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he eye test is at the heart of our industry. Regular sight checks are what drive demand for lenses and frames. Persuading consumers to turn up for a (hopefully) annual check‐up is the shortest route to signing them up for a replacement pair of glasses. It is also likely to be the only opportunity to offer them the chance to benefit from the very latest lens designs.

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However, health providers are increasingly recognising that the eye test offers very much more.


Whether or not the poets are correct in labelling the eyes as the windows to the soul, it is clear they open a window on a growing array of medical conditions. Last month, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service officially acknowledged this by introducing for the first time an official public health indicator for eye health. Part of the rationale for this is the critical role of the eye test in monitoring diseases such as diabetes and arresting the impact of medical conditions that cause gradual and so potentially unnoticed sight deterioration.


CONTENTS Volume 42 · Number 354

2 · Italian market grows – abroad

OUTLOOK 4 · Rodenstock / Zeiss cross license agreement 5 · Workplace Award

Last month also saw an interim report on the clinical trials for a new diagnostic eye test to detect the early signs of Alzheimer’s. If all goes well, practitioners will soon be able to see for themselves whether their customers really did forget their previous appointment. A recent Swedish study showed that the poets were right after all. Researchers at Orebro University compared the eyes of 428 subjects to see if there was any correlation between the furrow and crypt patterns in the iris and different personality traits. They found that those with densely‐packed crypts are more warm‐hearted, tender, trusting and likely to empathise with others. By contrast, those with more contraction furrows tended to be neurotic and likely to indulge their cravings. No doubt it is only a matter of time before optometrists will be encouraged to use this information as part of their marketing strategies. They will quickly spot that those customers with distinct contraction furrows in their iris will be the ones who are most susceptible to making impulse purchases, while those with crypt lines will be the most likely to succumb to the persuasive sales pitch for extra coatings.

for Transitions 6 · Optrafair London dates and venue 8 · New-look HQ for Rodenstock UK

FEATURES 9 · International Vision Expo East 11 · Losma help Nikon focus on filtration 13 · Survey: Abrasives 20 · Optrafair 2013

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Cirillo Marcolin, ANFAO and MIDO president

Italian market grows – abroad


he annual summary of ophthalmic market performance statistics published at this year’s Mido by Italy’s National Optical Manufacturers’ Association Anfao shows a frame and sunglass industry fighting back strongly – and, it appears, successfully – against the continuing effects of recession. Its strategy, to focus on exports, which (says Anfao) accounted in 2012 for 90 per cent of frames and sunglasses produced: 93 million units worth £2,368 million out of a total value of about £2,520 million goods produced. The Italian industry in 2012 still had 880 companies economically active, around 900 the previous year. Those going out of business were principally small operations, which explains a small rise in the total workforce to 16,200. In 2012, eyewear production contributed 11 per cent in value to Italy’s overall fashion goods exports, though only 2.5 per cent in volume, Anfao proudly 2

adds. Overall, sunglasses were outperformed by frames on the export scene, and growth was stronger in the second half of 2012, with encouraging hints of more progress in the first months of 2013. Germany and the UK stood out as Italy’s best (‘brilliant’!) export customers, with sales of frames growing in value three times as fast as sunglass sales in Germany, while Britain bucked the trend by buying more Italian sunglasses than frames. Exports to France were up in 2012 only slightly on 2011. For the rest, says Anfao, Europe represented a ‘sluggish if not negative’ business environment, with sales to Spain down a little, and to Greece and Portugal down a lot in a decline sustained for at least the last two years.

Sales in America There was growth in frame and sunglass sales to the Americas, where the USA has traditionally been Italy’s second best oph-

thalmic goods customer, at around 30 per cent of the total. What was new in 2012 was ‘brilliant’ (again!) growth in sales both of sunglasses and of frames to Central and South America. Alone among the continents, Africa bought fewer Italian goods in 2012 than 2011. Sales to Asia and Oceania, including Australia, grew fastest of all, enabling Anfao to assert that Italy, with a 25 per cent overall market share, was the world’s leading eyewear producer in 2012. In second and third places came mainland China and Hong Kong. China remains the main source for eyewear imports to Italy, which are worth according to Anfao around £770 million overall. The home market for eyewear remains depressed, due, it is thought, perhaps more to lack of corporate and consumer confidence than to real economic hardship. What of the future? With eyewear sales still down in so many developed countries, Anfao argues that the industry

InternationalSCENE must maintain its focus not only on exports as a whole, but specifically on exports to developing countries such as the BRICS. As to ophthalmic goods other than frames and sunglasses, this report omits reference to them, except in the context of (presumably) plano lenses supplied as part of a pair of sunglasses. The low numbers of spectacle lens, as well as contact lens companies exhibiting at Mido, together with the quiet state of most, though not all, instrument and laboratory equipment stands there, suggest that the ‘sluggish, negative’ condition of the eyecare market in Southern Europe may prevail for a while yet.

More Eurozone woes The Eurozone’s problems continue to reinforce Anfao’s fears for eyewear markets near to home. Cyprus (population under 900,000, including several optical ‘big names’ in its list of distinguished expat residents) came under the lash recently as it struggled to meet the conditions for a long-discussed €10 billion bank bailout, needed to avert bankruptcy for the island’s overgrown banks. The problem: to get the bailout, Cyprus needed to raise around €6 billion of its own. The proposed solution: a one-off ‘tax’ on consumer and corporate bank deposits, of up to 10 per cent, which would have transgressed long-term EU assurances of no such raids on savings. As usual in the ongoing Eurozone saga, a last-minute deal made catastrophe marginally less catastrophic, but not with-

out the imposition of near-unprecedented ‘temporary’ (how temporary, no-one knows) limitations on people’s access to credit or their own money, and not before a Netherlands government spokesman took the opportunity of approving the ‘tax savings’ initiative as a model for future Eurozone rescue. Not surprisingly, this gave rise to widespread international panic, with capital flights taking off in all directions. Meanwhile Slovenia is now said to be in Cyprus-style bailout peril as its borrowing costs have also rocketed and GDP has been forecast to contract by 1.9 per cent in 2013. As we go to press, Italy is still without a viable government; 17 million people are now out of work across the Eurozone, with unemployment rates at 26.4 per cent in Greece (and Cyprus now?), 26.3 per cent in Spain, 10.8 per cent even in France, in contrast with rates under 5 per cent in the Germanspeaking Eurozone area. The North: South divide is deepening. No surprise that one German political party, a member of Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition, has called for the foundation of an ‘inner club’ of triple-A credit rated states within the Eurozone ‘to fix policy and impose discipline on everybody else’. No surprise either that optical goods manufacturers like the members of Italy’s Anfao are looking further afield to build and rebuild their business.

