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ew outside the United Kingdom understand the complex structure of the National Health Service. Truth be told, few inside the UK understand it either. Suffice to say, the NHS, though state‐funded, is comprised of a mix of public sector providers, commissioned private sector providers and ‘independent contractors’. Almost all optometrists are in the latter category, as are most dentists and those doctors who are in general practice (family doctors as opposed to doctors who work in hospitals). As the name suggests, independent contractors have contracts for the work they do and through which the NHS pays for their work. Earlier this year, NHS England contracted out the administration of these contracts to a large private corporation, Capita. On behalf of the NHS, it is Capita who are now charged with processing and making of payments to opticians and other ‘independent contractors’. The problem is, Capita’s accession to their role has been far from smooth. Opticians and other contractors have complained of errors and late payments, and a lack of knowledge and expertise among the staff employed by Capita to deal with queries and concerns. Leaders of the bodies that represent opticians have highlighted the financial and administrative burdens placed on practitioners and have described the service provided by Capita as ‘not fit for purpose’. Doctors have gone further; after what they describe as ‘months of concern’, the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee passed a vote of no confidence in Capita. Of course, votes of no confidence are not what they were. Time was when such a vote was the equivalent of placing a loaded revolver on a disgraced military officer’s desk. Those who suffered a vote of no confidence were expected to ‘do the decent thing’ and resign. Times change. In Britain’s House of Commons, Labour Members of Parliament passed a vote of no confidence in their leader, Jeremy Corbyn. More than 80 per cent of Labour MPs backed the ‘no confidence’ motion. Jeremy Corbyn, however, dug in and refused to ‘do the decent thing’. He remains the leader of a party whose MPs overwhelmingly refuse to follow him. In the United States, at the time of writing, Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency is showing every sign of implosion. US newspapers and an ever growing number of Republicans have called on Trump to recognise this and stand aside to make way for a more credible and competent candidate. Like Corbyn, Trump has as yet shown no sign of any inclination to ‘do the decent thing’. So, Capita too remains firmly ensconced. It will hope to weather the storm and shrug off the complaints of ophthalmic and other health professionals. Profit before honour.


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6 CONTENTS September 2016 Volume 45 · Number 384

INTERNATIONAL SCENE 2 · Uncertainty strikes again

OUTLOOK 4 · High Newsweek ranking for Essilor 5 · PPG’s Charles Bunch retires 6 · Waterside’s new operations manager 7 · ‘Optics in the Digital World’ 9 · Myopia control set to rise

FEATURES 10 · The military and eyewear development Consultant Editor Richard Chaffin 14 · MEI moves ahead Italy’s lens-milling pioneers 16 · Silmo preview Some of the highlights of this month’s Paris show

OPTIPRODUCTS 26 · Lens edging for smaller labs 28 · Super Optical’s new conversion photochromic lens technology

MARKETPLACE 30 · A to Z of optical websites 31 · International Suppliers Guide

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September 2016



Uncertainty strikes again


ome five weeks after Britain’s shock decision – Brexit – to leave the European Union there are mixed reports of its early impact on business globally and nationally. ‘The uncertainty is bad’ said one commentator attending the (long pre-planned) G20 summit of major economic powers’ finance ministers and central banks in Chengdu, China. Now where have we heard that before? ‘Uncertainty, upheaval, unpredictability’ echoed a doom-saying Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, as she reiterated her determination not to let Scotland (where a majority voted to stay in the EU) be ‘dragged’ out against its will when Brexit happens, if necessary by way of a fresh referendum on Scottish independence. So far, however, surveys among Scots indicate no fresh surge of enthusiasm. As this column went to press, the timetable for Brexit at least was slightly clearer. The UK will probably ask for Article 50 or the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to be activated around the turn of the year. This will trigger the start of the leaving negotiations. On the British side, a team of three top-level appointees will lead: the new Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, ‘Minister for Brexit’ David Davis, and Dr Liam Fox,


who leads a newly created Department of International Trade and Industrial Strategy. Heading the EU team will be former French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier, characterised by one UK commentator as ‘the scourge of the City of London.’ Conciliatory signs? The earliest indications were that the EU aim would be to give pesky Britain a Brexit hard landing, but the latest noises from Brussels, on the brink of the sacrosanct summer holidays, have been more conciliatory, hinting that access to the EU’s Single Market might not after all be totally incompatible with curbs on immigration. What is likely to be the overall effect of all this on business? Back at the end of July, the first hard evidence for the UK began to emerge, in the shape of the summer 2016 Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey. This was not encouraging. It showed a ‘dramatic deterioration’ in the number of orders placed, processed and paid for, both in the manufacturing and the (much larger) service sectors. The doomsayers, however, have since conceded that new British prime Minister Theresa May’s swift

InternationalSCENE action to establish a new ministerial team (including the Three Brexit Musketeers, Johnson, Davis and Fox) allayed some business fears at home and abroad. Meanwhile UK exports are benefiting from a 10 per cent fall in the value of the GBP, though of course import and business travel costs are up, and with interest rates reduced to 0.25 per cent, Royal Bank of Scotland group has intimated that if they are reduced further, there may be charges to business customers for holding funds de-posited. Other banks would be expected to follow suit. Britain’s new anti-austerity Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond came home from Chengdu with at least a half-promise of a free trade deal with China once the Brexit process has been completed. On the home front of opthalmics, the anecdotal evidence seems to indicate that the usual summer downturn in retail business is not much more than usual, so far. Is the ‘short term economic shock’ (Chancellor Hammond) already subsiding? We can hope so. Eyecare v eyewear Historically, UK eyecare practitioners have handled some 10 per cent of plano sunglass sales by volume, over 20 per cent by value thanks to big name and high end brands like Ray-Ban. Some optical retail store owners (over 80 per cent of whom are optometrists) still opt out of non-prescription sunglass sales altogether, citing high theft risks as one reason. Some go further by expressing their lack of interest in the technical aspects of ophthalmic lenses overall (‘I leave that kind of thing to my supplier’ said one panellist at Optrafair 2015). Their focus, among independents especially, is increasingly on the clinical aspects of practice eyecare rather than eyewear – though, to judge by recent consumer surveys, public awareness has yet to follow this trend. Will a legal case which made general press headlines over the summer give cause for thought? The first-ever British eyecare practitioner to be judged ‘Guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence’ is awaiting sentence as this column goes to press. Back in summer 2013, a woman optometrist working as a locum (consultant eye tester) with a leading UK chain apparently failed to detect swelling of the optic discs (papilloedema) in an eight year old child. The condition, detectable on ophthalmoscopy, is a sign of hydrocephalus (‘water on the brain’) which led to his death. At trial, the defendant said the

