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t can be a traumatic experience for a child to be the first in his class to have to wear glasses. Teachers who would be very quick to intervene if they spotted any racist taunts or homophobic bullying can be much less robust in challenging the teasing that the spectacle‐wearer may have to bear. Myopia or other vision defects affect many of us, but the first in a group to succumb is more likely to be victimised than to be lauded or envied as an early adopter. Playground taunts of ‘four‐eyes’ still abound in primary schools throughout the Western world. However, they rarely last long; not least because some of those dishing out the teasing soon discover they, too, are short‐sighted and that they, too, need to wear glasses. In some societies, though, this is not a short‐term pre‐adolescent experience. Though spectacles are ubiquitous in much of East Asia, there remain huge swathes of the world, particularly in Asia, where there is a continuing social stigma attached to wearing glasses. This has been a particular focus of the international charity Sightsavers. In recent surveys conducted by the charity in parts of India, more than half of the respondents described spectacles as a ‘cosmetic blemish’. A study in Dhaka, in Bangladesh, found that people were widely mocked and discriminated against for wearing glasses. Name‐calling appeared to be quite commonplace; it seems that, in this part of the world, schoolchildren do not so quickly grow out of decrying others as ‘four‐eyes’. The concern voiced by Sightsavers is that, particularly in South Asia, social stigma is acting as a serious barrier to the take‐up of eyewear. As a result, people with sight defects are struggling to get by, even where a prescription may be readily available. This is a concern that our industry needs to take seriously, and to reflect in our publicity and advertising. After all, this is a populous part of the globe and so it represents an enormous market. India alone has a population of 1.25 billion. It is very much in our interest that none of these folk are discouraged from buying and wearing glasses because they fear being mocked as social pariahs.

CONTENTS June 2015 Volume 44 · Number 373

INTERNATIONAL SCENE 2 · Business as usual?

OUTLOOK 4 · Manufacturers and dispensers collaborate 5 · Combate stigma of spectacle wearing 6 · Record year for Essilor 7 · Top men at Contamac 8 · Zeiss year of Innovation 10 · Hong Kong Optical Fair

FEATURES 11 · A short history of the lens world 13 · Optrafair Birmingham 2015 16 · Survey Edging Equipment

OPTIPRODUCTS 27 · Shamir’s Attitude lenses 28 · Lace-decorated eyewear 29 · Hand-held keratometer/refractometer

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Business as usual? ptrafair2015, the UK’s Federation of Manufacturing Opticians’ co-sponsored national trade fair, took place in late April against a background of political uncertainty at home together with ‘alarums and excursions’ abroad. The political uncertainties are now resolved, with an unforeseen Conservative victory in last month’s General Election; business, in general, is relieved, though fresh turmoil now centres on the referendum (likely to be held next year) which will give the British voting public the choice whether to stay in or leave the European Union. At least for now, the UK’s prospects, and those therefore of UK ophthalmics, look fair. Abroad there was, and is more turmoil: in the Middle East and Africa where Middle-Eastern style Islamists are disrupting life and business in both North African and West African countries. Elsewhere, the Ukraine is variously reported to have forfeited from six to 24 per cent of gross domestic product as it battles what are believed to be insurgents backed by Russia, and a swathe of Eastern European nations including Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia worry about their futures.

Eurozone In the Eurozone, Greece continued to struggle against financial pressures associated with Eurozone membership,


including a €1.4 billion monthly government salaries and pensions bill. The country surprised its critics (who now include a reputedly ferocious new Finnish representative in Brussels) by paying the €750 billion instalment it owed to the International Monetary Reserves Federation last month, albeit from IM-held reserves so essentially with the IMF’s own money. The consensus seems to be that a ‘Grexit’ from the Eurozone looms ever nearer and larger, and that it would have been allowed to happen already were it not for Brussels’ entrenched determination to preserve the single currency come what may. On ideological grounds, or for fear that the fall of one Eurozone domino could trigger the collapse of the whole Euro structure? Probably a mixture of both, say the pundits, with business’s fears given added poignancy by the fact that the Eurozone as a whole is back in recession. In good times, Greece represents just two per cent of Eurozone gross domestic product. If the prospect of losing just this drop in the ocean creates such a furore, what about the prospect of a ‘Brexit’ should the UK Prime Minister’s best efforts not result in a ‘Yes: stay in’ answer to the planned EU membership referendum? The repercussions, both for Britain (which now has the EU as its biggest export partner by far) and for the rest

InternationalSCENE of Europe would be vast and long-lasting. Will stability ever come?

The consumer is changing That was one conclusion of the ground-breaking Question Time which formed the centrepiece of the Optrafair’s 2015 optometrists’ and opticians’ education programme. The growth of on-line spectacle sales in the UK (as elsewhere) is fuelled by the obsession of British consumers with getting the so-called ‘best deal’ on price. Spectacles Direct, the first major exponent of on-line glasses sales, was an exhibitor at Optrafair. Tacitly, Optrafair’s Question Time panel members (chiefs of Specsavers, Boots Opticians and regional chain Leightons, plus an independent eyecare professional and the founder of an independents’ back-office service group, Imran Hakim) agreed that optical retailers should resist the ‘race to the bottom’ on price in this era when the market is polarising between high and low ends; they also agreed that supermarkets, which may now represent up to 20 per cent of the UK ophthalmic market by volume, could add strength to the stretched middle market sector. On-line eye tests, supplied by overseas as well as Britishbased firms, were agreed to pose a growing, hard to regulate, threat to the established market, with mass consumer access via Smartphone app now so easy. Perhaps surprisingly, chains’ spokesmen at this event did not dissent from the independent’s assertion that ‘going clinical’ could represent optical retail’s route to economic salvation; UK chains are known to be joining the independent lists of purchases for that must-have consulting room instrumentation de nos jours, the optical coherence tomographer (OCT).

The OCT What does the optical coherence tomographer do? Very broadly, enable the optometrist to investigate the state of eye health in more depth and detail than ever before, yet non-invasively. Because OCTs need to be supplied as part of an ECP education and training package, and with help for the practice owner in marketing to the consumer, these high cost instruments create the potential for a new-style, on-going relationship between supplier and retailer. ‘We need to get paid for this’ stressed one panellist; and he was undoubtedly right. In an era where consumers still fail to understand, for example, the value of the lenses in a pair of sunglasses (now polarised lenses are so cheap, one fashion journalist wrote recently, one can take their

efficiency for granted; the style is all that matters) there must be a long, hard row to hoe in order to interpret the market needs of today’s eye-savvy consumers. Suppliers – not only of OCTs – have a major new role to play in helping the retailer grow this new market. Will they get paid for it? Don’t hold your breath! One supplier already striving to bridge the information gap is Transitions, whose business development manager took the opportunity of Optrafair to launch a clutch of new websites designed to provide the fullest details yet on which Transitions options are available for which lens material and design options. Would this initiative be welcome? asked lens option provider Julian Wiles of Younger. ‘We rely on suppliers in such matters’ came the curt reply from a panellist who had just been waxing eloquent about OCTs’ potential.

Does consolidation mean Rodenstock It was retail business on which panellists focused when asked whether the process of consolidation would be ongoing in the UK, with one erstwhile ‘big name’ in the High Street being swallowed up by another, in seemingly endless succession. ‘Yes’ was the foreseeable reply; but as the global lens industry well knows, the process does not affect retail optics alone. The biggest name currently under the spotlight is Germany’s Rodenstock, famed for generations not only as an internationalist producer of lenses, frames and consulting room instrumentation but as a major contributor to the development of professional education and training in and around Germany. Once, a family-owned Rodenstock stood fourth in the global lens industry rankings, behind only Essilor, Zeiss and Hoya. Over the past decade or so the group has undergone a series of vicissitudes, ending up today in the ownership of buyout specialists Bridgepoint,. They report it under consideration for purchase – by none other than Essilor and Hoya. Neither has yet put in a formal bid, Essilor apparently deterred by global competition issues, Hoya by a price as high as £400 million plus. Response to the news from Rodenstock’s own management teams: any sale is up to Bridgepoint; they are just minding their own business (and reportedly, gaining market share in their German heartland). Given the added value of the Rodenstock name, there must be people across the board of optics who would welcome seeing it survive, autonomously, under the banner of ophthalmics once again. Will it happen? Maybe in the somewhat longer term – but, ultimately, we would not bet on it.


June 2015



Manufacturers and dispensers in educational promotion The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians and the Asso-

All FMO lens companies, labs and, when relevant, frame

ciation of British Dispensing Opticians are working in part-

manufacturers, are being urged to submit details of their

nership to ensure that all new dispensing opticians are

latest lens, coating and frame launches. This will ensure

aware of established and new

the ABDO/FMO panel is providing

manufacturing processes, together

the latest information to the next

with gaining hands-on experience.

generation of emerging dispensing

‘For the next generation of op-


ticians to promote the very best

ABDO director of professional

in eye care they need to have a

examinations, Alicia Thompson, ex-

broad understanding of new de-

plained ‘This exciting new initiative


will see trainees visiting and re-

‘Our aim is to ensure that where possible students see glazing, sur-

Panel chairman Andy Sanders and Alicia Thompson

facing and coating taking place in a lab environment.

porting on manufacturing processes as part of their portfolio of experi-

ence. This supports the competency in demonstrating

When this is not possible, due to geographical constraints,

knowledge in frame and lens manufacturing, as well as the

we are looking to fill the gaps with up-to-date AV education’,

application of lens treatments. Thanks to our collaboration

panel chairman Andy Sanders, who is also Hoya professional

with FMO members, we can ensure this experience is

servicesmanager, told a combined meeting of FMO and

always up to date with the latest technological advances

ABDO epresentatives.

in product design and production methods’.



Art Optical expand global relationship with UltraVision Founded in 1931, Art Optical Contact Lens Inc., USA, is

has been created, supplied and is supported by UltraVision

one of the world's largest independent manufacturers

CLPL in the UK.

of custom GP, hydrogel and silicone hydrogel contact lenses.

Jill Anastor, president of Art Optical said ‘It's great to build even further on our longstanding technology part-

Under licence from UltraVision CLPL UK, Art Optical

nership with UltraVision CLPL so we can continue to

has been manufacturing and supplying Intelliwave pre-

offer eye care practitioners and their patients a full

scription hydrogel and SiH contact lenses in the US and

range of the latest specialty contact lens designs’.