Big UK names return Three famous names from the British ophthalmics of the past have surged back into the lime-

light in the last few weeks. All are frame – and sunglass – related. First is the Algha works, the East London factory which was a centre of excellence for rolled gold frame production during much of the 20th century. Now owned by Inspex, Algha product is, it seems, high on the musthave lists of frame buyers in the burgeoning markets of Asia thanks to its combination of traditional UK quality with quirky retro-look style. Hadley was a big name in British frames in the NHS-schedule-dominated 1970s, and indeed long before, a style innovator from its manufacturing facility in Surbiton, west of London. Now the name has been revived for fashion sunglasses (made from ‘plant-based material’) by Zeal Optics, a company of the Maui Jim group. Third but not least of these blasts from the past is Olympia, West London, the long-established showground that last housed optical fairs in the 1970s, and which will now host the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians mid-Spring 2014 London Optrafair, on April 13-15.

London Optrafair The FMO’s choice of organising partner is a name with an even larger pedigree in Brish opcs: The Opcian journal, published weekly since 1891. The plan is for Optrafair London to become a biennial series alternang with Optrafair at the NEC. Next year, as in the old days, this new addition to the Optrafair brand will be international in scope, and primarily focused on frames and sunglasses. W

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Rodenstock and Carl Zeiss Vision enter cross license agreement

being relaunched and will now be available for free.

Carl Zeiss Vision and Rodenstock have

Sight loss magazine for eye health professionals Published by the Royal National Institute of Blind People, the magazine gives

entered into a cross-license agreement

professionals up to date information on the latest research, treatments and

for patents covering certain oph-

news that helps them support people at the point of diagnosis and when

thalmic lens technologies, including

coping with sight loss.


Carl Zeiss Vision’s back-surface freeform progressive lens technology. This agreement will allow Carl


Zeiss Vision and Rodenstock to ac-

Optics in sharp focus at FMO

celerate the delivery of advanced

The vision of 2020 for optical companies

for independents at universities and

ophthalmic lens products and related

was in sharp focus at the meeting of

the succession planning amongst inde-

technology to markets throughout

Britain’s Federation of Manufacturing

pendent practitioners. The importance

the world.

Opticians in March, when a packed au-

of a strong online presence and pro-

dience heard what the High Street, and

moting services, a good product mix,

demand for optical appliances, is likely

and aftercare were essential to differ-

to look like at the end of the decade.

entiate a business, it was stressed.


are failing to have regular

PPG appoint Liebenguth as general manager, optical materials

eye examinations and 10

PPG Industries have appointed John

per cent of the population

Liebenguth general manager, optical ma-

have never visited an op-

terials. He will be responsible for the

tician, he reported.

optical monomers, coatings, suniens and

Some 20 million people

Jean Pousson and Mark Honeywell


With the present scene

industrial lines of business and will report

set, Jean stressed the need

to Richard C. Elias, senior vice president,

for good strategy and a

optical and speciality materials.

clear business plan, where

Liebenguth also will continue to serve

With a population expected to be in

being smart and reactive is vital. He

as director, sales and marketing, until

excess of 67 million and with the 45

said the dynamics of industry are chang-

other changes are announced.

plus market growing from 26.2 million

ing and that the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t

‘John’s extensive optical industry ex-

to 29.6 million from 2010 to 2020, there

fix it’ mentality was not one for a busi-

perience and his ability to manage a di-

was some mood for optimism for optical

ness of today.

verse, international sales organisation


He stressed the importance of learning

make him an ideal choice for this role,’

Mark Honeywell, the FMO statistics

from outside the optical industry and

Elias said. ‘I am confident that John’s

advisor, and Jean Pousson, a respected

developing talent within businesses, in-

leadership will ensure the continued

management consultant with knowledge

novating leadership and forming strategic

growth of these global busi-

of the optical sector, provided a detailed



picture of optics and current tough

Following the guest presentations,

Liebenguth succeeds Chris-

delegates at the Birmingham meeting

tine Camsuzou, who has

Mark highlighted the fact that many

broke into their industry sectors for

been appointed general

optical retailers had dropped their ad-

discussions about market conditions

manager, consumer

vertising spend and, alongside this, the

and new developments within the

electronics, for PPG’s

struggle of independent practices was

frame, lens and equipment focus

industrial coatings

registered. Mark questioned the voice


trading conditions



W John Liebenguth



Another Great Workplace Award for Transitions For the fourth year in a row, Transi-

based on exhaustive workplace re-

‘Transitions Optical has a proven

tions Optical, Inc. is being honoured

search. Results were compared across

track record for achieving high em-

with the Gallup Great Workplace

a workplace research database com-

ployee engagement and productivity

Award, a distinction that celebrates

posed of millions of work teams in

and we congratulate them on winning

the best-performing workforces in

more than 100 countries. Transitions

this distinction for the fourth con-

the worl in terms of employee en-

Optical is one of only 32 organisations

secutive year.’

gagement and productivity. The award

to receive a Gallup Great Workplace

will be presented during the 2013

Award for 2013.

Gallup Great Workplace Summit, held May 7-9 in Omaha, Nebraska.

‘Transitions Optical has a long history of creating innovative products

‘The Gallup Great Workplace

to help wearers see their best in any

Awards set apart the organisations

light, and I personally feel fortunate

The 2013 Gallup Great Workplace

that are setting global standards for

to work with team members who are

Award winners were determined by

workplace excellence’, said Dr James

just as passionate about our products

a panel of workplace experts, who

Harter, chief scientist for the 2013

and their benefits as I am,’ said Tran-

evaluated thousands of applicants

Gallup Great Workplace Awards.

sitions president Dave Cole.



Haag-Streit raise money for Comic Relief On Friday 15th March, staff from Haag-

blinding diseases that affect the poorest

Streit UK celebrated Red Nose Day

and most vulnerable people in the world’.

