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contents COMMENT 2


OUTLOOK 5 · Zeiss invest in innovation 6 · Safilo Eyewear product school


7 · Illegal contact lens sales 8 · Coburn’s new lab works director 10 · Westgroupe’s new marketing director 11 · Essilor/Luxottica merger progresses

FEATURES 12 · CIOF 2017, Beijing, China 14 · GfK report on European markets


15 · Optimal Technologies celebrate 20th Anniversary


16 · Silmo 2017 18 · Survey: Opthalmic Generators

OPTIPRODUCTS 22 · New progressive lens from Horizons Optical 24 · Free-form Green collection 25 · Innovative progressive lens

MARKETPLACE 26 · A to Z of optical websites 27 · International Suppliers Guide

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e make no apology for returning to a subject that has been something of a hobbyhorse for OPTICAL WORLD. For several years now, we have been campaigning for tougher rules governing sight checks for motorists. Regular sight tests are the norm in many countries, but there is enormous variation between jurisdictions. This is most clearly demonstrated in the USA, where the regulation of driving and the issuing of licences is a matter for state rather than federal government. In many states, driving licences are issued for periods of only five years and motorists have to have their sight tested before each renewal. In other states, there is no requirement for regular sight tests. In some states, drivers have their peripheral vision checked but in others this remains untested. The UK has maintained virtually unchanged a system that applies only the most cursory vision check at the time a driver takes their driving test. Drivers are merely asked to read a number plate at a distance of 20.5 metres. Driving tests are mostly taken by people in their teens or early twenties, so this light‐touch test supposedly covers them for the next 50 years. It is only when a motorist reaches the age of 70 that any further confirmation of their eyesight is sought. Successive surveys have shown the inadequacy of this system. To be sure, there is guidance that people should have their vision checked every two years but the guidance carries no weight. A recent free screening offered by Vision Express in motorway service stations found more than three quarters were overdue an eye test. More than a third said they hadn’t had a sight test in at least 10 years and 16 per cent admitted they had never had their eyes checked. This is not a matter over which there is public resistance. Every survey shows that people overwhelmingly agree that motorists should have their vision checked regularly. There are laws in the UK requiring drivers to wear seat belts and new laws prohibiting drivers’ use of mobile phones. Why have our legislators been so reluctant to step up the regulations to require drivers to take regular sight tests? Do we have to wait for more tragic loss of life before law‐makers agree sagely that ‘something must be done’? We are beginning to see the way being paved for the introduction of driverless cars. We still have a few years ahead of us of tentative road‐testing but, a generation from now, computer‐ driven cars will be commonplace. Two generations hence, people will marvel that erratic unreliable humans were ever allowed to sit behind the wheel. The careless regulation of drivers’ sight testing will be one of the causes of much mirth and amazement among our 22nd Century descendents, just as we puzzle over the arcane practices of the Victorian era.

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‘THE NEW RED EMPEROR’ ur title this month is the name commentators have coined for People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping following his marathon, three and a half hours long, address at the Communist Party of China’s national congress held as this winter began. More than 2,300 delegates (nearly all men) unanimously approved recognising The Thoughts of Mr Xi as deserving of incorporation into China’s constitution – guaranteeing a long term future for his ideas and the President’s own status as the mightiest Chinese leader since ‘Father of the country’ Mao Zedong. These ideas include further development of the Belt and Road infrastructure project covering transport and trade access between China and Europe via many points in between, a ‘New Era’ interpretation of the medieval Silk Road. Mr Xi forecast a staged process of Chinese social and economic development. From now until 2020 the focus, he said, will be on building a ‘moderately prosperous society’ in all respects. This phase will be followed by completion of a ‘socialist modernisation’ process up to 2035. Then, China is predicted to emerge as a country that will be ‘prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful’, according

to its President. (‘Beautiful’ apparently, will include environmental improvements; no more smog in China’s still fast growing industrial megacities). Observers at this congress noted that the (all-male) Politburo team elected to help implement the plan included no obvious successor, which may confirm that Mr Xi hopes to stay around to see a major part of it put into effect. Tackling myopia The Thoughts of President Xi also focused on the consumer future that an increasingly prosperous population will demand, along with pursuing to a ‘successful victory’ the national fight against corruption, and easing international business access to China’s markets for goods and, significantly, services in what is still acknowledged to be a developing country. Whether, and how, the so-called ‘myopia epidemic’ affecting above all people of Chinese race will influence the scope and trend of demand for and growth in China’s ophthalmics by 2050, who can tell? ‘Democratic Socialism’ continues to form part of the principles Xi’s Politburo aims to deliver. How will this impact on ‘one country two systems’ Hong Kong, which was holding its annual oph-


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InternationalSCENE thalmic conference and exhibition as this issue went to press? In national and international terms ophthalmics may be a niche industry; for ophthalmics, China and Hong Kong over the last decade and more have become increasingly large and important links in the global industry supply chain. A record attendance at the China International Optics Fair (CIOF) held in Beijing the month before the congress – see report elsewhere in this issue – underlined this acknowledged importance, with exhibitors from, among others, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, the UK, the USA and South Korea. The latter’s national pavilion was organised under the shadow of North Korea’s nuclear warfare threats. As this issue went to press, US President Donald Trump was embarking on a major tour of East Asia, which featured talks in Beijing with Xi Jinping, and, in Da Nang (Vietnam) Donald Trump’s strident reassertion of the ‘America first’ principle in respect of trade. African promise One of China’s promises for its long-term future, expressed following the National Congress, is that its emergence into the brave new world of the mid-century will ‘never’ feature attempts at ‘hegemony’ – international domination – or ‘expansion’. These promises have not precluded major activity already in Africa, where China operates, for example, mines for a variety of substances from iron to cobalt and the infrastructure works such enterprises and others require. Africa has to date been the least economically significant continent in the world, bar Antarctica, for Western businesses like ophthalmics to take account of, despite the initiatives taken by individual firms like the UK’s Adlens. But – with a little help from its Chinese friends? – all that is set to change over the next decade. It is to be hoped one change will be to the social situation in Nigeria which led to the kidnapping of a group of UK optical charity workers, reported just as this issue went to press. Population growth is projected to rise to 2.5 billion by the mid-21st century. This looks sure to be accompanied in some form by the processes of accelerating urbanisation and industrialisation. Could this in turn bring African 4

