The ClearPod is truly handy! I have a very high volume comprehensive ophthalmology practice and constantly use my Volk 90D lens for retinal exams. When you are looking at more than a 100 retinas a day, lens fogging truly creates a problem and adds to examination time. So as a doctor for whom time is of the essence, the ClearPod is a very handy device. The ClearPod is seamless, I still use my thumb and index finger to use my 90D as usual, and it hardly took any getting used to.”
A Clear Solution
Even in the new normal
Freedom from Fogging
FOR EFFICIENT EXAMS
The ClearPod diverts fog away from your lens surface giving you ample time to conduct detailed exams without having to interrupt care.
Designed with Doctors
Therefore, to combat this new problem, we worked with experts like you to design and develop the ClearPod. Developed in collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Wingard and Dr. Bradley Sacher, the patent-pending ClearPod results in a fog-minimizing solution that is practical, simple and effective.
Crystal Clear Views
No more asking patients to remove their masks, dealing with messy tape, or using solutions that erode your lens coatings!
LIFT THE FOG
The unique shield has carefully designed wing and flange features to efficiently direct warm currents of air away from your optical path.
JUST CLIP AND GO
Optimized shape and fit allows you to securely clip your lens while enabling you to maintain your natural grip.
THE PERFECT FIT, EVERYTIME
The ledge on the inside of your ClearPod is designed to act as a back-stop to guide your lens into the right position.
ELEGANT AND ERGONOMIC
The flange is designed to balance optimal fog diversion while accommodating the right working distance.
The below fundus exams were performed on the same mask-wearing patient within minutes of each other. The ClearPod provides an uninterrupted clear view of the retina for a complete exam. Without the ClearPod attached, fogging occurs almost instantly, causing inconvenience to both the doctor and patient.
A Perfect tool
FOR HIGH VOLUME CLINICS
TO STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS
The ClearPod has been incredibly beneficial for both our students and providers in a variety of practice settings. We are impressed with how simple it is to insert and remove lenses from the ClearPod. Additionally, the device is easy for anyone to hold behind the slit lamp and provides an accurate working distance for examination. The ClearPod exceeded our expectations in terms of limiting fog formulation on diagnostic lenses and has greatly improved image quality.”
AND IS A GREAT TEACHING AID
The ClearPod is a perfect solution to prevent non-contact lenses from fogging up. I strongly recommend this device to every ophthalmologist examining a mask-wearing patient, allowing a normal examination of the retina. Even without COVID, I think this is a great tool for teaching medical students and residents ophthalmoscopy techniques, as the flange guides and supports to better accommodate the proper working distance.”
Eliminates the problem
OF MASK RELATED FOGGING
I have used this with the Volk Digital Wide Field lens and it has eliminated the fogging problem associated with patient’s breath escaping around their nose from ill-fitting masks. It is easy to attach and remove, does not detract from the use of the lens in any way, and clearly helps us in this pandemic time. Thank you for your efforts in helping eliminate this mask associated lens fogging nuisance.”
Choose the right ClearPod for your lens to ensure the best fit and working distance to enjoy the enhanced visualization of your Volk lens – just the way you remember!
We have answers!
Is there a right side when clipping on a ClearPod?
Yes, the bottom of the ‘V’ of your Volk lens should be positioned towards the flange of the ClearPod. The flange should always point towards your patient. Your ClearPod comes with instructions on how to clip your Pod correctly and you can also download the instructions using this link.
Will the flange touch the patient?
The ClearPod flange is designed to accommodate the right working distance without having to touch the patient. However, patients have varying facial structures just like how every doctor has a unique little sweet spot in the working distance. This might result in the flange touching the patients in some cases. Simply wipe off your ClearPod with an alcohol wipe between every patient and you are good to go.
Does the ClearPod completely prevent fogging?