2013 by participating in fun activities

This year marks the 25th an-

and raised £409 for the

niversary of Comic Relief, which

Comic Relief charity.

was launched in 1985. This

Sharon Mills, HS-UK mar-

year, the total raised stands at

keting manager, said, ‘We

over £75 million, and HS-UK

were delighted when sight

are proud to have played their

was chosen as a theme

part in helping change the lives

for Comic Relief’s Red Nose

of poor, vulnerable and disad-

Day 2011. It helped raise

vantaged people across the UK

awareness about some of the

and Africa.


Kennedy Reed and Dean Johnson of Haag-Streit


CooperVision European marketing team expansion Global contact lens manufacturer, CooperVision have made two appointments at their Hampshire headquarters to further strengthen the level of practitioner support and focus provided across Europe. Debbie Olive joins as vice president of marketing for Europe, along with Dimple Shah as professional affairs & relations consultant. Debbie replaces Michael Wilkinson, who has now taken up the role of general manager for a new operational region including India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia and Africa. With a degree in optometry and vision sciences, Dimple Shah will be responsible for providing practitioners with the foundation to benefit from real business and clinical advantages, focusing on developing CooperVision’s training programme, both internally and externally.


Debbie Olive

Dimple Shah


May 2013



Optrafair London dates and venue Optrafair London will be held in the heart of the capital

and industry can be confident that a world-class event

city, at Olympia Central, West Kensington, from April

will now take place in London too. This will provide a

11-13, 2014, with the new show set to run in alternate

showcase for UK optical brands in a destination overseas

years to the main Optrafair event in Birmingham.

visitors are visiting in increasing numbers.

The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians said Op-

FMO chief executive Malcolm Polley said, ‘The FMO

trafair London would provide optical professionals with

will host Optrafair London in partnership with one of

a chance to see the latest advances in eye care products,

the best known names in optics. We feel that the com-

fashion and services in one of the most exciting cities

bination of two of the most respected organisations

in the world.

serving the optical market will bring a great new energy

For over 40 years Optrafair has provided the UK

to the sector’s exhibitions. The synergy of these two or-

optical industry with a world-class exhibition in Birm-

ganisations and depth of knowledge of the optical

ingham. The FMO’s announcement means the profession

market is unrivalled.’


Online company co-brands website with managed care company



£240,000 for RNIB vision impairment project The Royal National Institute of Blind

speed up the certification process and

People (RNIB) has been awarded

enable blind and partially sighted people

£240,000 for a three year project to

to access help and support more quickly

test electronic Certificates of Vision

and improve their quality of life.

Impairment (CVI).

Research has highlighted barriers and

Advanced Digital Eyewear Inc., Blue

A CVI, signed by an ophthalmologist,

delays to the certification and registra-

Shield of California’s exclusive online

acts as a formal trigger for registration

tion process so that for many people

eyewear company which is certified

with social services as a blind or partially

with sight loss the process is long, com-

by the California Medical Board, has

sighted person and provides access to a

plicated and fraught with frustrations.

launched its website www.My2020Eye-

care assessment for rehabilitation sup-

Data from the CVI is crucial for clinical


The firm was developed by optical

commissioning groups and National Com-

The project will be run in partnership

missioning Board planning as it can

industry veterans Bernard Freiwald

with the CVI Certifications Office based

highlight in which local authority areas

and Leslie Gardner, each of whom

at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Founda-

people are losing their sight each year,

has more than 25 years of experience

tion Trust. It will pilot and evaluate an

including those going blind unnecessarily,

in the industry, including leading the

electronic CVI (eCVI) to simplify and

due to treatable conditions.


worldwide development of Sola International, now a part of Carl Zeiss Vision. ‘Our objective is too provide af-


PPG’s new executive vice president, finance

fordably-priced state-of-the-art eye-

Frank S. Sklarsky is joining PPG as executive vice president,

wear directly to members of vision

finance. Effective August 1, Sklarsky will be named PPG

care insurance plans and to all con-

executive vice president and chief financial officer.

sumers through websites that are co-

David B. Navikas, currently PPG senior vice president,

branded with managed care, public

finance and chief financial officer, will continue in his current

and private corporations,’ said Bernard

role until August 1, and will then continue as senior vice pres-

Freiwald, CEO of Advanced Digital

ident in a senior leadership role that will be announced

Eyewear Inc.





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Prize winning UK opticians go to Prague Opticians and guests from the winning

‘historical pearl of Europe’, including

Courses for opticalsector staff

practices in the Rodenstock UK Club

a guided walking tour of the city and

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle

Awards enjoyed a fascinating visit to

sampling some of the best cuisine

Makers is running an additional round

the historical city of Prague.

Prague had to offer.

of three of its most popular distance-

Dietmar Rathbauer,

The group outside the Rodenstock site in Klatovy in the Czech Republic

learning courses.

managing director of

The three courses, which will begin

Rodenstock UK, who

in May and finish with examinations

hosted the trip, said

in December, are for the Level 2 Cer-

‘Prague has captivated

tificate in Optical Practice Support,

visitors for hundreds

Level 3 Certificate in Optical Practice

of years and we were

Support, and Level 2 Certificate in

delighted to share

Optical Customer Service.


these beautiful sur-

During the four-day trip, 37 opticians

roundings with some of our most loyal

and guests visited the Rodenstock fac-

customers, who have worked so hard

tory at Klatovy, where they learned

to win these prestigious awards.’


more about the company’s production

The winning practices won their

Transitions unveil new consumer website

facilities and operations in the Czech

prizes at a luncheon and awards

Transitions Optical, Inc are providing


ceremony in London attended by

an enhanced user experience and more

more than 300 Rodenstock Club

in-depth education on the Transitions

The group also had time to enjoy the sights of a city described as the



family of products via their re-launched website. Applying insights gained through con-


sumer feedback and tracking studies,

Rodenstock open new-look HQ

the site features a detailed breakdown

Rodenstock UK have completely mod-

operational excellence in all our sys-

on each lens product, fresh imagery

ernised their offices in a £1 million

tems and processes’.

and greater usability. It is available in

refit. The remodelled offices at North-

The five-month refit was designed

fleet in Kent are part of a three-year

to create a more flexible, collaborative

programme of investment.

and open working relationship between

Management and staff celebrated

both English and French.



the official opening by group CEO

Fitness to practice

Oliver Kastalio with a special lunch.

