These question and answers give an insight into what Topcon are bringing to 100% Optical. Exhibiting for the first time at the 2019 show we asked them some questions to learn more about their portfolio of instruments and equipment. They also offer their vision of what the future holds for both them as a global leader and optical practices currently considering how technology will effect their business.
Introduce your company.
Topcon, formed in 1932, is one of the longest established optical manufacturers in the world. Topcon, based in Tokyo, Japan, designs, manufactures and supplies high quality, cutting edge instruments for use in ophthalmic clinics, operating theatres, laser treatment rooms and optometric practice. With a reputation for very high quality optics and uniquely user friendly software, Topcon has become one of the global leaders in imaging, refraction and ophthalmic disease diagnosis.
What is the Topcon USP?
Topcon is one of only a few instrument manufacturers that invents, designs, produces and supplies all of its products direct to the end user, also providing both technical and clinical support at a local level.
What can delegates expect to see when visiting the Topcon stand at 100% Optical?
In 2019, Topcon will be introducing new clinical software products designed to help practitioners integrate all of their clinical data and images into one application. Along with its market leading OCT’s, the 3D OCT-1 Maestro and the Swept Source DRI OCT Triton, Topcon will also be displaying a fantastic range of refractive and diagnostic instruments including topographers, refractors, tonometers, visual field analysers, lens meters, dry eye treatment systems and slit lamps, to name just a few.
What advice would you give our delegates when buying equipment for their practice? What factors should they consider?
It is always a daunting prospect, investing in new and replacement equipment. Delegates should consider both value and advanced technology. Space saving instrumentation is also very important as is technical back up, clinical support and comprehensive warranties. Delegates should also speak to dedicated finance providers to maximise cash flow and protect their tax positions.
What does the future hold for Topcon, and how do you see the industry evolving over the next decade?
Automation and computerisation is the future. New methods of refraction are on the horizon as is AI (artificial intelligence) which will speed up the diagnostic and referral process in practice. Topcon is harnessing cutting edge technology and working closely with global IT specialist companies to maximise these advances and research.
What challenges do you see facing the optical industry in the coming years?
The industry needs to adopt the technological changes in order to address the challenges posed by the aging population. The clinical demands on practice will increase in the coming years and optometry needs to be ready to play its part, by taking on as much primary diagnosis and patient care as possible. It won’t be enough to simply record a patient’s vision and dispense a pair of glasses. Dry eye, AMD, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and many other conditions will all be managed in practice. Education will also become key, as will clinical software to manage patient clinical data.
What are your tips for overcoming these challenges?
Don’t wait! These changes are happening now, so invest sooner rather than later so that your practice is ready.
Book your appointment with Topcon at 100% Optical 2019 at stand M260 here