Asia since 2008. Both companies recently agreed to extend this suc-

mented ‘Art Optical was an early

cessful relationship to 2020 and

adopter of our technology and

beyond, and build on it by including

we've worked closely with them

additional technology to create new

and become great friends over

GP multifocal and other specialty

the years. We continue to invest

contact lens designs. Art Optical use advanced software and designs within their own state-

J. Keith Lomas – group CEO, Ultravision


J.Keith Lomas. Group CEO, com-

heavily in R&D, including castmoulding and lathe-cutting, and we are delighted that we are

of-the-art engineering platforms in

becoming the ‘go to people’

Grand Rapids, Michigan, to help

for contact lens technolo-

manufacture the latest contact

gies with lab customers in

lenses in numerous custom design

virtually every continent

variations. The technology package

around the world’.


Jill Anaster, president, Art Optical Inc


Combating the stigma of spectacle wearing International development NGO Sightsavers is working

A recent Sightsavers study in Dhaka, Bangladesh, helps

with experts from US-based Cornell University on an inno-

to highlight the need for this ambitious project. The study

vative new social enterprise project to help develop ways

picked up on a number of people talking about the stigma

of overcoming the stigma of wearing glasses in the urban

associated with wearing glasses. Some reported that they

slums of Kolkata, India.

are mocked and discriminated for wearing them, being

In the UK, the optical industry

called ‘four-eyed’ or ‘blind’ instead

has pretty much transformed eye-

of their actual names.

wear into cool, fashionable acces-

In Karnataka, India, half of young

sories. The stigma that used to be

respondents thought glasses were

associated with wearing glasses has

a cosmetic blemish. A third felt

receded to the point that some

that two people with refractive er-

people now own several pairs and

ror should not marry and 6 per

match them to their outfit or mood.

cent said they would refuse to

Sadly, the same shift in social

marry someone who wears glass-

acceptance of glasses among the urban poor in developing countries has not happened yet.

es. Anna Gerrard pictured with her Indian host, Jahna, in Kolkata

Worldwide, 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired, with approximately 90 per cent of those living in developing countries.

Anna Gerrard, technical advisor, market-based and private sector

programmes at Sightsavers, is leading the project. ‘What’s needed is the ‘Swatch approach’ to glasses — eliminating the negative attributes, while enhancing the

That is why Sightsavers is working in partnership with Dr

functional and style features’, comments Gerrard. ‘By

Erik Simanis, head of the Frontier Markets Initiative at

doing this, we then offer consumers a completely different

Cornell, on an innovative business model that can sustainably

way of valuing glasses as a lifestyle option — slowly

deliver primary eye care solutions to India's urban poor.

moving glasses out of its negative limelight’.



Johnson & Johnson sponsor World Congress Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies is to be the headline sponsor of the first World Congress of Optometry organised by the World Council of Optometry and the Colombian Federation of Optometrists (FEDOPTO), which takes place on August 14-16, 2015 in Medellin, Colombia. It will be the first global event to encompass all aspects of optometry in order to share knowledge, explore clinical and technological innovation and establish an agreed holistic policy for the sector and for the future of accessible eye health care.



June 2015



Another record year for Essilor Commenting on the first quarter’s figures for 2015, Hubert Sag-

South Africa and Southeast Asia all recorded double-digit ad-

nieres, chairman and chief executive officer of Essilor, said


that they ‘confirm our strong growth potential, which is

Among the region’s developed countries, Japan was affected

benefiting from the broadening of our playing field and the ex-

by a particularly tough comparison base while Australia enjoyed

tension of our geographical reach to meet the multiple eyesight

strong sales impetus.

correction and visual protection needs around the world.

Sales growth was satisfactory across the Latin America region.

'Excluding Japan, mature markets picked up pace while fast-

Despite a flat Brazilian economy, Essilor consolidated its position

growing markets remained vibrant despite the lacklustre

through the successful roll-out of Kodak lenses, solid results

economic environment in certain countries.

from its high value-added products and a competitive cost base

‘Business momentum should continue to accelerate throughout

thanks to its local manufacturing facilities.

the year on the back of the ramp-up of the media campaigns

Revenue growth for the equipment division tailed off slightly

and recent contract wins for our different businesses, as well

following a dynamic final quarter of 2014. As in the preceding

as the contribution of new local partnerships. That is why we

quarters, the division's performance continued to be penalised

are confident that our full-year 2015 targets will be met’.

by the recognition of sales to recently-acquired companies as

The 8.7 per cent positive impact from changes in the scope

intra-group revenue. However, business momentum was strong

of consolidation mainly reflects the 6.8 per cent positive impact

in Asia, while revenue in Europe advanced modestly owing to

of strategic acquisitions, comprising Transitions Optical and

the delivery of several medium-sized generators., whose synergy plans remain well on track, as well as the 1.9 per cent positive impact of bolt-on acquisitions. Sales of lenses and optical instruments in North America continued to advance rapidly in a dynamic market, despite the

In North America, flat demand for digital surfacing and coating machines was partially offset by the continued success of the green alternative to the traditional alloy ophthalmic



highly adverse weather conditions. Like-for-like growth in Europe came out at its highest level in


three years, driven by good performance under integrated supply-chain contracts with key accounts, the positive impact on

FMO chief executive resigns

Varilux sales of the advertising campaign promoting a quality

Federation of Manufacturing Opticians chief executive

second pair in France, as well as momentum in Spain, Italy, the

Kevin Gutsell is to step down from the organisation for

United Kingdom, Eastern European countries and Russia.

personal reasons.

Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa operations enjoyed double-

FMO chairman Barry Dibble comments, ‘It is with great

digit domestic growth in the region’s fast-growing countries, al-

sadness that I have accepted Kevin’s resignation after

though this was partly offset by a softer performance in export

eight months in the role. His reasons for doing so are

revenue (due mainly to currency fluctuations) and in Japan.

entirely honourable and I respect this. Kevin has had a

India’s very strong growth trend continued.

long and distinguished career in the optical industry and

Sales in China were driven by the strong success of the Essilor network brands, especially Crizal. The Gulf countries,

the FMO board of directors and I wish him well for the future’.



John Nides appointed VP/Sales, Ogi Eyewear Ogi Eyewear have appointed John Nides vice president of sales. He has been working at the firm for eight years, beginning his career with the company as national sales manager for Scojo New York, Ogi Eyewear’s premium reading eyewear brand, in July of 2007. As the vice president of sales, Nides will assume increased responsibility for leading a growing sales team for the entire Ogi Eyewear company under the guidance of CEO Joseph Tallier.

W John Nides



Rodenstock production mamager retires David Heskett, production manager at Rodenstock UK, has retired after 28 years with the German company. Heskett joined London Williamson from Birch Stigmat, and was one of the first employees in the newly set up Rodenstock UK in 1987, when the company moved to its existing Kent laboratory. Following 24 years as coating and quality manager, Heskett was appointed production manager in 2011, and was instrumental in delivering improved delivery performance and quality from the UK lab. He will be replaced by Rob Kent as Rodenstock UK glazing manager, Kent has worked for Rodenstock UK since 2002, most recently as materials and logistics manager.

David Heskett


Vision care for homeless people Vision Care for Homeless People have appointed David Brown as the first general manager, signalling the intention to expand the charity. Now operating in London, Birmingham, Brighton and Manchester, the appointment confirms the charity's desire to provide eye care and eyewear to the dispossessed in other UK cities. David made a series of presentations at Optrafair on the work of the charity. David Brown

Top men at Contamac Contamac Ltd have appointed John Mc-

active role in the company, he will dedi-

Gregor chairman and Robert McGregor

cate more time to his leisure activities

his successor as managing director.

and the Worshipful Company of Spectacle

John McGregor founded the company


in 1987 and has led it through the devel-

Robert McGregor joined the company

opment of many ground breaking prod-

in 1994 and has either worked in or been

ucts, facility expansions and winning

John and Robert McGregor

responsible for every department within

awards, including the Queens Award for Enterprise, Inter-

the company. This hands on knowledge underpins his new

national Trade, in 2012. Whilst continuing to play an

role as managing director.



Maui Jim joins BMW Professional Golf Championship Premium polarised sunglasses brand Maui Jim is entering

Invented more than 30 years ago to combat the harsh

into a new partnership with the BMW PGA Championship,

rays of the Hawaiian sun, all Maui Jim sunglasses cut 100

in which the Hawaiian company becomes the official eye-

per cent of harmful UV rays and 99.9 per cent of glare

wear supplier of the BMW PGA Championship.

from above, below and behind each lens. Maui Jim’s Po-

‘We are thrilled to have joined forces with The European

larizedPlus2 lenses increase definition and depth perception,

Tour as golf is such a great fit for Maui Jim’, said Abigal

which is particularly important for golf, and can be found

Tordoff, sponsorship and event marketing manager for Eu-

in more than 112 different sunglass styles for men and

rope. ‘This partnership with the BMW PGA Championship

women. The lenses come in four different lens materials,

is a very exciting step for us, an expansion of Maui Jim's

designed for optimal optics for a wide range of outdoor

golf programme and our involvement with this sport's

activities and sports, and in four different lens colours to


enhance vision in varying light conditions.



June 2015



Top Transitions appointments Transitions Optical, Inc. have appointed Sherianne James vice president, marketing and John Ligas, vice president, R&D. ‘Maintaining what is unique about Transitions Optical, and looking for new ways to build the Transitions brand and our technology continues to be a priority for us’, said Paddy McDermott, president. ‘Both John and Sherianne have made many contributions to our company over the years and their proven leadership expertise will enable us to work toward global and regional growth of the photochromic category’.

Sherianne James

Johnn Ligas



Salvatore Ferragamo extend licensing agreement with Marchon Eyewear Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A., the parent company of the Salvatore Ferragamo Group and one of the leading players in the global luxury eyewear industry, has agreed a five-

companies in the eyewear sector. The licensing agreement, which first went into operation on January 1, 2012, will now run until December 2021.

year extension to its worldwide licensing agreement for

Produced exclusively in Italy, the Salvatore Ferragamo

the design, distribution, marketing and sale of Salvatore

eyewear collections are distributed all over the world in

Ferragamo branded sunglasses and optical frames for men

Salvatore Ferragamo mono-brand boutiques and in leading

and women with Marchon Eyewear, one of the foremost

stores and specialist opticians.



Zeiss Year of Innovation Sunday, March 29, 2015 saw the main launch event for the Zeiss Year of Innovation 2015 in London's Park Plaza Westminster Hotel. Over 450 independent practitioners joined international guests at the one day conference, which served to introduce the latest Zeiss product and technological innovations to optical professionals. Independent practitioners were the focus of the day, as the company demonstrated their commitment and support of this important customer channel with the pre-launch of product innovations and dispensing technologies.


