updated 10/4/2010 3:47:12 PM ET 2010-10-04T19:47:12

FREMONT, Calif. and HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Oct. 4, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NIDEK is proud to announce that its new Multifunction Lens Edger Me 1200 was awarded the prestigious "SILMO d'Or" prize in the category of 'Optician Workshop' on September 23rd at the 2010 SILMO Optical Trade Show held in Paris, France.

SILMO is one of the largest and most renowned international optics and eyewear trade shows. Created in 1994, the SILMO d'Or award recognizes products that demonstrate innovation, technology and creativity in various categories. The Me 1200 represents the third consecutive SILMO d'Or award that NIDEK has won, preceded by the OPD-Scan II in 2008 and the ARK-560A in 2009. Distributed exclusively by Santinelli International in the United States, the Me 1200 will make its U.S. debut at the company's Vision Expo West booth (#4055) on October 7th.

"We are honored to have won this renowned prize for three consecutive years. The prizes strengthen our position as a world leader in the Ophthalmic and Optic industries," said Motoki Ozawa, President of NIDEK. "These awards confirm that our innovation, functionality, quality and design standards are widely valued. NIDEK strives to contribute to the improvement of worldwide eyecare through its innovative products."

The Me 1200 integrates a myriad of precision engineered functions which create elaborate lens designs of the highest quality. One of the unit's key functions is Step Beveling, which processes high-curve lenses for wrap frames. In addition, the Me 1200 features automatic lens periphery calculation for processing the most challenging eyewear. Other functions include Hole Creation, 3D Grooving, Polishing and the ability to process all lens types for all frame styles.

According to Gerard Santinelli, President & CEO of Santinelli International, "The Me 1200 is truly one of the most incredible feats of edging equipment engineering to ever be introduced. This October, we celebrate our 20-year partnership with NIDEK. The Me 1200 exemplifies why our reputation has became synonymous with quality and superior customer satisfaction, and how we've become America's best-selling line of lens edgers."

About NIDEK

Founded in Gamagori, Japan in 1971, NIDEK continues to be a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of ophthalmic equipment. The United States subsidiary based in Silicon Valley, California, provides sales and service for ophthalmic lasers, refractive lasers, and many advanced diagnostic devices. NIDEK is committed to delivering accurate and comfortable devices for lens processing for our customers. Lens edging equipment is distributed by Santinelli International, and Vision diagnostic equipment is distributed by Marco Ophthalmic.

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About Santinelli International

Over the past 38 years, Santinelli International has grown to become the leading distributor of lens edging equipment in the United States, representing NIDEK systems. Santinelli International has assisted eyecare professionals who are looking to provide better, faster optical service to their patients, while simultaneously increase profits. The family-owned company is the proud recipient of the recent EyeVote Award "Reader's Choice" for Best Optical Equipment Company and the VCPN Products of the Decade Award.

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