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OT  takes a look at what products and services will be showcased at Optrafair on 14–16 April at Birmingham NEC

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Smart solutions

Topcon will showcase its latest OCT technology, imaging and refraction systems at Optrafair.  

New products that will be exhibited include a refraction stand unit, IS-100, which comes in right or left orientation, and the KR-800PA integrated auto kerato-refractometer with corneal mapping.

The IS-100 is a replacement for the IS-600N and features a scratch resistant table top, as well as a dedicated power supply for slit lamps.

Topcon’s KR-800PA is a standalone device that features the company’s rotary prism technology and 3D auto alignment.

Director of sales at Topcon, Graham Trevor, said: “As leaders in research and development for many years, Topcon has advanced technology solutions, which are designed to help you focus on your patients by providing them with the best care and enable you to run your business more smoothly.”

Topcon will also be highlighting its Eye-Light, which is designed for dry eye treatment, and the benefits of its 3D OCT-1 Maestro, an automated 3D OCT with integrated colour fundus camera.

Topcon IS-100

Retinal imaging

Birmingham Optical will be showcasing its technology solutions, such as the Nidek Lensmeter and Nidek OCT, at Optrafair.

The equipment supplier said that it will have the biggest line up of the latest technology and innovations at the show. 

Birmingham Optical explained that there will be opportunities on stand for practitioners looking to refresh or extend their practices. 

“Customers can experience pre-testing, consulting room, edging, retinal imaging and much more, which offers customers a solution to suit every business need, along with the team of experts on hand to discuss any requirements customers have,” the company said. 

"Storm are delighted to be able to help independent practitioners attending Optrafair to improve their business performance"

Fully automated

Carleton Optical will be showcasing the latest instruments from equipment manufacturers such as Canon and Takagi at Optrafair. 

The Canon units on display will include the OCT-HS100 as well as the brand’s range of non mydriatic fundus cameras. 

Canon’s OCT-HS100 is a fully-automated and compact unit that offers high-resolution and high-speed scanning. 

Carleton Optical will also be exhibiting combi units from Maccanottica and Rodenstock, as well as a range of LED slit lamp imaging and diagnostic equipment from Takagi. Hand held instruments and indirect ophthalmoscopes from Heine and diagnostic lenses from Katena will also be on display at the show.

Carleton Canon OCT

Precise measurement

BIB Ophthalmic Instruments will launch an OCT biometry facility within its Optopol Revo OCT at Optrafair. 

BIB company director, Tim Baker, said: “Biometry, which is rarely seen in High Street practices because it is being price prohibitive in the main, now offers an affordable solution, at approximately 75% less than traditional standalone biometry instruments.”

He explained that the new biometry feature facilitates the visualisation and precise measurement of all the main structures of the eye, including axial length, which provides data for those involved in myopia management.

A new wide field angio software module will also be on display at the show to demonstrate the advantages in observing the microvascular structure of the retina, which can lead to earlier detection of retinal disease.

BIB Revo

True colour

Zeiss will showcase its digital solutions and technological updates at Optrafair, including the Clarus.

Business development manager at Zeiss, Claire Martin, explained to OT that the Clarus is an ultra-wide field camera that is unique because “it uses true colour and it has a very high resolution whether you are looking in the peripheral area or whether you are looking in the central optic nerve head area.” 

Zeiss said that the Clarus’ high-resolution true colour feature allows practitioners to see tiny pathologies that cannot otherwise be seen, which is an especially useful tool for identifying glaucoma.

Speaking about the company’s Optrafair plans, marketing and communications director at Zeiss Vision Care UK, Peter Robertson, said: “Zeiss Vision Care will once again be attending Optrafair with our colleagues from Meditec, demonstrating our streamlined approach and offers for practitioners. It’s always a great opportunity to meet our customers and showcase the best of Zeiss.”


Anterior segment

Heidelberg Engineering will launch the first new upgrade to its Spectralis Spirit at Optrafair.   

The anterior segment module upgrade provides central and corneal thickness measurements, as well as dual angle imaging of the anterior segment for glaucoma monitoring. 

Heidelberg Engineering UK director, Krysten Williams, said: “The beauty of the Spectralis Spirit is that it can be upgraded and this first module for the platform is eagerly anticipated.”

The equipment manufacturer will also be highlighting the connectivity of its OCT system with other pre-screening equipment such as fundus cameras and field machines.

“We will be showing integration of other diagnostic devices into the HEYEX 2 software platform to streamline practice workflow and bring together all diagnostic information into one single platform,” Ms Williams added.

Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis Spirit

Business support

Storm will showcase its business support services for independent practitioners at Optrafair. 

The company’s software package will be highlighted to demonstrate how it can help practitioners improve growth, planning, profitability, marketing and customer loyalty. 

Co-founder of Storm, Gavin Rebello, said: “Being an independent practitioner is a challenge these days. Storm are delighted to be able to help independent practitioners attending Optrafair to improve their business performance through areas like better financial management, differentiating and marketing your practice, optimising your staff motivation and engagement, and enhancing the customer experience so they’ll never want to go anywhere else.”

Storm has also introduced audiology services for practitioners and will be discussing what support it can offer.