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wo years ago, after a hard‐fought referendum campaign, Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. Anyone outside the UK would be forgiven for thinking that that must mean that government, laws and public services must be the same in Scotland as in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Actually that is not the case. Scotland has always had a distinct and separate legal system. In some respects, lawyers in London find they have more in common with their counterparts in Boston or New York than they do with advocates in Edinburgh. Although Scotland continues to elect representatives to the London‐based UK Parliament, and it is the UK government that determines foreign and economic policy, increasingly power has been devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The National Health Service is a case in point. Though there is supposedly one health serv‐ ice covering the whole of the United Kingdom, recent years have seen increasing divergence in the way the ‘national’ health service is run across the four countries that make up the Unit‐ ed Kingdom. As an example, it is only in England that patients are charged a fee for their pre‐ scriptions. In England, most people are expected to pay for a sight test. In Scotland, all NHS sight tests are free. Key performance indicators have traditionally shown better outcomes in England than in the other countries in the UK. This may of course be due to relative wealth rather than dif‐ ferences in health care provision. Studies have shown, however, that, since devolution, health gaps have narrowed. In Scotland, the abolition of sight test charges has been heralded as a particular success. Over the 10 years since the policy was introduced by the Scottish Parlia‐ ment, attendance at hospital eye clinics has increased by just over 4 per cent. This compares with a staggering 44 per cent increase in England. On the basis of these figures, Richard Foggo, the Scottish Government’s head of primary care and population health, last month declared the policy ‘one of the true NHS success sto‐ ries in Scotland.’ Divergent practice within the NHS should be seen as an opportunity for politicians and health bosses to learn from each other and copy what has been shown to work well elsewhere, but, in relation to sight tests, there is little sign that Scotland’s policy is likely to be matched south of the border. Meanwhile, increased devolution has only served to whet the appetite of those keen on to‐ tal independence. A British Prime Minister once famously remarked that ‘a week is a long time in politics’. If a week is a long time, then two years must seem like a political eternity. Though the 2014 referendum vote had been proclaimed a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to vote for independence, Scottish Nationalists are already talking openly about launching an‐ other referendum vote.

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CONTENTS June 2016 Volume 45 · Number 382

INTERNATIONAL SCENE 2 · Brexit or Bremain?

OUTLOOK 4 · Transitions survey reveals how Canadians prioritise light protection 5 · Registration opens for Hong Kong Optical Fair 6 · Coburn appoint new national sales manager 7 · Essilor record rising first quarter revenue 8 · Contamac receive second Queen’s Award for Enterprise

FEATURES 10 · International Vision Expo East 2016 Consultant Editor Richard Chaffin reports from New York 12 · Survey Generators Technical Editor Tony Jarratt looks at some of the latest products available on the international market

OPTIPRODUCTS 21 · Advanced dispensing aid

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InternationalSCENE

Brexit or Bremain? y the time this issue of OPTICAL WORLD reaches readers, the United Kingdom will be in the throes of perhaps its most internationally significant dilemma in the 21st century so far. Decision day in the nation's referendum on whether to quit the European Union is on June 23. Leave (do a Brexit) or stay (a Bremain)? Both sides may welcome June 23, if only because it will bring to an end the prolonged, increasingly noisy, acrimony-rich and fact-poor campaigns conducted to persuade voters (the whole population over 18) into one camp or another. Any result – except perhaps a very unlikely dead heat – will also remove at least one major ingredient in the stew of uncertainty that has been souring business stomachs all this year. (‘Uncertainty is real – and Brexit is driving it’ observed one embittered industrialist to your reporter recently). It is becoming increasingly obvious, however, that whichever way the British people’s decision goes there will be no end to the referendum repercussions echoing around most of the world. As we go to press, the betting is approximately 60-40 slightly in favour of the Bremainers, though ‘reluctant remainers’ is how many are now being classified. A seemingly endless procession of international dignitaries and heads of corporations has 2

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been wheeled out to support the case for ‘Remain in the EU’, from the International Monetary Fund to a forthright President Obama, who was backed by no fewer than six former US Treasury Secretaries and the possible next US President, Hillary Clinton. Their reasons for advocating a Bremain were many and various, but all contained a large element of frankly acknowledged self-interest. Clearly there is a widespread belief that the June 23 decision will make itself felt far beyond Britain. The most obvious impact will be on the EU itself, the West's biggest trade bloc (population about 550 million with the UK, about 490 million without). This year's ongoing migration crisis, as refugees and the economically disadvantaged from the Middle East and Africa risk all to reach Europe, has shown up with relentless clarity the fault-lines which run deep across the EU. Most of its 28 countries may have shared ideological goals, but they appear dangerously disunited in practical terms. The possibilities, if pre-existing strains are compounded by the distractions of a Brexit are (say commentators) alarming, especially in the short term, for southern Eurozone countries like struggling Greece, already almost foundering under the combined burden of its debts and the migrant flood-tide, and cash-strapped Italy.


InternationalSCENE In some doomsayers’ view, the country-tocountry splits already visible could widen and deepen, after a Brexit, into an eventual break-up of the whole EU, with even Germany and France destabilised. Nearer to home, Britain's neighbour, the Republic of Ireland, the only country at present with which we share a land border, might be gravely discomfited, while pro-EU Scotland is pressing its claims for a rerun of its own 'Leave' referendum if a Brexit ensues on June 23. At present, Scotland accounts for about five million of total UK population and somewhat less than 10 per cent of total GDP (as well as having the UK's most retail-optician friendly healthcare arrangements). Britain is claimed to be, still, the world's fifth largest economy and the third biggest in the EU (the second largest, following Germany, by some optical market measures). But we have long been a troublesome, less than fully committed, member of the EU club. How would this perception affect our future treatment, especially by the EU, in the case of Brexit or Bremain? This is one of the greatest imponderables that awaits discovery by the optical community along with all the rest of Britain from the end of this month onwards.

dividual consumer purchases at the high ends of both the spectacle and the contact lens markets. Is this a possible threat to the long-established, already changing, relationship between optical retailers and their suppliers? How will growth in the ‘digital DIY’ eyewear play in to this trend? Opticians, commented Paul Morris, would have to prove their indispensability to the consumer patient all over again. Suppliers too? Overall, this Optrafair provided much more than food for thought. By most accounts, the 'under new management' banner was flown successfully; a high reported 75 per cent on-the-spot exhibitor rebooking rate was its own testimonial, good to receive as planning gets under way for the FMO centenary Optrafair in Spring 2017. Final audited attendance figures had yet to be issued when this OPTICAL WORLD column went to press, but exhibitors from Dibble Optical to Birmingham Optical and Silhouette were pleased with the volume of contacts and business done. ‘The show looked really good, too: clean, well-designed, easier to find your way around’ commented one visitor who knows his Optrafair well ... though he would like pressure exerted to moderate National Exhibition Centre parking charges.

