 10-, 11- and 12-mm diameter lines encompass all corneal diameter sizes. The Davis LRI Marker is reusable, autoclaveable and guaranteed for life. It comes with an instructional DVD and is offered on a 30-day surgical evaluation without obligation.

Rhein also has introduced two new toric markers designed to help ensure correct axis placement in a simple and easy-to-use fashion.