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  • “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 Optical Appoints New President

    Jyoti Gupta, Ph.D., joins industry leader in ophthalmic lenses and imaging devices

     

    Mentor, Ohio (January 18, 2017) – Volk Optical (www.volk.com) has appointed Jyoti Gupta, Ph.D., to the position of President, following the move of long-time Volk President Pete Mastores to the position of Chief Commercial Officer on Volk’s board.

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    In her new role, Dr. Gupta will be responsible for leading Volk Optical, providing strategic and tactical direction to support the future growth of Volk’s global sales and operations. This includes driving the development of new products to serve unmet needs in the ophthalmic imaging, and diagnostic and surgical lens spaces. The company’s products include the Volk iNview and Pictor Plus portable diagnostic ophthalmic imaging systems, as well as a full line of reusable and single-use diagnostic and surgical lenses.

    Dr. Gupta comes to Volk from Unilife Corporation, where she served as Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Drug Delivery Systems, responsible for the development and growth of its syringe business. Prior to Unilife, she held strategic marketing roles at Becton Dickinson, and was involved in clinical research at Medtronic Spine and Biologics. Dr. Gupta also serves as an adviser to early state startups originating out of universities.

    Dr. Gupta earned a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Ga.). She also holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Christian Brothers University (Memphis, Tenn.).

    “Jyoti’s experience in the medical space will be invaluable to Volk as we develop products that keep pace with key advances in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease,” said Mastores. “Under her guidance, Volk’s portable imaging devices will continue to evolve, as camera and software technology improve. We will also continue to expand our diagnostic and surgical lens lines, including single-use lenses, developing new offerings to meet the demands of the latest procedures and treatment protocols.”

  • A Very Volk Proposal

    We are all suckers for a great love story, so when Tyler Kitzman, OD, a cornea contact lens resident, reached out to us for help proposing to his girlfriend, Halie Cottrill, OD, also an optometry resident specializing in low vision and geriatrics, we were eager to help.

    “Optometry is the reason we met, it’s how we bonded, and it’s a special connection that we share as a couple. When thinking of ways to make the engagement special for us, I brainstormed different ideas and decided to incorporate our passion for optometry into the day,” explained Tyler.

    The pair met while second year students at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, cementing their bond first as study partners, before beginning to date during their third year. The pair survived all three sections of National Boards, graduating together in 2016. Since then, Tyler has pursued his residency at Northeastern State University of Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, while Halie pursued hers at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Inspired by their optometry school love story, our Marketing Manager, Jake Iselin, brainstormed with Tyler how we could make the day special. Initially, Tyler was envisioning just a Volk lens case to hold the ring, but Jake knew Volk could do better than that. Jake took their ideas to Karen Piendzik, Non-Contact Lens Supervisor, who is in charge of manufacturing and assembly of our BIO and slit lamp lenses, as well as the person who crafts all of our custom lens engraving. She’s the point person Volk depends on whenever we need something special to happen.

    What we created was a custom BIO lens ring. Instead of our usual glass optics, the lens ring held a tailor-made cushion to cradle the engagement ring Tyler had chosen for Halie. Instead of the usual Volk engraving around the side, it read, “Halie, will you marry me? Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen…” The special lens ring and cushion were placed in a Volk lens case to emulate a traditional ring box. We made both a gold and a silver lens ring so Tyler could choose the one that he liked best with the engagement ring.

    kitzmanringdark Tyler chose the silver BIO lens to compliment the beautiful ring he picked for Halie.

    Tyler also wanted to incorporate another shared passion into his proposal: long distance running, to which Halie introduced him. The pair had completed a road race series and two half marathons together, before deciding they were ready to tackle a full marathon in December. They chose the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, Tennessee. Returning to the city where they met, which has also become the halfway meeting point in their current long distance relationship, seemed a perfect setting. They are also great admirers of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and wished to support and raise awareness for it.

    After finishing the 26.2 miles together with an impressive 3:53:31 time, Tyler pulled out the Volk lens case, dropped to one knee, and popped the big question. Halie replied with a resounding “Yes!” in front of an audience of family and friends waiting at the finish line-another surprise Tyler had arranged.

    Initially, Halie “was too overcome by the proposal to understand the case right away; BUT after, she loved it!” reported Tyler. “And all of our optometry friends were blown away!”