child had shown such light sensitivity when she attempted (presumably direct) ophthalmoscopy that she did not persist. Retinal photographs were also taken on the day – not by her; she testified that she believed she must have been shown photos from his previous visit, as they demonstrated no pathology. This sad story took the writer back to cub-reporter days, attending 1960s meetings of organisations including the then fledgling General Optical Council, ophthalmics’ state regulatory body. Then, direct ophthalmoscopy to detect signs of eye disease was already part of ophthalmic opticians’ responsibility as providers of NHS ‘sight tests’ … though their right and fitness to do so was still fiercely contested by some ophthalmologists on the GOC and elsewhere. Meantime, professional eyecare organisations had to contend with practitioners who shirked the duty of direct ophthalmoscopy (some on the grounds of resistance by child patients!). The unfortunate 2013 patient’s family’s and practitioner’s interests apart, this case could mean UK consumers’ lack of awareness about clinical eyecare by optometrists shading over into active distrust. It could lead too, to more diatribes by diehard ophthalmologists. ‘Why can’t they stick to what we know they’re good at – selling lenses and spectacles?’ one (fairly) friendly ophthalmologist asked the writer. Shady stories It’s an odd fact that adding a tint to lenses instantly transforms what many people still regard as a newprosthestic applicance (spectacles) into a must have accessory (sunglasses, shades). It is still too early to be sure if the 2016 Olympics with their attendant scares and scandals (from the Zika virus to alleged industrial scale Russian doping) will have delivered the customary global boost to sports sunglass retail, but the fashion emphasis this year, if columnists are to be believed, has been on coloured lenses. Not for their eye-protective properties you understand, but as a form of cosmetic. Coloured lenses (green, orange, green-brown, rose gold) are this summer’s thing. Embrace them. Any sunglass sales manager might welcome the news that a super model seeking a divorce settlement from a Saudi business man included 15 pairs of sunglasses per year in her ‘must have’ list. Estimated cost however, was only £4,000; she asked ten times that sum per year for handbags. W

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Essilor highly rated in Newsweek 2016 Green Rankings Essilor have been ranked No. 5 in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings, created in partnership with Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.


Since 2009, the Newsweek Green Rankings have been one of the world’s foremost corporate environmental rankings

Omega/Marcolin partnership

which assess the overall environmental performance of the

Omega, the iconic Swiss watchmaker, and Marcolin

500 largest publicly traded companies in the United States

Group, among the worldwide leading eyewear companies,

and the 500 largest publicly traded companies globally.

have agreed to an exclusive collaboration to create

With 61,000 employees in 63 countries, nearly 540 pro-

Omega branded sunglasses.

duction sites on five continents and more than $2.4 billion

The first summer collection is available exclusively

(€2 billion) in purchasing, Essilor’s ‘footprint’ is larger and

in Omega boutiques around the world from August

more diverse than ever. The company’s growth in recent

2016 with inspiration for the sunglasses taken from

years, along with changes in regulations and stakeholder

Omega’s strong heritage and timepiece design. This

expectations, has led Essilor to raise the bar in terms of its

has enabled many aesthetical and technical design

environmental sustainability responsibilities.

details that make each pair unique.




PSI — Don Company distributor agreement The Don Company Ltd of Korea, has appointed Practical Systems, Inc. as their authorised distributor in North, Central and South America. PSI will market, provide technical assistance and inventory the Don Company’s hard coat, AR and hydrophobic consumables. PSI have hired Todd Nachbar as their AR specialist to provide the technical expertise for implementing AR into their product line. At a signing ceremony held in Seoul, the Don Company’s CEO, Sheen Dohyeon, said ‘Don is really honoured to be entering in an agreement with PSI. We are very excited about the planned efforts from both Don and PSI to help one another be successful in this new venture.’


Todd Nachbar, PSI AR specialist, Jorge Figueredo, PSI’s international sales director, Patrick Hernandez PSI president, Dohyeon Sheen, Don Korea CEO, Dr. Manho Jang, Don USA CEO, J.W. Na, Don Korea export director



PPG’s Charles Bunch retires PPG executive chairman Charles Bunch retired on September 1, 2016 after 37 years with the company. PPG president and chief executive officer Michael H. McGarry becomes chairman and CEO. Under Bunch’s leadership, PPG accelerated its business transformation, becoming the world’s coatings company through strategic actions that focused its business portfolio, and that expanded and strengthened its international presence. During his tenure as chairman and CEO, PPG made more than 30 acquisitions and delivered extraordinary growth and record financial performance. Charles Bunch, 66, has served as executive chairman of the PPG board of directors since September 2015. He served as PPG chairman and CEO from July

Michael McGarry

2005 to August 2015. Since joining PPG in 1979, he held many important leadership positions throughout the company. In July 2002, he was named president, chief operating officer and board member, and in March 2005, he became president and CEO. Michael McGarry, 58, has served as PPG president and CEO since September 2015. During his 35 years with PPG, he has served in a variety of key business and functional leadership roles in the United States, Europe and Asia. In recent years, he helped lead several strategic

Charles Bunch

actions that have transformed PPG’s business portfolio.