Heidelberg Engineering expand sales and support team Heidelberg Engineering are enhancing the UK sales and support team in view of the increasing number of private practices using the advanced eye scanning technology. Leading the team is Tosh Vadhia, national sales manager, who has been promoting the benefits of multi-modal technology for 12 years and who has previously worked in High Street practice. New to the team is Robert Malbon, who joins as technical support and sales manager for the south-west region. Robert’s consultative approach is well known to many in UK optics and he brings years of multi-modal imaging knowledge and experience to the team. Louis Westley joins as sales manager for the southeast, utilising his science background, with a degree in biological sciences.

W Robert Malbon, Tosh Vadhia and Louis Westley




Adlens in partnership agreement with Lempereur Group

B+L take over Innovative Sclerals Ltd

Adlens, global leader in adjustable focus eyewear, have signed a distribution

Bausch + Lomb, part of the Canadian

partnership with the Lempereur independent optical group, opening doors for

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International

consumers to discover Adlens adjustable focus eyewear across France, Belgium

Inc, have acquired Innovative Sclerals

and Luxembourg.

Ltd, of Hertford, Herts, specialists in

Founded in the 1950s, Lempereur Group has grown exponentially as customers

scleral contact lenses since 1992.

have chosen the more tailored and customer-focused experience independent

Innovative Lenses have been designing,

opticians are able to provide. With its own retail outlets and two wholesale di-

manufacturing and supplying high quality

visions, including Karavan Production, the group is highly regarded for introducing

scleral lenses to hospitals and practices

eyewear brands and trends to key sections of the European market.

throughout the UK. Scleral lenses are

A taskforce of 35 reps maintains their position at the forefront of optical distributors in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, serving over 2,000 stores. W

an essential tool in the armoury of specialist contact lens professionals dealing with the irregular cornea, due to conditions such as keratoconus and keratoglobus or following cornea transplant,


traumatic injury or refractive surgery.

Optical Fair scheduled for November

Amy Rothwell, head of marketing at

Hong Kong Optical Fair is scheduled to take place on November 4-6 2015, at

Bausch + Lomb UK, explained, ‘Bausch

the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre. Attendance records are

+ Lomb is driven to seek new opportu-

regularly broken at this event, which last year delivered more than 14,000

nities and advance the range of lenses

buyers from around 100 countries and regions to 714 exhibitors, both emerging

available to practitioners and this ac-

markets such as Poland, India, Vietnam and Malaysia, and developed markets

quisition provides more access to what

such as Italy, Sweden, Spain, Canada and Korea recording growth in buyer

has previously been seen as a specialist




The fair, supported by a great location in the city centre, offers a vibrant atmosphere generated by its international profile and its many events. Its Brand Name Gallery is a dedicated space with stylish décor and high-fashion eyewear. It grows each year as exhibitors experience its effectiveness, with 200 international brands in the 2014 Gallery.



Silmo — ‘the world’s largest optical store’ Silmo is this year marking a new milestone by highlighting its uniqueness as ‘the world’s largest optics store’.


An important feature of the exhibition

Seventh European Academy conference in Budapest

(which runs from September 25 – 28)

The seventh annual conference of the European Academy of Optometry and

conference which, for five years now,

Optics, held from May 14 – 17 in Budapest, welcomed a record number of

has been bringing together highly qual-

delegates with over 300 optometrists, dispensing opticians and contact lens

ified specialists and delivering scientific

opticians from 44 countries. It also hosted the European Council of Optometry

insights and advances on vision.

and Optics’ spring meeting which included 12 clinical workshops, held at the Hoya Faculty Education and Experience Centre, and Semmelweis University.

will be the Silmo Academy, the scientific

‘Visual Efficiency’, the optimisation of all available means to improve eyesight,

An extensive three day programme featured 36 conference sessions on a

is the theme chosen for this latest edition.

number of topics, including: treating patients with glaucoma, therapeutic

It will be developed around three keynote

contact lenses and irregular corneas, managing dry eye patients, optical hu-

lectures, two practical workshops and a

manitarianism, and age-related macular degeneration.



poster exhibition.


A short history of the lens world Richard Chaffin Consultant Editor t the end of World War II the United States was the leading country in the optical business. Germany and Japan were defeated and in a state of recovery, including their ophthalmic industry. Germany was a pre-war leader in Europe and other parts of the world with Zeiss lenses and Schott glass. WWII divided Germany and Zeiss into two parts East and West. The American lens manufacturers were unaffected by the war other than being required to supply lenses to the military. They were at full capacity. American Optical, owned by the Wells family, was the largest manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses and frames in the world. Started during the time of the American Civil War, American Optical had grown with the growth of the United States to world prominence. Bausch & Lomb, associated with Zeiss, shared the United States market, the largest single market in the world with American Optical. These two companies manufactured more than 50 million pairs of glass lenses annually. Post war Europe had borders, no common market and was served by local manufacturing and laboratories in each country as their economies recovered.

These two companies had large manufacturing facilities heavily equipped to make glass lenses. Also, AO and B&L both had branch systems in all of Europe, including West Germany and Scandinavia. In addition they had lens manufacturing affiliates in the UK – BAO (British American Optical) and UK/BL (United Kingdom/B&L). Business was strong.

AO, Bausch & Lomb and their demise After many generations of ownership and management of the AO the Wells family decided to sell the company. This was the beginning of a series of large non-optical owners and the decline in effective management of AO. Bausch & Lomb was no longer connected with Zeiss and had several reorganisations. B&L’s glass lens manufacturing facilities were old and needed investment to be modernised. Three other elements had a dramatic effect on these two companies. The US passed an impact resistance law. The drop ball test caused glass lenses to be thick and heavy. Silor, a French company, came to the United States with plastic lenses. Also of note, the US government charged AO and B&L with price fixing and unfair competition, threatening to put top management in jail. At that time, AO had over 450 branches throughout the country and B&L more than 250 branches.


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Silor was quite successful in the US market with their plastic lenses and later their Varilux progressive lens design. AO and B&L experimented and manufactured plastic lenses in a minor way. They were heavily invested and committed to glass lenses. In addition, glass lenses were being made to corrected curves that put the cylinder curve along with a base curve on the convex side of the lens. At AO these were Tilleyer lenses and at B&L they were Zeiss Orthagon design. However plastic lenses using plus cylinder glass moulds were more easily cast to minus cylinder configuration and Silor did that. AO attempted to buy Silor but was turned down by the French who were growing, combining several companies (embracing BBGR) to become Essilor. In the meantime, B&L management turned its attention to contact lenses and Rayban sunglasses. B&L were very successful with Raybans that featured an aviator shape and its proprietary G-15 grey lens that were standard issue for aviators. B&L also acquired the rights to a Czech invention for a plastic contact lens. As Europe and Japan recovered from WWII AO and B&L established branches all over the world. These served the lens markets in the various countries as local laboratories were recovering from the war. However, the AO and B&L failed to pursue their worldwide business effectively and soon lost control. In Europe, Rodenstock and Sola, an Australian company, added to the competition with Essilor. Essilor promoted its lens business, marketing itself with two companies BBGR and Essilor. Japan very quickly developed its own lens manufacturing with Hoya and several other companies.

Progressive and photochromic lenses Progressive and photochromic lenses had a large part to play in the emergence of Essilor as a world leader. The French originated progressive lenses. There had been earlier attempts at blended bifocals but none were as successful as the Varilux design and subsequent lenses. AO was slow in developing progressive lenses and B&L did not have one. Laboratories in Europe had to affiliate with a lens company in order to have a source of progressive lenses. Photocromic lenses were another agent for change in the lens business to Essilor’s benefit. PPG Industries worked out a method to turn their CR-39 plastic lens material photochromic. Plastic lenses were growing rapidly in the major lens markets but had no product to compete with glass photochromic lenses. PPG recognised that plastic lenses needed to be photochromic to compete with glass. PPG’s scientists developed a photochromic pro-


cess for plastic. But PPG was not a lens maker and needed a partner to initially start their process and sell the lenses. Essilor joined PPG with a 49 per cent interest in what became Transitions Optical. Transitions was a unique business model that bought lenses from manufacturers, treated them, and sold them back after charging for their being made photochromic. Transitions perfected the photochromic process and was successful in influencing most of the major lens manufacturers to do business with them regardless of Essilor’s part ownership. Essilor now owns Transitions.

Essilor, Sola, Hoya Essilor had an important position with their plastic lenses in the US market. They saw an opportunity for another material for plastic lenses and bought Gentex a maker of polycarbonate lenses. Polycarbonate lenses now share the US lens market with CR-39. Together they represent 97 per cent of the market. However, polycarbonate lenses have not been an important factor anywhere else in the world. Essilor realized that in the US to control the lens market, it needed a strategy that required ownership of independent laboratories. Essilor followed that strategy buying many US laboratories and dominating the US lens market. Sola, who grew out of a small company in Australia, was also a pioneer in plastic lenses, and then a challenger to Essilor in progressive lenses. Sola grew with plastic lenses in the US and became strong in Europe and world markets. Hoya, with a solid base in Japan, built its lens business as a quality glass and lens maker. Hoya developed advanced lens coating methods that secured it a position in Europe and eventually a lens manufacturing facility in the UK. The Common Market and the re-unification of Germany in Europe became important factors in the lens market. Essilor, using its BBGR group, followed the same strategy of buying or running laboratories in all the different lens markets.

Today’s lens market There is a limited amount of competition in lenses. Essilor with its wide spread ownership and Zeiss that owns Sola are the major lens suppliers to the world. Hoya also has an important position in several markets. AO was acquired by Sola and exists as a part of Zeiss. B&L sold its Rayban sunglasses to Luxottica and is only in the contact lens business. Big companies control the optical business. Laboratories are still the key to lens usage. The emerging lens markets could make a difference in the optical world. But will they?