Optrafair 2016 A strong, well-varied, well attended, relatively business-orientated Continuing Education and Training programme for eyecare and eyewear practitioners was a notable feature of Optrafair 2016 in April. This was the first Optrafair, in a series going back to the 1980s, where Britain’s Federation of Manufacturing Opticians was partnered by a ‘new’ Optician journal, now back where it originated with an independent, family-owned publisher. At the heart of the programme was a heavily attended debate on the theme ‘The future of technology in practice’. This is a concern which resonates across every sector of the ophthalmic market. Speakers included Paul Morris, director of optometric advancement at international chain Specsavers. His contribution included thought-provoking comment on the future role in ophthalmics of 3D printing. This is already an increasingly significant factor in the frame sector. What about lenses? ‘Soon’, Paul Morris is reported as observing, it may also be possible to print out spectacle lenses to prescription. Given that 3D printing is already in use in the prosthetics sector, this is not so hard to believe. ‘A very fluid situation’ said Paul Morris, especially given the increasing trend to customisation of in-

Chinese consumers volatile but worth pleasing It seems only a few years back that the People’s Republic of China was the world optical industry’s go-to source for eyewear products, thanks in large part to its low labour costs. Now, China, its annual growth rate down – down! – from double digits to somewhere between four and seven per cent, is changing its focus, fast, from export manufacturers to growing its domestic consumer markets. With more than one million millionaires already among its 1.3 billion population, that sounds like a market worth focusing on. A recent report on Chinese consumerism published by international management consultancy McKinsey & Co was based on interviews with 10,000 consumers throughout this vast country. Their responses confirmed the impression, voiced apparently by many exporters to the PRC, that consumer enthusiasm is ‘volatile’ and ‘unpredictable’. Trends can rocket up like a firework, and fall like the stick. But with over half of all those PRC consumers questioned confident that their incomes are set to rise, and keen to trade up to the best brands they can afford, across a range of goods from cars to healthcare and foods, consumers’ fickle favour here is worth courting.

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CANADA

Transitions survey reveals how Canadians prioritise light protection Exposure to UV rays and harmful blue light are both on

lenses block what Canadians want it to block. One in five

the minds of Canadians, but most people are more knowl-

Canadians is not sure if his or her glasses have UV

edgeable about UV, according to a new ‘Light and Eyewear’

protection and half are uncertain about blue light pro-

survey from Transitions Optical, Inc.

tection.

When asked which types of light are harmful to the

‘The fact that many Canadians want protection from

eyes long term, most Canadians identify sunlight (73 per

UV rays and harmful blue light suggests that most patients

cent agree) as well as light from digital screens like com-

want their eyecare professional to educate them about

puters or smartphones (56 per cent believe this). An even

which lenses offer these protection benefits,’ said Isabelle

greater percentage is interested in eyewear that provides

Tremblay-Dawson, senior marketing manager, Canada,

protection from these light sources.

Transitions Optical, Inc. ‘Even though discussions around

When asked about their prescription glasses, 84 per

the dangers of harmful blue light are at the public

cent of Canadians say that UV protection is important in

forefront, we are finding that many Canadians are misin-

their lenses, and nearly 70 per cent feel the same way

formed about the sources of harmful blue light, and

about blue light protection. Despite wanting this protection,

aren’t aware that Transitions lenses already help provide

there is a lack of awareness whether their prescription

protection.’

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CZECH REPUBLIC

OPTA 2016 record attendance Organisers of the 22nd International Fair of Eye Optics, Optometry and Ophthalmology (OPTA 2016), held during March in Brno, Czech Republic claimed a record attendance. It confirms the growth of the Czech and Slovak markets and optimism among shoppers. Compared with last year, the number of exhibiting companies and the extent of exhibition space slightly increased, but more importantly, the number of visitors went up. The preliminary estimate is 5700 people. The exhibition area showcased presentations of 157 exhibitors, including represented companies, approximately 5 per cent more than last year. The fair was co-organised by the Association of Czech Opticians and Optometrists. Professional partners included the Optical Union of Slovakia and the Czech Contactology Society. The next fair will be held on March 10-12, 2017.

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CHINA

BCLA Asia registrations are officially open Registration is now open for BCLA Asia, giving delegates the chance to take part in a range of hands-on workshops and discover the latest research and technological advances. Taking place on September 13 – 14, 2016 at the Cordis Langham Place Hotel in Hong Kong, BCLA Asia will include sessions for up to 400 people detailing clinical guidance on topics such as myopia control, dry eye management and presbyopia. The event, titled Correction for the Future, is a partnership between the British Contact Lens Association and the Hong Kong Cornea and Contact Lens Society.

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AOP Awards expansion at 100% Optical The Association of Optometrists have announced the expansion

programme showcasing education, innovation and product

of its annual AOP Awards ceremony to run alongside 100%

development.

Optical in February 2017. Following a record attendance of

Henrietta Alderman, AOP chief executive, said: ‘Since its

more than 7,000 professionals at this year’s 100% Optical

launch three years ago, 100% Optical has enabled us to

show, the move brings together the two successful events

deliver a world-class education programme, with exclusive

under one roof in London.

access to seminars, workshops and one-to-one advice for

A highlight in the optical calendar, the AOP Awards celebrate

AOP members. The alignment of the AOP Awards at 100% Op-

the achievements of individuals and organisations in optics

tical further cements our ongoing partnership with Media

and has grown in popularity since its launch in 2011. Now in

10. Our members can look forward to an even bigger show

its third year, 100% Optical has become London’s biggest

next year, which combines both educational excellence and

trade event for the profession, with a comprehensive CET

a celebration of the leading lights in the profession.’

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CHINA

Registration opens for Hong Kong Optical Fair With 752 exhibitors and nearly 15,000 buyers from 99 countries and regions attending the HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair, the event forms one of the Asia’s most professional and lively industry platforms. The 2016 fair which is being held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 9-11, 2016, will uphold the momentum of growth and present a wide spectrum of stylish optical products. For further details visit www.hktdc.com/ex/hkopticalfair/20.