Haag-Streit ‘Improving Outcomes’ course in London Haag-Streit, leading manufacturers and distributors of optometric and ophthalmic equipment, recently hosted two further ‘Improving Outcomes’ biometry courses at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London. The two-day course, which took place in July, was designed to help nursing staff, technicians and ophthalmic consultants get the most from their biometer. The first day covered ‘Improving Outcomes’ standard biometry methods, while the second focused on more advanced techniques, including an introduction to the revolutionary Hill-RBF calculator. Speakers for the event included David Sculfor, consultant optometrist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Larry Benjamin, consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust, both of whom are widely-recognised as experts in their field. The Lenstar LS 900 biometer was present throughout the two-days and hands-on demonstrations were available for delegates. The Lenstar provides nine measurements-per-scan in fewer than 30 seconds, improving accuracy and accelerating workflow. It offers more precise K readings than any other optical biometer and all standard IOL predictions are built into the software.



September 2016



Royal launch for flying hospital Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, attended the UK launch of the new Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, a unique teaching facility with an operating theatre and classroom on board an MD-10 aircraft. The plane will deliver training to eyecare teams in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America and will undertake its first official programme in China later this year. Orbis is an international eyecare charity that transforms lives by preventing and treating avoidable blindness, and works in developing countries training eye care teams, strengthening hospitals and

HRH The Countess of Wessex pictured with Orbis chairman Peter Hickson

working on the ground to provide lasting solutions to communities in need.


Lenstec to distribute Julbo products Julbo SAS products will be distributed within the optical sales channel by Lenstec Optical Group in the United Kingdom. Pierre Burgelin, international sales for Julbo says ‘We are very confident in the Lenstec team. The evolution of our plano program towards more technical lenses, photochromic and polarised plus the recent development of our own RxTrem line of optically corrected adult sport sunglasses will allow us with Lenstec to support independent opticians across the UK in offering new sports eyewear solutions which differentiate them on the high street.’

In Brief The General Optical Council has appointed Mark Webster as interim director of resources on a nine month contract until April 2017. He replaces outgoing director Josie Lloyd. ★ Marcolin Group, a worldwide eyewear company, and Dsquared2 have announced renewed license agreement for the design, manufacture and worldwide distribution of Dsquared2 sun and optical eyewear. The agreement extends the current partnership duration until 2021 ★ International Eyewear have appointed Bob Preston as managing director. Previously with Boots Opticians, he has spent 28 years working in the optical industry. ★ PPG have appointed Jeff Oravitz, previously chief executive officer of Metokote, vice president of PPG coatings services and president of PPG-MetoKote, reporting directly to Viktor Sekmakas, PPG executive vice president. PPG has completed its acquisition of MetoKote.


Waterside appoint new operations manager Waterside Laboratories have appointed Stuart Gemmell to the newly created role of operations manager. The Southampton based full service labs’ focus is offering independent opticians quality products with exceptional service and Stuart will be responsible for ensuring these high standards continue to be met. Bob Forgan, managing director of Waterside, says: ‘Stuart is joining Waterside at an exciting time. His extensive knowledge and expertise will be a major asset. ‘As part of our team he will work with us to continue to evolve our services and product range to help our customers compete and differentiate themselves in today’s demanding market.’

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‘Optics in the Digital World’ The first Zeiss Symposium ‘Optics in the Digital World’, was held in Oberkochen, on June 23, 2016 and networked around 200 international scientists and leading industry representatives. The focus was on current questions related to optics and photonics. This scientific field makes digitization possible, but digitization is increasingly shaping optics and photonics. In the future, optical technologies will be shaped by increasing digitisation and big data applications. These include computer-aided image processing, processing large datasets in optics, obtaining information from data, visualisation for augmented and virtual reality scenarios (AR/VR) as well as computer vision and machine learning. The Zeiss Symposium will be held every two years following the same format. The Symposium is intended to serve as a platform for optics experts to identify trends and research requirements in this field.


Opti 2017 will be the tenth to be held GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH will stage the opti exhibition for the tenth time from January 28-30, 2017. ‘The development of opti is a true success story,’ says Hans-Joachim Marwitz of Marwaitz Berlin, whose company has taken part in the exhibition right from the start. What began as a small and regional event has grown continuously over the past ten years, expanding the catchment area of the show. By 2019 two new halls will be built on the München fairground, right next to the four already existing halls. The number of international visitors has increased from about 3,000 in 2008 to over 7,000 in January 2016. The number of German visitors during this time has increased from about 15,800 to over 19,700.



September 2016


The 4 days of Optics 23 - 26 September 2016



Myopia control set to rise with professional recognition Overnight vision correction with tailor-made contact lenses

that the procedure can have a beneficial effect on myopia

for myopia control is set to increase as the UK’s leading

control they are expecting to see a significant increase in

optical organisations recognise the role of orthokeratology,

demand from people of all ages.

or Ortho-k. This is particularly significant as the incidence

Ortho-k stems from the Mandarin Chinese who knew

of myopia in UK children has doubled in the past 50 years,

that sleeping with tiny sand bags balanced on their eyelids

with children also becoming myopic at a younger age.

would gently flatten the cornea and improve daytime

The Association of Optometrists has issued guidance to

vision for the short-sighted.

its members, who represent more than 90 per cent of UK

In recent years the art has been refined to a near

optometrists, stating that ‘Fitting Ortho-k lenses can slow

perfect science whereby topographical maps are taken of

the progression of myopia in school children’. This has

the cornea and tailor-made lenses produced from up to

brought praise from the Association for Independent Op-

80,000 reference points.

tometrists and Dispensing Opticians, many of whose mem-

Worn at night, these bespoke gas permeable lenses

bers have been using the bespoke, specialist, treatment

gently flatten the cornea to provide excellent vision for

for some time. As the AIO stated, Ortho-k is a known suc-

the day ahead. Repeated use of Ortho-k lenses has been

cessful, and non-invasive, treatment for myopia control,

shown in a number of UK and international studies to have

practised by many of the UK’s independent opticians.

a lasting effect in slowing the progression of myopia in

Now that the Association of Optometrists has recognised

young people.