    Tyler’s proposal was captured by a photographer from the local paper, the Commercial Appeal, which ran a quarter page photo of the moment on the front page the next day.

    kitzman-cottrillwnewspaper Tyler and Halie rocking their St. Jude wear, posing with their front page spread.

    Halie Cottrill (right) tears up as Tyler Kizzman gets down on one knee for a marriage proposal after the couple ran the 15th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Saturday morning, their first marathon. A better look at that front page picture depicting the special moment. (Used with permission; © Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal/ZUMAPRESS.com).

    The couple have already set a wedding date: July 2, 2017. They will return once again to Memphis and hold their reception where their love story began-at the Southern College of Optometry.

    Everyone at Volk wishes Tyler and Halie a lifetime of happiness together! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special story!

  • Volk University: Clean Up Your (Lens) Act

    Welcome to “Volk University” where we invite you to learn more about the selection, use and care of your favorite Volk products.

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    Today’s lesson: Cleaning Non-Contact Exam Lenses. Read on for some do’s and don’ts of how to keep your Volk BIO and slit lamp lenses clean and clear for the best possible imaging. Regular care to remove smudges, oils, make-up, lint, and water spots will keep your non-contact lenses in great shape for years to come.

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    Do:

    • rinse lens under warm running tap water.
    • use a very soft, non-abrasive sponge, with a mild detergent, such as Dawn soap, to gently clean the lens surface.
    • clean lens one side at a time in a clockwise direction. Cleaning in a counter-clockwise direction may loosen the glass element from the ring over time.
    • dry the lens with a low-lint cotton, or cotton-synthetic towel. Old school baby diapers are a great choice. Microfiber cloths can be used to dry a wet lens, as long as the microfiber cloth and the lens are clean.
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    Don’t:

    • scrub hard or rub the lens surface with force. This could cause damage to the anti-reflective coating over time.
    • use microfiber cloths on a dirty dry lens. They can be used only if clean, to dry a clean, wet lens.
    • dry lenses with paper products such as napkins, paper towel, or Kim Wipes as these may scratch the lens surface over time.
    • air dry your lens; water droplets left to dry on the surface of the lens may deposit hard water minerals which will cause damage to the coating.

    For quick, convenient cleaning, Volk also offers the Lens Pen and Precision Optical Lens Cleaner (POLC) wipes. The Lens Pen has a lint brush on one end and a carbon-fiber tip to gently remove smudges on the other end. Always be gentle with the Lens pen! POLC wipes are pre-moistened with an ethyl alcohol cleaning solution that dries instantly.

    To learn more about cleaning Volk lenses, including disinfection and sterilization procedures, see our full care guide.

  • Eye Examiner: Dr. Michael Berlin Discusses Volk’s TVG Lens

    Welcome to “Eye Examiner” where we bring you the thoughts of leading physicians on the state of vision care, best practices and favorite Volk products.

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    Today we bring you Dr. Michael Berlin, founder of the Glaucoma Institute of Beverly Hills. Dr. Berlin is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in laser surgery and in the research and treatment of glaucoma. He has performed thousands of surgeries and has over 35 years of experience with cataract and glaucoma surgeries. He has been involved with various research projects all over the world developing cutting-edge therapies for glaucoma treatment, and has several patents issued for innovative laser and surgical procedures. Below, he shares his thoughts on the features of Volk’s TVG Surgical Gonio lens for MIGS surgery. Developed in collaboration with Dr. Steven D. Vold M.D. and Transcend Medical Inc., the TVG lens has been designed specifically for MIGS and all intraoperative gonioscopy procedures.

  • “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

     

     

  • Volk Optical Adds SLT Lens to Single Use Lens Family

    Volk®1 SLT eliminates potential for disease transmission during trabecular procedures

    Mentor, Ohio (October 11, 2016) – Volk®1 Single Use SLT Lens provides detailed, high-resolution views of the trabecular meshwork for selective laser trabeculoplasty procedures, coupled with single use safety and convenience.

