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e have become well accustomed to reading about the interface of technology with eyecare. We are all familiar with increasingly sophisticated computer-controlled lens crafting kit. We’ve seen spectacles with embedded cameras and computers, and we’ve even seen contact lenses concealing miniature circuitry, for example, to monitor diabetics’ blood sugar. News from South Africa though, brings a further more literal twist to our ‘chips with everything’ culture. Researchers at the Agricultural Research Council in Pretoria have come up with a bioengineered strain of sweet potato geared to tackling vitamin A deficiency. This is a serious condition which, at its most extreme, can cause blindness. According to the World Health Organisation, it is prevalent in more than half the countries of the world – particularly in Africa and South-East Asia. Young children and pregnant women are most at risk, and the WHO estimates that, across the globe, as many as 250 million school-age children may be vitamin A deficient. Researchers point to early successes in the varieties they have so far produced – with strains scoring high in the volume of vitamin A that they have delivered and, crucially, in taste tests. It is very much a case of yam tomorrow rather than yam today though, because the scientists have further to go. They report that more work is needed to increase the blight-resistance of bio-fortified potatoes. If the South African Agricultural Research Council’s plans do eventually bear fruit, however, then they could presage a huge reduction in vitamin A deficiency, with corresponding improvements in people’s sight. Potatoes are the only root vegetable popularly known to have ‘eyes’. Fitting then that they may yet prove to be the root of improved eyesight for some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable inhabitants.

CONTENTS October 2015 Volume 44 · Number 376

INTERNATIONAL SCENE 2 · Spectacles and other services

OUTLOOK 4 · Independent optometrists need to harness social media 5 · Optical Workers’ Benevolent Fund 6 · Luneau Technology’s joint US venture 8 · Essilor again ranked among most innovative firms

FEATURES 10 · Things that should never happen Richard Chaffin cites the US drop ball tests and the emergence of polycarbonate as a lens material 12 · Survey Lensmeters and lens measuring equipment of the world

OPTIPRODUCTS 22 · Fining pads 23 · Centration measuring technology 24 · Innovative Zeiss progressive

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Spectacles andotherservices f not since time immemorial, at least for several decades past, spectacles have accounted for around 70 per cent of retail ophthalmic turnover in the UK, higher than in other similarly mature markets either side of the Atlantic. This has been a significant factor in determining the shape of the optics industry: retail relationship. Could this alter, as more retail opticians invest in high unit value eyecare equipment like multi-functional retinal cameras or optical coherence tomographers (OCTs)? Even if such high unit value instruments are supplied on the easiest terms the industry can devise, the investment is significant; a retail optician undertaking it is surely obliged to make his or her investment pay in practice. It would be difficult to avoid a change of emphasis from eyewear to eyecare in the process. Could spectacles and their supply chain suffer by being de-emphasised? Non-optician retailers like the UK’s Glasses Direct encourage this effect. This firm mounted an aggressive TV advertising campaign during summer 2015: young female patient picks out a frame at the opticians, faints on seeing the price tag, is pleased and reassured by the choice and service Glasses Direct offers. Inter-


estingly, lenses hardly feature, other than as ‘free prescription sunglasses’ thrown in to the offer, though in the off-line ophthalmic world lenses typically account for more than half of retail revenue derived from spectacles. Also interesting is first this advert’s clear evidence that big, deep-eye frame styles are in trend in the UK as elsewhere in Europe, which should enable inferences to be drawn about the market’s accompanying lens requirement. The clear implication is that male consumers are Glasses Direct’s real target market.

Consumers’ price conception The campaign was designed to trade on and reinforce the UK spectacle consumer’s perception that retail optical practices charge more for spectacles than these goods warrant. On the other hand, consumers offered eyecare services above and beyond the core eye test necessarily come to these offers fresh, without preconceptions, giving the practitioners more chance of presenting their real value fairly. One thing is certain: in the UK, NHS eye test fees will not make any substantial extra contribution to UK retail optical revenues in the coming year. After

InternationalSCENE exhaustive negotiations, these will rise by a mere one per cent, to £21.31 per test: well under half the real cost of providing it, professionals estimate. Such parsimony must make new eyecare services look more than ever the way of the future. Moves by professional organisations elsewhere in Europe suggest they agree.

Specsavers To date, independents, now making up in numbers little over 25 per cent of the UK retail ophthalmic market, have led the charge to take up new eyecare equipment supply offers. But they are not alone. Regional chains, and at least one national operator, are also rumoured to be dipping at least a toe in these waters. What are the plans in this context of Channel islands-based internationalist Specsavers? Specsavers now hold the lion's share of the eyecare and eyewear market not only in the UK but in the Republic of Ireland, is the second biggest retail player in the Netherlands, has rapidly come to dominate the Australasian scene, and is still expanding. Interestingly, one reason the NHS refused opticians a more generous eye test fee rise was that, today, more practices are opening than are closing in the UK. Specsavers are reported to have increased their turnover by more than nine per cent in the year to mid-2015. Now, as throughout their history, they have attracted remarkably little animus in the process, certainly from independent competitors. No chain anywhere has had more success with the franchise concept on which they were built up. Group success cannot be simply the question of a consumerfriendly name, though Specsavers was surely an inspired original choice in bargain-hunting Britain. Consumers in their droves clearly appreciate the service and product mix they receive from what is still a family and professional-led group. In the UK, Specsavers have been voted the consumer’s ‘most trusted optician’ year after year. Who is now in talks with Specsavers over ‘new service’ equipment (or, who is not?) The outcome may help to the international future relationship between optical retail and the supply industry for many years ahead. Last time this column was written, the economic focus was on beleaguered little Greece: to Grexit from the Eurozone, or not to Grexit? Today, Greece still faces the alarming combination of another election’s

aftermath, and creditors who seem less willing to countenance debt forgiveness, more intransigent, the nearer debt payback time approaches. But now, in Europe, with the Eurozone characterised as resurgent, who apart from the Greeks cares? The markets have something far bigger to worry about - China. ‘Turmoil’ was widely reported as the Northern Hemisphere's summer turned to autumn, as a succession of yuan devaluations reflected ‘slides’ in manufacturing and, especially, exports, and one month's capital outflows topped £75 billion. The Chinese stock market lost 30 per cent of its value (equivalent, as one gloomy commentator pointed out, to a whole year's economic output for the UK) in little more than a fortnight. This steep downturn was reflected not only in the anxious faces of, mainly, Chinese investors large and small, but more widely. Commodity prices, including the metals sector and oil, plummeted along with demand from Chinese industry. Planned central bank interest rate rises in the USA and UK were forecast for postponement; it was even suggested that the UK base rate might be cut from 0.5 to 0.25 per cent to reflect the effect of any prolonged Chinese problem on inflation here, though this has been fairly authoritatively denied. ‘Don’t panic – yet’ seemed the watchword as this issue went to press.