Optrafair 2015 OW special correspondent reports from Birmingham ptrafair 2015: on the face of it, a familiar scene, the UK ophthalmic supply industry foregathering with optical retailers at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham at the heart of England, as they have done every other year since the early 1980s. Under the skin, however, this year’s show (from April 18-20) was truly an Optrafair with a difference, not only in reflecting a market which has changed, changed utterly, since the series began. This was also the first NEC show sponsored by the potent combination of the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO Optrafair director Malcolm Polley) and the Optician, one of the world’s few surviving, and successful, weekly journals for retail ophthalmics. Their coming together has made Optrafair 2015 feel and look different in ways which, again, reflected the changing face of this ophthalmic market. What was new here since Optrafair began at the NEC? The show’s overall standard of presentation, clearly; overall levels of stand build and design have improved beyond recognition, making for a different and far pleasanter visitor experience. (A pity, though, that relatively recent lessons in waymarking and signage

appeared to have been forgotten.) For a number of years, this has no longer been solely a standalone trade exhibition, but has also featured a programme of ‘continuing education’ targeting eyecare professional visitors. Optrafair was indeed among the earlier fairs in Europe to adopt this US concept, aimed at helping optometrists and opticians not only to update their knowledge of the ever-changing professional eyecare context but to gain the points they need for a licence to practise. What was different this year was the integration of the ‘continuing education’ element into the event as a whole. This was perhaps the first show of the series which neither deserved nor evoked grumbles for being a distraction from stand-based business. Waterside Laboratories, introducing visitors here to new, Google-Glass-inspired ‘smart glasses’ provided just one example by way of managing director Bob Forgan’s well attended briefings. Such integration, with presentations on the practical aspects and marketing potential of new techniques and products, was a genuine, substantial and welcome achievement on the part of Optrafair 2015’s organisers, but not the only one. A complementary presentation series was staged by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians featuring top international guests, including Varilux inventor Bernard Maitenaz. The ABDO programme also majored on dispensing to children, a theme gaining favour in the UK as independent retailers’ declining volume market share promotes practice differentiation initiatives.

High volume of orders Exhibitors’ business successes provided probably the best news of all at the exhibition. Across the spectrum, heads of stand teams reported unforeseen high order volumes, from Coburn


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Technologies Cobalt LTE compact prizes for the best practitioner and practice in a number of catesurfacing system (with several gories, presented at a popular dinner held over the show weekexamples now installed in UK labo- end. Product awards also featured: the Best Frame award went ratories) to International Eye- to Claire Goldsmith, designer daughter of the inimitable Oliver. wear’s triumphant launch of the Shamir gained the Best Lens award for Attitude III, individualised Frozen frame for pre-teen girls, and optimisable free-form lenses for sports or fashion wear. The capitalising on Disney film appeal firm also featured a new Glacier Plus UV coating, the anti-UV coat in that newly burgeoning paedi- applied to the back lens surface. Indicating the increased level of atric eyewear market. concern about visible blue light, Shamir now also offer a Glacier Dibble Optical, too, reported option for blue lens filtering with clear lenses. good orders for their new chilHoya majored on its Sensity fast-clearing photochromic lens, dren’s sunglass range, which available in grey or brown, and also featured an interesting includes mirror lens options. Also frame/lens ‘crossover’ product, the Avantek screw and clip-free Coburn UK sales manager David Short pictured with the new here: ready-readers designed mounting system, which minimises weight in wear and facilitates Cobalt LTE lens generator specifically for supply by eyecare higher index lens glazing. Nikon featured SeeCoat blue lens coating practitioners which echo the cur- for visible blue light reduction with contrast enhancement. Cerium rent UK trend for more colourful frame options. featured dyes for high index lenses in its new consumables range. Coburn were not the only equipment exhibitor to benefit from Not showing at Optrafair, but visiting to stress their role as Optrafair 2015; Europtica, celebrating a 25th anniversary in optical providers to the likes of lens specialists from Nikon to Norville business, reported themselves very happy with the market’s were the duo of Julian Wiles (Younger Europe) and Isabelle response to their new Compact generator waste compression, Dekker (business development manager, Transitions). She has pumping station and filtration combination, in minimal footprint been instrumental in developing the most comprehensive and format for the smaller laboratory. easy-to-use information website yet on the full range of TransiIn a pleasing example of intra-industry co-operation, Europtica’s tions options available across the spectrum of lens materials, innovations were shown harnessed to Nidek machines from Birming- brands and formats. ham Optical, where a doubled-up RHV Any ‘Now and Then’ visitor to 220 based on the best-selling robotic Optrafair must be struck by the SE99 was among machinery featured. change not only in technology availBirmingham’s Zoe Smith confirmed able to the optical practitioner but in what scouting around Optrafair 2015 his or (more often now) her profesmade unmistakeable: consulting sional interests. These now range room instrumentation was the biggest from dyslexia aids, including specialdraw at this show for eyecare practiist tints and overlays, provided by tioner visitors … and the OCT (optical Cerium Visual Technologies, to eye coherence tomographer) was the star nutrition supplements, on offer at of the instrument show. Price tags the NEC from the likes of Macuvision rise as high as £80,000 and beyond; no Europe (‘defending the macula from wonder continuing education sessions oxidative stress and blue light’) Don Watts and Darren Chivera from Specsavers, focused on incorporating an OCT into and Butterflies Healthcare, offering Reading, UK being shown the Acquasaver’s functions by Europtica general manager Bob Gascoyne the patient care programme attracted Viteyes 2 supplements alongside senbig audiences! sitive-eye cosmetics. The versatile Nidek Retina Scan Duo, combining OCT and fundus The independent or small-group practitioner could also choose camera function, was Birmingham Optical’s ‘reasonably priced from a range of IT providers, including Optisoft, Ocuco and IPRO, star’ in this category. Topcon used Optrafair for the well-attended whose recent innovations include the Paskel L 3D programme for launch of its new Swept Source (don’t ask!) DRI Triton OCT; this ‘the complete monocular refraction under binocular conditions’. A internationally active instrumentation specialist now also offers a straw in the UK wind in this context: practitioners muttering about Topcon University practitioners’ facility and programme. the internet facilitating ‘selfie’ tests, so the patient could bypass Heidelberg meantime are developing their Business and Engi- registered opticians for eye tests as well as spectacle purchases. No neering Academies built around the upgradeable Spectralis OCT, doubt retail optics’ regulatory body the General Optical Council will which offers a full glaucoma management programme. Looking look into this once resettled in its new London premises someback, it is ironic to recall that Carl Zeiss, bringing its pioneering OCT where near those of the Association of Optometrists. technology to the UK some 20 years ago, doubted if this esoteric Top UK chains Boots Opticians and Specsavers were among instrumentation would ever find a foothold outside eye hospitals! exhibitors. along with ‘their’ professional association, the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians. A possible indicaWinning exhibits tion of UK retail optics’ direction of travel: FODO, like its megaThough Optrafair 2015 featured no Silmo-style ‘Products in Show’ member Specsavers, has moved into representing hearing aid competition, it benefited from its link to the Optician Awards: suppliers (as has management software supplier IPRO).


Question and answer panel This event may not have yielded rich seams of unexpected Specsavers co-founder Doug Perkins, with Boots Opticians man- insights, but was an undoubted programme attraction and a aging director Ben Fletcher, also added value to a capacity-audi- feather in the organisers’ collective cap. So was this new model ence Question Time on ‘The future of retail optics’, together with Optrafair an unqualified success? As might be expected of a regional group chief Ryan Leighton (Leighton Opticians), inde- new model, not quite. Apart from the poor (almost non-exispendent practitioner Peter tent) signposting within the Noakes and Imran Hakim, show, and the irritating regfounder of the Hakim Indepenistration desk delays reportdent Opticians Reinvented ed by a number of visitors, group: a recent concept as a there was a surprising dearth ‘portfolio of independents that of internationals among enjoy … the back office support them, with some insiders traditional to the multiples – expressing doubts whether with experienced radio presenissues of international proter Peter White in the chair. motion had been fully The panel answered a range addressed during the run-up of audience questions ranging to the show. Shamir UK general manager Phil Bareham and his team from UK optometrists’ future Weighing heavily on the pictured with the lens product of the year trophy status to the market share likely credit side, however, many to be held by independents, ultimately, just 20 per cent, thought exhibitors expressed satisfaction with the volume and value of Mr Hakim, as consolidation among smaller groups continued. business done at the show. Final attendance figures according Several panel members agreed the on-line sight test could pose a to the organisers topped 6,500; but as one leading frame commajor threat ‘in time’; not unexpectedly, the independents’ repre- pany chief told us ‘Never mind the visitor total; it was the sentative thought UK optometrists should focus on the clinical worthwhile buyers we wanted – and there were plenty of aspects of the eyecare service and should, like their US counter- those’. British ophthalmics looks to be back on a healthy parts, be known as ‘Doctors’. It was good to hear all agree that sup- course; and by popular demand Optrafair will be back at the plier support would remain important into the professions’ future. NEC in mid-April next year.


June 2015


Edging equipment When we first reviewed edging equipment a number of years ago, we stated that ‘the last few years have seen an almost unbelievable change in the design, accuracy and sophiscaon of ophthalmic edging equipment.’This comment was repeated in the last review and is now even more pernent; with almost all edging systems offering fully automated workflows. Tony Jarratt, Technical Editor


ntil the last few years the glazing

Virtually all of today’s machines can,

of a pair of spectacles meant

apart from the standard process of edg-

and re-edging will not be necessary. If

that each task – tracing, blocking,

ing, apply a safety chamfer (pin bevelling),

the measurement is not correct, the

edging, edge polishing, grooving and

edge polish, drill and / or groove the

edger will automatically continue the

drilling – was carried out as an inde-

lenses for rimless or supra work.

cycle until the correct size is obtained.

pendent operation using a separate piece

two coincide, the lens is the correct size

This sophistication means that a ‘first

of equipment, each one being specific


time fit’ is usually a certainty for most

to the task it was designed for. Now,

The edgers themselves are now more

frame types.

many of these individual tasks are carried

than just ‘cutting machines’. Apart from

Users deciding on which system to

out by one machine or system module.

taking into account the required decen-

purchase now have the option of ma-

For example, some edging systems

tration, they can also measure the back

chines that use just wheels or those

now ‘check’ the powers and axes of a

and front curves of the lens when it has

that use milling cutters and wheels.

lens and then automatically block and

been edged to shape, but before the

Some, with cutters use dry-cutting tech-

edge it, without the need for a lens

bevel is placed on the lens. If required,

niques. For those with wheels, combi-

meter. This means that it is impossible

the machine will then calculate the best

nations will include a roughing wheel

to glaze a lens ‘90 off’ – previously one

position for the bevel and even display

for cutting to shape (possibly two if

of the most common mistakes.

this on a LCD screen, for operator confir-

several materials are to be cut) and

Furthermore, the machine will not ac-

mation. The operator then has the choice

then two or three finishing wheels.

cept a ‘right’ lens as the second lens of

of accepting this or of amending the

These can be a ‘v’ or ‘easy v’, plus a

a job, when one has already been cut,

position, if an unusual combination of

‘mini-bevel’ wheel, chosen from various

thus eliminating the other common prob-

frame / lens type is being edged.

widths, according to the type of work

lem, that of edging both lenses for the

Most machines now allow the operator


to choose between a machine calculated

In addition, most machines now have

bevel, a front or back surface following

the capability of edge polishing – an


bevel, or a percentage position – where

important requirement in the case of

The gradual introduction of servo stepping

the bevel is placed at a determined ratio

lenses edged for rimless mounts.

same eye, usually two right eyes.

motors, hydraulic and air controls and

from front or back. These variations are

lastly microprocessors, has revolutionised

very particularly useful in the case of high

Remote edging

the type of machinery now available to

cylindrical powers and exaggerated shapes.

