Blue light, also known as high-energy visible (HEV) light, is a type of light with short wavelengths emitting a higher energy. The sun is the biggest source of blue light, but we also get exposure from TVs, computers, smart phones and tablets. And a large majority of children and adults are staring at those screens for more than 2 hours every day.
Blue light penetrates deep into the eye, and studies suggest a connection between exposure to blue light and retinal damage, macular degeneration and cataracts. Blue light can also suppress the natural release of melatonin, disrupting sleep.
In addition to blue light exposure, those screens are causing a few other pains for the digitally bedazzled. An increase in eyestrain, dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision and neck and shoulder pain have all been attributed to our screen addiction.
Eyewear is available with lenses featuring blue light-filtering capabilities that reduce the negative effects of blue light as well as anti-reflective or anti-glare properties. This technology can help minimize the negative effects blue light has on the bodyâ€™s circadian rhythm, which can hinder a good nightâ€™s sleep as well as reduce the symptoms of digital eyestrain.
Regular breaks from the screen and limiting the amount of time spent eyeballing a smart phone can help, too. And itâ€™s probably a good idea to put the screens away at least an hour before bedtime, to help ensure a good nightâ€™s sleep.
We are all familiar with the old saying â€ťTime is money”. That really applies when your exam room equipment is not working properly. The slit lamp is one of the most important pieces of equipment in the exam room. The patient evaluation is challenging when the lamp is “flickering” or the slit lamp is difficult to move along the table. Worse, when you are trying to remove a foreign body and the tower begins to drift down.
Bell has a preventive maintenance program for your slit lamp that ensures your instrument will operate at peak performance. We will completely clean the instrument, table, and optical assembly. All electrical components, wiring and bulbs will be inspected. We will check the tonometer calibration and make sure the table is level. We will make any necessary adjustments and, with your approval, replace any parts needed so that your instrument will operate to manufacturer’s specifications.
The cost for this service is $325.00 per slit lamp ($300.00 per slit lamp for quantities of 5 or more) which covers all travel and labor. Parts are additional.
Our service technicians are factory trained and all parts are from the manufacturer. Your slit lamp needs to operate at its best to ensure that your practice operates at its best.
Call Tony Lemma today at 800-255 -5929 to schedule your slit lamp preventive maintenance.
A neurologistâ€™s diagnostic menu might include Octopus perimeters in the future. According to a Translation Vision Science & Technology study, glaucoma is a brain disease.
With the Octopus 900, the Goldmann Perimeter moves into the computer age. Goldmann perimetry remains the most useful visual field test in patients with neurological defects, end stage glaucoma, or simply in cases where the static method fails.
The Octopus 900 is the true successor to the Goldmann Perimeter. It uses the same full 90 degree, 30cm bowl as well as the same stimulus sizes and light intensities.
As previously disabled optic nerve axons. that can lead to vision loss. recover the remaining areas of permanent visual loss in one eye coincide with the areas that can still see in the other eye.
The research team found that the visual field of the two eyes fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, resulting in much better vision with both eyes open than could possibly arise by chance.
â€śThe extent and statistical strength of the jigsaw effect in conserving the binocular visual field among the clinical population turned out to be remarkably strong,â€ť said Dr. William Eric Sponsel, the studyâ€™s lead author. â€śThe entire phenomenon appears to be under the meticulous control of the brain.
Glaucoma and Alzheimerâ€™s Linked
The study is the first to show how the human brain plays a vital role in pruning optical nerve axon cells. This process in glaucoma, known as apoptosis, is very similar to the same mechanism that operates in the brains of Alzheimerâ€™s patients, researchers found.
â€śSince glaucoma has much in common with other important neurodegenerative disorders, our research may say something generally about connections of other nerves within the brain and what controls their maintenance,â€ť said Dr. Ted Maddess, coauthor of the study.
With the recent news of an eye test that can diagnose Alzheimerâ€™s decades in advance, it might be time to buddy up with your local neurologist.
Please contact us for more details.
A Word from Chuck is a column by Chuck Bell, President of Bell Ophthalmic
Like the selfie maker in your pocket, the retinal cameras out there continue to make quantum leaps in image quality. Iâ€™ve seen them all, and as I write this, my jaw is still wide open after a play date with Canonâ€™s new CR-2 AF Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera.
To sum it up in one sentence: at 20.2 megapixels, the CR-2 AF provides Canonâ€™s highest resolution fundus image. Thatâ€™s a fancy way of saying that this camera will allow you to see tiny structures and vivid details that would normally appear blurred or washed out with other devices.