More stability in China No-one disputes the slowdown in Chinese economic growth, from perhaps 14 per cent at its peak to (commentators agree) probably four to five per cent now – still higher though than the ‘resurgent’ Eurozone is managing. The experts appear however to be agreed that the situation, unavoidable given increasing Chinese prosperity, is now stabilising. ‘Market forces’ are at best, not wholly rational, and since the crash of 2008 seem perpetually in pursuit of a crisis, real or imagined. The jumpiness, bordering on panic, which that bad year induced, has not yet subsided. We are perhaps unwise to load too much of our faith on to a new, raw, untested and inwardly focused superpower. And, as another expert commentator observes, ‘it is never possible to be sure that we are not about to face disaster’. So far as ophthalmics is concerned, we may see more – and show organisers may know more – when next spring’s MIDO and Vision Expo take place.


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Independent optometrists need to harness social media Independent optometrists need to make better use of

field, where the major high street chains have been

‘smart technology’ for stock control and social media

winning more market share from the traditional smaller

to retain and expand their business in future, a Midlands


conference organised by Bausch & Lomb was told.

According to one estimate, the Specsavers high street

Over 50 independent optometrists and retailers gath-

chain has 49 per cent of the market in spectacles and

ered at the conference at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield

independent practices only 15 per cent. Speakers at

to hear key opinion leaders outline the most effective

the conference all emphasised that independents have

use of smart technology, new techniques in retailing

to build on their key strengths of customer service,

and social media.

continuity and specialist knowledge to retain their

The conference aimed to offer advice and support to independent practices in the fiercely competitive optical

existing share of the market and grow their customer base in future years.


More wearers willing to pay for designer frames Designer frames have been increasing in popularity among

with a little more than a tenth who prefer contact lenses

glasses wearers in recent years. According to a Key Note

over glasses because they are more convenient and less

survey the proportion of wearers willing to pay more for


designer frames has increased from nearly 30 per cent in 2013 to almost 40 per cent in 2015.

Key Note expects the UK ophthalmic goods and services market will continue to grow over the next five years,

The survey also found of those that wore glasses and/or

rising by an estimated 2.5 per cent in 2015 and 2.4 per

contact lenses, nearly three quarters keep a spare pair of

cent in 2016. Growth will be driven by the ageing

glasses/contact lenses as back up to the existing ones.

population, increasing popularity of designer frames and

Nearly two-thirds said they would prefer glasses over

new product development in the corrective eyewear

contact lenses due to the practicality and costs, compared




Transitions survey light and glare Most Canadians (86 per cent) report that they are

Transitions family of products and revealed low awareness

frequently bothered by sunlight in the car — and half

of the lens option that could help. The vast majority of

admit that they frequently forget their sunglasses when

Canadians (86 per cent) said they would be more willing

driving, according to a recent Light and Glare survey by

to try a Transition lens if it worked in the car, but only 17

Transitions Optical, Inc.

per cent were familiar with Transitions XTRActive lenses

The survey also explored Canadians' knowledge of the

which offer this very benefit.



Live Eyewear’s new VP, business development Live Eyewear, of San Luis Obispo, California, leading manufacturers of professional grade fitover sunglasses, have appointed Jay Raftery vice president of business development. Kieran Hardy, CEO of Live Eyewear, told OW, ‘Jay’s signing comes during the final chapter of four years of product research and development. The resources, time and money we directed into the project have been considerable, but the final result is a product that has a tremendous upside not just for our customers and our company, but the entire optical industry’.

W Jay Raftery



Optical Workers’ Benevolent Fund Ill health, issues of ageing and genuine problems faced by those who have worked within manufacturing optics may be eased by a grant from the Optical Workers’ Benevolent Fund. ‘At any one time we have around 10,000 people working in all branches of manufacturing optics. There are people facing issues who need support. We hear about some distressing cases of hardship faced by those who have worked within optical manufacturing but who do not qualify for other assistance. We aim to help those who have worked loyally to further our industry’, say the trustees. The charity is supported by the Federation of Manufacturing Optitians from the proceeds of Optrafair, and by donations from UK optical companies. It is affiliated to the Wiseman Memorial Fund, after Max Wiseman who founded an optical manufacturing business in 1898.


German help offered to independent practitioners Retail optics is undergoing huge changes as online retailers are becoming the biggest presence after chain stores including supermarkets. According to a report by Mintel, the share independent opticians hold of the market is now down to an alarming 28 per cent. It is also estimated that they are closing at the rate of approximately 300 per year, fashioning a stark reality for the future. Other figures confirm that optical public spending reached a record high in 2014, proving that the shift in market change is not in public spending, but rather market presence. However, it is claimed that the independents can still sustain a fair share of retail distribution with the support of the Specsfactory, of Wildau, Berlin. Founded in 2012 they have partner opticians throughout Europe, and their own manufacturing facilities. Specsfactory are seeking to create an extensive network of partnerships with independent practices, and are inviting independent UK practitioners to seek their help, claiming to have more than 400 partner opticians in Germany.

In Brief India will host the world's largest international gathering of optometry and eye care professionals at Hyderabad between September 11-13, 2017. The congress will be hosted by the India Vision Institute in partnership with the World Council of Optometry. ★ Silhouette have appointed Thomas Chambers their new north of England sales manager to succeed Paul Hotchkiss, who is taking early retirement after 23 years in the optics industry. ★ Contamac have appointed Martyn Lewis as business development and project manager. He returns to the firm after five years as group business development manager at Goodfellow Cambridge. ★ At 2015's largest sports and humanitarian event – the Special Olympics World Games – Essilor helped bring vision care to 3,000 athletes and raise awareness of the impact of healthy vision. The company has been a long-term partner for Special Olympics, helping more than 150,000 athletes see better over the past 13 years. ★ Dr Uduak Udom has been appointed president of the World Council of Optometry in succession to Dr Susan Cooper. Dr Scott Mundle will be the new president elect.



October 2015



LTO/LPO joint venture The Luneau Technology group, based in France, which develops, manufactures, and markets Briot and Weco edgers, and Visionix refraction and diagnostic instruments, is to make a capital investment in Latham & Phillips Ophthalmic (LPO) based in Columbus, Ohio. ‘It’s a great opportunity for Luneau Technology to expand visibility of the Visionix brand to the marketplace with this partnership’, says Dr. Marc Abitbol, CEO and president of Luneau Technology. ‘We are also very happy that the present management under the leadership of Phill Phillips will continue to grow the company’.



Educating future contact lens practitioners The International Association of Contact Lens Educators has revealed its new Contact Lens Course, a comprehensive program for educators and their students complied by the world's leading authorities in contact lenses. IACLE director of educational programs Nilesh Thite explains that feedback from educators has led to a complete restructuring of the course: ‘The ICLC needed a major revamp to keep pace with developments in the contact lens field. We also wanted to make the flow more logical and user friendly’.