The enhanced accuracy now available

the laboratory. Now, very little ‘hand

Electronic control and very accurate

has also led to remote lens edging. This

work’ is required – the majority of

DC stepper motors will then edge the

can be separated into two distinct uses:

processes have been mechanised to vary-

lens accurately and evenly. During the

ing degrees. There is still some skill re-

cycle, before the lens is removed, the

(1) In-house – tracing is carried out

quired in the completion of a well-glazed

system will use the measured shape cir-

on one unit and the resulting

pair of spectacles, but throughput has

cumference (from the tracer), to check

shapes and lens data are trans-

been greatly increased and semi-skilled

the actual finished circumference of the

ferred to one or more edgers,

staff can carry out many processes.

lens around the peak of the bevel. If the

via the laboratory computer sys-


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tem. This enables several ma-

One of the latest additions to the au-

chines to be fed by one tracer

tomatic edger is the ability to drill rimless

operator and a large number of

lenses and, where required, to groove

One of the latest changes, which can

lens shapes can be stored for

lenses for Nylor (Supra) frames, or cos-

greatly increase accuracy, has been the in-

later use, the only restriction be-

metic purposes. Historically, lens drilling

troduction, by some manufacturers, of non-

ing the size of the computers'

was an extremely skilled operation, par-

contact measurement of lens size – using

storage capacity.

ticularly in the days when only glass

optical devices and laser beams. This is a

dummy lens, without the operator having to enter any details.

lenses were available. To drill a glass

change from the normal method of using

(2) The data can be traced in the

lens successfully requires great experi-

‘feelers’ to determine the size and thickness

opticians practice or workshop

ence, a steady hand and a great deal of

of the lens uncut and then the finished

and then transferred, via a PC,

patience. Many expensive lenses were

lens, before removal from the machine.

to a remote site for edging or

broken, several times, whilst completing

surfaced lens production.

a pair of rimless spectacles.

Using optical measuring measurement means that we can now start talking about accuracy in microns rather than millimetres.

One of the reasons behind this second

Latest changes

Another innovation has been the addition

use is the need for increased speed.

Now the latest edgers are capable of

of a ‘soft-grinding’ mode – where the

Speed is now of the essence in retail

drilling several holes, notches and slots

clamping pressure and / or the spindle

ophthalmic practice; patients are no

in an organic lens, within the edging

speed can be adjusted when handling

longer prepared to wait weeks or even

cycle and without the lens having to

lenses with super-hydrophobic coatings, to

days for their spectacles. They often

be removed from the edger. The hole

avoid axis slippage. The adjustments can

require them the same day or at worst

can, in some machines, be angled to a

also be useful when cutting very thin mineral

within a few days.

set degree and / or drilled at right


This ‘remote’ edging allows the opti-

angles to the front or back surface of

A third addition is the ability to alter

cian to pass more difficult work to the

the lens. Finally, the lens edge can be

the shape and size of a stored image,

manufacturer, who probably better un-

polished, again within the same finishing

using shape editing software, built in to

derstands the complexities behind the


some systems. This can be particlarly

handling required for some of today’s

Many machines are even capable of

useful when dealing with rimless mounts

taking the hole/notch position from a

or other ‘specials’.


cal capturing, based on gravity tech-

can store up to 200 shapes. Shape mod-

nology. It offers a job memory of up to

ificaon covers the following parame-

UK agents Norville Optical

300 jobs (including centering and edging

ters – A, B, 1/2B, circumference, radius

parameters), whilst a shape memory

and shape axis.

lens materials.


The Percepon from Briot offers the

Other features are:

following features: • Shape modificaon • Parallax free blocking • Digital blocking • Guided bevel, polish ‘v’ and flat bevel, safety bevel and guided grooving. Tracing is carried out using the ‘Gravitech’ accurate 2D detecon of demo and paern lenses, touch free op-


Benefits – the Gravitech system offers efficient fast processing, reliable accurate shape and simplicity.

• Grooving/bevelling posion and width can be adjusted by 0.01mm increments for superior precision. • User friendly touch screen and graphical interface. • Detailed edging status is displayed graphically in real me. • Dual side feelers scan the lens simultaneously

The Perception from Briot

• Larger cung wheels and a robust

• Adjustable grooving depth in 0.01mm increments. • Four grinding wheels for all materials, including glass, plasc, Polycarbonate, high index and Trivex. • Graphic user interface allows the operator to easily manage all funcons and custom sengs. • Advanced 3D digital technology


motor system offer up to 30 per

substanally reduces the overall

cent faster cung speeds.

cycle me.

The Coburn catalogue lists a number of edging systems and peripherals, sourced from the Korean company Huvitz. These include the HPE-8000 ExxPert , HPE-7000,Excelon 4000 and Excelon EZ

• SD card storage and memory for full PC compability.

For those requiring a separate

• Advanced 3D digital technology

drilling unit, Coburn list the HDM-

substanally reduces the overall

8000 drilling unit. This offers the

cycle me.

following features:

edgers, and the following peripherals: Automac



An optional external drill unit

blocker, LED blocker, manual blocker,

provides fast and accurate high speed

algorithm that significantly

Experrt tracer, Excelon tracer, and EZ

drilling even for high curve frames.

reduces job processing me.

tracer/blocker. It is not

For retail practices Coburn list the

possible to cover

Excelon 4000. This provides the versa-

while drilling is in process with

them all in this ar-

tility and efficiency that today’s prac-

Smart Job Manager soware.

cle and details

tice requires. All finishing processes,

• Automac door safety sensor will

of those items

tracing to edging, are optimised with

not allow the unit door to close


3D digital technology and efficiency.

unl hands are clear during

can be ob-

Bevelling, polishing, grooving and

tained from

safety bevelling are completely inte-

• Removable waste drawer keeps

the Coburn

grated and easily performed by a sim-

the working environment clean.


The Exx-edger 2 by Coburn

• New systemac data profiling

website or catalogue.

• Process and cut the next lens

loading and unloading.

ple touch button. The main features are:

The Exxpert 8000 uses accelerated

The HFR-8000 tracer is a fully automac 3D unit ulising stereoscopic scan

long-life milling technology to ensure

• Digital paern layout allows users

technology to provide accurate tracing

that axis twisng is eliminated on super

to modify shape, width, height

of all frames including high base ones. It

hydrophobic lenses and with the op-

and circumference.

provides fast and adaptable tracing for

onal drill unit virtually any lens shape

• Operators can choose between

all frame materials and produces accu-

or hole paern is possible. The machine

opcal and geometric centered

rate scanning of concave shape, sharp

offers the following features:


edge and narrow frames. It is capable of

• When replacing frames the sizes of • Widest range of bevel opons including standard, mini-bevel, asymmetric, semi U and customisable bevelling for high curved frames. • Smart job management soware allows the user to run four jobs at the same me with a complete system tracing, blocking, edging and drilling.

reading and digitally filtering 16,000

the old and new frames can be

points of shape data to assure maximum

compared on screen.

accuracy. Tracing modes include le eye,

• Opmal bevelling and grooving with 3D measurement.

right eye, or complete tracing. Data is tranfered to the edger in real me.

• Customised bevelling can be adjusted in 0.01mm increments


relave to the thickness, front,

back or base curve.

The Mr Blue 2.0 system consists of two

• Automac polishing of bevelled,

units – the Mr Blue tracer, automac

grooved and flat edged lenses.

centering device and blocker plus the


June 2015


edger itself. The edging system offers

A built-in milling cuer allows the pro-

Fit-4-Frame 2.0 technology for aesthe-

cessing of hydrophobic, MHI and highly

ons, lens thickness and rota-

cally pleasing and easy-to-mount bevels.

curved lenses, with a waterless opera-

on etc. in ‘real-me’ during

The trajectory of the shelf bevels now

on. This generates less dust and

the edging cycle. Highly

automacally adapts to the base curve

residue and no unpleasant smell.

curved lenses can be

screen also displays edged sec-

of the frame and its posion can be ad-

Lens blocks are of an opmised diam-

catered for when drilling

justed with the thickest lenses and

eter that covers almost 90 per cent of

as the drill can be lted

groves. The shelf heights are opmised

the frames currently on the market.

up to 30 degrees during

to follow the frame shape precisely and

This means that ‘small’ lens blocks are

the funcon.

the bevel height is now adjustable for

only required for very small frames. Fit-

The Excelon edger of-

use with the smallest grooves.

ted with metal pins, their clamping dur-

fers digital paern lay-

(See diagram)

ing blocking is opmised by magnesm.

out, allowing users to modify lens width, height

Lens edge profile courtesy of Essilor


and circumference and

manage the differences

UK Agents: Mainline Optical

when edging for rimless

Connections Ltd

and semi rimless frames. Operators can

choose between opcal and geometric

Mainline offer three edgers, plus periph-

centred layouts and differing layouts for

eral equipment. The edgers are the

distance and near vision for bifocals can

Excelon-XQ – Express edger without

be accessed when in that mode. The

drilling, Excelon-XD – Express edger with

horizontal PD can be easily adjusted and

Express Edger by Huvitz

Simultaneous tracing of the front and

integrated drilling and Excelon Edger –

mulple input methods for seng the

back surfaces of the lens (an Essilor

3D paernless edger with digital paern

height of progressives are available.



When replacing frames the sizes of

Three disnct cycles are standard,

The first two, the XQ and XD are basi-

milling and edging assisted system

cally the same machine but available


with or without drilling capability. The

3D lens measurement with lens feeler

descripon here details the version with

allows opmal bevelling and grooving


and the bevel posion can be adjusted

Features of the machine are:

the old and new frames can be compared on screen.

