Methods Patents (Class 351/159.73)
  • Patent number: 11464406
    Abstract: A wavefront device produces adjustable amplitudes in optical path differences and adjustable axis orientation angles. two substantially identical wave plates have a wavefront profile of at least the third order Zernike polynomial function which are not circularly symmetric, as denoted by Z(i,j) where i?3 and j?0. The wave plates are mounted in rotatable mounts with their optical centers substantially aligned with each other. An subjective wavefront refraction instrument and method are provided to correct low and high order aberrations of the eye, using the adjustable wave plates that have astigmatism and higher order Zernike function optical path difference wavefront profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Shui T. Lai
  • Patent number: 11391964
    Abstract: The disclosure generally describes methods, systems and products relating to the development and manufacture of scleral contact lenses. A number of dimensions for the scleral lens is generated based on control points and attendant curvature parameters. Any change to one or more of the curve parameters imparts an improved anterior and posterior surface of the scleral lens and associated thickness, while undesired modifications to control points and other curve parameters remain static inasmuch as the sagittal depth component is an input parameter of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
    Inventor: Charles H. Creighton
  • Patent number: 11378820
    Abstract: An aspheric lens using an E-value to control an eyeball growth rate and a method of manufacturing the same are disclosed. A treatment zone of the aspheric lens includes a base curve having non-zero eccentricity, and the base curve can make the image shell formed on a retina have non-zero eccentricity, so as to increase a peripheral defocus area formed on the retina to effectively control myopia or hyperopia, thereby achieving the purpose of correcting myopia or hyperopia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: BRIGHTEN OPTIX CORP.
    Inventor: I-Tsung Wu
  • Patent number: 11222755
    Abstract: A solid electrolytic capacitor that comprises a capacitor element that contains a sintered porous anode body, a dielectric that overlies the anode body, and a solid electrolyte that overlies the dielectric is provided. An anode lead wire extends from the capacitor element in a longitudinal direction, wherein the lead wire defines an external surface having a plurality of distinct recessed regions that are spaced apart along the longitudinal direction. A hydrophobic coating is disposed on at least a portion of the external surface of the anode lead wire. Further, an anode termination is in electrical connection with the anode lead wire and a cathode termination is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA AVX Components Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Tezuka
  • Patent number: 11149194
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a composite particle that includes: a fluorescent semiconductor core/shell nanoparticle (preferably, nanocrystal); and a stabilizing homo- or copolymer combined with the core/shell nanoparticle, the stabilizing (co)polymer comprising styrene monomer units and functionalized with phosphine, arsine or stibine groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Carl A. Laskowski, Saswata Chakraborty, Wayne S. Mahoney, Guy D. Joly, Michael C. Palazzotto
  • Patent number: 10928655
    Abstract: A series of spectacle lenses is disclosed, wherein each lens has a spherical front surface and an aspheric, atoric, or freeform back surface. Further, each lens of the series provides a focal power Px between ?6 D and +4 D; and at least one lens of the series provides a focal power Px between at least one of (a) ?0.75 D and +2.25 D and (b) ?0.5 D and +2.00 D. For an upper range of focal powers, lenses having the same nominal front surface power are provided; and for a lower range of trough powers, lenses having the same minimum nominal back surface power are provided. The spherical front surface has a nominal front surface power Pf and the back surface has a minimum nominal back surface power Pb; wherein 15.5 D?|Pf|+|Pb|+|Px|?31.5 D applies for each spectacle lens of the series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH
    Inventor: Ray Steven Spratt
  • Patent number: 10845624
    Abstract: An ophthalmic lens element includes an upper distance viewing zone and a lower near viewing zone. The upper distance viewing zone includes a central region with a first refractive power for clear distance vision and peripheral regions that are relatively positive in power compared to the first refractive power. The lower near viewing zone has a central region that is relatively positive in power compared to the first refractive power to account for accommodative lag. The powers of the peripheral regions of the lower near viewing zone are one of: i) equal to the power of the central region of the lower near viewing zone, ii) relatively positive in comparison to the power of the central region of the lower near viewing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Brien Holden Vision Institute Limited