September 2016


The military influence on eyewear Consultant Editor Richard Chaffin discusses how modern eyewear development has been influenced by military research n the United States Army no soldier who requires glasses goes to the frontlines without two pair of army issue. Soldiers are considered a casualty if they do not have their glasses. The US Air Force issued flying goggles to its pilots with Bausch & Lomb G-15 lenses. These grey lenses do not distort colour and give good protection in the sky. During World War II the US government took over the control of all ophthalmic lens manufacturers. Output of lenses was reserved for the needs of the armed forces. Glasses are essential equipment for any military force. However, beyond that, today’s wearer has a lot to be thankful for to the military. Many of the lenses dispensed worldwide are directly or indirectly the results of military need and research. CR-39 Organic lenses are a prime example. Some time in the 1930’s the US Air Force may have determined the windows of fighter planes and bombers when made of glass were thick, heavy, and could shatter. The US Air Force was looking for a new material that had good transparency, lighter weight, and safer shatter resistance. A chemical company scientist, Dr. Robert Graham, was experimenting with organic resins that met these requirements. 10

Columbia was the name of the chemical company, experimental resin number 39 was the answer. Pittsburg Plate Glass manufactured the material, allyl diglycol carbonate for the military. When the war ended, PPG was left with a carload of the resin the military did not want. Dr. Graham had an idea that CR-39 could be used for glasses and bought PPG’s left over material. CR-39 had a slightly lower index of refraction than glass but weighed about half as much and had good optical qualities, although not quite as good as glass. Shatter resistance was also better than glass. Dr. Graham started a company called Armorlite to manufacture ophthalmic lenses. It was a success and CR39 went from a military usage to spectacle lenses worldwide. Dr. Graham eventually sold his company for many millions of dollars to 3M. He then went on to promote the birthing of Noble Laureates through the impregnating of a chosen group of ladies. That idea was a complete failure. Polycarbonate Another lens material that got its start from a military application is polycarbonate. Gentex is an American company that made helmets for the military. The helmets had clear polycarbonate visors that would fall into


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place for protection in emergency situations. Polycarbonate is an injection moulded thermoplastic material that has excellent impact resistance. Gentex opened a plant in a small town in Massachusetts, only a few miles from where American Optical was founded and had its major lens making facility. Although polycarbonate is a softer material that needs to be coated, Gentex felt its safety factors were significant for spectacle lenses. Gentex advertised polycarbonate as a glass lens that could stop a bullet. They hired John Davis, American Optical’s chief lens designer, and entered the US lens market. The United States was in a period of safety concerns for ophthalmic lenses, and product liability was a major issue. The US government promulgated a drop ball test for spectacle lenses. The rest of the world, however, had no interest and saw very little danger with the safety of spectacle lenses. Essilor bought Gentex’s polycarbonate lens business. In spite of Essilor’s efforts to sell polycarbonate lenses around the world, the only significant market lay in the United States. Trivex/Polyurethane Trivex is a lens material formulated with polyurethane. It is a third ophthalmic lens material having military origins. Polyurethane, an elastomer, is a substance that in different forms is similar to rubber and can be very flexible or very hard. As the name implies, Trivex has the three leading characteristics of safety, lightweight, and good optics. Lighter in weight than CR-39 or polycarbonate, Trivex’s index of refraction at 1.54 is higher than CR-39 (1.499) but lower than polycarbonate. Trivex is a thermal setting plastic cast product and because of its three qualities was of interest to the military. These same qualities make it an excellent lens for children. Polyurethane from Japan has also become an important lens material in the ongoing attempts to raise the indices of organic lenses. Mitsui, a Japanese chemical company, brought out MR-6 resin for 1.60 index lenses followed by MR-8 an improved version. They also pioneered MR-10 a 1.67 index and MR-174 a 1.74 index. Glass Not as well known is the advance of glass lens technology. At the end of the Second World War in Germany, US General Patton’s army captured the area where Zeiss scientists were located. They were given the option of coming to America for its rocket program. There were certain glass formulations unique to Germany that the US wanted. That is when Zeiss became separated into two units: one that remained in what became the Russian occupied zone and one in the US zone.


Glass lenses have some very special military uses. Because of their superior optics they are used in space and for all precision needs. Organic lenses are not useful in these situations. Industrial safety glasses usually use glass lenses because of their heat and chemical resistance. Lead glasses have always been available to reach higher indices, higher than crown glass 1.523, indices of 1.70. 1.80 and even 1.90. However, with the space program and other military projects, titanium glass lenses that are lighter weight have emerged for these higher indices. The losers won out Strange but interesting is the fact that the losers in WWII have now become the dominant countries in the ophthalmic lens industry. Germany, Japan, and Italy are the countries with the leading lens companies. Germany after its reunification has regained its leadership in the industry with Carl Zeiss. With the incorporation of Australia’s Sola, Zeiss is a major competitor to Essilor. Essilor, as a French company, is the exception to the rule. Japan is the other leading country in ophthalmics with the great success post war of Hoya. Japan has pioneered in both the glass and organic lens business. Hoya has been a leader in the hard and AR coating of lenses. Italy, always a design and fashion centre, has produced the largest most successful frame sunglass, and eyewear company in the world. Luxottica, from a small beginning in the Italian Cadore Mountains, owns Lenscrafters USA, Oakley, Sunglass Hut and many others. … and the winners What has happened to the winners? In the United States, American Optical remains only as a name. Bausch & Lomb has become a contact lens and medical supply company. In England ophthalmic lens manufacturing no longer exists; there are only laboratories. In Australia, another winner in WWII Sola built a global company in organic lenses only to have it bought by Zeiss. The ophthalmic world has definitely changed. Local manufacture of lenses and frames does not serve the eyewear markets. The European Union has done away with country borders for glasses. Laboratories dominate local markets more than manufacturers. Essilor realised that fact many years ago when it started buying laboratories in the US, Canada, England, Germany and other countries. Manufacturing of lenses and frames can be located anywhere – Thailand, Israel, Philippines, China, and Korea. Are the military of a country an important factor in glasses? Definitely yes, but apparently it does not matter whether winner or loser. It is all the same in the optical world.