countries to the fore as producers of or customers for mid-century ophthalmic goods? And could Africa join Europe – or even East Asia, with its incidence of 80 per cent or above – as a continent of myopes? If so, there will be a massive task to do in a hurry, to create systems which offer reliable mass access to quality eyecare and eyewear services. The rise of African markets could, on practical and pragmatic grounds, help promote the fast track development of fresh methods of eyecare service delivery for a digital age. The African continent is home to a number of individual markets, like Egypt and to some extent South Africa, which have already made significant contributions to ophthalmic and ophthalmological innovation. Might we see more countries follow the ‘Going South’ trajectory foreseen by OPTICAL WORLD consultant editor Dick Chaffin in his millennial speech to one of this journal’s symposia? It is notable that buyers (there were over 70,000 in total, nearly 15 per cent more than in 2016) came to CIOF this year from a list of African nations that as well as Egypt included Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Screen saver One item of modern technology reported to be already in widespread use in today’s Africa is the mobile phone. Back in the developed world, the smart phone has become the go-to all-purpose device central, if not essential, to daily life. A major disadvantage has been that screens crack and shatter all too easily. Now a Sussex University, England, research team claims to have found the solution with a screen, just as clear and flexible as users require, composed of silver nanowires in a one-atom thick graphene matrix. This substance has the additional advantage of costing less than traditional screens, and not needing, as these do, protective glass coating. Of interest, surely, to every business team which depends on smart phones for communications, plus a multitude of other purposes – and today, is there any which does not? Also: it is impossible not to wonder whether there is perhaps a high-end lens application lurking somewhere in the background to this story of innovation.


Zeiss invest €30 million in innovation hub at Karlsruhe Zeiss plans to build a new shared innovation hub on the

Everyone will benefit from this unique combination of

north campus of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

physical and thematic proximity.’


Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018; the €30 million hub will cover 12,000 square meters. With the innovation hub, the global technology leader in optics and optoelectronics is making a sustainable investment in Germany as a place for innovation. As an active sponsor of the sciences, these closer links between industry and science mean that synergy effects can be utilised more intensively. Zeiss wants the hub to house high-tech and digital startups, as well as its own innovation and new business activities. KIT will thus join forces with Zeiss experts to pave the way for the technologies of the future. Professor Dr Michael Kaschke, president and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG said: ‘We look forward to opening a site in the new location of Karlsruhe. This new concept means the Zeiss innovation hub will become a shared centre for science, start-ups and leading technology companies.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, vice president of KIT, pictured with Prof Dr. Michael Kaschke, president and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka, president of KIT.


December 2017



De Rigo and Fila renew licensing contract

Safilo/Rebecca Minkoff eyewear licensing agreement

De Rigo, one of the world’s leading eyewear companies,

Safilo, the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator, manu-

and Fila Luxembourg S.àr.l., owner of the Fila brand globally,

facturer and worldwide distributor of quality and trust,

announce the renewal of the licencing agreement for the

and Rebecca Minkoff, the US industry leader in luxury

design, production and distribution of Fila branded eyewear

handbags, accessories, and apparel with a playful and

frames and sunglasses in EMEA, the Americas, Australia and

subtly edgy creativity, have announced their new licensing

New Zealand.

agreement for the design, manufacturing and distribution

The collaboration between the two companies has been

of the Rebecca Minkoff collections of sunglasses and

extended to 2023, confirming and consolidating the partnership

optical frames. The agreement will run for seven years

first launched in 1996. With double digit growth in turnover

through December 31, 2024 and the scope will be world-

in 2016 and a positive start to 2017, Fila branded eyewear


plays an important role in De Rigo’s brand portfolio. The

The brand’s first sunglass collection will be launched in

key to the brand’s success is its positioning as a designer

the fourth quarter of 2018, followed by an optical collection

brand product, in a well-defined market segment.

in January 2019.



Safilo opens third edition of eyewear product school The third edition of the Safilo Eyewear Product School opened on September 18, 2017: a structured 3-year apprenticeship, unique in the global eyewear industry, that blends the cutting-edge requirements of artisan mastery with an international business context. Safilo founded the Eyewear Product School in 2015, confident in the power of its historic industry leadership and legacy of generations of eyewear masters. In its academic year of 2017/18, this third edition also marks the upcoming 140th anniversary of Safilo’s craftsmanship origins that date back to 1878.


Barberini Eyewear and 8 Points Inc distribution agreement Barberini Eyewear and 8 Points Inc. have announced an exclusive distribution agreement for the collection of sunglasses and prescription sunglasses for Canada and the United States. Stefano Fabris, Barberini Eyewear general manager, said: ‘Our company has a long history in the production of high quality optical glass lenses and we are known all over the world especially for this.’



Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award joint winners The 2017 António Champalimaud Vision Awards took place in September in Lisbon with joint winners announced for their outstanding contribution towards the prevention and alleviation of blindness and visual impairment in developing countries. The winners are Sightsavers, an international organisation working in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently, and CBM, an international Christian disability and development organisation transforming the lives of people with disabilities and communities at risk in the world's poorest places.




Crisis at Christmas 2017 calls for volunteers The optical service of Crisis at Christmas is looking for keen volunteers to make the clinics as successful as last year. During the seven days of clinics hundreds of homeless people come to have their eyes examined and last year 289 pairs of specs were dispensed and 22 referrals made to hospital for further investigations. Vision Care for Homeless People, which has been running the service in conjunction with Crisis for 14 years, is also looking for donations of domiciliary kit that can be used at the various London centres. Elaine Styles, Chair of VCHP, explained ‘Each Christmas, the generous optical industry comes to our aid, lending us domiciliary testing equipment, donating frames and supplies and glazing spectacles. This December we are looking to provide a comprehensive service for what is, sadly, a growing homeless population in our capital.’


100% Optical is back with a bang 100% Optical returns to ExCeL, London for its fifth an-

of Lindberg, Jaeger and Henry Beaumont, who are just

niversary and is all set as the place to see and be seen in

some of the market leaders returning to the show. Exhibitors


celebrating their fifth year include William Morris, Shamir,

Attracting over 8,000 UK and international visitors, the vibrant event takes place between January 27-29, in the

Eyewear Company and Zuma. Exciting debut exhibitors include Von Arkel, Anglo American and Bolon.

UK capital and gives manufacturers, distributors and sup-

Event director Nathan Garnett said, ‘We are really

pliers the perfect platform to launch new products and in-

excited about the fifth 100% Optical. It will feature the

crease brand awareness within the optical market.

biggest line up ever with lots of returning brands and also

The show’s growing exhibitor line-up includes the likes

major new signings.’