Richard Branson in partnership with Sightsavers International development organisation, Sightsavers, is even closer to achieving its appeal goal of carrying out one million sight-restoring operations across Africa and Asia by 2018 thanks to support and investment of Virgin Unite, the not-for-profit foundation of the Virgin Group. Sightsavers’ A Million Miracles appeal is aiming to raise enough funds over the next three years to carry out one million sight-restoring surgeries for people living in developing countries. Virgin Unite’s support of £133,000 will focus on helping to deliver life changing cataract surgery in Bangladesh and Tanzania over the course of the next three years.




Procornea appoint new commercial director

Michael Debono joins West Group as executive VP, global sales

Alex Lamse has joined Procornea in Eerbeek Netherlands

WestGroupe have appointed Michael Debono executive

as their new global commercial director. He will be re-

vice president of global sales. Based in Toronto, he will

sponsible for all sales and marketing

lead the global development and implementation of

activities and will also promote further development of new products and

Michael joined WestGroupe in June 2005 as national sales manager, where he over-

services. Procornea was founded in 1975 and is an independent Dutch manufacturer and supplier of RGP and soft contact lenses all around the world.

strategic sales.


saw the expansion of the Canadian sales force. He was promoted to vice president of North American sales in March 2010, and has been instrumental in the global growth of WestGroupe. Prior to 2005, he spent 15 years working with many prominent brands.


Alex Lamse Michael Debono


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Brien Holden Vision Institute’s interim chief Following the recent death of Professor Brien Holden, the board of the Brien Holden Vision Institute have appointed Professor Kovin Naidoo, former deputy CEO, to the position of interim CEO. Speaking on the Institute successes, Professor Naidoo said, ‘Only recently, a moment that Brien Holden was immensely proud of, we received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for our Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) contact lenses, a world first for the correction of presbyopia. Like so many of our inventions of the past, this is just the latest in a long line of innovations from the Institute’.


Kovin Naidoo appointed interim CEO for Brien Holden Vision Institute



Essilor again ranked one of the world’s most innovative companies For the fifth year in a row, Essilor has

solutions to a fundamental human

Optical associations to play and active role at Optrafair 2016

been listed in Forbes magazine's world's

need: good vision’, commented Jean

As official event supporters The College

top 100 most innovative companies.

Carrier, chief operating officer of Es-

of Optometrists, the Association of

A pioneer in ophthalmic optics, Es-

silor international who oversees the

British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and

silor’s scope of innovation has grown

Group’s innovation related activities.

the Federation of Ophthalmic and

considerably over the years without

‘Being close to customers and eye

Dispensing Opticians (FODO), will be

compromising its original core business

care professionals all around the world

helping to promote the networking

of ophthalmic optics.

allows us to identify vision needs, an-

and education benefits of attending

Credited with breakthroughs that

ticipate vision solutions and thus better

Optrafair to their members and partner

have left their mark on the world of

answer the correction, protection and


optics such as progressive, organic

prevention needs of every individual.

Their valued support will help to up-

and photochromic organic lenses, the

‘Our team’s commitment in im-

hold Optrafair’s position as the leading

Essilor Group is a pioneer when it

proving technologies and access to

comes to delivering its mission of im-

quality vision care is central to our

proving lives by improving sight.

mission, our growth and to the indus-

‘Innovation is part of our DNA and a key driver in our business of providing

and largest UK optical exhibition.


try’s evolution, in the benefit of eye health.’



Allergan acquire OcuLeve

Allergan plc have completed the acquisition of Oculeve, a development-stage


Coburn Technologies distribution agreement with Kowa American

medical device company focused on developing novel treatments for dry eye disease.

Coburn Technologies and Kowa American Corporation have reached agreement

Under the terms of the agreement, Al-

whereby Coburn will distribute Kowa’s diagnostic products to the US ophthalmic

lergan acquired Oculeve for a $125 million


upfront payment and commercialisation

Under the agreement, Coburn Technologies will sell the complete range of Kowa’s diagnostic products in the US.

milestone payments related to Oculeve's lead development program, OD-01. The

Alex Incera, president of Coburn said, ‘Kowa has a tremendous product

agreement also includes the acquisition

offering, and like Coburn the company places an emphasis on technology and

of an additional earlier-stage dry eye de-

service, so it’s a good fit for us.’

vice development program.




Things that should never have happened There are any number of things in history, good and bad, that never should have happened, argues Consultant Editor Richard Chaffin, citing examples of events culminating in wars that cost countless lives and changed history. In the optical world, one thing he believes never should of happened was the United States drop ball test, and the subsequent emergence of polycarbonate as an ophthalmic lens material. United States Senator from the state of Minnesota, in a casual cocktail conversation, was told glass spectacle lenses were dangerous to the wearer. He took that seriously, went to the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) and had them institute controls of the ophthalmic lens industry that resulted in the drop ball test. The FDA promulgated regulations that specified a steel ball five-eighths of an inch be dropped on a lens from a height of 52 inches. A performance test was to prove the lens could survive the impact and therefore be safe to wear. The industry was taken totally by surprise. There was no scientific data to back up the drop ball test. None of the lens companies had performed any research on the amount of force causing glass lenses to shatter. In addition, there was very little, if any, evidence that glass lenses were shattering or any eyesight was lost except in cases such as a person wearing glasses being shot through the eye or


running their car into a bridge abutment. Clearly these circumstances had nothing to do with the safety of glasses. However the rules were passed and the US lens industry had to comply.

Manufacturers in a quandary At the time American Optical and Bausch & Lomb were the largest lens makers in the world. They did not know what to do. Their glass lenses were made from 0.8 to 1.2mm in centre or edge thickness. American Optical and Bausch & Lomb also produced glass lenses for industrial use that were 3.0 mm thickness. Industrial lenses were factory hardened by heat-treating. However AO and B&L also had a third line of glass lenses they manufactured and sold. These lenses were marketed as ‘Dress Safety’ lenses and were a bright idea of the lens sales managers to increase lens sales. Dress Safety lenses were a compromise 2.0mm thickness and were to be hardened in the laboratories with heat treatment units.

The FDA said these 2.0mm lenses when treated in the laboratory and drop balled would satisfy the drop ball test. There was no prior research data to prove this. As a matter of fact, glass lenses of lesser thickness, when polished sufficiently, could also pass the drop ball test.

