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Introducing Briot Couture—an innovative edging system with industry-first 3D visualization

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Luneau Technology USA
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Luneau Technology introduces an innovative Briot solution to help the Master Optician stay in control of lens fit and quality

Bensenville, IL: : Luneau Technology is pleased to introduce the Briot Couture, a highly intuitive lens finishing system suitable for any optical store. Briot Couture is Luneau Technology’s newest and most advanced finishing platform yet. It combines everything that is in the Briot Attitude with the world’s first virtual 3D lens rendering technology to simplify the finishing process for all optician skill levels from Master Optician to Entry Level Optician.

“The new Briot Couture System, building off our Briot Attitude System, provides three new and exciting innovations that will take the production of high-quality eyewear to a whole new level,” says John Vulich, Optical Application Specialist, Luneau Technology. “The three new features are True Fit Beveling, Virtual 3D Lens Simulation, and a Torque Management System. They allow the Briot Couture to measure frame thickness, frame depth, as well as frame groove position, to produce the perfect fit every time.”

Produce quality eyewear in-house quickly and accurately

This unique edger can increase in-house finishing capability and quality while reducing the rate of remakes. It is suitable for any business owner who wishes to complete more sophisticated finishing in-house and to save on their lab bills.

“Having demonstrated the Briot Couture at Vision Expo West, I’m excited to say we have improved upon our already terrific ability to fine tune the quality of eyewear produced by our edger,” says Ron Reed, Customer Support and Maintenance Manager, Luneau Technology. “In short, we’ve managed to shun the status quo and take quality eyewear produced by our customers from good to great.”

Using various frame and lens parameters along with Virtual 3D Lens Simulation, a user can display how a lens fits into a frame before beginning the edging process. This allows the optician to confirm fit before edging. The True Fit Bevel chooses the best bevel position and bevel depth/width to fit the lens into the chosen frame with the least amount of stress on the frame and lens. The 3D Visualization allows for a 3D view of the lens fitting within the frame to determine the best lens type for the chosen frame as well as to confirm possible stress points for the lens fitting. The Torque Management System optimizes the edging cycle time without the risk of lens slippage.

With these intelligent new features, any trained staff member can offer a personalized buying experience to customers by finding the optimum lens for their frame and show them in real-time a 3D rendering of their glasses. This means optical stores can now produce premium quality eyewear with a quick turnaround.

Who can benefit from the Briot Couture?

The Briot Couture is perfect for any mid to high end optical, especially those eyewear shops where customers demand the highest quality aesthetics, quality, and fit. The Briot Couture empowers optical shop owners to widen their search for lab personnel since it reduces the skill level necessary to expertly fabricate eyewear. With the Briot Couture, a business owner can keep the most challenging jobs in-house, maximizing their lab savings. For those stores that already have an edger, regardless of brand, and are ready to upgrade, then the Briot Couture may be the right choice for them.

As an added bonus, Luneau Technology reinvented its service platform earlier this year to provide exceptional value to customers. “Based on the number of lens cuts, we now offer low volume, mid volume and high-volume preventative maintenance plans that will affirm your ability to edge lenses quickly, with improved quality, and eliminate service interruptions,” explains Reed.  

ECPs who are interested in learning more about the Briot Couture or any other product, please reach out to luneautechusa.com/virtualdemo to book a virtual demo and ROI consultation.

About Luneau Technology

Luneau Technology USA (luneautechusa.com) is the exclusive sales, service, and education provider for Visionix®, Briot® and Weco® brands, as well as the new Nexy retinal screening device. With the backing of its global organization, Luneau Technology Group, it is a trusted partner to eye care professionals, providing advanced technology platforms to improve and extend eye care.

We’re Hiring – Director of Operations

Luneau Technology USA, a leader in vision care innovation, is seeking a Director of Operations for our Headquarters in Bensenville, IL.