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UNITED STATES

PPG mark a successful 2015 PPG held their annual meeting of shareholders in Pittsburgh, where president and chief executive officer Michael H. McGarry spoke about the company’s continued strategic progress and record financial performance. ‘PPG delivered strong financial results in 2015, achieving the highest adjusted earnings per diluted share in company history,’ McGarry said. ‘We deployed $1.15 billion to grow our businesses and reward shareholders, including completing business acquisitions that totalled more than $400 million and share repurchases of approximately $750 million.’ At the meeting, McGarry highlighted some recent strategic initiatives aimed at creating long-term value for PPG shareholders, including the successful integration of Comex, the leading paint supplier in Mexico, which PPG acquired in late 2014. ‘Our investments in several projects have continued into this year, and we anticipate 2016 capital spending to be greater than 3 per cent

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of sales as we maintain our focus on profitably growing our company globally’, McGarry said.

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Coburn appoint new national sales manager Coburn Technologies have appointed industry veteran

agement positions with Platinum Lens, Davis Vision and

Brandie Shaw as their new national sales manager. Shaw,

Luxottica Eyewear.

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who joined Coburn in February, is responsible for leading the US sales team, implementing new sales and planning tools, and establishing product line strategies to ensure continued revenue growth and market share gains. She reports to Wayne Labrecque, vice president of sales. Labrecque stated, ‘With over 25 years in the trade, Brandie brings us a wealth of industry and product knowledge as well as solid sales experience. Her sales process expertise and supportive nature are a sure bet to help us further expand sales of our extensive line of products’. Prior to joining Coburn, Shaw worked for Briot USA as sales manager, and was also responsible for sales activity in the NY Metropolitan area for finishing and diagnostic equipment. Previously she had been in other sales and sales manBrandie Shaw

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In Brief Vietnam Optica, The International Trade Show for Optics – Eyewear, Tech and Design, which takes place twice a year is scheduled from August 11 – 13, 2016 in at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre, in Ho Chi Minh City, and also from December 1 – 3, 2016 at the Hanoi International Centre For Exhibition (ICE) in Hanoi City, Vietnam. ★ Haag-Streit UK, will be hosting an Ophthalmic Ultrasound & OCT Course on Monday June 20, 2016. The course will be held at Crewe Hall in Cheshire, UK. ★ The Guangzhou International Optics Fair will take place from November 6 - 8, 2016 at the Poly World Trade Expo Centre, Guangzhou, China. For further information visit www.gziof.com


FRANCE

Essilor record rising first quarter revenue Essilor International have announced that consolidated

Newly acquired companies increased reported revenue

revenue for the first quarter of 2016 totalled €1,784

for the period by 4.4 per cent, which reflected significant

million, representing an increase of 9.4 per cent excluding

contributions both over the full quarter from acquisitions

the currency effect.

completed in 2015 (positive 3.4 per cent impact) and

‘The Lenses & Optical Instruments division's very good start to the year and the firm demand observed in both

on a pro-rata basis from the acquisitions consolidated in the first three months of 2016.

developed and fast-growing countries further strengthens

In North America, all of the distribution channels, in-

our confidence in meeting our 2016 guidance,’ noted

dependent optometrists, optical chains and online —

Hubert Sagnières, chairman and CEO. ‘This is particularly

contributed to the 4.7 per cent like-for-like sales

the case as the business momentum of the sunglasses

growth. In the expanding US market, business with in-

and readers division is only expected to be reflected in

dependent optometrists continued to be driven by in-

our numbers in the coming months.

novation and consumer marketing campaigns, which

‘Our successful first-quarter performance therefore

spurred faster growth in the sales of Crizal and Transitions

confirms the validity of our strategy aimed at combining

lenses. In addition, Essilor began collaborating with re-

innovation, acquisitions and consumer marketing in pre-

cently acquired service platforms Vision Source and

scription lenses, sunwear and online sales, in order to

Perc/IVA to develop new solutions that were widely ac-

fulfill a particularly exciting mission, namely to offer

claimed by their members.

7.2 billion consumers around the planet the right solutions to correct and protect their vision.’ The 5 per cent like-for-like increase in first-quarter revenue reflected a sharp acceleration in the lenses

Lastly, online sales were up with EyeBuyDirect and Frames Direct growing at a solid double-digit pace while the re-deployment of Coastal continued in North America.

and optical Instruments division, whose like-for-like

In Europe, revenue rose by 4.7 per cent like-for-like,

growth stood at 5.7 per cent for the period, one of the

lifted by the start-up of marketing campaign early in

highest figures since 2008.

the period.

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UNITED STATES

Transitions Academy 2017

The 21st annual Transitions Academy will be held from January 29 – February 1, 2017 in Orlando. To meet demand and expand the audience of Transitions Academy attendees, Transitions Optical, Inc. is providing four ways for interested industry professionals to attend. Industry professionals can earn invitations to attend Transitions Academy 2017 through four ways: become a Transitions Innovation Award Finalist, attend as a guest of their lens supplier, become a Transitions change agent, request a spot. Those interested can request to attend at www.TransitionsAcademy.com.

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Optix support vision care for the homeless Optix software and its growing group of users have made a significant donation to Vision Care for Homeless People. Trevor Rowley, managing director of Optix, recently presented a cheque for £6,444 to Elaine Styles, Chair of Vision Care for Homeless People. The money was raised from delegate donations made at the recent Optix conference and by a matched contribution from the UK optical software company. Trevor explained that it was a natural ‘next step’ for the company. ‘We have worked with Vision Care for Homeless People for four years, supporting the clinics with software. We thought it would be good to introduce a charity appeal at our annual user conference and this was the obvious charity for us to support.’

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Neal Grimason retires Neal Grimason of Continental Eyewear retired from the company due to health issues at the end of April 2016. A stalwart of the UK optical industry, Neal has been an ambassador for the Continental Eyewear family for over 30 years.

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Contamac receive second Queen’s Award for Enterprise Contamac, the world’s largest independent supplier of contact and intraocular lens materials, with a global reputation for developing creative and innovative products, services and solutions, has been awarded a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time in the Innovation category. Following on from the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2012, this second award recognises Contamac’s definitive range of latheable silicone hydrogel materials, the first range of silicone hydrogel contact lens materials for the speciality contact lens industry.