    Inventors: Padmaja Rajagopal Sankaridurg, Cathleen Fedtke, Leslie Alan Donovan, Earl Leo Smith, III, Arthur Ho, Brien Anthony Holden
  • Patent number: 10770238
    Abstract: A capacitor assembly that comprises a solid electrolytic capacitor element is provided. The capacitor assembly also comprises a casing material that encapsulates the capacitor element, an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode body and contains a portion that is positioned external to the casing material, and a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte and contains a portion that is positioned external to the casing material. A first hydrophobic coating is disposed in contact with the casing material and the external portion of the anode termination and a second hydrophobic coating is disposed in contact with the casing material and the external portion of the cathode termination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: AVX Corporation
    Inventors: Lotfi Djebara, Martin Biler, Frantisek Priban
  • Patent number: 10656307
    Abstract: An optical element is disclosed. In an embodiment an optical element includes a substrate having a silicone surface, an antireflection layer overlying the silicone surface, wherein the antireflection layer comprises a first organic layer having a reflection-reducing nanostructure, the nanostructure having a depth of at least 30 nm, and a cover layer overlying the first organic layer, the cover layer having a thickness of no more than 40 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Ulrike Schulz, Friedrich Rickelt, Peter Munzert, Norbert Kaiser
  • Patent number: 10555807
    Abstract: An intraocular lens (IOL) insertion apparatus may include a hand piece body having a distal tip, an IOL folding chamber, and IOL a dwell position, and a telescoping plunger having a first plunger portion and a second plunger portion. The first plunger portion and second plunger portion may be arranged to simultaneously advance through a first portion of a displacement of the telescoping plunger, and one of the first and second plunger portions may be arranged to advance through a second portion of the displacement of the telescoping plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Chris Belisle, Kyle Brown, Asif Fayyaz, Jian Liu
  • Patent number: 10507136
    Abstract: An ophthalmic laser processing apparatus comprises: a laser device that outputs a pulsed laser beam towards an eye; an image capturing device that captures an image of the eye and provides image data; and a control device that detects eye movement based on the image data and controls the beam focus based on a predetermined eye processing pattern and the eye movement. The apparatus further comprises a visualization device controlled by the control device to output a visualization of a graphical illustration. The graphical illustration represents at least one of (a) a value of an eye parameter determined on the basis of the image data; (b) a frequency distribution of a value of an eye parameter determined on the basis of the image data; and (c) a range of values of a pupil diameter determined on the basis of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Sissimos Lemonis, Peter Riedel, Mario Abraham
  • Patent number: 10437077
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method, a system, and a computer program code for optimizing geometry of at least one semi-finished ophthalmic lens in a set of semi-finished ophthalmic lenses having a designated lens material, each of the semi-finished ophthalmic lenses in the set having an Initially determined geometry including one of a plurality of base curves determined to allow manufacture of finished ophthalmic lenses for ophthalmic lens prescriptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: CARL ZEISS VISION INC., CARL ZEISS VISION INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Andrew Woodland, Jonathan Deeds
  • Patent number: 10429669
    Abstract: A method for adjusting an original prescription to be used in manufacturing an ophthalmic lens for correcting vision of a patient, the method comprising: obtaining an original prescription based on an eye vision measurement performed by virtue of a real optical system; obtaining supplementary input data associated with the eye vision measurement; calculating a simulated optical system simulating the real optical system, by using at least the original prescription and the supplementary input data; and calculating an adjusted prescription by using at least the original prescription and the simulated optical system, to reflect the effect of the supplementary input data on the eye vision measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SHAMIR OPTICAL INDUSTRY LTD.