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    Volk1 Single Use SLT Lens provides imaging similar to that of Volk’s traditional reusable SLT lens, in a sterile, molded acrylic lens body. Its single internally reflecting surface delivers 1.0x magnification, maintaining laser spot size and power density. Designed for Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, its curved upper lens surface ensures the laser beam profile remains circular, for consistent laser spot placement, and is equally well suited to Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty and other trabecular procedures.

    The lens’ silicone contact flange provides patient comfort and stability for laser delivery. Pre-sterilized in individual Tyvek pouches, Volk1 Single Use lenses eliminate the potential for cross-contamination of infectious disease, as well as the costly reprocessing of reusable lenses.

    In addition to the new SLT Lens, the Volk1 Single Use family includes contact laser treatment lenses for capsulotomy and iridotomy, 3-Mirror and 4-Mirror Gonio lenses, non-contact surgical BIO lenses (20D and 28D), and high-resolution direct image surgical vitrectomy lenses. For a limited time, Volk is offering a free sample pack of Volk1 lenses, available at the company’s AAO booth, 734, or by contacting Volk directly.

    For more information about Volk1 Single Use lenses and to request a free sample pack, visit www.volk.com/volk1, phone Volk direct at +1 440-942-6161, or contact your Authorized Volk Distributor.

  • Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products Lens Designs Added to Volk Eye Check

    Fitting of Bausch + Lomb- Specialty Vision Products custom specialty lenses supported with precise, personal measurements

     

    Mentor, Ohio (October 6, 2016) – Volk Optical announces today that is has integrated Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products custom specialty lens designs into the Best Fit Analysis Report of its Volk Eye Check portable ophthalmic exam tool. Capable of a number of key measurements, the Volk Eye Check’s CL Mode captures and fully automates the analysis and display of ocular characteristics for contact lens fitting, saving time and increasing first time fit rates.

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    Volk Eye Check’s CL Mode provides precise measurements to aid in contact lens fitting including Horizontal Visible Iris Diameter (HVID), Pupil diameter and Sagittal depth. The Best Fit Analysis feature generates a patient-specific report recommending the most appropriate lenses by brand and type. Now included in the Eye Check Best Fit Analysis module are fitting rules for Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products™’ HP Toric and Sphere, ASTERA® Multifocal Toric, , NovaKone®; and C-VueToric, Sphere, and Multifocal design contact lenses.

    All current Volk Eye Check users will automatically have access to the Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products designs.

    “The addition of the Bausch + Lomb range of lenses to Volk Eye Check will enable Bausch + Lomb customers to get to the correct fit faster and more accurately, saving them chair-time and enhancing patient experience,” said Yuval Yashiv, Chief Executive of IRISS Medical Technologies, Volk’s technology partner for the Volk Eye Check.

    For more information about Volk Eye Check’s Best Fit Analysis Report, and to request a free trial, visit www.volk.com, phone Volk direct at +1 440-942-6161, or contact your Authorized Volk Distributor.

  • Volk University: Picture Perfect Medicare Reimbursement

    Welcome to “Volk University” where we invite you to learn more about the selection, use and care of your favorite Volk products.

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    Today’s lesson: Imaging and Reimbursement. Volk’s portable imagers-the Pictor Plus and iNview-are becoming essential clinical tools to aid in diagnosis, documentation and telemedicine, and their fundus exams are eligible for Medicare reimbursement. Here’s how to make sure your exams conform to the Medicare reimbursement guidelines.

     

    Volk’s Cameras

    Pictor Plus is a handheld ophthalmic camera with high resolution retinal imaging capabilities.

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    iNview is an iPhone compatible lens attachment that enables wide-angle fundus photography using Volk’s free iNview app and the iPhone’s camera.

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    Medicare’s Guidelines

    Imaging with either device is covered similarly. To help physicians comply with Medicare’s guidelines, Volk has provided a reimbursement guide from Corcoran Consulting group, available for download.

     

    A few highlights from these FAQs:

    • The CPT Code is 92250, Fundus photography with interpretation and report. When bundled with other tests or used in telemedicine, other codes apply, see guide for detail.
    • For coverage, Medicare requires a medical indication for the exam: diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma risk factor, acute macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity, observed abnormality, etc. Images taken as baseline documentation or preventative screening are generally not covered.
    • The patient chart should contain specific documentation beyond the resulting digital images, including: rationale, findings and diagnosis, see guide for a full list of required information.

     

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