The General Optical Council reports that the vast majority of optometrists

UK managing director Dietmar ‘Northfleet was

and dispensing opticians have demon-

originally opened in 1987, and a

strated their continuing fitness to

Rathbauer says

practise by meeting their Continuing

refurbishment was well overdue. It was important that we put cus-

Dietmar Rathbauer and Oliver Kastalio pictured with Rodenstock staff

Education and Training (CET) points target for 2010-12.

tomer service back at the centre of our whole company process and

staff by more efficient use of space,

All optometrists and dispensing op-

now Rodenstock UK will be a sales

while promoting the company ethos

ticians have to complete regular CET

and marketing organisation first and

of quality, design, tradition and inno-

to demonstrate that they are keeping

foremost, focusing on customers’ needs

vation to customers in what is a very

their skills and knowledge up-to-

and delivering excellent service and

price competitive market.





OW Consultant Editor Dick Chaffin reports from New York nternational Vision Expo East was held on March 15-17 at the Javits Centre in New York City on the heels of the Mido and Shanghai exhibitions. The usual format has been to preview the US market early in the spring. This year the weather turned out to be more wintery than spring-like. However, the show did not lack for enthusiasm, with the usual number of celebrities and fashion shows. There did seem to be somewhat fewer international visitors, undoubtedly due to the proliferation and proximity of ophthalmic shows, as well as the somewhat weaker economy. Regardless, New York City and the US optical market are on-going attractions that make IVEE an interesting and important venue. The US optical market, considered to be one third of the world market, was on display. A renovated and expanded Javits Centre had four levels of frames, machinery, medical and scientific equipment, spread throughout the building. Located on the West side of New York close by the Hudson River, the Javits is not easily reached. Therefore shuttle buses are provided for transportation from many of the downtown hotels. This year, in addition, on Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, a half marathon caused some confusion in getting to the Javits. According to IVEE and the Vision Council, who are the show organisers, there were foreign visitors from more than 90 countries, predominately from the Americas,


Canada, and Mexico. The total number of attendees was close to 15,500, while more than 575 exhibitors presented some 5,000 products or brands. IVEE was more spread out than ever. The exhibition covered three levels of the building. Level one was designated the Lens and Processing Technology Pavilion. Alongside that was the Medical and Scientific Pavilion. Also on that level were the rooms for continuing education sessions. Level three was the major exhibition area devoted to eyewear and accessories. That area housed the frame, sunglass, and associated suppliers. In addition there were separate areas known as the The French Loft, Atrium, Underground, and Galleria, all catering to frames and specialty companies. All of these areas made for considerable walking. One person claimed to have covered five miles of ground in one day.

Machinery and technology Because the hall was so spread out it did not seem crowded in any areas except a few spots where companies were featuring celebrities, hosting fashion shows or offering a major give-away. In the machinery and technology area there appeared to be a good level of visitors. Coburn Technologies Inc. were on home ground and had a well-placed, large booth featuring their complete line of surfacing and finishing equipment, as well as many


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new items for lens processing, consumables and supplies. A & R Optical Machninery Inc, a world leader in automated lens inspection, blocking, packaging, printing, laser marking, and logistic controls, showed its equipment. A & R is a Belgium company that has a US office and representation in Brookfield, Wisconsin. They specialise in automated systems for lens inspection, marking, and packaging used by manufacturers and laboratories. OptoTech GmbH, a leader in digital surfacing equipment, displayed equipment that is suitable for any size laboratory. In addition they offer anti-reflection coating systems, as well as complete design and consulting services to the laboratory. Satisloh North America Inc displayed their ‘OBM’ (on the block) manufacturing technology for digital surfacing. The company’s Micro Line is a smaller version of its generator and polisher, using the same principles as its bigger machines. It is engineered for the smaller laboratories. Schneider Optical Machines, pioneers in free-form technology for lens manufacturing, showed some of their line of surfacing equipment. The firm’s portfolio includes blockers, generators, polishers, lab management and software, consumables and tools. In general there was good traffic in the machinery and equipment area. Although the US laboratory market is dominated by the groups owned by the lens manufacturers, there are still a large number of independent laboratories. The machinery and equipment manufacturers, are now thinking in terms of size and budget to suit the pocketbooks of the smaller laboratories.

Lens companies PPG Industries, at a press conference held on Saturday morning (March 16), announced the North American launch of a new 1.60 index lens material, Tribrid. After testing the material in Canada and Europe they are now making it available for the US market through X-Cel Optical, a lens manufacturer in Minnesota. Representatives of X-Cel and Thai Optical Group, the caster of the lens blanks, presented information on the various benefits and uses of the Tribrid material. Tribrid uses a ‘hybrid approach merging the Trivex lens material with traditional high-index lens chemistry’. Tribrid is a premium entry to the 1.60 high-index market. Shamir Insight Inc, Shamir USA introduced their latest progressive lens development, the Autograph III progressive lens. Using their ‘eyepoint technology’ Shamir have improved the design features of their very successful Autograph II lens. They are now including several new factors in their lens design: head posture, myopic or hyperopic prescription, as well as four times greater accuracy. Autograph III has the shortest true fitting height (11mm) on the market according to Shamir. In addition Shamir announced their newest digital measurement 10

device, SPARK (Single-shot Panorameter Augmented Reality Kit). This new 3D measuring tool utilises the iPad camera and automatically calculates all frame measurements based on one picture. It is a simple hand held piece of equipment that will soon be released to the market, providing additional information for fitting progressive lenses. The new lens is claimed to eliminate the need to move the head to focus. Adlens variable focus eyewear is an entirely different concept. In 1998 Professor Joshua Silver, a physicist from the Department of Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford University, invented a fluid injection technology to be used for glasses. James Chen, a businessman and philanthropist, was interested in this technology and became the primary backer. Fluid is injected into the lenses to give the wearer any spherical correction from approximately –6.00 to +3.00 dioptres, covering 90 per cent of prescriptions. Adlens became a limited company in 2005 to sell its glasses as a commercial enterprise with a social conscience. For every pair of glasses sold it will donate a pair of glasses to someone in Rwanda.