    Inventors: Yuval Carmon, Liron Gleser, Yotam Gil
  • Patent number: 10247964
    Abstract: An ophthalmic lens element includes an upper distance viewing zone and a lower near viewing zone. The upper distance viewing zone includes a central region with a first refractive power for clear distance vision and peripheral regions that are relatively positive in power compared to the first refractive power. The lower near viewing zone has a central region that is relatively positive in power compared to the first refractive power to account for accommodative lag. The powers of the peripheral regions of the lower near viewing zone are one of: i) equal to the power of the central region of the lower near viewing zone, ii) relatively positive in comparison to the power of the central region of the lower near viewing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Brien Holden Vision Institute
    Inventors: Padmaja Rajagopal Sankaridurg, Cathleen Fedtke, Leslie Alan Donovan, Earl Leo Smith, III, Arthur Ho, Brien Anthony Holden
  • Patent number: 10196498
    Abstract: A method for making a colored film includes following steps of providing a mixture comprising a hydrophilic monomer, a functionalized vinylic monomer, a clay, a cross-linking agent, and an initiator; mixing a pigment and a solvent with the mixture to form a colored material; and placing the colored material into a mold, and exposing the colored material to ultraviolet radiation or heating the colored material, to cause the hydrophilic monomer, the functionalized vinylic monomer, the cross-linking agent, and the initiator in the colored material to undergo a polymerization reaction to form a cross-linking network, and the clay in the colored material to be dispersed in the cross-linking network, thereby forming the colored film. The disclosure also provides a colored film made by above method, a colored material making for the colored film, and an ophthalmic lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting(Shenzhen)Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsiu-Wen Chien
  • Patent number: 9933622
    Abstract: A compact head-worn display with multiply folded optics providing displayed images overlaid onto a see-through view of a surrounding environment includes a solid prism of a first material with an angled planar surface to fold an optical axis and one or more surfaces that provide optical power, one or more additional lens elements with optical power made of a second material that is different from the material of the solid prism, an image source that provides image light associated with the displayed images, a combiner that folds the optical axis and directs the image light toward a user's eye and wherein the multiply folded optics provide a more compact head-worn display and the first and second materials are selected to reduce a lateral color in the displayed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, Joseph Bietry, John D. Haddick
  • Patent number: 9815732
    Abstract: There is an article of manufacture. The article includes an alkali aluminosilicate glass object. The glass object is characterized by having at least one of: a surface compression of ?about 100,000 psi with a case depth of ?about 600 microns; and/or a compressive stress of ?about 30,000 psi at ?about 50 microns below a surface of the glass object and above the case depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Saxon Glass Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Arun K. Varshneya
  • Patent number: 9682528
    Abstract: An article includes a glass substrate and an insert within the glass substrate, the surface roughness (Ra) of the glass substrate and the insert is about 0.05 ?m to about 0.2 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignees: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: Ren-Bo Wang, Chao-Sheng Huang
  • Patent number: 9568744
    Abstract: A method and a system for the selection and programming of an energized ophthalmic lens are disclosed. More specifically, the energized ophthalmic lens which can include a variable state arcuate shaped liquid meniscus lens capable of changing vision correction properties upon the receipt of an activation signal. According to some aspects of the disclosure, the system and method comprise vision simulation software configured to use patient's eye related data and product design options to select the ophthalmic lens and an operational protocol for the change of optical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, Frederick A. Flitsch
  • Patent number: 9421721
    Abstract: A system and method for designing scleral lenses includes a computer, a camera and a lathe connected by a network. The camera captures a set of sagittal images at each of a set of sagittal planes of an eye. A combined sagittal image is created from each set of sagittal images. A spline curve is defined for each combined sagittal image creating a set of spline curves. A set of back surface curves is created from the set of spline curves. A back lens surface is generated from the set of surface curves. A front lens surface is generated adjacent the back lens surface. A point cloud is generated from the back lens surface and the front lens surface. The point cloud is converted to a lens image. The lens is converted to a text file for use by the lathe to cut the scleral lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Gregory Gemoules