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International Vision Expo East 2016 Consultant Editor Richard Chaffin reports from New York nternational Vision Expo and Conference, in its 30th year, is the most important optical industry show in the United States. Co-owned by the Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, International Vision Expo takes place twice a year, Vision Expo East in New York City in the spring of the year and West in the fall in Las Vegas. Together the two Vision Expos attract over 30,000 people. This year’s Vision Expo East was reported to have 16,000 attendees, a six per cent increase over 2015 matching a record number achieved in 2012 and 2014. The shows have a strong emphasis on conferences and continuing education. However, the main attraction is without doubt the exhibits of the laboratories, frame makers, lens makers, machinery, equipment, and medical and scientific companies. This year’s New York show continued with the effort to improve an attendee’s experience and make it more meaningful and efficient. Exhibits this year were on two levels, thoughtfully divided into the four basic areas of interest, frames (Galleria, New Designer Gallery, Eyewear + Accessories), Lenses + Processing Technology, Medical + Scientific, and Education. The New York Javits Center has been the locale for most of the shows in the past 30 years. 10

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Lens companies, with Essilor leading the way, were mainly featuring their latest developments in progressive lenses and a strong emphasis on blue filtering technology. Essilor, said to control 40 per cent of the lens business world wide, had several large booths displaying its lenses and machinery. Lenses and machinery Other companies owned by Essilor including Shamir, Transitions, and Satisloh each had their own booths. Essilor’s wholesale laboratory division was also on hand to serve their retail customers. Essilor has a major share of the US laboratory business. Hoya and Seiko, who have combined, each had their own exhibits. Hoya was concentrating on their lens offerings for the independent dispenser. The lens manufacturers all featured some type of single vision series of lenses that incorporated minor reading plus powers as well as blue light filters. The machinery section was well represented by Coburn who is a domestic US manufacturer and internationally by Schneider and OptoTech from Germany, A&R from Belgium, MEI from Italy, and Satisloh from Switzerland. Automation & Robotics had on display their Dual


Lens Mapper, Digital Lens Inker, AutoMapper, and Control Unit for prescription lenses (for labs producing 1,000 jobs per day or more). Their machines inspect, mark and package lenses of all types , including progressive free-form, and are an excellent investment for small, middle-sized as well as big laboratories. AR has a unique place in the industry with its high technology and expertise. Cerium Optical Products was well positioned in a large booth located in the Lenses and Processing Technology area. Cerium is a major supplier of all types of polishing compounds as well as everything needed by the laboratory. They have been a leader and innovator in the supply and equipment business in Europe for many years. Recently, they established a local presence for their products in the US market. Fastest coater Coburn had a large display with its full line of supplies, surfacing equipment, finishing equipment and instruments. Of major interest was the new Velocity coater, a UV hard coating system. It is listed as the fastest coater on the market, capable of 120 lenses per hour – manual or automated operation. Coburn also demonstrated its Cobalt generator and Cobalt soft tool polisher for free-form surfacing suitable for smaller laboratories. MEI (Meisystem) was featuring two exciting new developments in the milling of lenses for edging. First the innovative EzFit NoBlock which offers automatic error free lens centering and works without using a block. The second new feature is the Ezlineconnected Bisphera TBA and Racer TBA production line. MEI now has machines with milling technology for small laboratories and high volume retail outlets. Their milling technology is already used by many of the large lens producers and optical chains. OptoTech had a busy booth showing its automated surfacing line. It included the ASP 80 two spindle automated polisher that is advertised to be the fastest. ASP 80 uses four polishing tools for each spindle that can polish any free-form design. OptoTech manufactures machinery for processing glass as well as plastic and features complete surfacing lines including coating. They have a full range of automated high technology machines for both large and smaller output laboratories. Their machines are used in mould making as well as in precision optics. Satisloh had a large exhibit that displayed its equipment for surfacing and coating. They continually improve on their machinery and featured at the show the VFT-orbit 2. It is said to be the world’s

fastest, most robust and easiest to service generator. To go along with the generator on their stand were several of their polishing machines, manual and automatic for both small and large production. The Multi-flex three-chamber polisher to match the VFTorbit generator output and smaller Micro-Flex, ToroFlex and Duo-Flex were on display. Schneider featured its Nano Line ‘Little space, Big business’, a line of machines for generating, polishing, and coating. The Nano Line is available in two varieties of the machines to suit the size and requirements of the laboratory. Two generators that include laser engraving, two polishers, one single spindle and one double spindle, and four different coating machines that clean: spin, dip and box coaters are the Nano Line. Schneider has been a leader in freeform surfacing technology with its Sprint and Modulo system and is now offering the same high quality free-form capability with machines for the smaller and start-up laboratories. Shamir held a press conference and exhibited in a large booth with its latest lens technology and equipment. They announced their newest measurement device the Spark Mi. t looks like an ordinary tabletop mirror but allows practitioners to take all required measurements in one click. The patient’s image is captured and is displayed on the computer screen with an accurate PD measurement. Then the dispenser can acquire all the other necessary measurements from the computer. The Spark Mi can see the patient’s pupils through clear or dark lenses. Also announced was a new progressive free-form lens design. An upgraded version of Shamir’s Spectrum design the Shamir Spectrum + is an everyday lens providing a wider area reading and intermediate corridor. It is available in a variety of fitting heights and all lens materials from 1.50, Trivex and up to 1.74. Unique US market America is a big country with a very important optical market. It is considered to constitute a quarter of the world market, thus the strong participation of international companies in Vision Expo. In addition, the Vision Council, which includes membership of many of the major international optical companies, derives a significant part of its income from the International Vision Expo shows. The chronology, spring and fall, and the geography East and West (new York and Las Vegas) make these shows a success and of major interest worldwide. The next chance for the optical world’s complete exposure to the US market will be International Vision Expo in Las Vegas in September.