Illegal contact lens sales The Association of Optometrists is working in collaboration with the General Optical Council to tackle the illegal sale of zero-powered cosmetic and novelty contact lenses. In the UK, zero-powered cosmetic contact lenses can be supplied only under the supervision of a registered optometrist, dispensing optician or medical practitioner but many High Street shops, who stock them without the required practitioner, are in breach of the law. The AOP and GOC have jointly produced an information leaflet Do you know the law on selling contact lenses?, which sets out the facts and the GOC’s legal remit in this area to take action. The leaflet has been developed for use by optical practitioners who wish to advise local suppliers of the law around contact lenses, and inform them that they should stop selling them illegally.



December 2017



Coburn Technologies welcome new director of lab works Coburn Technologies, Inc. have appointed Jason Arnold director of lab works for the US market. As a seasoned veteran in the optical industry, Arnold is working very closely with the US Sales team to drive revenue growth and continue market share gains in the laboratory market. He reports directly to Wayne Labrecque, vice president of sales. Arnold re-joins Coburn to work as a driving force in the lab market with primary focus on Coburn’s new developments in lens surfacing, coating, and cleaning. Previously, he held senior sales positions with Allergan Eye Care and Kowa American Corporation.

Jason Arnold


L’Amy America multi-year agreement with Canali L’Amy America, part of International Luxury Group, announces

per cent Made in Italy luxury men’s eyewear collection

it has entered into an exclusive multi-year license agreement

under the Canali brand name,’ says Stephen Rappoport,

with Canali to market and distribute a luxury collection of

president and CEO of L’Amy America.

sunglasses and ophthalmic frames under the Canali brand.

‘Incorporating the highest level of craftsmanship

‘The Canali name is synonymous with tailor-made Italian

coupled with luxurious materials, the Made in Italy col-

luxury and men’s elegance with a heritage developed since

lection will feature meticulous attention to detail and

1934, and we are delighted to leverage the brand’s

the perfect blending of technology and craftsmanship,’

excellence and artisanal know-how crafting a refined 100

says Rappoport.


Maui Jim extend relationship with charity partner Optometry Giving Sight Maui Jim, Inc., has announced an extended relationship with eye care charity, Optometry Giving Sight. As the brand's international charity partner, Maui Jim now builds upon its existing status as European Silver Sponsor by pledging additional financial support for this important cause.



Contamac’s FDA clearance Contamac, the market leading manufacturer of contact and intraocular lens materials, has received FDA clearance for its hexafocon A material, HEXA100. The clearance has been granted for spherical, toric, ultifocal/bifocal, irregular cornea and orthokeratology indications as well as for use with Tangible Hydra-PEG treatment.



David Chow made Honorary Fellow of HK City University On the recommendation of the Honorary Awards Committee of the Council, Dr Chung Shui-ming in his capacity as ProChancellor of the City University of Hong Kong, has approved the award of the title of Honorary Fellow to David Chow in recognition of his distinctive contribution to the development of, and service to, the University. The ceremony took place on September 29, 2017. This comes several years after the City University of Hong Kong commemorated the renaming of Lecture Theatre 4 to Mr and Mrs David T F Chow Lecture Theatre at a ceremony in January 2013. The renaming of the lecture theatre was in recognition of Mr David Chow Tak-Fung’s generous donation to the University and his contributions to society. David is founder and managing director of Easy Power Limited. He is currently also president of the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association. W


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WestGroupe welcome new marketing director WestGroupe have announced the appointment of Shaleen Ratansi to the position of marketing director. Shaleen brings with her to WestGroupe over 15 years of design, branding and marketing experience. Previously from the fashion industry, Shaleen joined the optical industry over three years ago, working for a leading optical company, overseeing the creation of campaigns, branding, media strategies, events and tradeshows for the North American market. Her international background provides a global perspective of successfully evaluating and implementing brands, marketing strategies and developing bespoke content for a vast range of markets.



IACLE Lifetime Achievement Award The International Association of Contact Lens Educators has presented the IACLE Award for Lifetime Achievement in Contact Lens Education to Australian educator and researcher Professor Deborah Sweeney. Professor Sweeney received the award at the IACLE Congress on Contact Lens Education held in Hyderabad, India on September 9-10. Her contribution to global contact lens education includes serving as IACLE president from 2000-2011, and as its secretary and treasurer for 10 years, having first become a member in 1990. She has held executive roles at the Cornea & Contact Lens Research Unit, School of Optometry and Vision Science University of New South Wales, Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Eye Research & Technology and Vision CRC. Her current role is Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of Western Sydney. Professor Sweeney received her award from IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo, following a tribute from Professor Desmond Fonn, recipient of the firstever IACLE Award for Lifetime Achievement in Contact Lens Education, who was among the IACLE Congress speakers.

Professor Deborah Sweeney receives the IACLE Award for Lifetime Achievement in Contact Lens Education from President Dr Shehzad Naroo (right ) after a tribute from Professor Desmond Fonn (left )


Institution named after Brien Holden Brien Holden’s influence in eye care in India has been im-

helped develop LVPEI’s clinical research capabilities after

mortalised following the inauguration of the Brien Holden

it was established in 1987. His contributions were later

Institute for Optometry and Vision Sciences by L.V. Prasad

recognised in the naming of the Prof Brien Holden Eye Re-

Eye Institute (LVPEI). The newly named institution, which

search Centre at LVPEI.


incorporates the Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry, specialises in education, research, patient care and human resource capacity building in optometry. LVPEI, one of the leading eye research, treatment and teaching hospitals in India, has been a long-time collaborator with Brien Holden Vision Institute, dating back to the 1980s. Brien Holden first met Dr Nag Rao, the founder and chair of LVPEI, in the 1970s and Professor Holden Dr Nag Rao and the late Professor Brien Holden



FIA and Essilor road safety partnership At the 2nd World Congress of Optometry held in September, Essilor and The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), announced to the optical industry their commitment to promoting the role of vision in road safety. This partnership received the distinct endorsement of the World Council of Optometry and the Vision Impact Institute. The partnership was applauded for its efforts to promote vision as a key pillar of road safety on a global scale through wide awareness-building campaigns. ‘For years, vision has taken a back seat on the road safety agenda — in fact, we have seen it virtually disappear from the global discussion,’ said Dr Uduak Udom, president, World Council of Optometry. ‘As optometrists, we know that road safety begins with good vision, and I am pleased to place the WCO collective stamp of approval on this partnership and the work it will accomplish to prioritise the role of vision in driving over the coming years.’