  • Patent number: 9174321
    Abstract: A method of deblocking a lens component (1) fixed on a thermoplastic block (2) of an ophthalmic lens block comprising the steps of: a) applying a pushing strain on the surface (14) of the lens component fixed on the thermoplastic block; b) providing a warm gas flow at the interface between the lens component (1) and the thermoplastic block; and maintaining the pushing strain during the step of providing the warm gas flow at the interface between the lens component and the thermoplastic block, wherein the stress applied to obtain the pushing strain of step a) is greater or equal to 0.1 MPa and/or less or equal to 1 Mpa, and wherein the temperature of the warm gas flow of step b) is greater or equal to 30° and/or less or equal to 70° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (COMPAGNIE GENERALE D'OPTIQUE)
    Inventors: Yohann Felten, Yannick Gordiet, Matthieu Le Gall
  • Patent number: 9028064
    Abstract: Methods of fabricating and prescribing lenses suitable for color blindness and dyslexia correction are disclosed. The corrective lens may be formed of an optically transparent base material, which is tinted to a desired color for correction by immersion in a colorant dye. The color tinted lens is then tinted by a neutral tint dye to render the lens observable as a regular corrective lens. Prescription of such lenses may be based on a dynamically balanced, or haploscopic, fashion of prescription that comprises selecting a first visual filter from a set of sixteen filters and a second visual filter from the remaining set of fifteen filters, the first for the dominant eye and the second for non-dominant eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: ChromaGen Vision LLC
    Inventor: David Andrew Harris
  • Patent number: 8992013
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention pertain to a method for producing a spectacle lens with optimal correction across the entire lens taking into account the patient's complete measured wavefront. Specific embodiments can also take into account one or more additional factors such as vertex distance, segmental fitting height, pantoscopic tilt, and use conditions. The lens wavefront can be achieved by optimizing a corrected wavefront, where the corrected wavefront is the combined effect of the patient's measured wavefront and the lens wavefront. The optimization of the corrected wavefront can involve representing the measured wavefront and the lens wavefront on a grid. In an embodiment, the grid can lie in a plane. During the optimization, a subset of the grid can be used for the representation of the measured wavefront at a point on the grid so as to take into account the portions of the measured wavefront that contribute to the corrected wavefront at that point on the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d'Optique)
    Inventors: Keith Dillon, Jeffrey S. Chomyn, Kris Kusumoto, Laurence Warden, Jagdish M. Jethmalani, Andreas W. Dreher
  • Patent number: 8985763
    Abstract: Contact lenses and methods of manufacturing contact lenses are provided. In one aspect, a method includes: forming a substrate having an uneven surface; providing a sensor at a first region of the substrate; providing a chip at a second region of the substrate; and encapsulating the substrate, sensor and chip in a polymer. The method also includes: patterning interconnections from the first region of the substrate to the second region of the substrate; and patterning metal pads proximate to the second region of the substrate. The chip can be provided on a metal pad. The uneven surface can be a sloped surface or one or more sloped channels in the substrate, and the channels can be wide enough to receive interconnections for the chip and to receive the chip. Further, the substrate can be ring-shaped and curved prior to encapsulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: James Etzkorn, Babak Amirparviz
  • Patent number: 8974056
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for making a hybrid contact lens, comprising: a step of providing a hydrophilic disc (100); a step of providing a rigid disc (200); a step of hydrating the hydrophilic disc (100); a step of applying an adhesive element (202) on a surface of the rigid disc; a step of bonding the hydrophilic disc (100) to said surface of the rigid disc; a step of drying the two thus bonded discs (100); and a step of cutting the two thus bonded and dried discs (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Lentilles
    Inventors: Emmanuel Veillard, Pascal Renault, Jean-Philippe Lebailly
  • Patent number: 8975121
    Abstract: This invention discloses methods and apparatus to form thin film nanocrystal integrated circuit transistors upon three dimensionally formed insert devices. In some embodiments, the present invention includes incorporating the three dimensional surfaces with thin film nanocrystal integrated circuit based thin film transistors, electrical interconnects and energization elements into an insert for incorporation into ophthalmic lenses. In some embodiments the formed insert may be directly used as an ophthalmic device or incorporated into an ophthalmic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, Frederick A. Flitsch