Operaon is via an LCD lng screen –

in 0.01mm increments relave to the

allowing the operator to work standing

front curve, back curve, thickness, or

or seated and the system is operated

base curve. The posion, width and

through a dual CPU, offering fully sup-

depth of the groove can also be ad-

• New waterless milling cycle

ported mul-tasking – the next job can

justed in 0.01mm increments.

• High base cycle with variable

be loaded and edited whilst the current

A servo motor drive offers powerful

one is being edged. Using a standard 1

cung and performance, reducing vi-

gigabyte SD card the system can store

braon and noise, and four grinding

thousands of jobs.

wheels enable the machine to edge all

• Ultra reacve touch screen interface • Mul-tool module for grooving, drilling and chamfering

geometry bevel • Built-in maintenance module The system also offers absolute cen-

The machines have dual side feelers

tering control, with the machining

for simultaneous reading of the front

process under permanent monitoring.

and back surfaces of the lens, offering

Flexibility is provided by control of all

50 per cent faster calculaon. A one

finishes up to 9 base, variable geometry

horse power direct drive motor, offers

bevel and 30 degree tool inclinaon.

powerful cung, and reducon of vi-

Grooving, drilling and counter-bevelling

braon and noise, whilst larger wheels

are said to be twice as fast as previous

offer 30 per cent faster cung.

materials. Other features are: • Safety bevel on all materials on one or both sides • Polish bevelled, grooved and flat edged lenses • Numeric keypad permits rapid data entry • Advanced 3 dimensional digital

machines and the system recognises the

Shape selecon and hole posioning/

‘habits’ of the operator and ancipates

eding are accomplished by a drag and

technology substanally reduces

their choices.

drop funcon on the colour screen. The

the overall cycle me


• Operator can manage mulple

from a job tray that will allow the user

TBA Unit (Bisphera-XDD accessory) –

jobs simultaneously for improved

to integrate the machine into a produc-

MEI's ‘Throw the Block Away’ (TBA)


on line.

unit, combined with their exisng Bi-

The next machine – the EzFit – is born

sphera-XDD edger, will significantly re-

The Express edgers now incorporate

from Mei's experience in manufacturing

duce consumable and overhead costs,

an ‘axial’ grinding funcon, the latest

industrial edgers, the EzFit is a soluon

as well as lens handling defects, without

method to help machines with slippery

that allows everyone to use milling tech-

increasing the edging cycle me. They

lenses. Operators can now select from

nology. EzFit will enable the shop / lab

have eliminated the need of a finishing

the operang screen an ‘axial algorithm’

to increase edging producvity, as well

block in the TBA through an integrated

designed to eliminate rotaonal forces

as flexibility through fast, accurate edg-

lens loading system that combines the

during lens roughing. This uses a pro-

ing of simple and complex edge types.

lens inspecon, orientaon, and loading

gressive ‘in out’ acon on mulple edge

With the use of four spindles, the user

operaons into a single, internal

points which have been measured by

will have the ability to process jobs that


the lens feeling process; selecng this is

require straight bevels, inclined bevels,

Rounding off the range is the

parcularly useful for super hydropho-

rimless with drills, grooves, and polish-

Shape Finder 2.0. This is an opcal scan-

bic lenses and hard materials like Trivex.

ing in addion to

ning device designed

step backs (Shelf).

for integraon into

All of the edgers are supplied with two years parts and labour warranty

Compact footprint

the MEI Technocam

and come with various tracing and


soware. It is specif-

blocking combinaons to meet the lab’s

and the ease to use

ically designed to

needs. All are OMA compable so can

make the EzFit an

avoid the typical er-

work inside or remote to the business.

ideal soluon for

rors given by many

shop and small labs.

camera based units.

Although not typi-

The camera lenses


cally used on Mei's

and lighng system

MEI offers a range of equipment for

edgers, there is the

have been designed

edging, including the Mei641, EZfit, Bi-

ability to automacally

sphera-XDD and Shape finder 2.0.

adjust the machine to edge lenses in a

edge profile, as well as to eliminate the

delicate mode.

perspecve effects of field distoron.

The Mei641 will enable the lab to in-

Bisphera-XDD from MEI

to emphasise the

crease edging producvity, as well as

The Bisphera-XDD edger has a lens

The soware interacts directly with the

flexibility through fast, accurate EzFit

loading system that allows the edging of

Shape Finder to align the lens, extract

edging of simple and complex edge

a pair of lenses while the next pair is

the outer main shape, shelf locaon and

types. With the use of six spindles, users

being prepared. While the machine is

holes and then converts these features

will have the ability to process jobs that

edging, the next job is scanned for

into a standard TRX file.

require straight bevels, inclined bevels,

VCA/OMA data, and the lenses are

Detecon of the lens edge, and any

rimless with drills, grooves, and polish-

loaded to minimise the non-value

holes or notches, is automacally found

ing in addion to T-bevels and step

added me between cung lenses. This

on any lens type (clear, mirrored, po-

backs (Shelf).

edger also allows the user to automate

larised etc.). The locaon of any shelf is

the enre edging process with the use

found automacally by tracing the back

of conveyors or stacking systems.

of the lens whilst mounted in the frame.

Since the Mei641 edges most lenses (up to 16 dioptres), even the most complicated jobs are easily edged, and the

This machine provides the best solu-

The soware then automacally gener-

lab will have the ability to meet the diffi-

on because it consistently maintains

ates all cung paths and shapes based

cult requirements of the latest fashion

lens size accuracy, bevel posion, and

on tool diameter and the edge type re-

demands. Born from MEI’s experience

safety bevels. The user does not need to

quested. This file can be exported in

in manufacturing industrial edgers, the

find specific machines for different

DXE, OMS or TRX format.

Mei641 is condensed into a small man-

types of jobs. The Bisphera-XDD pro-

The Shape Finder dramacally re-

ually loaded unit that is perfect for

vides a level of quality, producvity, and

duces the me needed to import a

smaller and medium size labs.

flexibility that can exceed current expec-

complicated Rx wrap around lens shape

taons for high volume throughput and

and drill locaons from a rimless

complex lens shapes.

demo lens.

Mei641auto is equipped with a short conveyor belt for automac lens loading



operability for everybody and its high

and safety bevelling with pinpoint accu-

speed processing fulfils a quality finish. It


Nidek split their extensive edger range

boasts automac 3D drilling and groov-

Offered for the larger labs, the Nidek

into two secons – those aimed at the re-

ing, high quality safety bevel and an ex-

industrial lab edging systems are ex-

tail sector and those intended for the lab-

cellent data management funcon.

tremely accurate, durable, robust and


Next is the Lex range, the 1000, Ex-

suitable for labs of all sizes. According to

For the retail market they list the Me

press and Lite, all produced to the same

each lab's specific needs, various config-

1200 mulfuncon edger, Me 900 mul-

basic design. The 1000 creates a com-

uraons are available ranging from the

funcon edger, Lex 1000 paernless

plete bevel profile for high base lenses by

SE-9090 Express+ / SE-9090 Supra, the

edger, Le 1000 Express paernless edger,

processing the front and rear bevels in-

AHM-1000, and the RHU-1000 / RHU-

Le 1000 Lite paernless edger, LE-700

dependently. Sophiscated 3D bevel sim-

1500 roboc units.

edging staon, and Lex Drill – automac

ulaon allows the operator to check the

The SE-909 design offers faster grind-

drilling unit. For the laboratory the firm

placement of the bevel by showing the

ing using a dual spindle system. The

list the 9090 Supra system edger, SE-9090

actual lens from any select. An advanced

unique dual spindle system of the SE-

Express + system edger, AES-1500 auto

so grinding mode monitors the grinding

9090 Supra incorporates a program

edging system, AES-1000 auto edging

pressure and maintains it

which automacally controls grinding

system, AES-2200 and ADS-2200 and

at an opmal level

pressure at seven different levels. The

AHM-1000 Supra auto drilling unit.

throughout the enre

large 10.4-inch SAGA

cycle to eliminate axis

colour LCD touch panel

Unfortunately there is not enough space in an arcle such as this to discuss


provides all the in-

the enre range. Details of models not

The noise level on the

formaon needed

covered can be obtained from the Nidek

Lex 1000 is set extremely

for any procedures.

website or catalogue.

low by an innovave

Bevel simulaons can

The ME-1200 is based on the earlier

method of processing

be observed, as-

ME-1000 Design+, the world’s first auto-

control. The grinding

suring a sasfying

mac 3D drilling edger, but with a total

chamber lid seal allows


re-design. Whilst inhering all of the ear-

a noise barrier which

lier machine’s features, the new design

also helps significantly.

introduces advanced funcons in a smaller, more compact footprint.

SE-9090 Supra simultaneously

For labs requiring



higher throughput rates,

front and rear

The 3D drilling funcon enables the

the Nidek Le 1000 Ex-

sides of the lens

operator to create various hole shapes

press is a high speed ver-

for faster opera-

such as slots, notches, counter bored

sion. This new model boasts

on. The machine

holes and jewel holes. The hole data

high accuracy and perform-

also offers auto-

input can be easily set with a stylus pen

ance but at an entry level price

on the touch screen which indicates the

point. The Le 1000 Express edging cycle

ling and polish safety bevelling, paying

actual hole size. The hole shape selecon

is approximately 35 per cent faster than

the utmost aenon to the finish as a

is made by simply choosing one of the il-

its predecessor. Even though the speed

standard feature.

lustrated icons.

has been increased, the end result is a

In design mode, the Me 1200 has all of

jewel-like finish on the lens edge.

Nidek SE-9090

mac safety bevel-

The SE-9090 Express+ version offers faster grinding, again using the double

the state-of-the-art funcons – advanced

The unit’s direct drive with exclusive

spindle system with pressure controllable

shape editor, paral grooving, design cut

motor and rotary gear system delivers

at seven different levels. The machine si-

and facet. With step bevel processing, Rx

consistent, high quality lens processing.

multaneously measures both front and

lenses can be easily mounted into sun-

A newly designed Y-axis direct drive

rear surfaces for faster operaon. The ro-

glass frames which are tradionally diffi-

assembly controls the lens size with a

bust SE-9090 Express+ plaorm supports

cult to mount due to uneven eyewear

specialised servo motor, delivering con-

powerful and industrial- strength servo


sistent accuracy. A newly designed

drive motors linked to an advanced RISC

As an entry level model of the mul-

‘Mul-disk Arm’ facilitates fully auto-

CPU microprocessor. The machine pro-

funcon series, Nidek offers the Me 900.

mac grooving and safety bevelling. Spe-

vides a high quality polished finish, and

A user-friendly panel offers comfortable

cially designed wheels provide grooving

creates a special safety bevel.