On top of crystal clear image quality, the CR-2 AF brings a wealth of new features you and your techs will appreciate.
- Contrast enhancement emphasizes the differences in redness and brightness of blood vessel structures relative to their surroundings.
- Auto-focus with manual override. A quick press of the joystick automatically focuses the eye, while a twist of the focus ring puts the user back in manual control.
- Auto-fundus automatically switches from external eye mode to retinal observation when aligned with the eye.
- Auto-capture instantly snaps a picture when once the eye is focused.
- Low-flash intensity increases patient comfort and reduces meiosis for a shorter exam time.
Other features include auto exposure, image error detection, quick preview, EMR integration, and access to Canonâ€™s imageSPECTRUM image management software, which allows you to see images from anywhere with an Internet connection.
â€śSounds great, Chuck, but I need to see it to believe it.â€ť Agreed. Letâ€™s schedule a demo, and Iâ€™ll bring the CR-2 to your practice so you and your team can experience this game-changing device. Send me an email, or call mat at 800-255-5929.
A Word from Chuck is a column by Chuck Bell, President of Bell Ophthalmic
When I evaluate whether a product is a good match for Bell, the voices of my doctors â€“ you â€“ play in my head. â€śI wish my biometer processed data a little faster.â€ť â€śMy techs love the results but hate the interface.â€ť
I hear you. And thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m excited to represent Topconâ€™s new speedy and all-in-one Aladdin optical biometer.
Aladdin combines axial length, corneal topography, pupilometry, corneal diameter and anterior length in one single instrument. This makes it the go-to device for conventional IOL power calculation, but also for choosing the right premium IOLs for each individual patient.
Hereâ€™s more on the new device:
Speed. Point and shoot. It takes all necessary measurements in less than five seconds.
Accuracy. It may be new to the market, but early adopters have already reported that Aladdinâ€™s superior Placido disc-topography system results in extremely accurate refractive measurements. This all adds up to better outcomes for you and your patients.
Ease of use. It takes three clicks to prepare and print an IOL report with the precise determination of IOL spherical power. Your techs will also appreciate the 10.1-inch color touchscreen monitor with its wide-angle view.
Combine Aladdin with the Topcon KR-800S Auto Refractor/Keratometer with Glare Testing for the ultimate cataract workstation.
Best of all, unlike other optical biometers on the market, Aladdin is supported by your local distributor. (Hint: Thatâ€™s us.) So when you invest in one, weâ€™ll never ask you to save the box, or ship it to Jakarta for service.
Schedule a demo and try Aladdin today. Weâ€™ll swing by and teach your team all the wonders it can do for your practice. 1-800-255-5929.
There will never be a shortage of glaucoma cases. But what will prevent you from treating them is an oldy-moldy perimeter that barely functions, frustrates your patients, and wastes your time.
Before I dive into why you should consider Haag-Streitâ€™s Octopus perimeter, I want to tell you about a recent installation in New Jersey.
The team had used the same machine for 25 years. It took three flips of the switch â€“ with just the right amount of oomph â€“ to turn on. The CRT monitor had severe burn-in and dimming. And coupled with a lengthy set-up time and re-dos caused by fixation loss, visual field tests took up to 30 minutes for some patients.
Worst of all? In long-term glaucoma cases, the doctor had to comb through folders filled with Âľ inch stacks of paper print outs to compare tests and analyze progression.
With Octopus, the days of â€śugh, not this machineâ€ť are behind the practice.
Octopus stretches your productivity
Octopus is no alien technology, but it is the most advanced perimeter on the market. Here are some of the key advantages it offers over ancient devices:
- Access data in real time. No fumbling through paper print outs. With EyeSuite software, Octopus puts images and accurate reports on any monitor on your network (EMR integration).
- Full threshold in 2.5 minutes. With no fixation loss and quick visual field analysis, youâ€™ll see more patients per hour and boost your bottom line.
- Tech friendly. Your technicians will be certified Octopus experts in 15 minutes flat, and youâ€™ll be free to consult on the most complicated cases.
- Use your old perimeter to help pay for it. Weâ€™ll take your existing perimeter off your hands for a trade-in.
Of course, thereâ€™s more to Octopus, and youâ€™ll find it all on our Octopus product page. Unsure about whether itâ€™s right for your practice? Schedule a demo. Weâ€™d be happy to bring one to your office. 1-800-255-5929.