Luneau Technology USA, a leader in innovative vision care equipment, seeks a Director of Operations to support continued growth and integration of multiple business units in North America. This role reports to the President of Luneau Technology North America and will be an important part of the Leadership team. The Director of Operations is a technical expert who will manage a team with responsibilities including final packing and configuration of new systems, depot repair of instruments, spare parts/sub-assembly preparation, and logistics / warehousing for medical device capital equipment in an FDA-regulated environment. This is a fulltime position that sits at the intersection of our manufacturing partners and internal/external clients. This hands-on role is open to candidates who live and work in the Chicago area.

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Luneau Technology and Optovue merge to offer a complete suite of advanced visual health solutions to eye care providers

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The combined entities will offer a more comprehensive portfolio for the growing practice

Bensenville, IL: France-based Luneau Technology Group recently announced its merger with Optovue Inc, a privately held medical device company, headquartered in Fremont, California. Founded by Jay Wei in 2003, Optovue develops high-speed OCT and OCT-A technology to diagnose and manage eye diseases. Luneau Technology pioneered wavefront-based diagnostic and finishing solutions and led the development of highly automated solutions for the past 15 years.

A stronger global organization to drive vision care innovation

Dr. Marc Abitbol, CEO of Luneau Technology, will preside over the newly merged company, while Optovue CEO Peter Wyles will join the global leadership team. “It’s unprecedented what we will do together,” says Abitbol. “We’re two agile companies with a startup mentality of innovation and flexibility. Together, we now have a full pipeline that covers everything for visual health. Optovue’s OCT expertise, stellar reputation and primary position in the medical eye care market, and complementary portfolio of products, make us an ideal partner, so our combined company can offer complete end-to-end solutions in retail, refraction and medical markets for primary eye care.” The group has combined sales of $176 million, 700 employees in 120 countries, and offers a wide range of products. It sees tremendous growth opportunities in a market estimated to be worth $3 billion.

Emerging technologies to help Practitioners detect and manage eye health symptoms

With the largest ophthalmic market, North America is a primary focus of the new group. There are fewer than 700,000 eye care professionals in the world for a 7.2 billion population which means not enough professionals to take care of eye health problems, from refraction to diagnostics. This is where automated technologies from the combined group can help.

Right before this global release, Luneau Technology USA announced that its new Visionix VX650, an industry-first technology with multimodal anterior and posterior segment analysis, is now FDA-approved and available for sale in the United States. ECPs can experience the new product firsthand by requesting a live demo at Luneau Technology’s Vision Expo West booth or by scheduling a virtual demo with a Sales and Clinical Application Specialist. Later this year, Optovue will also be launching a new OCT-A screening device. “One technology will look at the front of the eye, like a camera, and the other the back of the eye so our technologies are very complementary,” Abitbol adds. These new technologies aim to transform and improve access to all patients in the United States and Canada, to help preserve their visual health. To learn more, visit luneautechusa.com/press-releases and to watch Dr. Abitbol’s full interview.

About Luneau Technology

Luneau Technology USA (luneautechusa.com) is the exclusive sales, service, and education provider for Visionix®, Briot® and Weco® brands, as well as the new Nexy retinal screening device. With the backing of its global organization, Luneau Technology Group, it is a trusted partner to eye care professionals, providing advanced technology platforms to improve and extend eye care.

Introducing Visionix VX650—the first and only device with multi-modal anterior segment analysis and retinal screening in a single unit

VX650 Anterior and posterior analysis

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Luneau Technology USA introduces a comprehensive multi-modal assessment device to help clinicians identify and detect the early signs of visual and ocular pathologies

Bensenville, IL: Continuing a string of new product launches, Luneau Technology is pleased to introduce a unique and advanced ocular measuring device with retinal screening called the Visionix® VX650. It is a highly automated, multi-modal device that can deliver a comprehensive eye exam in minutes.

