January Digest

Life has a way of getting inbetween me and my musings. Since last time I have opened a new practice and been blessed with the arrival of baby girl; as such unfortunately I've been lax in posting on here.

Anyway, it's been a very eventful January both for me and the world of technology. Let's catch up after the break!


It's been a while...

Hi all,

Short post.

First, i'm not dead. I have been working on some bits that have required all my time, hence the down time here. Sorry, but that's life. Thanks to my new pc life is looking a bit more manageable and I can post from wherever I am; so good or bad news depending on if you've enjoyed the content so far!

So, what's the plan for Techoptom now?  In the next few weeks I hope to get a review of the Kowa WDx 3D retinal camera up, a few app reviews and a few digest/editorial pieces. I'm also in the process of thinking about a site redesign - those of you who run websites know how long those things take, so we shall see! Here at Techoptom towers there are a few things in the pipeline that I can't discuss now, but what I will say, is that is should appeal to most UK based optometrists.

If you have any requests or suggestions for the site please either tweet them to @techoptom or email them to

Until then,
David F

All Eye's On Frontiers in Optics

Between the 14th and 18th October 'Frontiers in Optics' is underway and one particular presentation is sure to grab every optometrist's attention. A new contact lens to control myopic development is being revealed in detail.

The preliminary press release on The Optical Society's website explains the lens, developed by Dr Troilo and colleagues at the State University of New York, is a specially modified multifocal which they found 'changed eye growth and refractive state, or focus, in a predictable way.' The lens is designed to be worn by very early myopes or high risk patients and it will actually help guide the development of the eye.

We'll find out more on Wednesday 17th at 8am EDT when the presentation happens. Until then the press release is after the break.

Artificial Cornea's

After a very dry month for innovative optometric related technology news this development from Fraunhofer research group looks to be an opening gambit on technology silly-season.

Corning considering Gorilla Glass-es.

Corning, the firm responsible for Gorilla and Willow glass are considering the potential for Gorilla glass products in the ophthalmic market. No information is available as to what form this might take as of now, however, in a statement to Techoptom earlier today Corning stated "The Corning Ophthalmic business is currently evaluating if a value proposition exists for Gorilla® Glass in the optical industry. If the on-going evaluation provides positive results, Corning will evaluate how to bring Gorilla in the ophthalmic industry."

So it's early days, but Gorilla Glasses might just be a reality in the near future.

Ultra-high-definition standards set

At a recent meeting of the International Telecommunications Union the standards for new Ultra-HD has been set. Its an incredible 4320p or 16x more resolution than current 1080p sets. For those number crunchers out there thats a resolution of 7680x4320. If you've just bought a new Retina screen mac-book pro and are quaking at the thought of it being low definition so soon don't panic. The first Super-HD set (a measely 2160p, 4x 1080p resolution or 3840x2160 for those number fans) is set to be released at some point next year for an eye-watering price of $80,000.

With resolutions that high who's hoping the ophthalmic technology improves for patients to be able to enjoy vision that good?

Corning taking their Gorilla to Florida

Having been providing some glass solutions since 1968 (responsible for the first glass photo-chromic technology) and having been the driving force behind the invention of 1.9n glass back in 1991 it seems that the makers of Gorilla glass, Corning, are going to be displaying at the Florida's Vision Preview 2012 event.

They'll be on hand to display their optical wares and seem to be making noises towared the optical sector. Hopefully they can bring some of the Gorilla glass and Willow glass innovations to the optometric sector.

We've asked Corning for comments on this area and are awaiting a response.

Source: Corning