Laura Viscovich appointed VP corporate communications at Essilor Essilor have appointed of Laura Viscovich as vice president

several senior communications positions at the company,

corporate communications.

Laura Viscovich replaces

where she most recently successfully contributed to

Lucia Dumas who has decided to pursue a new opportunity

building Essilor’s reputation as a mission-driven company

outside the company. Lucia served as VP corporate com-

in her role as Mission Communications Director. Prior to

munications for five years, a period of strong growth

that, she gained corporate communications experience

during which time she contributed to accelerating corporate

working agency-side and in-house at French-listed com-

visibility both internally and externally.

panies including Sperian Protection (Honeywell) and

Since joining the Essilor Group in 2006, Laura has held



Hilary Halper appointed CFO at Essilor Essilor have appointed Hilary Halper as chief financial officer. Hilary Halper replaces Géraldine Picaud who has decided to pursue opportunities outside the company. Géraldine served as CFO for seven years, during which time she contributed to the performance of the company as well as the development of the finance and acquisitions functions. Prior to joining the company as vice president, global head of mergers and acquisitions, Hilary held positions of increasing responsibilities in finance at companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Deutsche Bank and Ernst & Young.



Essilor/Luxottica combination continues to progress Essilor and Luxottica

confirm that the European Commission has initiated a Phase II review of their proposed

combination as expected given the size of the parties. Both companies are confident that Phase II will be completed in a timely manner and will closely co-operate with the European Commission to fully demonstrate the rationale of the proposed combination and the benefits that it will bring to customers, consumers and all the eyewear industry players. The companies reaffirm the objective to close the transaction around the end of the year, in co-operation with the relevant authorities. The transaction has been unconditionally cleared so far in Russia, India, Colombia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. As announced on January 16, 2017, Essilor and Delfin, the majority shareholder of Luxottica Group, signed an agreement designed to create an integrated global player in the eyewear industry with the combination of Essilor and Luxottica.



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Record aendance for Beijing opcs fair IOF 2017, the 30th China International Optics Fair, held on September 6-8, 2017 at the China International Exhibition Centre, Beijing, ended on a high note with a record number of buyers attending the event. With the slogan of ‘Eye on the world’ this year, the fair drew over 70,000 buyers from 71 countries and regions, up 14.8 per cent over the previous year. The increase in buyers from various countries shows that CIOF is an excellent trading platform for promotion and sourcing in the global eyewear industry. The latest international and Chinese cutting-edge eyewear products and technology were presented from all over the world. Official support The exhibition is endorsed by The Ministry of Commerce of China as one of their 108 recognised distinguished exhibitions, which are reviewed on an annual basis and receive support from the Chinese Government, and also by the China National Light Industry Council as one of their best 10 exhibitions in China and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce. This year΄s CIOF 2017 was fully supported by 735 exhibitors, with 259 global brands from 23 countries and regions on display. In addition to the large exhibition area of 55,000 square metres in the exhibition centre, there were Procurement zone areas located at the adjacent Radisson Blu Hotel Beijing and the Grand Metro Park Hotel for buyers to place orders onsite. The Korea Pavilion, with 31 exhibitors, showcased their latest products and technology and a first-time exhibitor from British Virgin Island displayed spectacle frames, sunglasses, sports eyewear, children΄s eyewear and reading glasses. Exhibits on display included a wide range of renowned Chinese and global optical products, including spectacle frames, sunglasses, 3D glasses, lenses to contact lenses, from visual test equipment, machinery and raw materials for mak12

ing spectacle frames and lenses to instruments for optometry and ophthalmology, even extending our special skills to the realm of low vision test equipment and optical software. Overseas participation Overseas group participants included the Korea Optical Industry Support Centre and Korea Optometric Association with a total of 31 Korean exhibitors who showcased frames, contact lenses, lenses and equipment. There were a number of famous designer brand participants including 3.1 Phillip Lim, AM Eyewear, Anderne, Boston Club , DITA, Frank Custom, Ic!Berlin, Kilsgaard, Lafont, Linda Farrow Gallery, Lindberg, Lotho, Lunor, Markus-T, Matthew Williamson, Minima, Monoqool, Moscot, Must By Grafix, Mykita, Native Sons, OAMC, Plus, Thom Browne& Yuichi Toyama etc; Contact lens brands such as Interojo, Woehlk and Zeiss. Among the machinery and equipment companies exhibiting were Canon, Nidek, Norville Autoflow, Satisloh and Topcon. The show attracted buyers from 71 countries and regions, including Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordon, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovensko, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan Province, Thailand, The Netherlands, the Philippines, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. The next show is scheduled to take place on September 10-12, 2018. Further information can be obtained from: and

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European op#cs market reaches . billion turnover in the first half of 


fK have announced the latest sales figures for four key European optics markets: Italy, France, Spain and Germany. Total turnover monitored by their PoS measurement system confirms a market size of â‚Ź8.9 billion for the first half of 2017, substantially stable in comparison with previous period year (-0.3 per cent). GfK’s Optics Panel tracks sales data for sunglasses, frames, spectacle lenses, contact lenses and care products for contact lenses. ‘The optics industry in the last few years has enjoyed a stable/positive performance consolidating around its core product: Spectacle Glasses’ commented Gianni Cossar, global director for optics and eyewear at GfK. ‘This product segment has been driving the growth of the industry, marked by innovation and vertical integration at manufacturing and distribution level. ‘In the shorter term,’ continued Mr Cossar ‘the European market started slowing down, impacted by the very important French market, which represents approximately 37 per cent in value. This is mainly due to the well-known recent changes in the local legislation related to replacement frequency of spectacle glasses. The first six months of 2017 closed at overall -0.3 per cent at EU4 level. However’, concluded Mr Cossar – ‘this recent trend, is not effecting the long-term growth trajectory of progressive lenses and trade brands in eyewear which have been the drivers of the performance of the Industry’.

Positive German outlook At market level GfK reports a positive market outlook in Germany and Spain (respectively +2.5 per cent and +3.5 per cent) and on the other hand France and Italy showing a negative performance (-3.1 per cent and -1.5 per cent). The positive performance of Germany is driven by both spectacle frames and lenses growth (respectively +3.6 per cent and +2.7 per cent) with contact lenses and care almost stable and sunglasses negative. In Spain, on the contrary, we see also a contribution to growth coming from contact lenses market which, together with care products, registers a growth of +6.9 per cent. Finally for Italy, the sunglasses negative performance (-3.1 per cent) is slightly following the trend registered by spectacle lenses (-3.5 per cent). The positive performance of spectacle


frames (+3.2 per cent) is smoothing the overall negative trend of the country. The spectacle lenses market, by far the largest slice of the optics business (58.7 per cent of value generated within Europe 4), is showing slight signals of slowdown (-1.1 per cent). The negative performance of spectacle lenses is partially compensated by a moderate positive trend by the spectacle frames market (+1.2 per cent) which account for 22.6 per cent of the optics business. Sunglasses represents 9.6 per cent of the market value and are slightly negative (-1.1 per cent). Finally the aggregated market of both contact lenses and care products for contact lenses representing 9 per cent of the business, is showing a consolidated positive trend (+1.4 per cent).