Variable focus lens The company announced at a press conference held during IVEE that in addition to its present line of glasses it has plans underway to market a new category of progressive lens. ‘An adaptable variable focus lens harnessing the best features of both a single vision lens and a progressive lens for smooth, continuous focus across a wide range of distances’. They have done extensive research with the public measuring the satisfaction of wearers of progressive lenses, research showing that there is ‘a very large market that is looking for a new lens technology that offers full field of view, like a single vision lens, at all distances’. Adlens plan to develop this type of lens that they say will ‘prove a tremendous benefit to consumers and the industry alike’. At present Adlens have a series of three types of glasses that are variable focus by the turn of a dial: ‘Emergensee’, a hurry up pair of glasses, to replace broken glasses, lost contacts, or after eye surgery; ‘Hemisphere’, a ready to wear clear or sunglass pair of glasses; and ‘John Lennon Collection’, named after the musical legend, a round eye frame with a keyhole bridge, the style he made famous. Adlens is something unique and different; it certainly brings some excitement about what is yet to come. IVEE was quite successful with the Vision Council, its joint sponsor, continuing to gather more parts of the optical industry under its umbrella. The Vision Council, a US organisation that had been focused on the US market and recently subsumed the Optical Laboratories Association, has increased its membership to include the European Sunglass Association.

Losma help Nikon focus on filtration

The Losma Group offer global industry the opportunity to ‘work clean and breathe healthy’. In addition to the filtration of liquid lubricants and coolants, the company is renowned for its innovative air filtration and treatment technologies. A comprehensive modular and customisable range enables Losma to supply optimum fluid/air filtration solutions to applications across all machine tools and industrial processes.


global leader in the filtration of coolants that are used in all aspects of grinding operations, Losma are able to meet the vast majority of the grinding industry’s needs from their comprehensive standard range. Although, a recent project illustrated the company’s ability to customise its standard products to satisfy the demands of non-standard grinding applications. Nikon Optical is an acknowledged global leader within the field of ophthalmic lens technology, with company innovations ranging from high-index 1.74 material, to the first customised single vision lens. Nikon remain at the leading-edge of technological progress in the ophthalmic lens industry, in areas such as the development of advanced digital lens designs and innovative coatings. To help satisfy the growing demand for the company’s high quality ophthalmic lenses, Nikon Optical employ a range of Schneider CNC digital generators at their impressive Milton Keynes (UK) facility. Precise, high-speed cutting (HSC) of organic lenses with index values up to 1.74 is undertaken with the use of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) tools, and natural diamond tools. The filtration and removal of the plastic swarf that is created by the grinding operation, from the process’ coolant, had previously been considered to be satisfactory. However, in accordance with Nikon Optical’s policy of continuous improvement, a more efficient solution was recently investi-

gated with the support of Losma, specialists in air and liquid filtration and depuration systems. Patrick Mastin, Nikon Optical operations & engineering manager, explains: ‘We use a 98 per cent water and 2 per cent oil emulsion as an effective coolant medium. As the efficiency of our surfacing operation depends on the continued effectiveness of our coolant, it is essential that we are able to remove the fine plastic swarf that is generated by our process. ‘Previously, each of our surfacing generators was fitted with individual conventional filtration systems. Although our old filtration units were useful, the extremely fine and abrasive nature of our swarf meant that we often encountered problems, such as the blocking of jets and pumps wearing-out. ‘To help overcome our filtration problems we compiled a ‘wish list’ of attributes that an ideal filtration system would Coolant supply pumps contain. The feature that we most wanted was that the system should be compact, have high filtration efficiency, preferably require no consumable material and require little or no manual intervention or maintenance. ‘During 2011 we spoke with several filtration specialists both within and outside the optical industry, but none were able to meet all our requirements with an existing product, without substantial re-design, and associated risks. ‘We were sure that the solution was out there, but it required not only the right product, but also the right manu-


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facturer who could understand and work with our requirements. This combination was found with Losma UK’. Losma are regarded as one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of high quality Industrial coolant filtration systems that are used for lubricating and refrigerating liquids, or other liquids that are contaminated with magnetic and non-magnetic process waste. Enabling the optimum solution to be provided, Losma industrial coolant filter systems are available with a range different filtration technologies, including non-woven fabric, self-cleaning drum, high liquid head, and selfcleaning cartridges. As the company’s flexible products are modular in construction they can be supplied with refrigerators, oxygenators, shaving collectors, and mud compactors. As Losma specialise in completely automatic, self-cleaning systems with extremely high filtration capability, and given the fact that its products require no consumable material, the company proved to be the ideal filtration resource for Nikon Optical. To help ensure that each customer is able to be supplied with an optimum solution to their filtration needs, Losma’s environmentally friendly range is available in nine basic models, with multiple variants of each model available. The company’s popular ‘Spring’ range of self-cleaning drum filters, as installed by Nikon Optical, is ideal for use with soluble or neat coolant liquids. Benefiting from permanent filtering nets, the highly efficient units are used globally across a wide range of demanding industries for the removal of a variety of material swarf from applications such as grinding, machining and industrial processes.

The coolant then continues through the deposit and then through the drum’s fine filtering mesh, emerging as efficiently filtered liquid. ‘A strong jet of clean liquid flowing from the opposite direction then regenerates the filter by removing any impurities that have been deposited on its surface, whilst the resulting sludge is removed by the drag conveying system. At the end of the self-cleaning operations, the drum filter begins the next filtration cycle. These functions are completely automatic and are controlled by a PLC unit. ‘In order to reduce the liquid content of the swarf sludge intended for disposal and to minimise its volume, Nikon Optical’s filtration system was Losma F9 Spring filter fitted with a sludge compactor. The efficient unit achieves dense compaction with a strong static load generated by a gear motor acting on a worm screw.’ Nikon Optical’s Patrick Mastin concludes: ‘As Losma were able to meet the vast majority of our challenging list of requirements by recommending a standard Spring filtration, we were happy to liaise with the technical team of Losma S.p.A. and Richard Murphy of Losma UK on the bespoke aspects of the new system.