With the push of a button, the operator of this device can retrieve precise screening data on the entire anterior and posterior eye segments to identify and detect the early signs of cataracts, glaucoma, retinal and corneal pathologies. Unlike other devices on the market, only the Visionix VX650 can offer early detection of anterior and posterior ocular pathologies in a single device. This allows a clinician to identify a patient’s symptoms early on and to monitor them by staying on top of their ocular health. The VX650 also offers effective detection and management of keratoconus which can help build a scleral lens practice.

Comprehensive screening data in minutes

The VX650 boasts the combined technologies of a 45-degree fundus camera along with topography, wavefront aberrometry, tomography and retinal screening. These enhancements allow it to quickly evaluate both the anterior and posterior eye segments. By using the VX650 for ocular health screening on patients in the pre-test room, an eyecare professional (ECP) can improve their workflow efficiency and highlight those issues that need additional clinical testing. It is so efficient it can decrease a patient’s movement and time in the pre-test room while still providing a comprehensive eye exam. Data results are accurate and reproducible, regardless of operator competency, and can be made available for HIPAA-compliant data sharing onsite and remotely. A licensed practitioner can review data collected from the VX650 by a technician from anywhere.

All the clinical benefits of multiple instruments in one device

“The clinical value of the VX650 puts comprehensive anterior and posterior segment data at your fingertips,”says Melissa Renfrow, a Clinical Application Specialist at Luneau Technology. “Our product engineers found a way to incorporate seven devices into one instrument to give you unmatched clinical versatility, and all the screening data you need for an effective patient consultation.” She is working with a doctor who implemented the VX650 into her practice. “One of her patients thought she knew everything because she had this depth of data available to her during the consultation, and so it elevated the patient’s perception of her as a provider,” she explains.

The VX650 combines test modalities that have previously been available from multiple instruments into just one adjustable instrument table that measures 20’ by 32’. By incorporating seven instruments into one, Luneau Technology has engineered a unique device that can provide all the data you need. ECPs who are interested in learning more about the VX650 or any other Visionix technology, please reach out to luneautechusa.com/virtualdemo to book a virtual demo and ROI consultation.

Who can benefit from the VX650?

The Visionix VX650 is a perfect device for a private practice or multispecialty practice, a corporate retail optical, government clinic or university clinic. Because it is EMR-ready, the VX650 allows clinicians to access patient data from a secured computer interface in another room or office. This functionality makes it an ideal choice for practice owners who are interested in a remote-ready model and an asset for cold start openings and multiple locations. Optional add-ons include a wifi-enabled Samsung tablet and table for a lens analyzer.

Together with Visionix’s Eye Refract system, an ECP can now perform a comprehensive ocular exam and refraction in just ten minutes. With this efficient setup, they can impress patients and garner positive online reviews for their practice. If a cold start practice introduces Luneau Technology’s automated and integrated technologies, they do not immediately need to have a full-time optometrist on site.

Since the VX650 is an emerging technology, independent practices can brand themselves as a “high tech” optical or position their practice as a “modern clinic”. ECPs who are interested in learning more about the VX650 or any other Visionix technology, please reach out to luneautechusa.com/virtualdemo to book a virtual demo and ROI consultation.

About Luneau Technology

Luneau Technology USA (luneautechusa.com) is the exclusive sales, service, and education provider for Visionix®, Briot® and Weco® brands, as well as the new Nexy retinal screening device. With the backing of its global organization, Luneau Technology Group, it is a trusted partner to eye care professionals, providing advanced technology platforms to improve and extend eye care.

Luneau Technology USA strengthens its outreach to practitioners looking into Visionix for practice growth

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Company welcomes Clinical Technology Specialist Jessica Masters

Bensenville, IL: At the heels of their recent announcements about Clinical and Service team growth, Luneau Technology USA is excited to announce that Jessica Masters is also joining its North American team as a Clinical Technology Specialist (CTS), focused on its Visionix® line of products.