French optics market GfK evaluates the global French optics market at â‚Ź3.3 million for the 1st semester 2017, decreasing by -3.1 per cent compared to 2016. ‘The French market is starting to be impacted by the changes in legislation (April 2015) concerning the replacement frequency of spectacles, which changed from yearly to every two years’ explained Emilie Gros, business director at GfK France. ‘The effect of this longer purchase interval is starting becoming visible, now impacting both spectacle lenses and frames (-4.8 per cent and -0.7 per cent in the first six months of 2017).’ Eyewear represent one third in value of the global French optics market, Emilie Gros continued, ‘The competition continue to increase as we identified over 1400 brands on the market (excluding trade brand and exclusivities) while the market declines. However, we can be optimistic as some brands showed good results.’ GfK is the trusted source of relevant market and consumer information that enables its clients to make smarter decisions. More than 13,000 market research experts combine their passion with GfK’s long-standing data science experience. This allows GfK to deliver vital global insights matched with local market intelligence from more than 100 countries. By using innovative technologies and data sciences, GfK turns big data into smart data, enabling its clients to improve their competitive edge and enrich consumers’ experiences and choices.


Optimal celebrate

elebrating the twentieth year since the company’s formation in 1997, the United Kingdom’s Optimal Technologies marked the occasion in November with a company celebration, inviting many members of the company past, present and future. They were also joined by some of Optimal’s long-term suppliers and partners and early customers.

Last January the company went through a management buyout from the original founder Trevor Conway. Optimal has changed appreciably over the years, especially, leading up to its twentieth anniversary. Notably, Trevor returned for the celebration and was the guest of honour at the George Hotel and Restaurant in Baldock, Hertfordshire, for an evening of catching-up with familiar faces, food and live music. Starting life as a manufacturer of compact ultrasonic cleaning machines for the precision optics and ophthalmic lens industries, Optimal were approached by leading lens manufacturers to further develop their systems by combining ultrasonic cleaning with hard-coating and pre-curing. This was the logical next step in the enablement of labs around the world to vastly improve production volumes and yields in the then small but growing market for lens coatings. Implants and semiconductors Today Optimal are known the world over, not just in its original ophthalmic and optics roots, but also as a leading supplier into markets such as the medical implant and fast moving semi conductor industry. Millions of knee, hip, and shoulder replacement parts are thoroughly cleaned around the world ready for life changing operations, this is carried out by Optimal's latest cleaning systems, providing full processing traceability as required by those organisations working within FDA guidelines. For many smart phone and table lenses; internal sensors and compo-

nents, Optimal’s cleaning and curing technologies are used in their cleaning production. Back to the world of ophthalmics, Optimal are extremely active as the established name for systems that can fit into labs of all sizes, either cleaning (the UCS range) and/or coating (the CHC range) from 20 – 3,000 lenses an hour. Optimal continue to carry out their work with many established lens manufacturers, independent labs and other ophthalmic machine suppliers where their machines help provide the complete coating lab package. Bespoke cleaning and coating Among other areas of note is in the engineering and design of bespoke cleaning and coating systems for the ever developing coating markets, thereby providing customers with everything required by the processing systems specification. These can even be designed to work in conjunction with lab systems to provide key data and process traceability, also allowing for centralisation of several machines to operate to the same processing standards, all designed and approved with the customer and verified through Optimal’s FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) and SAT (Site Acceptance Test) protocols.

Optimal Technologies MD Dean Thompson pictured with honoured guest and company founder Trevor Conway

The next 20 years looks to Optimal’s continuous development as a business, involving the further development of their experienced team under the current management, together with the introduction of new members and key skills in service, design, warehousing, supply-chain and operations. In 2018 Optimal will celebrate the completion of their thousandth ophthalmic machine from their facility in Baldock, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. W

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ropelled by strong market ac vity, the 50th new EzFit TBA compact solu on for op cians and labs. anniversary edi on of Silmo Paris cap vated and In a single unit, EzFit TBA combines the func ons of s mulated op cs and eyewear professionals. ‘The EzFit – the all-in-one edger designed to bring edging show’s jubilee event provided an opportunity to technology to small labs and retailers – with the inspecremind ourselves of the rich diversity and appeal of an on process and automa c TBA (Throw the Block annual gathering that brings Away) loading system. meaning to a fast-moving and Thanks to an integrated ever-changing global sector’, is lens loading system that the verdict from Amélie Morel, combines inspec on, orienpresident of Silmo. ta on and loading into a sinA buoyant interna onal ecogle internal process, there is nomic outlook, coupled with a no longer a need for centerposi ve business climate within ing blocks. France, also made a favourable Making its debut, the new impact. Shape Finder EVO, an ‘We succeeded in strengthadvanced version of Shape ening the exhibi on’s business Finder, the op cal scanning focus while also consolida ng device designed to improve MEI return to Silmo its individual components: and complete the func onalinforma on, trends, training, ity of EzFit, prevents the promo on, posi ve business environment and so on’, errors commonly associated with standard cameraAmélie Morel commented. based units. ‘I met exhibitors and visitors who seemed very sa sCotec exhibited evapora on materials for an -reflecfied with their par cipa on and enjoyed the fes ve ve and mirror coa ngs as well as materials for super atmosphere which con nued throughout the four days and ultra-hydrophobic Easy-to-Clean top coats. Also on of the show’. display was their Matrix 3.0 printer. The 957 exhibitors in a endance, 78 per cent from Nidek had their full product line-up on display, from abroad, with 42 countries represented, threw them- eye examina on to lens edging. selves into the spirit of the event with major brand The team from OptoTech were on hand to give help launches, diverse and crea ve collec ons, innova ve and informa on on all lens produc on issues, together products and offerings well suited to the demands of a with informa on on their comprehensive machine dynamic op cs and eye- programme. wear industry. Once again, Pads4Labs Visitor numbers from were at Silmo, exhibi ng across the globe were their extended range of up. A detailed break- self-adhesive silicone down showed 37,337 nose-pads, aimed prinvisitors from 124 coun- cipally at the sunglass tries, up 10.5 per cent market. on 2016. Visitors to the Sa sA er an eight year loh booth were given absence, MEI returned the opportunity to Nidek stand e to Silmo, to unveil the learn about the comsiv es pr im ors at the