Product liability and plastic lenses There was the opportunity for lawyers in the US to argue that any lenses dispensed under the 2.0mm minimum were not as safe as possible. Product liability pursued in the US courts became very lucrative when any lens broke. There were a couple of bumps in the road. Shortly after the drop ball regulations went into effect there was a scare that the regulations had caused a major problem for treated lenses from so-called ‘spontaneous breakage’. People found their lenses shattered overnight on their bedside table or when walking on the street with a sonic bang or sharp noise. Heat-treated lenses create a thin layer of glass under tension. If that layer is compromised by an abrasion or scratch the lens will explode in pieces. Chemical strengthening of glass lenses provided a thicker layer of hardening and alleviated most of these problems. Plastic lenses did not have to be drop balled in the US laboratories because the FDA allowed plastic lenses to be batch tested at the factory level. That was a big advantage for plastic lenses over glass, albeit plastic lenses at 2.0mm thick were half the weight of glass. At the time CR-39 lenses were growing in use and the drop ball test pushed them over the top in the US where glass was now required to be thick and heavy. Polycarbonate, another type of plastic, entered the market. A thermoplastic, polycarbonate was being used in helmets and visors because of its safety characteristics. A softer material than CR-39, polycarbonate is injection moulded and has to be coated. Not as good optically, polycarbonate was promoted for glasses for its claimed ability to stop bullets. The US market accepted it as US lawyers argued product liability cases on the grounds of ultimate safety. Polycarbonate, aside from safety, has drawbacks when used for ophthalmic lenses. It is chemically not as stable and has a lower Abbe value than CR-39 or glass. Some polycarbonate lenses are not dyeable. The optical world did not pay any attention to the United States and 2.0mm glass and plastic

lenses. Outside of the US, the ISO and the marketplace did not find any problems with the safety of glass lenses or CR-39 plastic. Polycarbonate has not been able to establish itself in any lens markets outside of the US. Even with strong backing by Essilor it accounts for no more than 8 per cent anywhere in Europe. Polycarbonate does share a major part of the US market with CR-39, with glass accounting for less than 4 per cent. Polycarbonate is not a classic case of ‘product substitution’ in the manner CR-39 is, replacing glass. Polycarbonate is not needed. Better optically qualified plastics with polyurethane components will supplant polycarbonate. They have higher indices and good if not equal safety. CR-39 will continue to have its place in the market as a product with good optical qualities as the world’s glass lens markets continue to shrink. Higher index plastics will grow and share the marketplace with CR-39, but there will always be some glass for specialty needs. The United States should do away with the drop ball regulations and get in line with the rest of the world. Glass lenses were safe at 0.8 or 1.2mm. The number of eyes lost from broken glass lenses was never determined. The whole world (outside the US) was not wrong. Plastic lenses are inherently safer from impact even with adverse coatings. The US also has to rein in its litigious appetite and control lawyers suing for product liability.

Lens materials Lens materials are usually described and judged by three characteristics: index, Abbe number, and weight. There are trade offs as one or other of these values change, affecting the values of the other two. Of course it is not quite as simple as that. There is the question of transmission of light and colour or clarity. Safety of lens materials is important but has never been a defining element. Today’s ophthalmic lens market has quite a few choices, with glass encompassing indices from 1.52 to 1.90 with varying Abbe values and weights as the indices rise. Plastic lens materials now stretch from 1.499 to 1.74 indices, with differing Abbe values and weights. But only one of these materials stresses impact safety. The optical world has recognised what has happened. Now it is time for the United States to wake up.


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Lensmeters and lens measuring equipment The original optical instruments for measuring lenses were termed ‘focimeters’ and were devices intended purely for measuring lens powers, axis and prism direction – hence the name – a meter (an instrument for measuring) for determining focal lengths of lenses. They could also be used for marking the axis direction and lens centre. But in their new guise – as ‘lensmeters’ – they can now do far more, the extra sophistication having been made possible by the introduction of microprocessors, plus LCD and plasma screens, which have allowed designers to add more automation and sophistication to the instruments.

Tony Jarratt, Technical Editor ith lensmeters, it is now possible to automatically display the results, recognise a progressive surface, calculate the addition and in many cases determine the optical centres (PD’s) of the spectacles. In addition, with the latest automatic models it is also possible to allow for differing ν values (Abbe No.) – which ensures increased accuracy when high index lenses are being measured. Some can also measure and display transmission data for the lens under test. [It should be noted that in the past, manufacturers used the term focimeter to describe eyepiece and projection models with internally moving optical systems and the newer automatic LCD designs without moving parts as lensmeters. Now virtually all producers refer to both types as lensmeters, the old term focimeter having become something of an anachronism.] Basic types of instrument Modern instruments can now be divided into three basic types: Type Manual Semi-automatic Automatic

Display Eyepiece LCD display LCD Display

Using this ‘categorisation’, the following basic definitions can be supported: Manual A design, in which the operator adjusts measuring scales


by the use of control knobs, and then views the results on an internal or external screen. Semi-automatic Some operations are automated or guided – such as centring the lens in the beam path of the instrument, rather than visually centring the target of the machine. Automatic The majority of the operations – such as lens centring, PD and add determination are automatically carried out by the instrument without operator intervention. Some have even greater sophistication, being able to determine the refractive index of the lens material, or the UV and visual transmission values. Two main displays are used in the design of modern lensmeters. Eyepiece design The power target graticule of the machine is viewed through the eyepiece of a telescopic system. Usually, the power readings and axis scale are also displayed on the internal screen, but on some machines the readings are viewed on external scales attached to the operating wheels or knobs. The results can only be viewed monocularly and the eyepiece must always be adjusted for any residual refractive error of the operator, before use. These are the most basic machines and are suitable for those requiring only occasional usage, or where a small budget is involved. Some models are battery operated, making them suitable for domiciliary use, where the weight (and cost) of the more sophisticated machines would make them unsuitable.

Digital LCD Liquid crystal displays – similar to those used in portable computers – sometimes backlit for clarity – enable the maker to incorporate various designs into the screen layout. This type of screen has superseded the old optical projection screen (see Figs 1 and 2). These screens are now supFig 1: Example of an LCD screen plied as colour LCD’s – necessary when the instrument is capable of displaying a power map (see below).

Fig 2: Typical results display

Main components of the lensmeter Targets and screens The basic optical lensmeters (eyepiece) make use of target graticules, which are lit by a light source within the instrument. The resultant light beam is then brought to a focus on a screen and the image that is produced is viewed by a telescopic eyepiece. When a lens is introduced into the beam path, the system is placed out of focus and a blurred image results. By adjusting the controls, the image can be brought back into focus – the amount of this adjustment being converted into dioptre readings on the instrument scales. At the same time, the target can be used to indicate the axis of the cylinder, by aligning the image against an axis protractor etched on the screen. The targets are normally one of two basic designs: (a) A corona or circle of dots (when in focus) which become blurred when a lens is introduced. If the lens is spherical, the target can again be brought back into focus as a sharp ring. If a cylinder is present, the dots will be drawn out into a series of lines, which will run along one of the principal power meridians. It will then be possible to bring the lines into focus at two distinct points on the power scale – at right angles to one another. Each will indicate one of the principal powers. Taking one of these as the sphere power, the difference between the two will indicate the cylinder power.