As a Clinical Technology Specialist with Luneau Technology, Masters will lead consultative dialogue with ECPs to help them choose the right mix of refraction and screening technologies to elevate the patient experience and to meet their ROI goals. In this newly created role, she will be reporting to Milbien Medina, Brand Marketing Director for North America, and will work cross-functionally with a team of regional Clinical Application Specialists to help Eye Care Professionals (ECPs) navigate Visionix’s product line to connect with their patients in a whole new way. According to Medina, “Every practice is different, so personalized conversations are a key component of our consultative approach to sales. We want to make sure that we provide the solutions and technologies that meet a unique business need or will resolve a pain point — and that takes a conversation.” She adds,” Jessica is an amazing addition to our cross-functional team because not only does she fit our Company Culture, but she also understands the challenges and motivations of the Ophthalmic Technician or Practitioner. Her years of experience and background in optical, optometry, and ophthalmology settings, will allow us to better communicate with ECPs in those disciplines.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Luneau Technology where I will combine my clinical and organizational development background to assist clients in achieving the best clinical and business outcomes in their practices,” says Masters. She comes to Luneau Technology with over ten years of industry experience as a certified technician and a Licensed Dispensing Optician. She has worked in multiple roles and settings, including hospital, university, corporate, and private practice. She holds a master’s degree in learning, leadership, and organizational development from the University of Georgia and is passionate about eye care, enhancing practice growth, and optimizing efficiencies. Masters is an Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP) – certified by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) and a board-certified Optician by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE). 

ECPs who are considering Digital Transformation to stay ahead of the changing eye care landscape are encouraged to request a demo and ROI consultation with Masters and Luneau Technology’s representatives at the 2021 Vision Expo West booth #F7065, or book a virtual demo

About Luneau Technology

Luneau Technology USA (luneautechusa.com) is the exclusive sales, service, and education provider for Visionix®, Briot® and Weco® brands, as well as the new Nexy retinal screening device. With the backing of its global organization, Luneau Technology Group, it is a trusted partner to eye care professionals, providing advanced technology platforms to improve and extend eye care.

Luneau Technology and Optovue announce merger

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The two companies are perfectly matched to create a complete offering for eyecare physicians and transform access to visual health for patients

Paris, June 21, 2021 – Luneau Technology and Optovue Inc. have announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge. The newly merged company will continue to serve eyecare professionals as a major player with innovative product lines and a strong focus on its telehealth solution. The transaction remains subject to additional customary conditions to completion and legal approvals.

Their combined power will allow them to leverage their industry expertise, strengthen their international footprint, and provide customers with game-changing solutions spanning a full product range. Their joint vision is to be the first-choice partner for primary eyecare physicians and significantly optimize access to visual health for patients across the globe. Read full announcement

We’re Hiring! – Field Sales Representative – South Central

Luneau Technology USA, a leader in vision care innovation, is seeking a Field Sales Representative (FSR) for South Central United States.

FSR will be responsible to promote and sell Luneau Technology’s Visionix brand of refraction products and multi-functional eye health diagnostic instruments in a defined territory (TX, LA, MS, AR, OK, NM, MO, KS). The FSR is expected to travel up to 50% of the time within the territory, attend local, regional and national trade shows as scheduled. The FSR must contribute to the company CRM (Salesforce.com), become knowledgeable in both the clinical and technical application of all products and remain current on new technology, procedures, concepts, products, etc.

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Luneau Technology USA Launches National Service Program and Strengthens Technical Support for Clinic Integration

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Company boosts ECP support, appoints Ron Reed to lead new service program for North America and welcomes medical technology integration veteran Lance Brown

Bensenville, IL: Following their recent announcement about the new and enhanced Clinical Education and Training Program, Luneau Technology continues to solidify its focus on customers’ success by launching a new service program that will offer an elevated level of technical support for current customers as well as help Eye Care Professionals who want to modernize their practices with emerging technologies. Building on the traditional equipment repair and maintenance plans that have been offered throughout the years, Luneau Technology redefines the customer experience by introducing new services and expertise that are focused on Visionix® technology implementation—and more in-depth service consultation for Briot® finishing solutions.