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Generators Tony Jarratt, Technical Editor

ver a number of years, we have seen a significant change in the methods used to generate ophthalmic lens surfaces. This is basically due to the need to design and supply individually computed lenses, which take into account many of the various parameters concerned with both the lens and its interface with the frame/facial fitting. This change has been made possible thanks to the introduction of free-form (digital) surfaces. This allows the lens designers to offer individually designed lenses, in both progressive and single vision form, to meet the user’s particular design requirements. This has been achievable due to the use of CNC technology and sophisticated computer algorithms for machine control, enabling surface forms to be produced at-will and to individual specifications. One outcome due to this change has been the reduction in the need for ‘expensive-to-hold’ stocks of lens blanks. A much smaller number of blanks can be held in a larger number of materials. This is possible because a semi-finished spherical lens blank can have a free-form toric or progressive surface worked on the other side. This means that the lab does not need to hold such a large range of toric semifinished blanks, both single vision and progressive. With conventional progressives, the lens designer has to work with a set number of base curves. Ideally, the base curve needs to change for every different combination of Rx, but using standard production methods, the designer has to use a restricted number of base curves. This means that the lens parameters will only be correct for some of the prescriptions supplied. On each side of the ‘ideal’ base curve, the performance will deteriorate. To overcome this problem, it is necessary to design each lens individually, taking into account, parameters such as: • • • • • • • • • •

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Sphere power Cylinder power and axis Prism (if present) The reading addition Centre thickness of the lens Material index Vertex distance Optical centration Pantascopic angle of the frame Frame ‘arching’ – the amount of backward curvature of each rim of the frame

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Some companies, such as Shamir (Eye-Point Technology), also take into account the lens centre thickness, distance of the lens to the object, thickness reduction, prism etc. Seiko point out that progressives are normally designed so that near vision focuses most comfortably at about 45cm. For general use this is quite suitable, but some wearers may need the near zone at a different distance, e.g., architects or jewellery makers. Seiko can adjust the design to take this factor into account. They can also adjust the design for users such as teachers, who often use their lenses primarily for intermediate and near. Many other lens suppliers also offer similar individual lens designs. Back surface lens designs Another use of free-form design has allowed many manufacturers (Seiko were the first) to move the progressive surface from the front of the lens to the back; the front surface being spherical. The power element, prism and progressive addition are all placed on the rear, nearest the eye, using free-form technology. This has several advantages, including the reduction in stock requirement. The number of spherical semi-finished blanks is far less than the corresponding number of standard blanks where the base curve and addition have to be catered for. However, this is not the main reason for changing. An inner surface progressive has several advantages. First, it helps to eliminate distortion due to the fact that the designer can influence the form of the surface using free-form techniques. They can adjust the surface according to the power of the lens, axis, prism and centration. Second, the spherical surface eradicates distortion due to the curve change in the progression experienced with normal front surface designs. Magnification changes due to form and power factors. By making the front surface spherical there is no variation in magnification. Distortion due to the power factor is therefore eliminated. Another advantage is an increase in field of view, an increased field that can be obtained simply by moving the progressive area closer to the eye. The same length of progression can produce a wider field. Using free-form and inner surface working can also lead


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to a reduction in lens thickness, as flatter curves can be utilised without degrading the patient’s visual acuity. Since the introduction of this concept by Seiko, many manufacturers have also introduced back surface progressives. With the gradual increase in the availability of free-form equipment and technology, this number is bound to increase. These design changes, plus the increased use of atoroidal single vision lenses, has been possible thanks to the gradual introduction of these CNC generators capable of producing 'one-off' lenses with individual surface form. There are several ways of producing a free-form progressive including (but not exhaustively) the following: 1. Using a full blank and then surfacing both sides – each part of the full progressive design. Both surfaces will be produced using free-form techniques/machinery. 2. A semi-finished blank with the progressive surface already moulded/worked on the front surface and then working the distance Rx elements on the rear surface, i.e., the original and traditional way of producing a progressive. The rear surface can be worked using standard surfacing machinery. 3. As above, but using a spherical semi-finished blank and then producing the progressive element on the rear surface using free-form techniques. 4. A mixture of 2 and 3 above – a semi-finished blank with the front surface cast from a free-form mould and the rear surface being generated using freeform machinery. Free-form technology is also used for producing the progressive moulds themselves. Ready to polish Another recent change in the production cycle is the move towards ‘ready-to-polish’. This has been made possible by the introduction of the latest machines, which are capable of producing surfaces with an extremely fine finish. This means that they are ready to polish, without having to go through the normal one or two step fining process. To produce such surfaces requires the combination of an extremely accurate machine and the latest types of tooling. Using high-speed direct drive shafts, sometimes including air bearings for friction free movement, which eliminate inaccuracies in tool positioning and speed variations, the machines can be controlled to extremely fine limits. This means that the surface will not show the normal irregularities produced by ‘standard’ generators.

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In the past, the use of such machines with single point cutters would still have produced the ‘spiral’ profile on the lens surface. This is caused as the ‘point of contact’ of the tool traverses outwards across the lens surface — in a similar manner to the stylus on a vinyl record. However, using the edge of a disc or ball to cut towards the centre of the lens eliminates the production of these ‘spirals’, producing an extremely smooth surface. The resultant surface can be passed directly to the polishing station. This latest ‘innovation’ has some profound implications for the surfacing laboratory. First, they will only require one ‘finishing’ line, made up of just polishing machines. The need for fining/smoothing machines will have been removed and thus the total cost of the installation will be lower than it might have been. In addition, with the removal of one step in the production cycle, throughput times will be reduced. Although the time to polish the lens surface will be greater than it would have been in a two-step process, this is more than compensated for by the removal of the need to smooth. The overall time will be lower than that of the two processes combined. Remote diagnostics Due to the introduction of electronics and microprocessors, many machines can now carry out self-diagnostic routines and to take advantage of this, many manufacturers include a modem with the machine. This is also built into the design and can be used to pass a diagnostic analysis to the manufacturer’s production facility. The use of this analysis allows the manufacturer to prediagnose any faults that may arise and react more efficiently to any required engineer call-out. The engineer can arrive with any necessary parts, thus reducing down time and costs for the user, quite considerably. The possibility of remotely interrogating the machine also allows the supplier to diagnose a problem and also, in some cases, to correct the error remotely. They can also download software updates to the machine and check that this works correctly, all without having to visit the user’s premises. Major manufacturers of surface generators now all list one or more machine/system capable of producing these individual free-form surfaces, whilst at the same time still being able to turn out ‘standard’ production runs such as spherical and toroidal surfaces. They mostly use milling and turning techniques using milling tools and natural and polycrystalline diamond laps. Most have CNC control and many come with, or can be fitted with, automatic lens loading systems and auto-calibration and remote diagnostics via modem.