The direction of each of these series of lines will indicate either the plus or minus transposition axis - as appropriate. These axis directions can then be read off against the protractor scale. (b) The second type of scale is composed of crosslines, one long set – stretching across the screen. Another set at 90° to the first, and sometimes shorter in length, indicates the other meridian. Each set can, in turn, be brought into focus – thus indicating the powers in the same manner as the ring target. Each type of target has its supporters. The choice is really down to personal preference, as they both provide the same results with virtually the same degree of accuracy, although the ring target is not so easy to focus for very low cylinders powers. Each target screen will also have etched markings, which are used to indicate displacement of the light beam. This displacement allows the operator to position the lens correctly; when the target appears in the middle of the screen, the lens is correctly centred. This scale is also marked in prism dioptres (or parts) and once the lens has been correctly centred in the instrument any prescribed prism can be read off from the scale. The same scale can also be used when marking a prismatic lens prior to glazing. The target is aligned against the required degree of prism (taking base direction into account) before marking. The eyepiece of the ‘eyepiece’ type of focimeter can be adjusted to take account of any un-corrected spherical prescription that the operator may have. This ensures that the instrument is correctly adjusted to zero before use. Obviously failure to regularly check this setting can lead to incorrect results. A range in the region of –5 to +5D is usually provided. The latest lensmeters The older optical instruments do require a reasonable amount of experience to obtain accurate and consistent readings. For instance, some target graticules are not easy to focus, especially with low powers and cylinders. The latest automatic machines remove this dependence on the operator. The machine carries out the focusing and axis determination, calculates the addition for multifocals and, in many cases, even measures the PD’s. These can be shown on the screen, as monocular or full binocular PD’s as required. Automation of power measurement also allows a higher degree of accuracy to be introduced. Optical machines can be read, by a trained operator, to 0.12 with a reasonable degree of accuracy, but the latest models


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can improve on this. They will read to 0.12 without any trouble and many can even be set to read to 0.01 (one hundredth of a dioptre), if this is required – although this introduces a degree of accuracy which is not possible to produce in the surfacing shop! Abbe No., or ν value With the large number of higher index lenses on the market, the effect of the lower Abbe numbers needs to be taken into account. The lower value and the use of monochromatic light within the system (produced by LED’s – normally in the green range of the spectrum), can affect the effects of dispersion and therefore the accuracy of the readings. The latest automatic instruments can be adjusted or pre-set to take account of the Abbe number, thus ensuring accurate readings for these modern high index materials. In fact, some of the latest designs automatically detect and allow for differences in the Abbe No. Lens power mapping and image recognition The very latest instruments, still being introduced, have taken automation to new level. Some are fully automatic; the operator only has to place the lens in the machine (or completed spectacles on the table) and the system does all the work.

Fig 3: Progessive error map

These latest instruments can be classed as lens analysers, rather than lensmeters, taking the process of lens recognition much further than was previously possible.These latest designs feature two highly sophisticated technological advances – Image rcognition, for determining the markings on a progressive lens, or the segment shape (and even size) of a bifocal and Hartmann Wavefront technology for power mapping of the lens surfaces (Fig 3 shows a typical progressive area error map). Image recognition allows the instrument to determine which type of lens it is analysing. It can then choose the


correct mode for further analysis. Wavefront technology allows the instrument to take multiple measurements at the same time. This multiple measurement mode (combining recognition with Wavefront technology) means that the software can analyse the geometry of the lens surface(s), rather than just measure a single power. Using lens data from the entire lens can allow the system to determine (depending on lens type): • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Lens type Sphere powers Cylinder power Addition (where applicable) Axis Direction and orientation of the progressive corridor Shape and size of the corridor Power gradient for a progressive (shown graphically) Position and possibly the size of a bifocal segment Monocular and/or binocular PD’s Prism or decentration Fitting heights Refractive index (some models) Automatic Abbe No. adjustment (some models)

Many of the latest instruments have a built-in printer for recording the data (see fig 4). It can be seen that the latest lensmeters or ‘lens analysers’ are extremely sophisticated instruments, capable of carrying out all the tasks for full lens recognition and measurement required by today’s laboratory. Note that Hartmann Wavefront technology is based on a 'micro-optic' matrix. Each micro-optic is responsible for analysing a small part of the entire lens. In one instantaneous measurement, the user can now receive the equivalent of multiple measurements. This technology has no moveable parts, providing the user with a faster, more accurate analysis from all directions of the lens. Because there are no motorised parts, the system is Fig 4: Example of ticket print-out maintenance free.

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The following suppliers have kindly supplied information and images for this review. Further details can be obtained from their websites and catalogues. training required. Main advantages include accurate positioning (thanks Automation and Robotics list several to the positioning assistance – oplensmeters and lens mapping sys- erator independent – objective tems – using both reflection and measurement); accurate power transmission techniques. They allow measurement and go/no-go control the inspection and measurement of according to the ISO/ANSI standards; semi-finished, finished uncuts and ring method for power measurement in all direction (360 degrees); glass and metal moulds. complete lens control (near view, distance and prism reference point); minimal training required; user friendly and ergonomic; easy autocalibration; OMA/ VC-DCS compliant; and auto-check procedure. Focovision spf-2 is similar to the SPV-2, but is inInterior of the Automation & Robotics AutoMapper tended for measuring The Focovision by Transmission lenses mounted in a frame. It inSPV-2 is used in prescription labora- cludes frame positioning assistance, tories. It is connected to the com- and is also designed for sports puter network, from which it re- frames. It is the best instrument to verify ceives the nominal values of the prescription lens. Its main advan- lens and frame – inspection of tages are repeatability, accuracy, mounted spectacle lenses according easy calibration, and especially its to ISO/ANSI standards including acvisualisation system of the semi-vis- curate imbalance check. Other advantages are accurate poible marks or the upper segment line sitioning (thanks to the positioning corner of the addition. This system permits an accurate assistance – operator independant positioning on the different control – objective measurement); accurate points without any lens marking. It power measurement and go/no-go measures the lens optical power by control according to the ISO/ANSI using a light beam perpendicular to standards; ring method for power the concave lens surface at a certain measurement in all direction (360 wavelength (546nm or 587nm) and degrees); and complete lens control by measuring in all directions (360 (near view, distance and prism refdegrees). In addition, it has a user erence point). It also offers objective friendly interface permitting an op- lens position measurement accorderator to learn how to perform the ing to the frame: micro-engraving of complete lens control (far view, progressive, segment of bifocals, prism reference point, near view, OC/prism and cyl axis of single vision no thickness, shape, etc.) with little and check of the mounting –

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interpretation required by the operator. For single vision lenses: automtic correction of frame misalignment. The accurate positioning at the optical centre is not required. OMA/VC-DCS compliant, the machine is easily autocalibrated. Focovision sr-2 is used in the production of semi-finished lenses, glass and metal moulds, using local curvature measurement by reflection. It offers accurate positioning according to the reference points marked on the lens surface; accurate local measurement and go/no-go control according to the ISO/ANSI standards; as well as ring method for power measurement in all directions (360 degrees); objective Instantaneous measurement with high reproducibility; and minimal training required. User friendly and ergonomic, it is easy to autocalibrate. The Dual LensMapper (DLM) is designed to achieve very high optical quality control of free-form lenses, offering automatic reference marks recognition; immediate and automatic accurate error map calculation according to the reference marks; and process control. Other features includes checking of the front curve of semi-finished lenses (by reflection); fast, automatic and objective measurement (also designed for cut lenses); dual measurement system (reflection and transmission). Integrated into the Automapper automatic version, the Dual LensMapper gives a mapping of the prescription lens (free-form or conventional) and calculates FOA optical power at the reference points (FV, NV). For the free-form lenses, it compares the expected design to the real

lens and displays an error map. (See Fig 3 for an example) A go/no-go decision is made, based on the error map and the list of criteria defined by the lab. Because the A&R AutoMapper is task specific, and the system has a small foot¬print, it can be easily integrated into the lab, either directly after the surfacing or in the final control (also suitable for checking cut lenses).