June 2015


Some of the funcons available in the

tronics, the arculang bevel, groove and

and inspects even low powered single

edger range (according to model) are: 3D

drilling process provides the best fit for

vision and prismac lenses, ensuring

groover, special safety bevelling, polished

even challenging shapes and wraps.

precise decentraon for all lenses.

safety bevel, and step bevel. Automac

Among the features, lens milling

The proprietary non-contact measur-

3D drilling, high base curve processing

processes lenses for difficult but fashion-

ing system ensures perfect bevel place-


able sports frames; and shelves can be

ment via the integrated CCD camera

created for the smallest radii or deep

system. Unsurpassed edge quality is

curves that reach up to 25mm in the lens.

claimed, as well as exceponally long

Seven mul-cung tools provide for

tool lifeme due to wet cung technol-

Sasloh offer the ES-Versa. ES-Curve, E S-

mul-task edging, while addional tools

ogy. Long tool lifeme, reduces operat-

4, ES-5 and ES-5 blockless edgers. The ES-

can be programmed. Flats, bevels, safety

ing costs and frequency of tool changes

Versa is a compact table top edging

bevels and speciality profiles can be pol-

and calibraon. The VCA data interface

system, providing an extremely wide

ished with a high lustre finish, while in AR

guarantees easy integraon in exisng

range of funcons and features. Its mod-

edging, a roughing process reduces stress

LMS environment. The machine can

ular features allow configuraon for each

and torque, making the machine ideal for

edge up to 80 lenses per hour and can

lab’s individual needs.

delicate and slippage prone coangs.

handle diameters up to 100mm, for all


A unique cuer design allows the han-

Another feature is the small footprint

dling of high base lenses and complex

to suit any size lab. An on-board vacuum

Backing up the various edgers is the

shapes. The standard cung system cov-

system helps to minimise footprint. Shape

ES-Trace which traces both eyes for accu-

ers roughing, bevelling, polishing, groov-

design soware (oponal) allows the ed-

rate DBL values. A 2,000 point resoluon

ing and safety bevels. It is easy to switch

ing of exisng trace files for creang new

encoder and 3D tracing ensure accurate

to the mul-fluted cuer, which provides

complex designs quickly and efficiently.

shape reproducon and exceponal ac-

four different geometries and can be fig-

Paral bevel / groove allows maximum

curacy. The unit is effecve at tracing all

ured with a wide variety of speciality

flexibility for rimless and v-bevel.

frames from high wrap down to the

blades. For small vercal lens shapes the ma-

organic materials.

Based on proven ES-4 technology,

smallest traceable eyewear for children.

Sasloh´s blockless edger ES-5 offers

The integrated design provides the op-

highest flexibil-

erator with the traced shape and the

chine can cut down to 18mm, and an oponal package ex-

ity, cost-ef-

ability to input data in a compact pack-

tends this down to


age. A shape modifier funcon allows the

16mm. Advanced



user to create custom shape designs and

electric clamping

mised pro-

an internal memory stores over 100

technology minimises



frame shapes.


blockless system en-

Also listed is the ES-Trace HD. This uses

and crazing with

ables customers to edge

a rotatable frame table which automa-

controlled clamp-

lenses without block

cally adjusts any frame curvature, making

ing pressure.



it parcularly useful for tracing high wrap

pads, improving produc-

frames. The intelligent soware calcu-

Opons include drilling with data


on flow and saving me

lates the necessary rotaon for precise

and costs by eliminang lens

trace data. When interference or disrup-

pre-programmed database, whilst a high

preparaon and post-processing steps as

on occurs, the stylus will automacally

lustre polish assembly provides a pre-

well as consumables.

reset itself and complete the tracing.

Satisloh ES-5

taken from a large

mium finish on all organic lens materials.

Fully automated, it Increases effi-

The unit can store up to 10,000 frame

The Nu-groove assembly uses the latest

ciency and reduces breakage, with less

shapes and the intelligent soware al-

grooving technology to provide clean,

operator involvement. It edges all or-

lows the modificaon of frame shapes in

well-formed grooves, even on sharp cor-

ganic lens materials and coangs with

all dimensions to create custom lens

nered or small eye shapes.

no special operator skills required. An

shapes. Reduced tracing pressure on

The ES-Curve offers five-axis edging, al-

integrated lens inspecon system

lightweight, flexible and sharp angular

lowing the most complex jobs to be han-

checks Rx power and cut-out of lenses,

frames eliminates distoron of the

dled to the highest quality standards.

eliminang addional inspecon steps

traced shape.

Based on technology from Naonal Op-

prior to edging. The ES-5 easily detects


For blocking, the ES-block is designed

with few moving parts for simple, conn-

of frame styles and has been designed as

safely clamped in the dual-spindle

uous operaon and minimal down me.

a five axis edger based on a solid indus-

drive. For delicate lenses, such as super-

The design ulises image projecon to

trial machine frame.

hydrophobics, the chucking pressure

display the lens image over the LCD lay-

This brings a flexibility and robustness

out screen guiding the operator to an

to the producon area which are a must

exact lens layout posion. Custom block-

in today’s high volume and diversified fin-

An advanced shape editor allows the

ing opons include geometric centre, op-

ishing lab. Up to 16 on-board processing

Freestyle to compose virtually any

cal centre or manual placement

and rotaonal speed are automacally adjusted to prevent slippage.

tools allow the HSE Freestyle to cover al-

shape currently in fashion. The kine-

Accidental parallax errors are reduced

most any edging requirement including

macs allow processing of small ‘b’

by projecng the image of the front sur-

specialies. For speed of operaon, a

sized lenses down to 17.5mm, whilst

face of the lens. The lens is blocked with

conveyor feeds the machine automa-

the freedom of five axes allows the han-

front surface down, avoiding lens dam-

cally with new jobs, which are swily

dling of high base curve lenses. For rim-

age and blocking errors due to lens im-

picked up by the automac handling.

less work, mulple variably angled drills

balance. The ES can be configured to

The five axes of the machine allow vir-

set fastening points for holes, slots and

tually unrestricted lens finishing, whether

notches. Polishing tools of various di-

angled rimless drilling, v-bevel, t grooved

ameters and grades, together with a


or polished edge. A fast loading unit han-

wet diamond polishing process gives the edges a brilliant finish.

block any metal or plasc block design.

dles two lenses at the same me, whilst

The German company Schneider offer

the various tools are interchanged from

A crucial factor for labs is the ‘first-fit’

two edging systems in their extensive

the 16 slot tool carousel. High-frequency

rate. The Freestyle offers a superior ac-

range of state-of-the-art ophthalmic

milling tools enable fast, low torque cut-

curacy standard assured by an intelli-

equipment. These are the HSE Freestyle

ng of the rough shape. Work, like bevels,

gent opcal measurement system.

all-in-one industrial edger and the HSE

grooves and holes, is done with precision

Without touching the lens, the device

Modulo automac system. The HSE

– including front and back safety bevels.

measures thousands of edge-posion

Freestyle processes the complete range

During the processing, the lens is

points per second to a precision of a


June 2015


few microns. Three crucial funcons are

very precise edging, even with highest

Visslo Inc

controlled by this high-tech tool:

rpm processes. Extremely efficient, the

edger processes two lenses simultane-

UK distributor: Omega L.E.D.

ously and incorporates time saving

automates and accelerates the

parallel handling processes. While the

Visslo is a Korean manufacturer of pat-

setup of the machine.

fast handling system unloads the fin-

ternless lens edgers, blockers and

2. Precise automated safety

ished job, the next job is transferred to

tracers. The innovative company

bevelling – front and back – is

the working chamber, minimising non-

started in 2004 and provides cost ef-

assured through a detailed 3D

productive time.

fective, fully automatic and accurate

1. The auto calibraon of tools

map of the actual edge posions.

Its 2x4-axis design makes HSE Mod-


ulo the first double spindle edger that

The FP Premier edger is a three-axis

returned to the tray, an oponal

allows for truly independent simultane-

3d patternless edger which can cut all

verificaon of the shape versus

ous processing of the le and the right

lens materials – mineral and organic.

trace data is done.

lens. This eliminates the compromises

The compact bench top unit offers

in quality associated with the structural

features such as a small 80mm wheel

limitaons of other

diameter to improve high base lens

3. Before the finished lens is

The HSE Freestyle is designed to work with existing tracers,

cutting accuracy. For ease of use it of-


via the VCA/OMA pro-

Instead, the Mod-

tocol, including

ulo edger achieves

fers a combined touch screen, keypad and colour LCD screen.

the high defini-



The unit can store up to 120 jobs,

tion tracers like

accuracy and de-

or can be connected to a PC for mass


livers a flawless

job storage. It is supplied with pump



from Schneider.

and unmatched first

Schneider’s second machine,


fit-rate even with


Modulo, is the first high speed dou-

HSE Modulo from Schneider

ble spindle edger

and tank or mains water solenoid. Additional features and benefits in-

extreme curves.

clude safety bevel front and back, mini



bevel less than 1mm shape modifica-

rimless drilling, V-bevel-

tion,frame change, user friendly oper-

ling, T-grooving or polishing





for fully independent edging of the left

– the edger does it all with its set of 24

function, touch screen input, and min-

and right lens, using blocks or blockless

tools. The high-frequency milling spin-

imum edging size of 17mm.

handling. Two separate multi-axis sys-

dles enable fast cut out of the rough

tems allow truly independent and si-


To complement the edger, the company offer the ST-88 tracer and two

multaneous processing of the lenses –

Afterwards the fine work is done

blockers – the AB-88 auto blocker and

no matter how diverse the job require-

with precision – including front and

the semi-automac PB-88. The tracer


back safety bevels. For delicate lenses

offers wireless or se-

The machine’s high rigidity and pre-

such as super-hydrophobics, the chuck-

rial communica-

cise tool clamping allows high rpm pro-

ing pressure and rotation speed are au-

on and size

cessing. An intuitive and easy to use


a d j u st m e nt

shape editor opens up a broad range





via a computer,


of finishing options including the latest

The HSE Modulo is able to work with

complex styles. The HSE Modulo fulfils

blocked lenses or it can be fied with a

remote trac-

all the criteria for accurate high-speed

blockless opon. The fast non-tacle

ing capability


measurement technology measures the

and automac

spherical and cylindrical power, axes


Built on an extra solid machine base,

Premier Edger F8 by Visslo

the double spindle edger features the

and prism posion to determine the

The AB-88 auto blocker provides

high rigidity to produce the smoothest

correct lens posion. Alternavely the

easy and fully automatic operation.

surfaces. Perfectly centered tool hold-

system recognises visible and semi-visi-

Features include size adjustment, error

ers guarantee more balance and accu-

ble marks and prinngs. Working block-

free operation, via a colour LCD

racy during edging. Together, these

less, the HSE Modulo reduces costs and

screen, and built-in high resolution

features form the ideal conditions for

eliminates handling errors.