Stainless steel employed

‘In addition to several other demands, one of our most important stipulations was that, due to the risk of rusting and potential coolant contamination, high quality AISI 304 stainless steel should be used in all areas of the Spring unit that come into contact with our aqueous solution. ‘Throughout our negotiations, each of Losma’s personnel exhibited an excellent understanding of our needs and was able to suggest design Tailored to requirements changes resulting in the delivery of With flow rates ranging from 25 an ideal filtration system. 1000 litres per minute for neat oil and ‘Our ability to consistently filter from 50 - 2000 litres per minute for our coolant to 25µm has eliminated emulsions, the degree of filtration our previous problem such as provided by Spring units can be taiblocked jets, flooding and machine lored to suit customers’ specific down-time. Cleaner coolant has requirements. A wide range of Spring meant that our pumps are also lastoptions is available, including, a drag ing much longer; on the evidence of conveying system, pre-filtration with the last three months; we have proSchneider HSC 101 generator with compactor magnetic discs, air filtration for mists jected a saving of more than £2000 and vapours, tanks for dirty liquid delivery to the filter and per annum on pump replacement. In addition to an approximud compactors. mate 40 per cent savings on the oil constituent of our Richard Murphy, Losma UK Ltd manager explains: ‘The coolant, a considerable decrease on our consumption of action of Spring’s self-cleaning drum filter is completely auto- metered water has also been realised. matic. Because the drum filter is gravity fed, the hydrostatic ‘Following a trouble free installation, the Losma unit is load outside the drum forces the liquid to pass through the now making an excellent contribution towards the efficient filter. As the pre-filtered liquid passes into the filter through operation of our surfacing generators and the production of the feeder, it forms a deposit reaching 10-14mm in depth). our high quality free-form lenses.


Abrasives Tony Jarratt, Technical Editor


n the past, the term ‘abrasive mate-

• As diamond generating wheels

Two of the most well known are the

rials’, as far as the ophthalmic market

or fining pads for plastic

Mohs scale of relative hardness and the

is concerned, would have defined a


Knoop scale of comparative hardness.The

range of granular materials used with water or other lubricants to grind, smooth

• Diamond cutters for lens generating

Mohs scale, devised by the German mineralogist Friedrich Mohs, grades minerals

and polish lens surfaces. The materials

• Smoothing slurry for glass lenses

in increasing levels of hardness, such

comprised such compounds as carborun-

• A polishing medium for both glass

that any mineral will scratch any that

dum, in its various forms for grinding

and plastic substrates

precede it and will, in turn, be scratched

and smoothing, and ‘jewellers rouge’

• Diamond wheels for lens edging

by those harder than itself. The com-

for polishing. Ceramic wheels were the

• Carborundum wheels for general

parison between these two scales in

norm for lens edging.

grinding purposes

given in the following table:

The optical industry has moved a long way from these ‘simple days’, so we now need to look for a wider definition for the term. If we look in the dictionary we find one definition – ‘substances used to clean, smooth, etc., by scratching and grinding’, whilst another defines it slightly differently as ‘substances or materials such as sandpaper, pumice or emery, used for cleaning, grinding, smoothing, or polishing’. We should therefore now use the term ’abrasive materials’ in a broader sense – to cover a much larger range of materials and products. In this context, the industry can now utilise loose gran-

*Carborundum Corundum (Emery) has a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale.

ular materials in the form of a liquid

Abrasive materials

slurry, smoothing and polishing pads -

Abrasives can be used either as a slurry,

Other factors, which affect the use

produced from several different types

or impregnated into a pad - for smoothing

of an abrasive, are the particle size,

of ‘abrasive’ and using many types of

and polishing, according to the type and

purity of the material, particle shape

carrier material, and more recently dia-

hardness of material used.

and pH value. The larger sizes of abra-

It is obvious that the material used to

sive particles (particle or grit size) are

To this list we should also add diamond

abrade a surface, or remove material,

used for smoothing and the finer and

wheels, as they are used to grind lens

must be harder than the material to be

softer materials for surface polishing.

surfaces and the edges of lenses when

removed. The hardness of the material

The purity of the material will often

cutting to shape.

being worked on will also affect the rate

affect the grit size and must be taken

of removal and will determine the

into account by the manufacturer.

mond impregnated foils.

Use of abrasive materials

amount of pressure that has to be applied

The modern optical laboratory uses

for this removal to take place.

Whilst in use, the grit particles will abrade the surface of the lens, gradually

these ‘abrasive materials’ in one of the

Hardness is measured by various

removing material from the surface.

following ways (not an exhaustive list):

means and is graded using various scales.

Whilst this is happening the grit particles


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will themselves also break down into

required and the amount of stock to

smaller sizes. If there are particles in

be removed.

Originally, the laps were produced from cast iron - a relatively hard mate-

the abrasive which are larger than the

Using a diamond wheel or cutter to

rial, which resisted wear to a reasonable

average size of the mixture (or slurry),

generate the required curves, leaves

extent. However, they did wear during

or the particles do not break down at

the surface in a ‘rough’ condition, i.e.,

use and after a few surfaces had been

an even rate, the lens surface will be

it will have the correct shape and virtually

produced from each tool, they had to

scratched, sometimes quite badly. This

the correct radius of curvature, but with

be re-cut, using a lap cutting lathe, to

will, of course, be more noticeable

a coarse finish. The lens will also be

the correct curvature.

when polishing is taking place.

slightly thicker than the required finished

These points are also affected by


Nowadays, we tend to use aluminium (or even hard resin) laps. These are

the shape of the grit particles or crystal

This extra thickness is to allow for

easier to make and cut and are much

structure of the abrasive. Large particles

the removal of a small amount of sub-

lighter in weight, the only disadvantage

or irregular shaped particles will wear

strate material, whilst ‘smoothing’ (fin-

that being a much softer material,

quicker, whilst flatter longer crystals

ing) takes place. This smoothing of the

there is a faster wear rate. The surface

will present a larger face to the lens

lens surface, produces a much finer

of an aluminium tool used to smooth

and lap – thus prolonging the life of

finish than the generated surface and

a lens surface would probably be out

the abrasive and giving a more even

one which is of the correct radius and

of true before the operation had been

finish to the lens.

form, to produce the power required.


Finally, the pH value of the material must be controlled, as an incorrect fig-

It is smooth enough to allow for the final polishing to take place.

To overcome this problem of wear, the laboratory uses an intermediate

ure can affect the action of the slurry,

To produce these ‘smooth’ surfaces

layer, or pad, of material introduced

which in turn will alter the finish of

with accurate curvature requires the

between the lap and the lens surface.

the lens. The correct pH value, given

use of a lap or surfacing tool, made

This pad is used either once, or for

by the manufacturer, should be adhered

with the correct curve but of opposite

several surfaces and it can then easily

to. This value will normally be alkaline,

form to the lens surface (i.e., the tool

be removed and replaced, thus elimi-

but will never be more than pH 9.

will be the ‘mirror image’ of the required

nating any wear of the tool surface.