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gies exclusively from Coburn that leaves the final polished lens op cally clear without the need to apply hard coa ng for op cal clarity. This system quickly processes both tradi onal and digital free-form lens types, the cold mis ng system providing wet-cut genera ng results without the need for a water management system. Other features are high speed digital lens produc on with superior finish (haze-free once polished). The system uses Coburn’s patented single-point diamond lens turning lathe technology. Precision air bearings give increased cu ng accuracy and faster throughput. Vibra on dampening isolates the lens cu ng area from external vibra on and user friendly touch screens and graphical interface make processing easy for all operator skill levels. This system combines either Cobalt unit with another comparable and compa ble generator or polisher to fit seamlessly into an exis ng lab workflow. Curve range +8 to -20D, cyls to 10D and prism to 10Δ

www.coburntechnologies.com Coburn list two generators, both using their Cold-Mist Technology. This atomizes a water-based lubricant directly at the cu ng diamond which saturates the lens surface and creates a ‘wet core’ for the cut, but evaporates completely a er it leaves the chamber, resul ng in a lens surface that surpasses compe ve wet-cut generators without the need for water management.The two systems are the LTE and DS, as described below. Coburn’s latest free-form generator, the Cobalt LTE, delivers wet cut quality results without the need for a water management system, and only requires approximately 20 sq/ of lab space – inclusive of all ancillary equipment. The generator features Coburn’s proven mistcut genera ng technology (# see below) as well as air bearing, voice coil, and direct drive technology to increase cu ng accuracy Comes The Coburn Cobalt LTE and lens throughput. www.comes.it Unlike Coburn’s previous compact generators, the Comes list three generators, the HDG, Impact/2 and the equally compact Cobalt LTE will work with the Cobalt DP Impact Medium. The HDG Premium offers four working polisher, other qualified so -tool polishers, and The HDG generator by Comes axes (x,y,z,b) – x and y axes based on Coburn's LaunchPad polishing technology, high speed linear motors and which allows operators to polish free-form the z axis (double tool), running lenses on a conven onal cylinder machine. on a special patented high The new generator processes tradi onal speed motor, b axis – directly and digital free-form lenses, its ‘Cold-Mist’ driven spindle with high precisystem providing wet-cut genera ng compasion and s ffness bearings – rable results giving superior surface finish maximum 5000rpm. without the need for a water management sysOp ons include remote control tem. servicing, internal modem, barSmaller footprint requires only approximately 20 code scanner for lens data entry, sq/ of lab space, including its external vacuum, filtering cooling system, mul form while a direct drive spindle gives improved control. so ware genera on (free-form), Other features include Coburn’s patented and globally micro-mechanical engraver for technical licensed single-point diamond turning lathe technology, marking (for progressive lenses – laser subs tute) and precision air bearings and voice coil actua on for in- faster ellip cal reduc on spindle. creased cu ng accuracy, and expandable product platThe Impact2 and Impact Medium have five working form from conven onal processing (Cobalt LT) axes (X, Y, Z1, B,W)/op onal six axis (Z2), interpolated X upgradable to free-form (Cobalt LTE) for a lower cost so- and Y axes based on high speed linear motors and Z1/Z2 lu on that grows with the customers’ business. axes: special-patented ultra-speed motors. The second system, the Cobalt DS, offers a new There are automa c devices, for semi-finished and finmatched set of lens genera ng and polishing technolo- ished lens control and lens diameter control as well as

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diameter reduc on and lens pre-shape ‘ellip c and programmable forms’. Other features include controlled programmable chamfering, high speed feedback on opera ve system kernel, pneuma c and I/O controls based on ModBus technology, and separated an -vibra on double structure as well as innova ve graphic user interface, dedicated so ware by Comes Zanzaform PRO, and touch screen interac ve user interface. Op onal extras include remote control service, internal modem, integrated automa c loader for prescrip on box, automa c or manual barcode scanner for lens data entry, cooling system and mul form so ware generaon (free-form). The machine can handle CR 39/Trivex, polycarbonate., plas c high index, using aluminium and plas c tools.

bined with a high-class drive concept, leads to significant improvements in quality and quan ty. Addi onally, OptoTech designed a new, op mised automa c loading unit to ensure fastest cycle mes. Two lenses are loaded and unloaded simultaneously in approximately three seconds. The digital surfacing /turning machine Flash Twin-A is the first machine ever that offers simultaneous turning of two lenses. Due to the patent pending ‘asynchronic’ mo on of the tool spindles, they are able to guarantee lowest vibra on and highest precision in digital lens produc on. In combina on with an op mised automa c loading process, this unique machine concept allows an unmatched output, making the Flash Twin-A the fastest free-form generator on the market. Due to the usage of the Twin processing technology, simultaneous milling and turning of two lenses is possiOptoTech ble for the first me ever. Each machine is able to www.optotech.de process two lenses simultaneously, resul ng in an inThe new Twin technology by OptoTech is based on a crease of output of approximately 50-70 per cent. The new processing philosophy: To split the milling and turn- solu on is that it is 100 per cent compa ble with already ing process to two machines that are exis ng components. able to process two lenses siAlready exis ng generamultaneously, the ESM Twintors can be used as milling A (milling) and Flash Twin-A machines. That is why the (turning). new Twin concept is not For the milling process, only interes ng for comOptoTech designed the ESM plete new investments, but Twin-A, a machine that ofalso for exis ng laboratories, fers an excep onally high which may increase their peroutput. Due to the use of formance by simply exchanging two milling spindles the ESM Twin-A is New OptoTech Twin machines individual components. able to simultaneously process two free-form lenses. All OptoTech generators include an automa c shape Considerably increased speed of the tool spindles, com- edging func on to prevent knife-edged lenses. They au-