MEI moves ahead Italy’s lens-milling pioneers


his summer, MEI of Italy achieved a successful transfer adds: ‘The company’s aim has consistently been to develop to new, larger, purpose-designed headquarters in the a portfolio of machines designed to maintain the best possiBergamo district north-west of Milan. So begins a fresh ble balance between performance and cost, unit size and chapter in the company’s accelerating progress as a major output, combined with the robust durability the industry player within the international lens processing industry. requires’. Over the coming season, MEI will launch a new staff and It is fitting in this Olympic year to remember MEI’s major customer training faculty based at the new HQ, drawing both breakthrough of 2003, when the firm brought to market its on their by now considerable internal human resources and first machine design capable of edging high-wrap sports those of this tech-savvy business region. lenses to prescription. Overall, edging technology has enMEI founder, Stefano Sonzogni (current chairman and abled MEI to offer an edging alternative which offers imtechnical director) acknowledges that it is only by chance proved reliability, higher productivity and reduced wastage. that the firm entered the lens business. His profession is as a Its relatively small footprint, versatile machines feature in mechanical engineer. Together with collabs and sunglass production facilities league Raffaele Scudeletti, he set up across North and South America, EuMEI in 1985 as a generalist supplier of rope and Asia. problem-solving machine equipment to In 2014, MEI introduced the complemanufacturers in the local area. mentary EZFit range to meet the needs Ten years later, one client was a plano of small labs and retail units. In 2016, sunglass producer in search of a lens they further streamlined volume lens edging system. MEI designed this equipfinishing with the TBA (‘Throw the ment utilising milling, not grinding, Block Away’) innovation. Now, the technology. It worked so well that lens company is settling into their purposemilling became the foundation on which designed and custom-built new home the company’s future was built. in Ponte San Pietro, a few kilometres Its impact on optics virtually worldfrom their previous home in the Bergwide has been transformative, both in amo district. plano sunglass and in prescription lens These premises provide four times finishing. As the leading retail optical the production space (around 24,000 weekly in UK commented in a recent Stefano Sonzogni, chairman and technical director square feet) with 7,500 square feet for survey of 21st century development: ‘Edging has developed administration and customer support, including a fully autoat pace mainly due to the innovative approach of MEI Sys- mated spare parts storage area. Aim for the production tems, whose edgers …. have become the equipment used by team is to complete 250-plus machines a year, with inall volume laboratories’. creased numbers of replacement parts. From MEI’s original mid-1990s experience in optics onAs Sr. Sonzogni emphasises, MEI regard their people as wards, their designs have always been based on lens milling their chief asset. The new plant has been designed to optirather than grinding technology. As Stefano Sonzogni ob- mise the work environment in terms of high air quality, with serves, this has been characterised as ‘the milling revolu- underfloor heating (all electrical power is supplied from tion’. ‘We like the idea, but in fact milling has been around solar panels on the roof). for a very long time. We have applied a principle we already Training and class rooms, and an on-site restaurant will be knew well from our experience outside optics. for customer and staff use alike, with a landscaped park sur‘For prescription lens edging, if you start from scratch, it is round for breathing space. Transformative technology with the logical thing to do in the era of organic lens materials’. He a human face!


Milano Eyewear Show Feb. 25, 26, 27 | 2017

Previewed on the following pages are just a few of the exhibits which will be on show in Paris later this month

AGP will display the last genera on of polishing slurries, Polilens + 714Y HC, a highly concentrated product designed to be diluted by the user, and New Vision Polish-FreeForm, a unique chemistry resul ng in highest stock removal on all lens types. For ophthalmic laboratories, AGP con nue to develop its range of diamond tools Diamond tools from AGP made in Germany and will exhibit some new tools. Cotec GmbH will exhibit materials for AR and mirror coa ngs as well as materials for super-hydrophobic Easy-to-Clean top coats. Based on the needs of the ophthalmic industry to print on hydrophobic / super hydrophobic lenses, Cotec have developed Matrix printers. Progressive lenses are marked with outstanding performance in 16

tant when using digital devices. IOT now incorporate Smart Add technology in their indoor product range, offering users extra quality and comfort that adapts to new mes. IOT will present Acomoda II and Office Reader II, their newest generaon of an -fa gue and occupa onal lenses. Both products have been terms of prin ng quality, prin ng improved thanks to new lens design techniques and op misa on algoadhesion and throughput. The Matrix digital prin ng technol- rithms developed by the company ogy replaces pad prin ng. There is no over the last year. As a result, these need of prin ng plates. Prin ng designs are now much so er and designs can be created on a PC easily. offer the user more natural vision Addi onal marke ng informa on with extra lateral comfort. can be place individually Acomoda II is a single vision on each lens too. Matrix lens for pre-presbyopes and systems are available in young people who have high different versions, e.g., visual demands at near with / without a hidden and intermediate dismarks detec on system, tances. Extra power in as stand-alone or intethe near region prograted into a producvides relaxing accomon line. moda on and eliminaBased on the current on of eyestrain: 0.50-0.75needs of the market and 1.00D. the success of their Alpha Office Reader II is an occupa onal lens for presbyopes Mobile progressive design, Cotec’s Matrix digital the IOT R&D team have devel- printing system who perform near and interoped Smart Add technology. This mediate ac vi es for long periods of me. It is available in three distances, enhances dynamic vision by providing agile focus changes at different according to users’ needs: 1.30m, 2m distances, which is especially impor- and 4m.