(Neutral pH – e.g., pure water, would

lens surface – a plus tool producing a

Tools will only need to be checked

have a pH of 7; alkaline solutions will

minus surface and vice versa). These

at infrequent intervals, to ensure that

have a pH above this figure, whilst

tools are used, along with the correct

they have not become distorted or

acidic solutions will be lower). The

type of abrasive, for both smoothing

damaged in any way – the radius of

abrasive materials most commonly

and polishing.

the surface will remain basically un-

used are listed below:

Any lap used with an abrasive material


to produce a surface on another material,

The use of such pads does, however,

Abrasive pads

will itself be subject to wear during use.

bring one further factor into the lens

To achieve the correct surface curves,

This wear will vary over the lap surface

curvature calculations. It will be realised

thickness and lens power is now a rel-

and the surface will become uneven

that the pad will alter the effective ra-

atively straightforward process, thanks

and hence will not produce the correct

dius of the tool, by its own thickness.

to computerised surfacing systems.

finished lens surface. Over a period,

This introduction of the pad, will de-

The computer can give us the exact

the radius of curvature will also be al-

crease the effective radius of a plus

radius of each meridian, lens thickness

tered, leading to incorrect powers.

tool and increase that of a minus one

*Aluminium oxide can also be used, in its smallest micron sizes, for polishing


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– thus altering the finished surface

‘working’ pad and the lap. No 5 is used

the slurry on the pad surface, ensuring


to alter the radius and hence the power

that there is sufficient at all parts of

As an example, if we were to produce

of the tool, whilst No 6 allows the use

the lens/pad interface. They also ensure

a lens surface, using material of 1.53

of non adhesive pads – allowing them

that the pad does not dry out. For use

and a tool of radius of -50mm and using

to be used, removed and then re-used

on high curve tools, most manufacturers

the simple formula

at a later time. Self-adhesive pads can

list one or more 16 leaf pads. These

where F = surface

only be used once, as it is almost im-

conform more easily to the steeper

power, n = refractive index and

possible to re-attach them once re-

curve of the tool without creasing. The

r = radius in mm. The surface power


thinner synthetic fibre pads are pro-

would be:

The last item in the list is a special pad, consisting of small metal pellets

duced in many shapes, including round – to fit the lap shape.

with embedded diamond, placed over the pad surface. They are used to re-


however, if we now introduce a pad

move generating marks and correct

Diamond, being one of the hardest

with a thickness of 1 mm, the radius

minor surface imperfections prior to

natural substances, has long been

would now become -51 mm and the


used as an abrasive for ophthalmic

power would be:

a decrease in power of 0.21D. Although pad thickness leads to the disadvantage of extra calculations, it

Pads can be further sub-divided by

lens production. As already men-

their intended use and material used,

tioned, the material can be used in

the main types being:

the production of wheels for gener-

Main use


Glass fining

Zinc alloy foil

can also be of benefit. By using pads

Aluminium foil

of different thickness, the effective ra-

Steel wire mesh

dius of a surfacing tool can be adjusted,

Plastic fining

allowing a range of tools to produce an extended range of powers. The effect can also be used to correct the

Silicon carbide Aluminium oxide

Glass Polishing

Synthetic random weave fibre Ditto impregnated with active oxide

power of a surfaced lens, by introducing a different thickness of pad then re-

Polypropylene rayon and polyester


Polyurethane Plastic polishing

The various types of pad now available, include: 1. Glass smoothing (or fining) 2. Plastic fining

Flock material Non-woven textile

Power adjustment


Friction gripper

Silicon carbide

Surface correction or smoothing

Diamond pellet

3. Glass polishing 4. Plastic polishing

Various pad shapes are produced,

ating the lens surface and then finally for edging the finished lens.

5. Power adjustment

based mainly on the material from

6. Intermediate ‘gripper’ pads

which they are made. The thicker foil

The generating wheels will normally

7. Surface correcting (as against

pads are usually petal-shaped (as are

be used on two axis generators, in

most of the silicon carbide and alu-

the form of a cup tool, whilst the

minium oxide pads). The slots between

latest free-form / digital generators

The first four are used directly at-

the ‘petals’ allow the pad to take on a

will require the use of a ball or tool

tached to the surfacing lap, by means

curved shape, matching the tool, with-

cutter, usually diamond tipped. Dia-

of a self-adhesive backing. The next

out becoming creased.

mond is also used in some surfacing

power adjustment)

two (5 and 6) are used between the


The slots also help to hold some of

foils for high stock removal.

SUPPLIERS The following companies have kindly supplied material for review. Full details of their products can be found via their websites. Cerium Optical Products

micron other, sizes available to order.

They produce diamond tooling in both

Lastly Cerium have a range of dia-

natural and synthetic materials to cover

Cerium Optical provide a wide range

mond impregnated

all types of lens plastics including CR39,

of abrasive products which are listed

pads for fining of

polycarbonate and Hi index materials.

below. They cover all needs from

glass lenses.

the most aggressive roughing pads

types of lens surface including Rx and

able in either 15-20

digital free-form production. High qual-

micron or as 20-30 mi-

ity tooling starts with tightly controlled

to super fine two step systems, along with a large range of one step suitable for all types of

cron version and come in a

production steps:-

75mm diameter.

equipment and lens types.

The range of tools is suitable for all

These are avail-

The Rose pad is Cerium’s latest inBlack first-fine pad by Cerium

(1) Careful selection of only the highest quality diamond

novation. It incorporates new unique

The organic pads range in sizes of

flock length technology; the nap on

between 63mm to 89mm in diameter

this pad is very soft and flexible and

and can be produced in various petal

not of a uniform length. This new tech-

chosen to provide the tool with

designs from round to 16 leaf, the most

nology allows a far greater flow of pol-

the hardest cutting edge.

popular shapes being 6, 7 and 8 leaf.

ish to the surface of the lens and pad,

(3) Computer controlled vacuum

Organic pads: Roughing and first fine pads: 180 grit roughing pad

material. (2) Orientation of the diamond is

increasing dramatically the amount of

brazing of the diamond to the

polish at the lens surface during the

insert or shank.

polish cycle.