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Tool and axes auto-calibra on provide superior lens quality, even with less skilled operators.The machines cover all produc on processes, including cribbing to the final lens diameter, milling and turning of the most complex designs, and mechanical engraving of semi-visible marks onto the lens surface. Sa sloh’s VFT-micro-line’s small footprint and low weight can be easily integrated into a variety of producon environments. Labs can be easily installed in mul level buildings or even in point of sales stores. Although it is significantly smaller and light-weight, the VFT-micro generator uses the same surfacing technology and produces the same quality and form accuracy as its bigger brothers the VFT-compact-pro and VFT-Orbit. The intelligent plug and play cu ng tool exchange system allows fast and simple tool changes via a high precision tool holder interface. The tool holder segment is pre-adjusted during the re-truing ac on of the premium turning ps. The symmetrical barrel shaped working chamber eliminates calibra on changes due to thermal expansion – so operators have virtually no adjustments to make during daily opera on. Integrated mechanical engraving of digital back side lenses is part of the standard set-up of the machine. VFT-macro meets all requirements for high performance freeform and Rx genera ng designed for all lab sizes featuring the industry proven VFT fast tool technology which enables outstanding surface quality, form accuracy at high throughput Satisloh The Satisloh VFT Orbit 2 and availability. www.satisloh.com The compact generator sets a new standard in ecoSa sloh’s generators offer unique technology leading to unsurpassed accuracy and speed. Whilst various models nomics for manual lens produc on and combines high with different footprints and throughputs are available throughput with small footprint and low weight. This for varying produc on requirements, key features are high-end generator commands full surface milling and high speed turning as well as engraving of back side shared across the range. VFT generators use Sa sloh’s proprietary fast tool with lenses. The automated tool and axes calibra on enables patented voice coil technology for the turning process. accurate and repeatable results. Beyond its outstanding The tool’s low mass combined with a high speed control processing features the VFT-macro also has a highly system provides maximum speed as well as superb form func onal design. Sa sloh’s VFT Orbit is claimed to be the best selling accuracy and surface smoothness. Air bearings provide fric on free opera on, further digital generator and the new Orbit 2 offers an even contribu ng to ght tolerances thus ensuring the tool’s higher specifica on and performance. Its main features are new ultra-fast milling spindle for cribbing and rough longevity. VFT generators’ high torque motors and robust mo- surfacing which increases throughput by up to 20 per tors and robust bases are addi onal features that ensure cent, proprietary milling tool interface for 14-tooth cutter which enables 60 per cent higher revolu on speed, consistent and precise results with all lens materials.

toma cally recognise the edge thickness and automa cally process the edge of the lens to avoid very thin lens edges. The benefit of this so ware feature is that the lenses will not split at the edges, so the lens can be further processed on the succeeding machinery (polishing etc.) without any problems. For all generators, OptoTech include a post-processor op misa on for processing extreme surface geometries. Therefore, the generators are also op mised for processing len cular, bifocal and slab-off lenses. The new Flash-A Plus is an enhancement of the tried and tested Flash series. Considerably increased speed of the tool spindle, combined with a high precision ball bearing, leads to significant improvements in quality and quan ty. The combina on of an ultrafast tool spindle and a high-performance controller make the Flash-A Plus one of the most efficient digital surfacing-turning machines on the market. The new low cost digital surfacing turning machine Flash store is especially designed to offer even small and smallest labs an entrance in free-form technology. For the produc on of free-form surfaces for ophthalmic lenses including edging (ellip cal and chamfer) for progressive spherical, toric and atoric lenses with prisma c, concave or convex surfaces made of plas c (CR 39, polycarbonate, Trivex). All the machines can handle CR39, high index, polycarbonate, Trivex and mineral substrates.

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tem and greatly reduces environmental requirements. Equipped with the op onal Power Safety System (PSS), prac cally no loca on is too rough for the machine. The smart machine is operated via a user-friendly touch panel system. A simple push on the graphical interface starts most intelligent programs that handle complex 3D calcula ons – fully automated. The small-sized HSC nano X is designed to be highly modular. The machine can be equipped with a fully laser based engraving system that provides superior marking quality compared to mechanical engraving solu ons. The op onal cribbing spindle and twin tool allow for fast machining of non-circular shapes. In case of an unexpected external power problem, the Power Safety System eliminates the risk of machine damage. A pre-configured Lab Management System, Schneider combined with the Schneider Produc on Support Packwww.schneider-om.com Schneider offer several free-form generators, under the age, containing designs and consumables, provides trade name of HSC – High Speed Cu ng. These are the everything that is needed for a fully independent freeHSC Sprint, HSC Smart and the HSC Modulo. The firm also form produc on. The HSC nano XP is specially made for those who want also list the latest model, the HSC Nano X & XP. The Nano Lines extra small and economically priced to start an independent free-form produc on in a very generator comes in two different versions: X and XP. The small space. With full milling capabili es for fast polytwo generators impressively demonstrate that with carbonate machining, automated tool adjustment and a high speed laser engraving system, Schneider, small size and investment don’t the HSC nano XP offers a higher pernecessarily mean a compromise in qualformance than the basic version. ity or lens geometry. Both machines feaCombining small size and low investture robust and proven components and ment with high performance, HSC nano provide excellent results. XP delivers excellent value for money. HSC nano X was developed with a sinSchneider’s HSC Sprint brings digital gle goal in mind – crea ng a machine surfacing to any lab. Digital surfacing that provides everything that is needed used to require a significant investment to start an independent free-form busiof space, knowledge and money. The ness with all essen al features at lowest HSC Sprint scales down all these requirecosts. Minimum environmental requirements significantly while producing the same ments, on-board lens design so ware and smallHSC Nano XP est footprint make an industrial surrounding quality lenses as provided by the bigger laboraobsolete. tories. Eliminate laps, create precise op cs, proWhile size is scaled down, quality is maintained at the duce free-form lenses – all the benefits of digital in a highest level. Decoupling of machine bed and environ- small, economical and powerful HSC Sprint generator. ment guarantees the best condi ons for the high speed Built and based on the innova ve concepts implediamond cu ng processes resul ng in the smoothest mented in hundreds of HSC generators running in leadlens surfaces. ing labs worldwide, the HSC Sprint contains all that High robustness is gained by using proven best-in- experience in a new, small design which is usable in a prac ce components from evaluated Schneider systems. large range of environments – ranging from the central A newly developed LS-tec motor allows for the highest surfacing unit in a smaller lab, the backup of a machine stroke available in the market. Even highly wrapped lens of a free-form lab up to a dedicated produc on unit in designs are possible. These highly dynamic ball bearing larger labs. motors are unique and exclusively used in Schneider genThe workspace and accessibility of the HSC Sprint is erators. This allows for a superior robustness of the sys- conveniently located at a height resul ng in an erguaranteeing extremely high accuracy and s ffness, reducing run-out and extended tool life. A VFT fast tool for ul mate surface accuracy and smoothness enables short ‘cut-to-polish’ mes. The redesigned working chamber ‘declined’ slightly towards the back for easy waste discharge (LED illuminated for be er visibility of the processing steps and maintenance). Orbital alignment of the process sta ons around the central work axis allows short process mes. An improved machine base design now offers labs the choice of either le or right drainage and a user friendly interface with intui ve structure to the menus gives ease of opera on.