Acomoda II and Office Reader II ited. These products are displayed in incorporate Smart Add technology to combina on with three types of improve viewing of digital screens optometric worksta ons, the COS(smartphones, tablets and comput- 5100, OT-1400 (Nidek S.A.) and OTers). 2200 (Nidej S.A.), for advanced and Luneau Technology will be intro- sophis cated exam styles based on ducing Eye Refract, a revolu onary various customers’ needs. refrac on technology which The hand-held ARK/AR features a dual aberrometer Handy Ref-K and HandyRef that u lises a unique and innoprovide for high quality va ve technology which couexamina ons in any pracples an automa c refrac on ce, with a user-friendly measurement and a simultadesign and intui ve neous itera ve lens user interface. adjustment. New ‘SynchroScan This instrument technology’ suphas revolu onised the ports more accuprac ce of refrac on, rate and quicker offering quick, accurate, refrac on. and reliable measure- Eye Refract from Visionix Regarding lens edging field, ments. Eye Refract allows eye care the Silmo d’Or award-winning Meprofessionals to op mise me spent 1200 mul func on lens edger and with pa ents by offering a highly cus- the high-end new ICE-1200 blocker tomised experience with an excep- will be displayed together, both with onal prescrip on. It is fully automat- a new body colour. The unified, eleic, with eye tracking, auto-focusing gant white and grey colour combinadistance and near vision measureon is suitable for the machines ment, and has wireless capability which offer great performance, and is with tablet remote. a posi ve reflec on of the user’s The system is based on patented shop, office and lab image. Wavefront Technology developed by Two of Nidek’s most popular modVisionix, which offers a measurement els, the LE-1200 and the LEX-1200, of the eye featuring a mul tude of which launched just last year, will be points based on the wavefront, displayed. The standard model, the whereas tradi onal technologies LE-1200, offers 15 per cent faster lens measure a singular point or a just a processing than the previous model, few points. Visionix pioneered their while maintaining a high quality finpatented method which miniaturised ish. It is also equipped with new functhis tech¬nology. ons like mini bevel, which makes This process enabled incorpora on eyewear appearance more a rac ve. of the dual aberrometer found in the The LEX-1200 can process lenses for Eye Refract to allow for binocular all current types of frames such as refrac on in a real me producing high wrap and shallow-rim to meet excep onal accuracy. the demands of today’s op cal Nidek will display their full product market. line-up, from eye examina on equipThe LE-700 offers both simple operment offering a total solu on for all a on and high quality results, featurop cal business owners. The Auto ing an integrated intelligent blocker Ref/ Keratometer, Auto and a demo lens/pa ern Refractometer ARK-1 tracer. It is the best and AR-1 series, the model for beginners and Intelligent Refractor as an addi onal edger. RT-5100, and also the IndustriTonoref III, which has al lens edgfour integrated funcing systems ons of Ref, Kerafor high volSilmo d’Or award-winning to, Tono, Pachy in Nidek’s ume proMe1200 Multifunction lens edger one, will be exhibduc on and and ICE-1200 blocker 18

quality finish are also available from Nidek. Ogi Eyewear will introduce Seraphin’s neoclassical eyewear, a rare blend of iconic and trendse ng design, using modern and vintage elements which redefines the genre of affordable luxury and appeals to style aficionados the world over. The Barrymore, an elegant and highly wearable model, builds upon this collec on’s rich tradi on of design excellence. Handcra ed in a fla ering feminine silhoue e from the finest acetate, the Barrymore features a contemporary colourway that has been carefully polished and given a high-gloss finish. Silver detailing adds a nge of vintage flair,

Barrymore by Seraphin

and the unforge able fleur-de-lis, Seraphin’s signature temple p emblem, gives this new style all the hallmarks of a neoclassical. OptoTech’s team will be available to advise on every ophthalmic lens produc on issue. They will inform about the company’s comprehensive machine program and especially about the new high performance machines of the smartLAB Ultraline, the fastest free-form produc on cell on the market. All machines are especially designed to significantly speed up produc on. The centerpiece of the Ultraline is based on spli ng the milling and turning process to two machines that are op mised for each of these processing steps. The result is an increase in output of approximately 50-70 per cent. Moreover, OptoTech consequently use ‘Twin’ machines for the Ultraline, meaning two lenses will always be processed at the same me. For the milling process, OptoTech designed the ESM Twin-A, a brand new machine that offers excep onally high output of rough grinded lenses due to the use of two milling spindles. For turning lenses, the new Flash

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Twin-A is designed to work with two tool spindles (two Fast Tools). Due to the asynchron mo on of the Fast Tools it is possible to guarantee the 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. To complete the new Twin-A machines of the smartLAB Ultraline, OptoTech have developed the new digital-surfacing-polisher ASP 80 Twin-A, designed for full automa c high speed polishing of two toric/atoric or backside progressive lenses simultaneously. The ASP 80 Twin-A is equipped with two revolving tool spindles equipped with prepolishing tools and fine polishing tools, which adapt themselves to the topography of the lens surface. Lenses are processed with the new OptoTech edge polishing technology for faster polishing mes, longer tool lifeme and higher

OptoTech Twin machines

removal rates. Moreover the ASP 80 Twin-A has an integrated, fully automa c cleaning sta on and an op mised handling for shortest movements and highest throughput. One highlight at Silmo will be live demonstra ons of OptoTech’s B2Me Tool EyeWizard, a sales- and ordertool, especially designed for the needs of op cians. Pads4Labs will be showcasing their latest developments in edging and lens protec on. Their extensive range of products is now joined by a spin-coated, UV cured hard coat. Manufactured by LTI Coa ng Technologies, a majority-owned subsidiary of SDC Technologies Inc. TC3920UV is claimed to offer significant 20

Tintable hard coat being shown by Pads4Labs

the HTF as in conven onal hea ng systems. The unit requires only 15 fl. oz. (443ml) of HTF, a water soluble, environmentally safe, non-hazardous, bio-degradable oil blend. Visitors to Sasloh’s booth will learn how produc on and processes can work together perfectly, as well as learning news of Sa sloh’s genera ng and polishing areas. The firm’s generator, VFT-orbit 2, and their Mul-Flex polisher, present a perfect package concerning workflow, performance and produc vity. Both machines are intended for high volume digital surfacing: pair one VFT-orbit 2 with one Mul -Flex to produce up to 100 lenses, uninterrupted. Automa on concepts for both machines contribute to simplified opera on and maximum speed. Sa sloh’s new flagship generator, VFT-orbit 2, is equipped with a wide