pany’s por olio of solu ons for surfacing, coa ng and finishing. Schneider’s fully integrated lens produc on system, the Modulo Line was extended significantly this year. Teco’s X-Cube lens digital printer is a desktop machine which offers unlimited designs, and its ecofriendly ink gives the best adhesion on super hydrophobic lenses. Silmo debuted a number of new features. The highlight was the 50th anniversary gala evening a ended by 3,000 guests which took place against the spectacular backdrop of the Grand Palais, during which the 24th Silmo D’Or awards ceremony was held under the magnificent glass roof of the Grand Palais, with the panel of judges chaired by Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov, a talented design duo from the On Aura Tout Vu fashion house. The winners were: Vision Lens, Essilor, with Varilux X series. Contactology, Novacel, with Binova Iflex mul focale sclérale Material/Equipment Nidek, with TS-310 Low Vision AB Vision, with SeeBOOST Children ADCL APlus, with Piwatoo 261 Opcal Frame Trend Marchon, with Chloe Palma CE 2134 Opcal Frame Design LIO, with IVM 1048 Sunglass Trend Grosfilley, with Aari Bostroem Metropolitan Sunglass Design Veronika Wildgruber, with Arthur Sport SK-X Op cal with SK-X Op cal Solu on Frame Technology Innovaon Rolf with Deville Premiere Class Special Prize Fleye Copenhagen, with Fox Jury Special Prize BLACKFIN, with ARC

Silmo D’Or award winners

Xtragame slot machines rewarded winners with €500 gi vouchers to spend at the Galeries Lafaye e department store, along with trips to Bangkok and Istanbul to experience other exhibi ons in the Silmo family. A lecture focusing on eyewear designs from the past, present and future, was delivered by Luisa Redaelli and Alessandro Spiezia, offering both a historical and visionary perspec ve. Also among the highlights was a gallery showcasing new op cal and sunglass collec ons for men, women and children, a display of 50 iconic eyewear frames that have embodied their company’s style or been integral to its success, and an overview of the latest trends in the 19th edi on of Trends By Silmo, to browse or revisit on the show’s website. A film celebra ng 50 years of Silmo, showcased crea vity, style and vision, maintaining a clear focus on the future; to watch over and over again on the exhibi on’s YouTube channel. All these features, complemented by the regular Silmo Paris mee ngs and exhibi on spaces: Low Vision Forum, retail and digital trends, Silmo Academy whose 8th edi on was dedicated to the theme of dazzle, Best Ar san in France ini a on workshops, Inter-schools challenge etc.

Save the date for 2018! Following on from this exciting 2017 edition, Silmo takes place in Paris once again on 28 September-1st October 2018. W

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Survey of Ophthalmic Generators Peter Wilkinson, OW Technical Consultant The technology of lens generators has undergone a revolution during recent years. The main reason for this is that digital technology has advanced to a point where a generator can produce a surface that is good enough to be polished directly without the need for a separate smoothing stage.


his allows flexible polishers to be used so that laboratories no longer need to stock a wide range of surfacing tools because the design surface shape is only changed very little by the polishing surface. Previously the smoothing stage did change the lens design shape. However, the biggest change that has resulted from this new technology is that, by using single point cutting, it is possible to generate a complex surface shape (e.g., a varifocal) and then polish it with a flexible polishing pad. Prior to this technological advance the ‘normal’ way to produce a prescription lens was to use a semifinished blank, with the mass produced cast varifocal surface on the front side, and then to use spherical and toroidal tools to produce the distance prescription onto the back side of the lens.

Now, it is possible to mathematically combine the distance prescription and the varifocal designs and to use a digital cutting machine to cut the complex combined surface onto the back side of the lens. This is called ‘free-form’. Hence there are now two types of generators available. The ‘old technology’ generators that still produce a generated surface that requires smoothing and polishing and the ‘new technology’ generators where the surface only needs polishing. These new technologies ‘freeform’ generators means that it is possible to produce individually personalised prescriptions easily. In practical terms the new technology generators could surface on either the front or the rear (or even both) sides of the lens but this this is normally carried out on the back surface of a low cost semi-finished lens with a spherical surface.

SUPPLIERS The following companies have kindly submitted details of their products for this survey. Further details can be found on their websites. Coburn Coburn offer a number of generators including the CTL 65, Cobalt NX, Cobalt NXT, Cobalt NXT+, Cobalt DS and Cobalt LTE. The Cobalt 65 replaces the previous SL2 Express generator of which 2500 machines were installed over 20 years. The new 65 model offers several improvements, including faster processing and in-


creased throughput, and the smooth surface finish allows for one-step fining. Included in the Cobalt NX generator is auto calibration, on board engraving and an on-board cold mist/dry cut system that avoids expensive waste management. The NXT machine has a higher speed and throughput than the NX model as well as on board engraving and and can process all indices from 1.498 to 1.74.

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Cobalt NXT+ is similar to the NXT model but also offers automation. Both the NXT and NXT+ have a throughput potential of 40 free-form or 130 conventional lenses Coburn’s Cobalt DS generator provides high speed digital lens production with patented single point diamond turning lathe technology. The Cobalt LT generator of- Cobalt NXT lens generator from Coburn fers a small footprint and the low cost conventional generator can be upgraded to the LTE, which is similar to the LT model but is also capable of producing free-form lenses.

Comes Comes offer four generators, the HDG premium, the Impact medium, Impact 2 and the Small Impact. All but the Small Impact are free-form machines. The HDG Premium machine can surface CR39, Trivex, polycarbonate and high index plas c materials and can produce free-form ready to polish surfaces. Features include diameter reduc on, lens pre-shape, programmable chamfering etc. Op ons available include an internal modem, a barcode scanner, a filtered cooling system etc. Impact Medium generator The Impact Medium and the from Comes Impact 2 machines are very similar and both offer free-form ready to polish surfaces. They can surface CR39, Trivex, polycarbonate and high index plas cmaterials, and can also make aluminium and plas c tools. The Small Impact machine does not claim to offer free-form ready to polish surfaces and is obviously intended for use in smaller Rx laboratories.