  • Publication number: 20150062528
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an optical assembly using two ultra-thin optical pieces/parts defining the outer bound of the assembly with a solid or liquid core and methods of forming said assembly. In particular, the present in invention discloses the handling and arrangements of said ultra-thin optical pieces to prevent deformation and loss of optical quality of said ultra-thin optical pieces. The ultra-thin optical pieces can be from 25-200 microns and their structural integrity can be preserved through uninterrupted support throughout the encapsulation of one or more fluids, e.g., a saline solution and an oil solution, which can be used to form a liquid meniscus lens. In some embodiments, interlocking features included in the ultra-thin optical parts can be included in order to help create the seal and/or provide structural support to the liquid lens assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: JOHNSON & JOHNSON VISION CARE, INC
    Inventors: Vincent H. Barre, Victor Lust
  • Patent number: 8950862
    Abstract: This invention discloses a media substrate for incorporation into ophthalmic lenses that has been formed by the stacking of multiple functionalized layers. Additionally, methods and apparatus for providing a stacked functional layer insert for incorporation into an ophthalmic lens are also provided. In some embodiments, an ophthalmic lens is cast molded from a silicone hydrogel and the lens includes at least one stacked functional layer insert portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, Frederick A. Flitsch, Daniel B. Otts, James Daniel Riall, Adam Toner
  • Publication number: 20150036100
    Abstract: A hydrophilizingly coated silicone contact lens has a radial cross-section of the inner face (1), the rim portion contour of which is convex (7) between a point of inflection (6) and the outer edge. For its manufacture, a silicone precursor is brought between a female and a male mold and is polymerized, and the polymerized contact lens is released from the mold by means of a liquid swelling same and is completed after a PECVD/CVD-coating without edge cutting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: LENSWISTA AG
    Inventors: Martin Görne, Thomas Kordick
  • Patent number: 8936362
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a non-deforming contact lens for keratoconus patients having a displaced central zone. In particular, the central zone is displaced from the geometric center of the lens. The shape of the central zone is egg or spoon-shaped and is rotationally asymmetrical with one semi-meridian that is shorter than a corresponding semi-meridian. An intermediate transition zone is formed integral with the periphery of the central zone, and a peripheral zone is formed integral with the periphery of the intermediate transition zone, forming a round contact lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Vicoh, LLC
    Inventor: Jerome A. Legerton
  • Patent number: 8931899
    Abstract: A method for trimming an ophthalmic lens using a machining device having a load sensor for measuring a load relating to the load applied by a machine tool to the lens, includes: immobilizing the lens on an immobilizing element, and trimming the lens, while measuring the load magnitude and steering the machine tool relative to the immobilizing element so as to bring the initial contour of the ophthalmic lens to a final contour of a different shape. Between the immobilizing and trimming steps, the machine tool is steered relative to the immobilizing element so that it makes a tour around the lens without contact therewith, while measuring the unladen load magnitude, this relating to the load required to move the machine tool relative to the immobilizing element without performing machining work while steering the machine tool, during the trimming step, as a function of the unladen magnitude measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d'Optique)
    Inventors: Cedric Lemaire, Sebastien Pinault
  • Patent number: 8919954
    Abstract: A method for obtaining an ophthalmic lens, includes: —the step of selecting a material that displays a threshold of pinhole formation during a machining step of a finished surface (20) in a material-removing depth (D) of 0.07 mm, which is at least 15% higher than the threshold of pinhole formation during a machining step of a finished surface in a material-removing depth (D) of 0.22 mm; —the step of selecting a set point for finishing depth of cut (A) between 0.015 mm and 0.075 mm; and—the step of selecting a set point for finishing feed between 85% and 99% of the threshold of pinhole formation for the material-removing depth (D) given by the sum of the selected set point for finishing depth of cut (A) and the blank roughness (B?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d'Optique)
    Inventor: Mathieu Meynen
  • Publication number: 20140375950