cally confirms the measurement. The use of green light eliminates the need to enter the Abbe number and the special design of the marking system allows blocking and marking in one single operation. Both instruments can measure all types of lens (including tinted lenses to class 4 tint), plus contact lenses and the lens support adapts to all lens and frame curves and is per-

fectly suited to high base lenses. The wide space under the base allows excellent poEssilor list two lensmeters – the sitioning of frame temALM 700-500 –which are basiples. cally the same design, but with In the ALM 700 slightly different model measurement functions. They are of both power and UV both intuitive, entransmission are carsuring rapid and acried out simultaneously curate measureand displayed on the ment of all lens main screen. It also types. The operator measures inter-pupilsimply places the lary distance (half and lens on the lens supfull PD). An exclusive design feaport and the ALM auturing two nose supports makes tomatically detects the operations simple and efficient. type of lens and guides The design features a tilting colour the operator for centering and then automatitouch screen interLM700 and LM900 from Essilor



face (similar to that found on a smart phone or tablet) (ALM 700), with adjustable positioning, space for accessories and simple and fast replacement of marking tips. The adjustable frame rest has a graduated scale which allows quick and easy measurement of the right eye / left eye height differential. The two machines offer the following features:

Luneau Technology (Visionix) Luneau Technology produce two Visionix lensmeters based on patented Wavefront technology – the VX 35 and the VX 40. The VX 35 delivers fast and accurate measurements, using Wavefront analysis based on a 130 point Shack Hartman sensor, results are exceptionally accurate while providing a fast and efficient measurement. Benefits of 130 points in an 8mm cone are easy centering, increased accuracy,faster neutralisation of the lens, exceptional stability, auto measurement, and lens type identi-

fication. Technical features in- after pushing the measurement but- with user friendly tiltable 5.7 inch cluded for ease of use are use of a ton the whole process works on its touch colour panel, and refractive green light; accuracy is optimised, own automatic lens type detection. Index measurement. The refractive index is measuraregardless of lens type. The VX35 The VX40 detects all types of lenses: saves time by using the same opti- progressives, office and single vision ble with optional kit ‘Go-Meisan’. lenses as well as bifocals. No special software is required and cal path to measure UV transmisIt is compatible with all an operator can start it with graphsion and optical power. lens technologies and ical assistance on the measureA wide range of measment screen just by pressing the brands. urements is offered for With this instrument, lens mode button, and the index all lens types (25D and each point of a lens can be is automatically measured. up to 20 dioptres of UV transmittance measurement studied. Progressive and prism). Workflow is free-form lenses no with the visually-enhanced display optimised with a 7longer present a prob- shows the UV transmittance in the inch colour touch lem. The lens is studied range of 0 to 100 per cent by 1 or screen which tilts to over the whole area, so 5 per cent increments. The comaccommodate any even free-form progres- parison of the two lenses can be user. Other features sive lenses can be compared easily displayed. include high speed paralVisionix VX40 In addition, there is provision for and analysed. Technical speclel processing for easy proifications for the two ma- PD measurement, and pupillary cessing, low transmission distance can easily be measured. lens measurement, for sunglasses, chines are listed above. The LM-1800PD offers automatic automatic detection of progressive right / left detection with the spelenses, integrated thermal printer, Nidek cial PD slider, which also helps the pupillary distance measurement Nidek list six versions of their lens- operator easily hold spectacles and contact lens mode. while measuring. The VX 40 is a new generation meter offering a range of The next instrument in the of completely automatic lensmeter functions with the most range is the LM-1800P – simbased on Visionix Wavefront tech- recent being the LMilar in design the 1800 PD, nology. Pressing one button pro- 1800PD auto lensmeter. but with slightly fewer funcThis top of the range vides an analysis of the entire spections – omitting the progrestacles. With its innovative system auto lensmeter offers a sive indications. of frame support, the VX40 is one superior quality and an Completing the range are of the few lensmeters on the mar- extensive range of feathe LM-600 and LM-500 ket which combines automatic op- tures, including Hartmodels. The 600 range (3 eration with a high precision in mann sensor with 108 mulversions) follow the same tiple measurement points, measurement. general design of the 1800, Easy to use, the unique lens new lens table expandwhilst the 500 is of a slightly holder system allows a fast insertion ing the measurement of the frame with only one hand as range, full graphics LCD Nidek LM1800PD different appearance and is of-


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offers automatic recognition of sin- automatically and accurately. Users gle and progressive lens forms, can connect with computer(diHartman testing method, CPU rectly transmitting the measured high-speed precise computing, data into computer). Time and date displayed are in green LED light source and automatic Abbe compensation, auto- real time on screen. Input company matic identification of lens type, or shop information using single key, measurement, reading and mem- while there is easy and simple inorising of all data, 5.7 inch high stallation of the printer paper. resolving power LCD screen, with PD, built-in printer and inner UV Rexxam Co Ltd Norville part. Often dark tinted and polarised The DL 900 produced by Rexxam Among their large range of equipment and accessories, Norville list lenses cannot be measured accu- (sold under the trade name of Shin lensmeters by Topcon and Visionix. rately as the measured light is ab- Nippon) offers a new flat screen The Topcon instruments are the sorbed too far, and the instrument with excellent graphics display and LM-8 eyepiece focimeter, easily makes an erroneous judge- visibility. A newly designed optical available as the LM-8 – ment or can’t measure. unit and software allows the use The LM-900 optical system of green light for high level usabilCombination of corona processes the image uniquely in ity and accuracy. and crossline software, greatly improving This instrument offers a 5.7 target and the measuring success rate inch flat screen monitor that the LM- and reducing the erroneous can be viewed in both 8C – with corona judgement rate. seated and standing posiEyepiece focimeters by Topcon Low power sunglass target only. An options via a 60 vertical tilt tional prism compensator is avail- lenses can be measured function. A newly designed able to measure from 5 prism diop- to within ±0.12, Abbe optical unit, software and tres to 14 prism dioptres in 1 dioptre compensation is not reuser interface allow anyone steps. The instruments can create a quired and high astigmato measure progressives in barcode and are battery operated. tism power lenses can be an intuitive manner. measured, as can The Visionix instruments When the alignment is bifocal and trifocal listed are the VX 35 and VX correct the colour target lenses. Progressive 40 (see Visionix review unchanges and then when the lenses can be measder Luneau Technology for measurement is comured in high details). pleted the colour of the Shin Nippon DL900 by Rexxam precision (beAlso catalogued by Norville data window also tween long and near dis- changes. The operational state of are several lens thickness tance, manual measuring the process can be judged visually. gauges and dial lens measures (calibrated either for and auto measuring can Feather touch sensor buttons used n=1.53 or 1.49 and 1.60). Both be freely switched in the to interface with the screen enable measure to 20D in 0.25 steps. menu according to the ac- sensitive and accurate operation. One of the thickness caltual requirement). Also listed are the DL 800 (as the lipers has a digital readout Surface scratched lenses DL 900 but without printer) and with an accuracy of 0.1mm. LM900 by Medop can be measured and real the SLM-6000 with UV and PD UV measurement can be measurement functions. Pacific Optics Electronics displayed on the screen directly. Wide measuring range is ±35.00D. Topcon Co. Ltd (Medop) Real value is measured for each This company produces an auto point of lens and an auto identify- The Topcon EZ-200 automatic Rx lensmeter, model LM-900. This ing system can judge the lens type analyser is offered as a sophistifered as a cost effective instrument, whilst maintaining the quality and build of the other instruments, without some of the sophistication. All offer auto detection of progressive lenses and the 600 models include UV measurement and prism layout.