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gonomic working posi on for the operator. An automated workspace door and a large touch screen enable an easy opera on with minimal physical exer on of the opera ng staff Inside can be found the power expected from a Schneider machine. The fast rough cu ng process is contained within the milling chamber leading to controlled swarf channeling and keeping the machines clean. The robust RS-Tec motor enables high single-run stock removals of 8 mm. The HSC Sprint includes all the proven concepts of its larger brothers HSC Smart/Master/Giant. The machine is designed on the industry-proven kinema cs HSC+G for combining fast rough cu ng and cribbing with the most precise HSC fine turning process in a compact space. HSC Smart X is the industry’s most compact digital generator for mid-sized and large labs, suppor ng manual and automated produc on environments. The small footprint of this powerful machine enables an uncomplicated replacement of conven onal technology to make space for the new era of digital surfacing – from modern Rx produc on to future free-form products. The RS-Tec motor technology brings the HSC Smart X up to speed. This truly industrial motor works to the finest requirements even in demanding produc on environments. Driving the Twin-Tool, the motor enables the digital surfacing of the broadest range of lens de-

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scrip ons in one compact machine. And a new HSC Smart X will easily grow with the business by choosing the power upgrade package when business has grown to the next level. Schneider’s Modulo Line with its unique combina on of high level intelligence and plug-and-play simplicity ‘shows off’ by genera ng a complete range of lens prescrip ons. Inside the machine the user will find the power expected from a Schneider machine. The fast rough cu ng process is contained within the milling chamber leading to controlled swarf channeling and clean machines. The robust RS-Tec motor enables high single-pass stock removals of up to 8 mm. Special es such as high wrap curves, which cannot be cut by a milling tool, are processed by the RS-Tec motor with ease. The design of the RS-Tec motor supports single-tool and twin-tool opera on. The latest machine – the Modulo XT, is based on the Modulo design but with enhancements. Guiding systems are one essen al element to achieve best lens quali es. For this reason, the HSC Modulo XT is available in two versions, u lising either a mechanical linear guiding system or superior hydrosta c guiding that eliminate even the faintest irregulari es. Together with a newly developed air-bearing lens spindle best surface smoothness is possible.


New addition to Bon Vivant eyewear collection Bon Vivant announce the arrival of the newest addi on to their eyewear collec on, the Lise e. Suited to metropolitan mixers and art gallery-goers alike and me culously handcra ed from premium Italian acetate, this trendse ng style, available in four polished and popular colour op ons, features delicately etched pa erns along the brow’s crest and two-tone temples. Designed in a universally fla ering shape, the Lise e is the perfect pair for everyday wear, at work or over the weekend. For further details visit: www.ogieyewear.com

Advanced dispensing aid Launched at Optrafair 2016, Shamir’s Spark

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New optical solution for people with far-sight Adlens have launched Adlens Select in Europe, their instant eyewear product with a higher magnifica on power. Adlens Select has an adjustable dioptre range from –4D to +5D. The higher magnifica on power gives customers with far-sight the ability to see and read even finer detail. The eyewear feature lenses can be con nuously adjusted for near, intermediate and distance vision at the turn of a small dial. Refined temple arms give the glasses a streamlined appearance and secure fit. The launch of Adlens Select follows the successful introduc on of a similar product in Japan and will be available in black, crystal, chestnut, blue, and plum coloured frames. Dr Karen Fitche , director of product management at Adlens, said: ‘Adjustable eyewear is a simple solu on for people frustrated by their changing eyesight. Adlens Select will be a huge advantage to our customers with far-sight, who require a greater magnifica on for their near vision.’ Drew Oppermann, vice president of interna onal sales, said: ‘We have been selling a similar product in Japan, which our customers have responded extremely posi vely to, and we’re looking forward to offering the same benefits to the European market. For further details visit: www.adlens.com

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Acreas www.acreascoatings.com

. www.europtica.co.uk

www.agp-abrasifs.com

OptoTech www.optotech.de

Fair & Cheer Inc www.fnc.com.tw

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AIM Specialty Materials www.aimspecialty.com

Fil-Tech Inc www.filtech.com

Arch Crown www.archcrown.com

Automation & Robotics www.ar.be

Bühler Alzenau GmbH Business Area Leybold Optics www.buhlergroup.com

www.pads4labs.com

PBG Piezoelettrica Business General Srl www.pbg.it

Federation of Manufacturing Opticians www.fmo.co.uk

Groupe Couget Optical www.groupecouget.com

Hong Kong Optical Fair www.hkopticalfair.com

Phantom Research Labs Inc www.phantomresearch.com

POMDI-Herramientas De Diamante S.A. www.pomdi.com

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www.satisloh.com

Cerium Optical Products www.ceriumoptical.com

Schneider GmbH & Co. KG www.schneider-om.com

www.kepets.com

Coburn Technologies www.CoburnTechnologies.com

Comes Fratelli Colombo S.r.l. www.comes.it

www.laser2000ophthalmic.com

www.scl-intl.com

SEIKO Optical UK www.seiko-optical.co.uk

www.laserop.com

Comexpo – Silmo www.silmoparis.com

Stratox Ltd www.stratox.com

Contact Lens Manufacturers Association www.clma.net

www.ml-oc.com

www.tecofrance.com

www.contamac.com

www.mido.it – www.mido.com

COTEC Gmbh www.cotec-gmbh.com

Reed Exhibition Companies www.reedexpo.com

Norville Autoflow www.norville.co.uk

OLA (Optical Laboratories Association) www.ola-labs.org

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2016 EXHIBITION DIARY 7-9 September

29th China International Exhibition Centre Beijing, PR China

15-17 September

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

23-26 September

SILMO 2016 Parc des Expositions, Villepinte, Paris, France

25-27 October

VISION X 2016 Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emirates

9-11 November

Hong Kong Optical Fair Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

8-11 December

Silmo Istanbul Istanbul Expo Centre, Turkey

2017 28-30 January

OPTI 2017 Munich, Germany

4-6 February

100% Optical ExCel, London, UK

25-27 February 10-12 March

1-3 April

MIDO Fiera Milano – Rho, Milan, Italy Opta 23rd International Fair for Eye Optics Optometry and Ophthalmology Brno, Czech Republic OPTRAFAIR Birmingham NEC, UK

FORTHCOMING FEATURES AUGUST ISSUE

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