    Abstract: A method of processing an order request for an ophthalmic lens to be manufactured by a manufacturing device includes the following steps: receiving an order request including at least information related to an ophthalmic wearer's prescription by a first processing device; processing the order request by the first processing device on the basis of predetermined processing rules so as to obtain manufacturing parameters to be applied to the manufacturing device so as to manufacture the ophthalmic lens according to the information included in the order request; sending and storing the manufacturing parameters identified as requiring a further modification to a storing device and sending the other manufacturing parameters to the manufacturing device; modifying the stored manufacturing parameters by a second processing device and sending the modified manufacturing parameters to the manufacturing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (COMPAGNIE GENERAL D'OPTIQUE)
    Inventors: Laurent Marcepoil, Jerome Concialdi, Frederic Dubois
  • Patent number: 8915591
    Abstract: A contact lens, comprising a preprint of a first shade and a main print of a second shade, wherein the preprint consisting of a first band of gradient dot matrix, wherein the main print consisting of a second band of evenly spaced circular voids, wherein the second band surrounds the starburst pattern, wherein the first band and the second band have a substantially identical outer diameter and the first band has a smaller inside diameter than the second band, wherein the first shade and the second shade are different, wherein the gradient dot matrix is characterized by dot coverage increases in a radial direction from the center too the peripheral edge or a position near the peripheral edge of the substantially-circular pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Sandra Corti, Laura Ashley Creech
  • Patent number: 8911083
    Abstract: A system for facilitating contact lens design comprises an input unit for input of design parameters, and a processing unit for calculating a post-lens pressure profile based on the design parameters. The processing unit is arranged, in use, to perform a finite model calculation allowing for large deflection and non-linear geometry effects in the deformation of a model lens shape. Preferably the finite element model calculation utilizes solid elements of modelling the lens shape. A contact comprising a high Young's modulus material such as silicone hydrogel can be designed to have a maximum corneal or limbal post-lens pressure valve of less than 250 Pa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Vision CRC Limited, Novartis AG
    Inventor: Geoffrey Brent
  • Patent number: 8911078
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to multicomponent optical devices having a space within the device. In various embodiments, an optical device comprises a first posterior component having an anterior surface, a posterior support component, and an anterior component having a posterior surface. An optical device can also comprise an anterior skirt. The first posterior component and the anterior skirt can comprise gas-permeable optical materials. An optical device also comprises a primary space between the posterior surface and the anterior surface, with the primary space configured to permit diffusion of a gas from a perimeter of the primary space through the space and across the anterior surface of the first posterior component. A method of forming a multicomponent optical device having a space is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: CRT Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Meyers
  • Publication number: 20140354946
    Abstract: The present invention discloses methods for manufacturing and programming an energizable Ophthalmic Lens with a programmable Media Insert. In some embodiments, a Media Insert may be programmable to allow for further customization of the energized Ophthalmic Lens. The Media Insert may be programmed prior to or during the manufacturing process. Alternatively, the Media Insert may be programmed after the components have been encapsulated, wherein the programming may occur wirelessly. Accordingly, methods of wirelessly programming the Media Insert may be significant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, Sharika Snook, Camille Higham, Karson S. Putt
  • Publication number: 20140347626
    Abstract: Method for determining a semi-finished lens blank, comprising the steps consisting of:—determining, for a given material, a set of faces (S-i , S2, . . . Sn) to be defined for a line of ophthalmic lenses, each face (Si, Sj) being defined for a corresponding subset (SEi, SEj) of wearer data and/or frame data; determining, for each face (Si, Sj), a minimum thickness requirement (EnvSi, EnvSj) necessary to produce all the lenses of the corresponding subset (SEi, SED; determining combinations of two faces (Si, Sj) to be paired; defining a “double-faced” semi-finished lens blank (SF(ij)) consisting of two paired defined faces (Si and Sj) and including the minimum thickness requirements (EnvSi and EnvSj) respectively determined, for said faces, in a manner that allows producing all the lenses of the subsets (SEi and SEj) corresponding to said faces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jean Sahler, Agnès Ladous, Bruno Amir
  • Publication number: 20140347624