cated spectacle and lenses meas- measurements that are not deuring system, also the easiest to pendent on the operator’s skill. Screens switch automatically use. The EZ-200 allows the user to do an accurate measurement according to the lens specificain only three steps: First, insert tions. With single vision lenses, glasses and simply place the data is displayed in large figures. spectacles in the EZ meter. The When measuring progressive unique lens holding pins will hold lenses, far/near and the progresthem in place during the entire sive areas are displayed as colour measurement. No more lens map for easier interpretation. The colour map is an excellent help align alignment is required. Next, press the measure button in interpreting the properties of and the EZ-200 will automatically progressive lenses. A colour LCD screen provides a provide the world’s first simultaneous measurement of both the clear reading of sphere, cylinder, left and right lenses. Measure- axis, add, prism and PD data. ment of single vision lenses (both Progressive area and progressive right and left) takes only 5 sec- distribution as well as spherical contour are displayed onds, while progressive clearly though the lenses take just 10 secmapping module. onds. Analysing the measFor the third step, the urement value is not EZ-200 will automatically necessary, as the display the measurement specifications of the results on screen. Everylenses are instantly thing from lens detection shown with one glance of to data printout is fully authe measurement tomatic, making this an screen. ideal instrument for The instrument use in labs, busy clinics uses an LED light source and private offices. (623nm) and displays the Because the EZ-200 reresults on a 5.7 inch LCD quires absolutely no colour screen. Figures prior optical experiindicated are R/L, ence, anyone can obsphere, cylinder, tain accurate repeatable Topcon CL300 axis, add, half and full measurements in just a PD’s, plus progressive area map few seconds. The EZ-200 Advance employs a (mapped over 24 x 44mm). In addition to the EZ-200, Topcon Hartmann Shack sensor. Through the Hartmann Shack plate, the list three other lensmeters – the entire lens area can be scanned CL-100, 200 and 300. The CL-100 at once. Compared to manual is a cost effective entry level maalignment with a conventional chine with a clear, large LCD screen lens meter, this improved method and gives fast and reliable results. is faster and more efficient. Au- The user can obtain measurements tomatic sensing over a wider of all lens types extremely quickly, measuring area reduces the with fast display of the results. It chance of missing measurement can also measure contact lenses. Measurement of progressive points and provides repeatable

lenses is fast and easy. The machine automatically recognises a progressive lens and shifts the display to an hour glass representation allowing the operator to align the lens easily. As soon as the target is correctly aligned the lower section of the hourglass display darkens, indicating its readiness to measure the distance lens power. The lens table is then adjusted to measure the near ‘portion’. Pressing the memory button completes the lens measurement. The CL-200 computerised lens meter combines innovative technology with ease-of-use. It features progressive lens measurement, a large colour LCD monitor, and a new green light reading beam that enhances measurement precision. Due to the green light reading beam, Abbe compensation is no longer required. Rounding off the range is the Cl-300. This offers a new UV measurement function, providing comprehensive data for both labs and optometrists/opticians. Its compact, ergonomic design and intuitive colour touch screen ensure that results can be easily and quickly obtained. Features include LCD colour touch panel, compact slim design, automatic mono and multifocal detection, UV transmission measurement, green measuring light beam. Abbe number compensation is no longer required. Higher lens support ensures trouble-free measurement of deep base lenses, while white ink cartridge (supplied as standard – red ink optional) provides clear marking, even on lenses with anti-staining and anti-fog coatings.


October 2015


Rodenstock introduce Mercedes-Benz Style eyewear collection Progressive design and functionality are the hallmarks of the

Mercedes-Benz Style is also introducing wood-effect eyewear

2015 autumn/winter collection designed by Mercedes-Benz Style

as a special feature in this new collection. The designs

and eyewear specialist Rodenstock.

perfectly combine wood-

Incorporating newly developed materials, colours and shapes,

acetate rims with sides

the five styles of sunglasses and pre-

made of lightweight, high-

scription frames take the Mer-

grade stainless steel.

cedes-Benz Style philosophy of sen-

The frames offer the

sual purity to the next level. The

longevity of acetate, as nei-

entire collection is defined by uncom-

ther moisture nor extreme

promising quality and contemporary

temperatures can damage them.

materials. The focus of the collection is

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on a style-defining combination of materials and shapes.

Jil Sander/Rodenstock eyewear collection Jil Sander has introduced a new Autumn/Winter eyewear collection in co-operation with Rodenstock. The luxury brand, under the creative direction of Rodolfo Paglialunga, will now present the second eyewear collection developed in collaboration with Rodenstock. The design of two lines, female and unisex, is characterised by unusual shapes, high-quality materials and timeless colour combinations. For further details visit:

B+L presbyopia lens Bausch + Lomb, specialists in eyecare for over 160 years, have extended their Biotrue ONEday for Presbyopia range offering to cater for more established presbyopes. The lenses are made from Hypergel, a revolutionary material that stays wet, true to its shape, and truly comfortable, delivering stable vision throughout the day for up to 16 hours. The Biotrue ONEday lens has a 78 per cent water content and in trials Bausch + Lomb found that just 1.5 per cent of the 78 per cent water content is lost in 16 hours of wear, significantly less than most lenses on the market. For further details visit:

Fining pads New from PSL is their Transformer all-materials fining pad, which transforms as it fines from the original coarse state to a smoother, transparent condition. The innovative composition of this one-step pad allows it to breakdown during processing by fining the lens at different intensities, starting rough for heavy stock removal and smoothing down for an ultra smooth lens finish that a second fine produces. The pad achieves consistent stock-removal on all lens materials and has a cloth backing helping the pad to conform to the tool and making removal easy. For optimum results, PSI recommend using the pad with their Yellow Ultimate polish pad and Free-Form AR polish. For further details visit:


Centration measuring technology The Zeiss i.Terminal 2 sets the ‘gold standard’ in centration

the precision, reliability and ease-of-use of the i.Terminal 2, within

measuring technology for the optical profession, allowing

a quicker, more economical, flexible and hand

optimum performance of precision lenses to be experi-

held device.

enced by patients.