OptoTech OptoTech offer six generators, the Flash Store, Flash Plus, Flash-A Plus, Flash Twin-A, ESM Twin-A, and the ASM 80-TC-Omega. The Flash Store is a new low cost digital surfacing turning machine that has been designed to offer even small laboratories an entrance into freeform technology. It can produce freeform surfaces including edging for lenses made of CR39, polycarbonate and Trivex, at different speeds, depending on the surface specification. For a cut-to-smooth surface it can produce 50 surfaces per hour. For spherical and toroidal cut-to-polish surfaces it can produce about 35 surfaces per hour. For free-form cut-to-polish surfaces it can produce about 25 surfaces per hour. Flash Plus is an enhancement of the Flash series of machines with considerably higher surfacing speed than the Flash Store machine. For a cut-to-smooth surface it can produce 130 surfaces per hour. For spherical and toroidal cut-topolish surfaces it can produce about 55 surfaces per hour. For freeform cut-to-polish surfaces it can produce about 40 surfaces per hour. The Flash-A Plus has a production capacity similar to the Flash Plus machine but it has an OptoTechʼs Flash Twin-A increased speed tool generator spindle and high precision ball bearings which leads to quality and quantity improvements. OptoTech’s Flash Twin-A machine is a further enhancement of the Flash series which by using two fast tools is able to simultaneously process two freeform lenses. The ESM Twin-A machine is a new machine that is an ideal complement to the Flash Twin-A for which it is an ideal precutter. The ESM 80-TC-Omega machine is designed for manufacturing high precision

lenses in organic material as well as mineral glass and is available in manual or automatic versions.

Satisloh The VFT range of Satisloh generators is available in different footprints and throughputs but all include the VFT fast tool technology. This is a patented voice coil technology that produces high accuracy and surface smoothness. The VFT range cover all processes including cribbing blanks to the final lens diameter, milling and turning even complex designs and mechanical engraving semi-invisible marks. Satisloh VFT-orbit 2 generator Satisloh’s VFT-macro, the VFTmacro-E and the VFT-orbit 2 machines are suitable for plastic materials and the VFT-macro-M is suitable for glass. The VFT macro range of machines, as claimed in their brochure, is a good fit for any laboratory: as a primary surfacing unit for lower volume operations or as a back-up generator for fully automated laboratories. The main features are an easy to set-up system, a working chamber designed to eliminate calibration changes, a multi-tooth cutter that generates the lens in a single action, a fast tool enabling short cut-to-polish processes, protection from swarf build-up, an integrated engraving interface and autocalibration of tools. Satisloh’s VFT-orbit 2 generator is a high volume machine featuring high performance, quality and reliability. The main features are a new ultra-fast milling spindle for cribbing and rough surfacing, a 14 tooth cutter enabling a higher revolution speed and extended life, high surface accuracy allowing for a cut-to-polish surface, autocalibration to save time, a user friendly interface and a power save mode that automatically turns off when the machine is idle.

Schneider Schneider offer several free-form generators, under the trade name of HSC - High Speed Cutting. These

are the HSC Sprint, HSC Smart and the HSC Modulo. The firm also list the latest model, the HSC Nano X and XP. The HSC Nano X was developed to create a machine that provides everything that is needed to start an independent free-form business with all essential features at a low cost. The machine can be equip- Schneider’s new generator HSC Modulo XTS ped with a fully laser based engraving system The optional cribbing spindle and twin tool allow for fast machining of non-circular shapes. HSC Nano XP is designed for people who wish to start an independent free-form production in a very small space. The HSC Nano XP offers a higher performance than the basic version. The HSC Sprint can bring digital surfacing to any laboratory. It is a small design which is usable for the central surfacing unit in a smaller lab or as a backup machine in larger labs. It has a fast rough cutting process contained within the milling chamber, leading to controlled swarf chanPowerful CCP Modulo S neling to keep the machine polisher from Schneider clean. HSC Smart X is a compact digital generator for midsized and large labs, supporting manual and automated production environments. The Modulo XT range has very recently been upgraded and Schneider have announced two new machines, the HSC Modulo XTS and the CCP Modulo S. The XTS machine has a new powerful motor and has been designed to be extra rigid to withstand the high forces exerted. As with Schneider’s earlier machines, the Modulo range include a guiding system that eliminates even the faintest irregularities. Together with a newly developed air-bearing lens the digital surfacing of the Modulo machines provide excellent surface smoothness.


December 2017


New progressive lens from Horizons Optical

Polarised eyewear

As a company focused on R&D and innovation,

The zero base curve combined with the

Horizons Optical aim to offer innovative prod-

latest, modern mirror coatings is

ucts for the ophthalmic industry. MaxView, a

the must have sunglass trend for

premium progressive lens that provides bal-

Generation Z. The brand new

ance and sharpness in vision at all distances,

Invu models were recently

has been developed with the most advanced

showcased at Silmo.

technologies addressed to the ophthalmic free-form lenses. The lateral blurriness found in progressive

Image 1: progressive lenses without Binocular Balance concentrate more quantity of blurriness at the nasal zone compared to the temporal zone causing discomfort in vision




completely screw less construc-

lenses is an inconvenience to practice activi-

tion, engineered

ties which imply lateral movement in vision.

in Switzerland, us-

Thanks to binocular balance technology,

ing the highest quality

MaxView lenses offer a wider and totally clear

stainless spring steel in combination with

vision at all distances, minimising the lateral

a custom-made, thicker ultra polarised


lens to give extra stability to the frame. For further details visit:

For further details visit:

Image 2: MaxView progressive lenses show a balanced and minimized blurriness between nasal and temporal zones improving comfort and sharpness in vision

B+L launch 28 lens DX set Bausch + Lomb is advancing its range of specialist lenses with the launch of the new 28 Lens Zenlens Dx set, which meets the growing demand for gas permeable lenses to correct vision problems associated with corneal irregulari es. Scleral lenses are an invaluable tool for the correc on of vision issues which are characterised by corneal irregulari es, such as keratoconus and keratoglobus, or following corneal transplant, trauma c injury and refrac ve surgery. For further details visit:

Nidek portable fundus imaging unit Nidek, a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of ophthalmic, optometric, and lens edging equipment, have launched VersaCam α Digital Medical Scope. The VersaCam α, a versatile and portable fundus imaging unit, provides high quality images with simple functionality. The newly added auto shot function makes it even easier to operate. Image capture without pressing a button reduces chances of image blur. Virtually ‘touch free’ operation is now possible with the auto focus and auto shot functions. The operator simply holds the unit at the correct distance and images are acquired automatically. The VersaCam α contains a 5-megapixel clear-colour camera with 45° horizontal angle of view (40° vertical) providing high quality digital imaging. The unit can be operated continuously for three hours without recharging. This portable unit with its intuitive user functionality means fundus screenings can be performed almost anywhere. This lightweight and compact unit will enhance clinic efficiency. For further details visit:





Free-form Green collection Norville have introduced a free-form Green collec on which

mentally responsible in every step from its origina on, because

defines the ul mate green concept in eye-

it consumes the least material, requires the fewest produc on

wear. Products made from recyclable or

steps, is the first eyewear designed to minimise carbon footprint

biodegradable materials may not be truly

and releases no toxic materials during

environment friendly.

produc on.