Enhanced Service Solutions built on 150 years of collective experience

Industry veteran Ron Reed will be driving the enhanced Service Solutions program as National Customer Support and Maintenance Manager. He brings to the team a wealth of experience in customer support and leadership roles in corporate manufacturing, retail, and optical lab environments. He has worked in the eye care industry since the 1980s and brings 35 years of service support history with some of the largest retailers.

A member of the Luneau Technology North American Leadership Team, Reed has been with the company for a combined 10 years. He is one of the original members of the Briot USA team, rejoining in 2017 as a Regional Field Service Manager covering the eastern United States. In this newly created role, he will lead a team of regional field service, technical and customer service specialists. He will also be working closely with global Service Leadership to implement initiatives and tools to support this enhanced program.

ECPs can rest assured that their device maintenance and technical issues will be managed by experts who they have worked with over the last few years of the company’s brand and product evolution. The regional field service team includes industry veterans Rick Bowles, Deland Yee, Eric Sevigny, Carlos Ramirez, Jim Roger, Ali Akbar and Surendra Wagle. The field team will be working closely with Sales,

Application Specialists and HQ-based specialists to help ECPs maximize the use of their equipment, and it includes Dennis Jensen, Ken Kicmal, Modesto Contreras, Peter Mihov; and Customer Service Representatives Patty Sivek and Victor Aranda. This team offers over 150 years of collective service and support experience.

Reed will be working closely with Canada Territory Manager Doug Hart, and Field Specialists Wayne Hodgins and Nash Beshay to scale service coverage for ECPs across North America.

Introducing a new level of technical expertise for Visionix technologies

Luneau Technology also welcomes Lance Brown as Tier 3 Client Support Engineer. Brown brings two decades of experience in medical device software integration for private practice, retail, and government settings. In his newly created role, Brown will be responsible for advanced technical consultation, connectivity needs assessment, and issue resolution for the Visionix product family. He will be reporting to Ron Reed and will be working closely with fellow Tier 3 Client Support Engineer Tommy Orr.

Before joining Luneau Technology, Brown was Director of the Software Integration Group (SIG) at Natus Hearing and Balance (formerly Otometrics North America and Audiology Systems) where he played a pivotal role in the introduction and implementation of a unique Connectivity Solution that combines multiple tests within one or more devices into a single user interface and test report—regardless of equipment manufacturer—as well as EMR-integration solutions for practices that are part of a large health care system or retail chain. Brown served four years with the United States Air Force after completing a degree at the University of Memphis.

“Lance’s comprehensive expertise in medical device technologies and telehealth programs will help us customize the right level of support for ECPs to maximize their use of remote-ready Visionix solutions. His proven background with software integration will greatly enhance our support to help customers maximize the use of one or multiple Visionix products within their practice,” says Reed. “Our expanded Customer Support team will work cross-functionally with Optical and Clinical Application Specialists to support the full customer experience, with added emphasis on new technology implementation and practice transformation. I am confident that we are well positioned to support our customers across diverse clinic settings, specialties, and connectivity needs.”

ECPs who are considering Visionix, Briot or Weco solutions for their practices are encouraged to book a demo and ROI consultation with Luneau Technology’s team at: www.luneautechusa.com/virtualdemo.

About Luneau Technology

Luneau Technology USA (luneautechusa.com) is the exclusive sales, service, and education provider for Visionix®, Briot® and Weco® brands, as well as the new Nexy retinal screening device. With the backing of its global organization, Luneau Technology Group, it is a trusted partner to eye care professionals, providing advanced technology platforms to improve and extend eye care.

Visionix VX40 featured in Review of Optometric Business

VX40 Progressive Lens Analysis

Featured on Review of Optometric Business, the article “How to Sell Near-Task-Specific Glasses & Generate $160,000+ Annually” explores the opportunity to expand profitability by selling Near-Task-Specific Lenses. 

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