By investing in the latest measuring technology,

Now the company has raised the bar

customers can receive 100 per cent on the

once again with the introduction of the

Zeiss i.Terminal Mobile purchase through

Zeiss i.Terminal Mobile. The new mobile cen-

their Zeiss lens spend.

tration device operates from an iPad and is the

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latest Zeiss measuring tool for practices looking for

Head strap goggle A great new addition to Norville's sports eyewear range, the SRX10 multi-purpose head strap goggle is made from tough, flexible plastic, providing a comfortable fit. This all-rounder can be offered for a wide range of activities, from winter sports to jet skiing, paint balling, motor sports and more. The SRX10 is supplied with clear polycarbonate plano lenses, glazeable Rx insert and zip sports case. Rx range is +4.00 to – 4.00 with opp cyls to 3.00 (powers outside this range may be available). For further details email:

Orange eywear for men Independent frame specialist, Orange Eyewear, has bolstered its

combined with a blue side, or a bronze front which flows into a

growing men’s collection with a series of versatile, wearable

walnut side.


For those looking for something different, OR515 provides the

Part of the company’s own-brand range, Orange, the new frames boasts a mixture of classic and contemporary styles for the discerning

answer. The frame features a striking three-coloured, linear design. Available in colour combinations of black / blue / grey and black / slate / grey.

wearer. Catering for all eye shapes and

The bold design on the front of the frame flows

sizes, (as well as those needing a more

into satin acetate sides in black,

petite frame), the collection offers a

complementing this eye-catch-

broad choice for men, whatever their indi-

ing frame perfectly. (Size: 54 x

vidual style or preference. All metal frames boast a nickel-free emission coating which is an added bonus.

18 x 40). Model OR490 features a striking supra eye-

Among the latest designs in OR514, a lightweight full-rim metal

shape with a bold three-dimensional cornerpiece that then flows

frame. Focusing on a easy-to-wear front with up-to-the-minute

into angular-shaped acetate sides. With a size of 53 x 17 x 140,

Mazucchelli acetate sides, that have been treated to create a

the frame is available in peat and mercury and offers any age

matt wood effect, this frame is highly versatile. Available in size:

group an updated, wearable look.

55 x 17 x 140, this frame comes with a platinum-coloured front

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Glazeable swimming goggle New from Norville is the Progear H20, a high quality large cup recreational swimming goggle available in violet, indigo and smoke. Features include hypo allergic, latex free silicone eye seals and head strap, three interchangeable bridge sizes and a generous 41.5mm eye. Every frame is also supplied with a soft neoprene pouch. The recommended Rx range is a +6.00 to -8.00 with up to +4.00 cylinder, however the H20 is also suitable for more complex prescription needs. For further details email: sales£


October 2015


Innovative technology for Zeiss progressives The new Zeiss progressive lenses portfolio includes enhanced

allowing the lens to adapt to the wearer's physiological facial

product designs and innovative new technologies.

parameters. This solution ensures that

Individual 2 remains the top

3D vision is fully ulilised and

tier solution within the port-

also provides an opti-

folio; the ‘IndividualFit’ tech-

mum match of the

nology takes into account the

‘eye-lens-frame system’

wearer’s main daily activities and

enabling unlimited frame

provides a wholely individu-

choice for the wearer.

alised lens solution, whilst

Innovative Adaption

‘Luminance Design’ technol-

Control technology and

ogy ensures pupil size optimisa-

FrameFit+, both included within the

tion for best natural vision in different

Zeiss Progressive Precision Plus,

light conditions.

allow patients to select any frame

The company’s Preceision Superb progressive

shape or style, and achieve quick adapta-

features FaceFit technology which optimises the visual

tion to their new lenses.

zones based on the frame data, the position of the eyes

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and the fit of the frame on the nose and ears,

Norville eyewear catalogue Norville have released their 2015 catalogue, featuring 28 new models across both ophthalmic and sunwear. DC034-C1 is trendy, full rim rectangular eye with metal and plastic mix, flat press temples with inset brand logo and tort temple tips. It is available in two colour options – black/tort and gun/black. DC039 – C1 is a plastic frame with large full rim square eye in classic black with red strip running through centre and inset metal logo plaque on temples. DC041 – C2 features swan neck plastic temples, including brand name, with etched metal stripe detailing on the front. It comes in black and gunmetal. DCS023 – C2 is a slim line metal frame with etched details on temples and inset brand name. It comes in black and gunmetal – both with grey lens. Also included are DCS026 – C2, a full rim plastic tort frame with oversized eye and metal detailing to front and inset logo plaque on swan neck sides, and DCS031 – C1, a full rim flat metal frame with square eye, logo plaque and brand name on temples with plastic temple tips. For further details visit:

Kaleidoscope eyewear Kirk & Kirk's Kaleidoscope collection was inspired by Kalos, Greek god of beauty. Hand-making frames in France, from start to finish, in their signature Italian acrylic material makes the collection truly unique. Why acrylic? Firstly it allows the wearer to have a substantial frame but it is extremely lightweight – up to a third of the weight of a traditional acetate frame. Secondly Kirk & Kirk have access to a unique colour palette that allows the optician/boutique to differentiate themselves from their competitors by offering a distinctively different, yet entirely wearable collection. The collection has an indefinable finish, a polished glass effect that is only achievable in acrylic. For further details visit:


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Federation of Manufacturing Opticians


AIM Specialty Materials

Arch Crown


Fil-Tech Inc

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.

Comexpo – Silmo

Schneider GmbH & Co. KG

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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October 2015


2015/16 EXHIBITION DIARY 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 Optical and Ophthalmic Exhibition and Conference, Dubai World Trade Centre United Arab Emirates

2016 15-17 January

OPTI 2016 Munich, Germany

6-8 February

100% Optical ExCel, London, UK

24-26 February

16th China (Shanghai) International Optics Fair Shanghai World Expo Exhibition Centre P.R. China

27-29 February

MIDO Fiera Milano – Rho, Milan, Italy

18-20 March

Opta 22nd International Fair for Eye Optics Optometry and Ophthalmology Brno, Czech Republic

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EXPOÓPTICA Feria de Madrid, Spain

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Expo Abióptica 2016 São Paulo, Brazil

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International Vision Expo East Jacob Javits Convention Centre New York, USA

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DIOPS 2016 The 15th Daegu International Optical Show Exco, Daegu, Korea

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29th China International Exhibition Centre Beijing, PR China

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