The ClearPod is designed to delay fogging of your lenses. As the patient breathes, the ClearPod directs warm air currents away from the lens surface. Thus, in most cases doctors are able to complete a through exam before condensation starts to accumulate on your lens. The temperature and humidity in the room can sometimes affect the duration for which you have a clear view.
How long will it take to learn to use the ClearPod?
The ClearPod is designed so that you can still maintain your usual touchpoints on the lens ring even with the ClearPod attached. It might feel different using your lens with the ClearPod the first few times. You may also feel a bit wary as you approach your patient, but it is so light and stable that you won’t even notice it on your lens just after a few uses!
How should I clean/disinfect the ClearPod?
The ClearPod can be cleaned with mild soap or detergent before being rinsed with clean water. Since the ClearPod is a polycarbonate, non-critical device you can use a low level disinfectant such as 70% or higher Ethyl/Isopropyl Alcohol (source: CDC). For a thorough disinfection, we suggest cleaning the ClearPod and then soaking it in a disinfecting solution of 0.525% Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach) mixed with water for 25 minutes. Thoroughly rinse off the disinfectant before use and wipe your ClearPod dry. Do not autoclave or use heat to clean this product.
I usually tilt/pivot my lens to get a better view of the retina. Will this be possible with the ClearPod attached to my lens?
In some cases when the lens is tilted/pivoted, the ClearPod might get in the way or the optimum position of the flange may be disturbed, increasing the chances of fog accumulating on the lens. You can however, ask the patient to shift their gaze or manipulate your slit lamp controls to obtain the same view as you normally would by tilting/pivoting the lens.
Don’t see the ClearPod for your lens?
The ClearPods are modeled for some of our most popular lenses. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what ClearPod we should make next and we will be happy to look into it. The Digital Wide Field and the Super Field ClearPods are coming soon in late January. Enjoy free shipping on the 90D and 78D ClearPods in the meantime.
Why are there different ClearPods? Can I use the same ClearPod for different lenses?
Every lens has a unique working distance and ring size to facilitate maximum visualization. Thus, every ClearPod is also uniquely designed to be the perfect partner to your lens!
I want a ClearPod! Where can I place my order(s)?
You can order the ClearPod right here on this page from volk.com or find your nearest distributor here.
We sincerely thank the following doctors who helped us perfect the ClearPod by providing valuable insights:
Dr. Jessica Cao (Cleveland Clinic, OH, USA);
Dr. Rajiv Reddy (L V Prasad Eye Institute, India);
Dr. Naresh Babu (Aravind Eye Hospital, India);
Dr. Timothy Bossie, Dr. Anita Gulmiri, Dr. Jennifer Liao (New England College of Optometry, MA, USA);
Dr. Danica Marrelli, Dr. Joe Wheat (University of Houston College of Optometry, TX, USA);
Dr. Eric Ritchey (Houston, TX);
Dr. Jennifer Law, Dr. Kim Vu (Eyes on the Heights, TX, USA);
Dr. Neil A Pence (School of Optometry, Indiana University, IN, USA);
Dr. Bradley Sacher, Dr. Jeremy Wingard, Dr. Michelle E Andreoli (Wheaton Eye Clinic, IL, USA);
Dr. Brittany Degler (Riverside Family Eye Care, FL, USA);
Dr. Andrew VanEennaam (Cypress Lake Eye Care, FL, USA);
Dr. Francesco Comacchio (Hospital of Merano-Südtirol, Italy);
Dr. Venkatesh Reddy (Keshav Netralaya, India);
Dr. K. Sharmila (Sneha Eye Hospital, India);
Dr. Shreelekha Vadde, Dr. Sindhuja Srinivasan, Dr. Sahiti Puttagunta (Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, India);
Dr. Ch. Alekhya, Dr. Sirisha Gudavalli, Dr. Sabatina Gunnala (Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, India);
Dr. Rashmita Gautam Kukadia (The Eye Foundation, India);
Dr. N. Sathian (Eye Trust Hospital, India)
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The ClearPod design is covered under United States patent application no. 16-915685.