    Abstract: Provided is a diffraction-type multifocal ophthalmic lens for which halos are reduced. Also provided is a diffraction-type multifocal ophthalmic lens having three or more focal points, which is implemented on the basis of the discovery that the diffraction-type multifocal ophthalmic lens has a characteristic whereby multiple focal points can be generated in the intermediate region as well as the near and far regions. Also provided is a method for manufacturing a diffraction-type multifocal ophthalmic lens which provides a simple design and manufacturing method by means of a simple diffraction structure and by replacing a cumbersome computer simulation with a simple method. This diffraction-type multifocal ophthalmic lens has a diffraction structure (20) where a plurality of diffraction zones are formed concentrically on the lens (10), and an equal-pitch region is provided where pitches of at least two zones among the diffraction zones are made equal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: MENICON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ichiro Ando, Hiroaki Suzuki, Atsushi Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20140341967
    Abstract: The invention contemplates a copolymer which is a graft or block copolymer useful to change wettability and surface characteristics of biological surfaces. Methods for use of these formulations and coatings to change wettability and sterically stabilize, and lubricate biological surfaces in a subject, for example, in the treatment of dry eye syndrome, and to prevent adherence of unwanted proteins, for example in the treatment of contact lens intolerance, are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Eugene Rex Cooper, David Maxwell Kleinman, Andrew Loxley, Mark Mitchnick
  • Publication number: 20140343379
    Abstract: A method and communication system for ophthalmic device manufacturing line is disclosed. More specifically, the communication device may be incorporated in early stages of manufacturing of the ophthalmic device to monitor process controls without delay. In some embodiments, a unique pedigree profile can be stored for an ophthalmic device during manufacturing and correlated with one or more of: design profiles, controlled process parameters, performance, and distribution channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall B. PUGH
  • Publication number: 20140340632
    Abstract: A method and a system for the selection and programming of an energized ophthalmic lens are disclosed. More specifically, the energized ophthalmic lens which can include a variable state arcuate shaped liquid meniscus lens capable of changing vision correction properties upon the receipt of an activation signal. According to some aspects of the disclosure, the system and method comprise vision simulation software configured to use patient's eye related data and product design options to select the ophthalmic lens and an operational protocol for the change of optical properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: JOHNSON & JOHNSON VISION CARE, INC.
    Inventors: Randall B. PUGH, Frederick A. FLITSCH
  • Publication number: 20140340633
    Abstract: A method of preparing an ophthalmic lens (30) to be fitted into a surround of a spectacle frame, includes: acquiring a longitudinal profile (50) of the surround; centering the longitudinal profile; acquiring the geometry of at least one part of an optical face of the ophthalmic lens; calculating a treatment setpoint for treating the ophthalmic lens; and treating the ophthalmic lens. The acquiring operation includes a step of calculating the bidimensional coordinates of a plurality of measurement points (P?i, P?i) situated along two distinct longitudinal strands (51, 52) which are chosen in such a way that they define between them a band which extends along the longitudinal profile, and a step of examining the ophthalmic lens to acquire the tridimensional coordinates for the measurement points with a view to calculating the treatment setpoint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (COMPAGNIE GENERALE D'OPTIQUE)
    Inventors: Martin Luc, Benoit Holvoet Vermaut, Frederic Dubois
  • Patent number: 8885251
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for confirming a functionalized flexible planar film on an optical lens. The apparatus according to the invention may also be used in a process of functionalization of an optical lens. As a factor of the functionalization that one wishes to introduce into said optical lens and the nature of the functionalized flexible planar film used, the functionalization process is a process of gluing, transfer, or molding of a functionalized flexible planar film onto an optical lens. The implementation of each of these respective processes makes it possible to obtain a functionalized optical lens, said functionalization being adhered, transferred, or molded using a functionalized flexible planar film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d'Optique)
    Inventor: Cédric Begon
  • Patent number: 8882273