Hand painted frames from Okia ‘Hand painted with glossy’ is the name of the latest,

Any kind of hand painted paern – such as flowers, stars or

HDA frame collecon launched by Okia.

geometrical shapes – can be shown on the

Thanks to the evoluon of the patented HDA

acetate temples with an extremely vivid

technology, this unique collecon brings eye-

effect and in different glier colours, de-

wear design to a new, limitless level, each frame

pending on the individual taste of each customer. For further details visit:

design becoming an art piece through the com-

binaon of hand painted graphics with glier materials.

Polarising Rx lenses

Relief from dry eyes

Norville, in conjuncon with Younger Op-

Environmentally caused dry eye symptoms, or irritated eyes, can now be treated with two

cs, of America have published a 12 page

new preservave-free opons from leading eye care product provider Bausch + Lomb.

Polarising Lenses publicaon explaining

Available in single use vials or as a pump acon 10ml

the technical details behind NuPolar and

bole, Biotrue reweng drops, and Vidisan single dose units

Drivewear polarising lenses.

both provide relief for a variety of symptoms for busy people on the go. For further details email:

Colour contact lenses Whilst polarised Rx lenses have been around a number of years, today’s producon is claimed to be of beer quality, more reliable and beer value. For further details email:

Clearlab range of colour contact lenses Clearcolor and Clearcolor 1-day can now be ordered from Mid-Opc. ‘Clearlab is a brand that is growing quickly all over Europe and I am happy that even more opcians will have access to our colour lenses in the UK thanks to our partnership with Mid-Opc’, says Dominique Gastaldi, Clearlab sales manager.

For further details visit:

Shamir’s Attitude Shamir have introduced two new prescripon sunwear lenses,

The new lenses have vision zones that are especially suited for

Atude III Sport & Fashion. Designed to fit a wide range of frames

any lifestyle or acvity, and expanded peripheral vision specifically

– large or small, flat or wraparound,

designed for large frames. To com-

the lenses are suitable for every type

plete the soluon, the Atude III SV

of sport and an acve modern

provides a perfect soluon for those


requiring single vision prescripon

In their latest innovaon, Shamir


have taken their already successful

Other benefits include an ex-

Atude lens and developed two

tended range of base curve and face-

unique new lenses, one for sport and

form angles, Shamir’s Glacier Sun

the other for fashion. Keeping in line

coang package with achromac AR

with their long term goal to create

coang for the front surface and an-

personalised lenses, the design of

UV reflecon coang for the rear sur-

these two new lenses addresses the visual needs of sport and fashion prescripon sunwear in a wide range of frames.

face, impact resistant and high index materials, as well as a wide range of nts and filters. For further details visit:


June 2015


Frames and sunspecs from Norville Norville’s INVU collecon (pronounced ‘in view’) T2511A

offers a varied choice of sunglasses. The 100 per cent polarised collecon is built around a core of best-selling styles with a range of frame and lens colour T2506A


Rodenstock are introducing a new generaon of their 20 year old Solitaire – with the Solitaire 2 high-tech coangs. A super anreflecon coang, dust, dirt and water-repelling properes, climate-

The oversized TZS06A plasc frame

resistance, anstac properes as well as

combines an on-trend transparent front

an an-fogging effect with Rodenstock

with contrasng smoke gradient lenses.


New generation coatings from Rodenstock

For further details visit:

FogFree are among the benefits. In addion, lenses with Solitaire 2 have special protecon against scratches and are twice as robust as convenonal lenses

Prism control bifocals

with an anreflecon coang.

A very tradional concept re-packaged with the demise of the solid 3D prism control

Through opmised UV protecon

bifocal, Norville have extended their use of the Presto technique to develop an

against light that is incident from the front

FT28 bifocal opon, allowing the opcian to independently prescribe

as well as the side, strain on the eyes is

prescripon and prism requirements for distance

also reduced. In addion to these protec-

and near.

ve properes, the high-tech Solitaire Pro-

Bringing these two lenses together either as a flat top 25, 28 or even 35mm segment provides a sepa-

tect Balance 2 coang reduces arficial blue light.

rate prism segment to be popped into the carrier distance lens. It

For further details visit:

enables the pracce to prescribe over 10D prism at near, with no prism in

distance, or any combinaon in most resin materials. For further details visit:

Acetate collection Woopy and Wana fashion frames are

Lace-decorated fashion eyewear

milled from high-quality acetate sheets

New from Okia is HD Sparkle, a blend of high technology and fashion that will

made exclusively for Go of Switzerland

seduce the feminine public through its glamorous elegance.

and then polished and perfected down the

To meet the needs of the most sophisticated and demanding women, Okia developed this new style, incorporating feminine style with real lace decorations.

slenderest line desired. Woop’ys buerfly

Although inserting a real fabric into acetate is really difficult, the company managed to obtain an extremely smooth, regular and tidy effect thanks to the application of HDA technology. The lace decoration can be realised in different colours and com-

shape emphasizes

bined with CSB (Crazy

feminine facial features. Though it features

Sparkling Beauty) tech-

larger lines and appears a bit more daring,

nique, an advanced


Wana is the sleeker model.

application of HDA

Acetate frames that are so finely con-

technology that com-

structed have an especially tender look.

bines acetate with shining

The new colours light brown/yellow, un-

materials and allows ran-

derscore this effect. The W Series models

dom or controlled patterns

also come in black, havana brown/trans-

with striking non-delaminated effect.

parent, jeans blue and violet transparent.

For further details visit:

For further details visit:

Practice and workshop catalogue Norville’s 2015 Pracce & Workshop catalogue out now includes

Norville also offer an equipment support scheme, linked to

a number of new products such as lens display

the business you do with them. They can

cases, HT gauge and a seven-pot nt

offer financial help for the acquision of prac-


ces, as well as some of the best glazing, test

The company offer a vast range of prod-

and dispensing equipment from some of the

ucts including pracce fings, refracon and

leading suppliers in the UK. For further details visit:

dispensing, opcal tools, finishing supplies

plus edging supplies and equipment.

Lens blocking tape

Protective goggles

Puretect SA-GB4 lens blocking tape is claimed to be a revoluon in lens protecon.

Norville are offering Progear Eyeguard gog-

Based on a high funcon elastormer from Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello Inc, the product is

gles in four eye-catching neon colours and

a blue, co-extruded polyolefin without adhesive. This eliminates the risk of adhesive

two transparent opons.

contaminaon on removal. Despite the absence of a convenonal adhesive coang the product can offer higher adhesive holding power than many self-adhesive competors. From an environmental perspecve Puretect does not emit toxic gases on combuson and can be recycled as the material is 100 per cent polyolefin. Nor is there any siliconised paper to dispose of as the product is self-wound (linerless), offering yet another environmental advantage and cost saving. For further details visit: Europe Agent:

Hand-held keratometer/refractometer Nidek Co Ltd, global leaders in the design, manufacturing, and distribuon of ophthalmic, optometric, and lens edging equipment, launched the HandyRef-K / HandyRef, a hand-

The goggles are designed for acve

held keratometer/ refractometer that is the portable soluon

sports. With an-allergy so nose pads

for accurate refracon and keratometry measurements.

and super tough polycarbonate temples,

Its compact design makes it easy to hold, balance, and use.

the frame can withstand high-impact

Intelligently designed buon layout is also useful in one-handed

knocks whilst retaining a high level of comfort. For best protecon, Norville recom-

operaon. New full graphic 3.5-inch colour LCD is 40 per cent

mend glazing with polycarbonate or Trivex

larger than the previous model. Clear screen design

white or photocromic lenses, +5.00

and intuive icons provide high user-friendliness.

to –6.00DS cyls to 4.00 SV or mulfocal.

The measurement data of 50 paents (100 eyes) can

Progear are ASTM F803-03 and EN 166

be saved in the main body memory. For inexperienced

cerfied for the following sports: Basket-

paents like children, newly added melody funcon canease paent’s anxiety and draw

ball, football, squash, badminton and

aenon. Data can be transferred quickly and easily to PC and Nidek RT.

baseball (when supplied with polycarbon-

Two types of fixaon targets are available. By using the portable stand, the HandyRef-K / HandyRef can be used as a desktop device. For further details visit:

ate or Trivex lenses). For further details email:


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AtoZ of OPTICAL websites All the companies listed in our A to Z guide are featured on our own Website along with a Hyperlink. Log onto and select the company you are looking for, then simply click on their URL which is highlighted and you’ll be automatically re-directed. Remember to bookmark the Optical World Website so you can easily locate it for future use. If your company’s Website is not shown below, contact us immediately, via our email address – The annual cost of an entry in this guide is £90 (£180 with logo)

Federation of Manufacturing Opticians


AIM Specialty Materials


Fil-Tech Inc

Arch Crown

Automation & Robotics

Bühler Alzenau GmbH Business Area Leybold Optics

Groupe Couget Optical

PBG Piezoelettrica Business General Srl

Hong Kong Optical Fair

Phantom Research Labs Inc

POMDI-Herramientas De Diamante S.A.


Cerium Optical Products

Comes Fratelli Colombo S.r.l.

Schneider GmbH & Co. KG

Comexpo – Silmo

Contact Lens Manufacturers Association

SEIKO Optical UK –


Norville Autoflow

Reed Exhibition Companies

OLA (Optical Laboratories Association)

Fair & Cheer Inc


Omega L.E.D. Ltd “driven with integrity & excellence”

Wenzhou Int’l Optics Fair, China

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9-11 September

ODMA 2015 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Australia 28th China International Optics Fair China International Exhibition Centre Beijing, PR China

17-19 September

International Vision Expo West Sands Expo Centre, Las Vegas, USA

25-28 September

SILMO 2015 Parc des Expositions, Villepinte, Paris, France

6-8 October

IOFT 2015 28th International Optical Fair, Tokyo, Japan

4-6 November

Hong Kong Optical Fair Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

7-9 December

VISION-X Dubai 16th Optical and Ophthalmic Exhibition and Conference, Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emirates

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