advantages over products currently supplied. The ntable hard coat offers be er adhesion, even on hi-index lenses whilst s ll maintaining good Bayer values. Op Safe lens dye packets being shown by Phantom Research Laboratories, Inc. have been formulated a er several years of research and development. They are claimed to be the most advanced lens dyes available, providing the most consistent, uniform colours in the least amount of me. The molecular composi on of the dyes allows for rapid penetra on into the lens matrix, bonding to the lens and providSatisloh’s VFT-orbit 2 generator ing outstanding resistance to fading. range of features, guaranteeing the Plas c CR-39 (coated and highest throughput, quality and reliauncoated), hi-index, and polycarbon- bility. The new ultra-fast milling spinate lenses can be successfully nted dle, the proprietary milling tool interwith the dyes, which are available face for 14-tooth cu er, the VFT in water-soluble dye packets, fast tool and a design offering packaged in standard 10 packs. easiest service access Op Safe Digital Super Tinter are only some of feais a single quart tank hea ng tures. system combining accuThe Mul -Flex is rate digital temperamore than high volture control, variable ume polishing ‒ it has s rring ac on, split lid, three independently conand non-s ck tank (vat) trolled polishing chamfor hea ng lens n ng bers, enabling simultanesolu ons. ous processing of up to The detachable temthree lenses with different perature probe is immersed specifica ons. It u lises a in the nt solu on single revolu onary universal to reflect solu on tool that covers all standard temperatures, not OptiSafe Digital Super tinter materials and curves – sigthe temperature of from Phantom Research Labs nificantly reducing polish-



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ing tool inventory and automation complexity. This increases speed and reliability. Schneider will show their latest innovations and developments in the ophthalmic market. Customers will learn about the machine extensions of the Modulo Line, which captures the vision of a systemic approach in which all elements, measurement systems, conveyors and accessories are interlinked in one intelligent system. With the Modulo Control Center, the first production supervision system, Schneider opened up a new world of innovation: This control system, being the first of its kind, is

The Nano Line from Schneider

an essential component for controlling the whole machine network with a minimum of effort and a maximum of valuable information. The Schneider team will show new developments in de-blocking, tape-stripping, cleaning and coating solutions. One highlight represents the high volume EBC 1400 box coater. In addition, visitors will learn about the HSC Modulo XT, the new benchmark in high speed cutting, as well as the HSE Modulo, being the new performer in double spindle edging. Another highlight will be the Nano Line. With this line, Schneider takes another step forward in free-form developments. Extremely low investment costs, combined with minimal space requirements are the reasons that make the Nano Line the perfect 22

choice to produce high quality freeform lenses virtually anywhere. Despite its small size, it offers the same flexibility that the Schneider Sprint and Modulo Line systems provide, with no compromise on geometry range or lens quality. Decentralised production sites especially benefit from the Nano Lines great independence as there is no need for an industrial environment. The Nano Line’s easy operation concept and proven and robust Schneider technology allow customers to easily overcome the existing hurdles when starting their own lens production. Shamir are currently launching a new advanced measuring device, Spark Mi. Although it looks like no more than a stylish tabletop mirror, it actually serves as a measuring tool, a camera, and an interface with the optician’s computer, all rolled into one. Until now, measuring a client for a new pair of glasses meant holding rulers in front of their eyes or having them wear funny gadgets on their chosen frame, a time consuming process and uncomfortable for the client.

Spark Mi being shown by Shamir

With Spark Mi, the client looks in the mirror, as they naturally would, wearing their chosen glasses. The opcian clicks once, and the client’s image is captured. The image appears

on the opcian’s computer screen, along with an immediate and accurate, automacally measured PD. With that, the client’s measuring experience is done. The opcian can now get all the other measurements needed from the computer: FH, frame box, DBL, BVD, panoramic and pantoscopic lt. A great advantage of Spark Mi is its ability to take measurements also through dark-lensed sunglasses. Spark Mi is capable of clearly seeing the client’s pupils even with the darkest of lenses.

Teco’s X-Cube lens printer

Teco will present the X-Cube lens Digital Printer, which is already in use in many laboratories. An ergonomic desktop machine, the XCube offers unlimited designs, and its eco-friendly ink gives the best adhesion on the superhydrophobic. The X-Cube includes a very fast and proven printing engine, and also Teco patented optical system with exclusive three steps vision algorithm. An exisiting X-Cube can become a fully automated machine by adding the Teco RM module. Tokai recently launched Eye Care Design with their star product, the Lutina lens. Lutina is a new lens material which helps to protect the wearer from the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Studies show that the deterioration of lutein within the macula can lead to the onset of AMD. Lutein is one of the three carotenoid pigments that are present in very high concentrations in the retina of the

Tokai Lutina effect

eye or more specifically in the lens and macula. It has antioxidant properties and also filters blue light, both contributing to the prevention of AMD. To preserve the lutein in the eyes, Tokai developed Lutina which filters the harmful UV-rays beyond 400mn, thus protecting the lutein in the macula. Among the Westgroupe collections on display will be the Autumn 2016 collection from KLiiK Denmark. Drawing inspiration from Scandinavian design and European fashion trends, this season’s collection is a


balance of vintage inspired shapes and modern textures. KLiiK Denmark’s model K-562 is a semi-rimless, stainless steel frame with a modified clubmaster shape that adds a new twist to an iconic style. The ontrend revisited

FYSH UK model F-3561 from Westgroupe

retro look has a contrasting coloured bridge that ties into the two tone colour palette. It is available in ink, black, bronze, brown, purple, black and grey grape. Evatik autumn collection is a sophisticated combination of elegance and engineering designed for today’s modern man with clean, modern and masculine styling that is technologically inspired with an understated sense of luxury. FYSH UK collection incorporates the retro inspired trends on the fashion runways with their innovative colourful designs. One of the leading manufacturers and exporters of ophthalmic lenses and blanks in China, Y&S Opcal will be showing CR 39 hard resin lenses, 1.56 middle index hard resin lenses, 1.56 photochromic hard resin lenses, 1.59 polycarbonate lenses, 1.60/1.67 high index hard resin lenses, sun lenses and CR-39 polarised lenses, and the new patented Easy 150/156 lenses with power marking. Also on show will be micro fibre cleaning cloths, cases and optical accessories.

Redefine the Measuring Experience It looks like a tabletop mirror… but it’s actually an advanced new measuring tool. Client looks in mirror. You click. Client’s measuring experience done! Measures even with dark sunglasses!