    Abstract: A method for determining a lens prescription for the eye. The method includes selecting a first ultraviolet (UV) trial lens and a second UV trial lens and determining whether the first UV trial lens or the second UV trial lens results in greater improvement in visual function. The second UV trial lens may be selected for the prescription when the second UV trial lens results in greater improvement in visual function as compared to the first UV trial lens. The method includes selecting a first color group comprising a first color trial lens and a second color trial lens and determining whether the first color trial lens or the second color trial lens results in greater improvement in visual function. The second color trial lens may be selected for the prescription when the second color trial lens results in greater improvement in visual function than the first color trial lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Brad Lee Chase
  • Publication number: 20140320801
    Abstract: A contact lens incorporating one or more dynamic stabilization zones fabricated from a material that is readily deformable under eyelid pressure during blinking allows for the control over rotation of the contact lens on the eye. As the material deforms, the angle of contact between the eyelid and the one or more dynamic stabilization zones changes as does the rotational force acting on the contact lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hawke, Daniel B. Otts
  • Publication number: 20140320799
    Abstract: An ophthalmic lens assembly comprising an electronic system with a controller configured to implement a blink detection algorithm is described herein. The electronic system can also include one or more power sources, circuitry, one or more sensors, clock generation circuitry, control algorithms, and lens driver circuitry. The algorithm can be used to sample, at a predetermined rate, light incident on an eye of an individual and at least temporarily save collected samples, determine when an eyelid is open or closed, determine a time period and pulse width of the blinks from the collected samples, calculate a number of blinks and the duration of the blinks in a given time period, and compare the number of blinks, the durations of the blinks in the given time period, and the time between blinks in the given time period to a stored set of samples to determine blinking patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: JOHNSON & JOHNSON VISION CARE, INC
    Inventors: Randall Braxton Pugh, Adam Toner, Scott Robert Humphreys, Daniel B. Otts, William Chester Neeley
  • Publication number: 20140307223
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for transforming an initial progressive ophthalmic surface which has to be manufactured by a manufacturing method, the transformation method comprising: a step of selecting a manufacturing method intended to be implemented, in which said manufacturing method introduces a reproducible surface defect, a step of selecting a predictive model of said reproducible surface defect, a step of selecting an initial progressive ophthalmic surface S intended to be manufactured, a step of determining (S1), during which there is determined, by means of said predictive model, a surface defect value D which would be introduced if the initial progressive ophthalmic surface S were produced by said manufacturing method, a transformation step (S2), during which said initial progressive ophthalmic surface S is transformed into a transformed progressive ophthalmic surface S* by compensating the defect value D determined during the step (S1), such that the subsequent manufacture of the tr
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL COMPAGNIE GENERALE D'OPTIQUE
    Inventors: Eric Gacoin, Laurent Huprel, Jérome Moine, Jean-Marc Padiou
  • Publication number: 20140300858
    Abstract: A method for trimming an ophthalmic lens using a machining device having a load sensor for measuring a load relating to the load applied by a machine tool to the lens, includes: immobilizing the lens on an immobilizing element, and trimming the lens, while measuring the load magnitude and steering the machine tool relative to the immobilizing element so as to bring the initial contour of the ophthalmic lens to a final contour of a different shape. Between the immobilizing and trimming steps, the machine tool is steered relative to the immobilizing element so that it makes a tour around the lens without contact therewith, while measuring the unladen load magnitude, this relating to the load required to move the machine tool relative to the immobilizing element without performing machining work while steering the machine tool, during the trimming step, as a function of the unladen magnitude measured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (COMPAGNIE GENERALE D'OPTIQUE)
    Inventors: Cedric Lemaire, Sebastien Pinault
  • Patent number: 8842370
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the optimization of human visual function by correcting and/or optimizing high-order optical aberrations in high performance optical devices. The optimization is particularly useful for high performance devices used under low light conditions such as binoculars, rifle scopes, telescopes, microscopes, night vision goggles and laser eye protection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Essilor International
    Inventors: Jagdish M. Jethmalani, Andreas W. Dreher, Lawrence H. Sverdrup