However, the Green collec on is environ-

Eye drops An es mated 68 per cent of us suffer from some form of eye irrita on such as dry-feeling, red or itchy eyes. Blink, a new eye drop from Johnson & Johnson Vision is helping to bring las ng relief. These intensive eye drops, which

For further details visit:

Cutler and Gross autumn/winter collection

Bri sh luxury eyewear brand Cutler and Gross presents its Autumn/Winter 2017 preview collec on, Techni-Colour. The col-

lec on introduces three modern styles, each available with flat lenses



combine two soothing moisturisers

colourways and

with protec ve liposomes and Vita-

milled from a solid

min E are convenient to use and suit-

piece of metal us-

able for contact lens wearers, and

ing state of the art

can be used at any me throughout

technology. All frames are handmade in Cutler and Gross’ dedicated fac-

the day. For further details visit:

tory in Italy and feature custom UV400 lenses. For further details visit:

Individualised lenses Individuality is a corner stone of today’s modern lifestyle. More

Within the Zeiss precision progressive range, this individuali-

and more people choose to express themselves differently, de-

sation is taken one step further. IndividualFit Technology takes

manding products and services that fit their unique lifestyles.

into account an individual’s main daily activities, ensuring their

Zeiss responds to this growing trend by offering appropriate, tai-

lens design fits their lifestyle needs. Furthermore, Luminance

lor-made vision solutions.

Design Technology factors in an average, optimised pupil size,

The Zeiss customised product portfolio takes into account the pa-

providing more natural vision day and night.

tient’s facial anatomy and their

Digital centration tools – such as

unique position of wear parame-

the Zeiss i.Terminal Mobile – assist

ters in their chosen frame. This

optical professionals in offering in-

data is used to enhance the lens

dividualised solutions and in fur-

design, ensuring the lens delivers

ther differentiating their practice.

optimised binocularity, enhanced

Zeiss’ digital platforms can be con-

viewing performance, and the full

nected with subjective and objec-

potential of three dimensional vi-

tive refraction systems, in addition

sion — essential for good distance

to pre-testing instruments.



For further details visit:

Innovative progressive lens IOT’s latest innovation in progressive lens technology, Camber Steady, is an exclusive design, part of the renewed family of lenses that are able to further enhance the visual and aesthetic benefits which the Camber technology brought to the ophthalmic industry. Thanks to the variable base curve of the Camber blanks, IOT has created a unique methodology which gets rid of the mean power errors at both edges of the lens. This improvement has enabled a significant reduction of lateral distortion and swim effect. Camber Steady also includes Digital Ray-Path technology which improves the wearer’s visual experience from the centre to the edge of the lens, compensating point by point, turning the lens into a fully personalised product. In a recent clinical trial 100 per cent of wearers reported higher satisfaction with Camber Steady lenses. Wearers perceived improved lateral vision and greater image stability. For further details please email:

Auto lensmeter Nidek Co Ltd have launched the LM-7P auto

piece, provides greater accuracy and reliability with easier

lensmeter with printer and the LM-7 auto lens-

and faster measurements.


Green light close to the ISO standard gives more precise

The LM-7 series have established a new stan-

measurement values without Abbe number compensa on.

dard by Nidek. Both design and user interface

Placing a lens on the nosepiece ac vates the auto lens

have been improved for simplified opera on

type detec on to determine the lens type instantly.

to expand u lity of the instrument, while main-

The LM-7 series also have great func ons such as UV

taining the highly valued measurement princi-

transmi ance measurement, prism layout func on and

ples, func onality and quality.

pupillary distance measurement using the simple scale

An advanced measurement principle, that in-

displayed on the screen.

corporates simultaneous measurement

For further details visit:

of 108 data points within the nose-

Coburn introduce new lens generators Coburn Technologies are introducing their newest lens generators to the next genera on of Cobalt products the NXT and NXT+. The Cobalt NXT is the successor to Coburn’s current large-format free-form generator, the Cobalt DS. Together with the Cobalt NX generator which was launched in March, the NXT represents Coburn’s next genera on pla orm for lens surfacing. Key features include the capability to upgrade to a fully automated machine for labs looking to completely automate their free-form processes as well as superior lens quality. With engraving built in the machine, the need to purchase addi onal equipment is reduced, thus saving costs. Manual calibra on is s ll available for those customers wan ng to s ll control this process, but for those who want an automated machine, Cobalt NXT comes built with automa c calibra on for faster and more efficient lens processing. Cobalt NXT comes with increased speeds and higher throughput than the Cobalt NX, allowing labs to process jobs faster. For further details visit:


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Fair & Cheer Inc



AIM Specialty Materials Arch Crown

Automation & Robotics

Fil-Tech Inc

Federation of Manufacturing Opticians

Groupe Couget Optical

Hong Kong Optical Fair

Phantom Research Labs Inc

POMDI-Herramientas De Diamante S.A.


Bühler Alzenau GmbH Business Area Leybold Optics

PBG Piezoelettrica Business General Srl

Cerium Optical Products

Comes Fratelli Colombo S.r.l.

Schneider GmbH & Co. KG

Comexpo – Silmo

SEIKO Optical UK

Contact Lens Manufacturers Association

Stratox Ltd –


Norville Autoflow


OLA (Optical Laboratories Association)


Reed Exhibition Companies

Wenzhou Int’l Optics Fair, China


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27-29 January

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9-11 March

15-18 March

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14-16 April

Optrafair, NEC, Birmingham, UK

18-20 April

DIOPS 17th Daegu International Optical Show Daegu Exhibition & Convention Centre South Korea

20-22 June

SILMO Bangkok Impact Exhibition & Convention Centre Bangkok, Thailand

20-22 July

SILMO Sydney Sydney, Australia

10-12 September

31st China International Optics Fair China International Exhibition Centre Beijing, PR China

27-29 September

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