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Exports measurements to ordering systems

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Lens edging for small labs and optical stores Presented for the first /me at Mido 2016, EzFit No Block, the

This module allows the next lens to be loaded while the ma-

latest and revolu/onary compact machine developed by

chine is edging the previous lens and, in combina/on with EzFit,

MEI has met with a huge market success in just a

enables the machine operator to correctly posi/on the lens with-

few months.

out any specific op/cal skills and automa/cally com-

This new machine is an important achievement

pensa/ng for any errors.

for MEI as for the first /me small labs and high-

The operator simply posi/ons the lens under a

end or high volume retail stores can now carry out

centering system that centres and removes the

ophthalmic lens edging without blocks. Un/l now

lens to introduce it in the cung chamber.

this was only possible with high-output MEI ma-

Based on TBA (Throw the Block Away) technol-

chinery designed for large-scale companies.

ogy, which is already present in some MEI ma-

Thanks to the NoBlock module, which is also avail-

chines, the NoBlock system streamlines the work-

able as an upgrade, EzFit can automa/cally carry out

flow and makes it even more compe//ve for small

error-free lens centering without blocks.

labs and op/cal chains. EzFit No-Block will be avail-

The NoBlock includes a lensmeter, blockless cen-

able in November, when the first installa/ons will

tering system for single vision, bifocal and progressive

be developed.

lenses, and automa/c machine loading/unloading

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with a dual loading arm.

Polycarbonate lenses

New frame designs from Norville

Vision Ease have introduced Clear Blue Filter FSV lenses. The

Dana Buchman have added four new frame designs to the col-

new polycarbonate stock lenses are available in 65mm and

lec/on. The colours of the new models range from the classic

75mm diameter from +4.00 to -8.00 spheres

shade black to gunmetal, raspberry, mocha and cherry, all with

out to -2.00 cylinder.

their own unique decora-

The lenses provide 100 per cent UV protec/on (400nm) and filter high-energy blue light in a crystal clear, everyday

/ve detailing along the temples. Each frame comes with

polycarbonate lens. Filtering proper/es

its very own cream-coloured,

are built into the lens, not a coa/ng.

crocodile paern case.

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Western Op/cal’s EZGrip driver features a finger rest which has

An opening in the shaft displays the blade configuration that

EZGrip driver an ergonomically contoured scoop to cradle the thumb and op-

is normally hidden from view, a convenient time saver. Coloured

posing pointer finger for a seri-

handles make it easy to colour co-ordinate a handle to a blade

ously comfortable grip. The

to save time searching for the right driver. Alternatively,

large rota/ng round cap dissi-

with a selection of six different colours, one can keep track

pates pressure over a large area in the

of which drivers belong in which

palm. More comfortable than a small cap’s

dispensing station.

pressure point or a cap with mul/ple sharp straight edges.


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Spectacles with memory Even under high loads, Rodenstock’s Indestruc ble very lightweight

which always returns the spectacles to their original shape.

frames always find their way back to the original shape, making

However, the innova ve construc on of a nickel/ tanium alloy

bent sides or expensive repairs a thing

is not the only feature. It is also designed with stylis cally

of the past.

confident and reduced styling. This results in an unobtrusive

Flexible and dimensionally

look that puts the personality of

stable at the same me, each

the wearer at the foreground

Rodenstock ‘Indestruc ble’ is

with very modern and con-

a true contor on ar st. Its

currently simple shapes.

flexibility is due to the highly

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func onal ‘memory metal’ effect,

Super Optical’s new conversion photochromic lens technology Super Op cal has officially released their full line of Conversion

means that its quality performance will stay truer longer. The

photochromic lenses. The Conversion technology quickly changes

special monomer used will not yellow over me, unlike the lenses

from light to dark and back, while blocking harmful UV rays. Con-

that use coa ngs. Addi onally, the use of a monomer solu on

version photochromic technology is now available with their Fast-

retains the shi -speed (rate from light to dark and back to light)

Grind ADDvantage HD Plus progressives, single vision, and finished

longer than coa ngs that start to decrease their shi -rate as soon

single vision lenses. FT 28 Conversion lenses will be available in

as a er six months of use.

the coming months as well.

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Conversion offers a fast and seamless shi between nted and clear. Conversion’s photochromic proper es are in-mass, which

Transitions bifocal lenses Transi ons Signature Flat Top 28 polycarbonate composite lenses are now available in both grey and brown. This means even more bifocal wearers can enjoy the photochromic performance of Transi ons Signature VII lenses. Transi ons Signature brown is the colour of choice for many pa ents, both for fashion and to enhance contrast. What is unique about this product? ‘Younger Op cs and Transi ons Op cal have developed a polycarbonate composite lens that incorporates a thin photochromic front surface bifocal layer made of Trivex resul ng in a lens delivering Transi ons Signature VII performance and superb segment cosme cs in a product that is surfaced, polished, edged and dispensed just like a clear polycarbonate lens,’ said David Rips, president and CEO of Younger Op cs. For further details visit:

Rx goggle from Norville Norville have introduced the Basto outdoor Rx goggle. The unisex

mirror – UV400 50 per cent LT, pale grey / gold flash mirror –

polarised Basto outdoor goggle is ideal

UV400 70 per cent LT, dark brown blue AR coated – UV400 20

for cycling and is available in black,

per cent LT, pale yellow - UV400 70 per

blue or silver. It comes with five inter-

cent LT and includes a crystal Rx insert.

changeable plano polycarbonate face plates: grey polarised, pale blue flash


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Fair & Cheer Inc


AIM Specialty Materials

Fil-Tech Inc

Arch Crown

Automation & Robotics

Bühler Alzenau GmbH Business Area Leybold Optics

PBG Piezoelettrica Business General Srl

Federation of Manufacturing Opticians

Groupe Couget Optical

Hong Kong Optical Fair

Phantom Research Labs Inc

POMDI-Herramientas De Diamante S.A.


Cerium Optical Products

Schneider GmbH & Co. KG

Coburn Technologies

Comes Fratelli Colombo S.r.l.

SEIKO Optical UK

Comexpo – Silmo

Stratox Ltd

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OLA (Optical Laboratories Association)


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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

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