(4) Computer controlled precision polishing of the diamond to

When this increase in polish delivery

320 grit roughing or

is combined with the increased polish-

polycarbonate first fine pad

ing action of the new flock design on

Standard CR39 first fine pad

the lens surface, you are simply left

Hi-index first fine pad

with an outstanding example of a pol-

inspection and measurement at

ished lens surface.

all stages to ensure the quality

Second fine pads Silicon carbide second fine 3 and

produce the correct geometry of the tool. (5) Video and microscopy

of the tool.

Rose is suitable for all types of lens

11 micron pad

materials and machinery but is espe-

Pink 3 micron plasc backed

cially suited for labs that run a high

Standard tool radius sizes are 2.00mm

second fine

percentage of hi-index, polycarbonate,

and 5.00mm.

Red polycarbonate 2nd fine

Trivex and AR coated lenses and pro-

One step range

vides outstanding results when run on

Chase also produce Poly Crystalline

Red one step pad

the latest ‘direct to polish’ equipment.

Diamond Tools (PCD) for the leading

Also stocked by Cerium is a range of

brands of ophthalmic lens generators.

plasc and glass/mineral lens polishes.

From single tip PCD inserts with round

Black one step pad Quantum one step pad Claris one step pad

and 55 degree form factors, to high tolerance 8-way and 12-way multi-

Next polycarbonate one step pad

Chase Diamond Tools International Ltd

Merlin one step Mulplex pad


Black polycarbonate one step pad

tipped milling cut-

Chase Diamond Tools International Glass pads:

have been supplying ophthalmic

Cerium also carry a range of Microgrit

laboratories for over nine years, and

aluminium oxide abrasive powder grit

have an extensive range of Single

for fining of glass products; the stan-

Crystal Diamond (SCD) tools to fit the

dard range in stock is 12, 15 and 20

leading ophthalmic lens generators.

SCD fine cut tool from Chase Diamond


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All Chase tooling is backed by a re-

on a base pad and standard pads that

A full line of cutter blades, diamonds

pair service available at their repair fa-

work on bare tools. A range of abra-

and wheels for generators and edgers,

cilities, offering fast turn-round one

sives is available for one-step and two-

including milling cutters for the new

day tool re-lapping and two day re-tip-

step fining processes for all plastic ma-

digital processing machines is also

ping to return tools to a new condition.

terials including polycarbonate, Trivex,

available. Brands covered are Schnei-

Their repair facilities can also repair

CR-39, mid and high index lenses.

der, Satisloh and Coburn, plus Stras-

other manufacturers tooling.

For work on glass substrates PSI offer KC Abrasives glass fining emery

DAC Vision

with the following charcteristics:

baugh, Optek, and Shuron. PSI also state that you don't have to throw away expensive, OEM PCD milling cuers simply because they are chipped

DAC Vision offer a complete line of fin-

• Slurry abrasive that is delivered

and dull. Look to PSI to save you money

ing or smoothing pads for every lens

between metal fining pads and

by re-pping them back to new condi-

material – including CR-39, mid-index,

lenses in cylinder machines for

on. They will clean, re-p with new di-

hi-index, polycarbonate, Trivex and

fining glass lenses

amonds, balance and ensure proper p

glass/mineral lenses. Within each lens

• KC Abrasives are monitored at

distance to OEM specificaons on 12-

category they offer numerous combi-

each step of the manufacturing

tooth or 8-tooth milling cuers. Once

naons of abrasive and backing opons

process to insure product

ref-pped, they will produce the same

to solve every fining challenge.

consistency to achieve

high quality cuts and have the same life

predictable performance in the

expectancy as a newcuer.

Whether a one-step or two-step fining process, bare lap or base pad system is required, they have an abrasive pad system that will suit. Glass lens processing has become a

lab • Block, angular-shaped crystals

The firm carries a complete line of diamond edger wheels:

provide consistent stock removal while being resistant to

• All edger wheels are lightweight

specialised process as raw material

breakdown under the forces

• Made of aluminium and other

availability has become increasingly

acting upon them during

advanced materials to improve

challenging. DAC Vision have always


tracking, increase spindle life

been commied to sourcing only the

• Narrow particle size distribution

best glass abrasive products available

assures a uniform surface finish,

and they maintain strong global rela-

the higher the rating number,

edgers such as Santinelli,

the larger the particle size

Coburn, Weco, Briot, AIT, and

onships that ensure the availability at compeve market prices. Diamond fining has been an increasingly popular technology for glass lens fining. The Diamond Fine pad eliminates

• Suspension treated to retard settling • Stable throughout a broad

and assist in rust reduction • Wheels available for most

Essilor. • Axiom wheels available for polycarbonate and Trivex

temperature range

the need for convenonal fining abra-

For use in a hand edger the company

sives and produces excellent surface

PSI also offer diamond and metal fin-

finish leading into the polishing process.

ing pads for glass lenses as well as glass

lists the 600 grit hand edger wheel:

For finishing soluons, DAC Vision of-

fining emery. Included in the pad range

• For hand edger machines such

fer a wide array of edging wheels in

is the Easy Lift fining and polishing pads

as the Novamatic or Nu-Tech

both plated and bonded designs. Dia-

which are designed with high tack ad-

• Has a hidden bevel groove to

monds that last and remain sharp are

hesives to adhere to lap base pads.

maintain the hide-a-bevel on the

crical for clean and aggressive edging

These pads lift up easily with your fin-


that prevents slippage and produces ex-

gers, just like a shipping label lifts from

cellent bevels and edge finishes.

the original wax sheet. They come in three pad configurations: Seven-petal

• Made of stainless steel to reduce corrosion • Lightweight with a plastic

Practical Systems Inc

round, seven-petal tabbed and 16-

interior to reduce stress on

petal for high curves.

machine bearings, prolonging

PSI offer a broad range of abrasive

The Easy Lift pad range covers all

pads for fining lenses. They have their

plastic materials including polycarbon-

Easy Lift line that is designed for use

ate, Trivex and high index.


the life of the edger • 6in diameter, 1½in wide, 600 grit.

Optrafair 2013 Shelagh Hardy reports from Birmingham


as Optrafair 2013 the best yet in the long-running exhibition series sponsored by Britain’s Federation of Manufacturing Opticians? Held once again in its traditional venue, The National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham, Britain’s second city, over the extended weekend of April 13-15, the show achieved a claimed 200 exhibitors and an attendance of over 7,000, more than one third of the UK’s whole eyewear community. There was an upbeat atmosphere and a real buzz in the aisles on the best-attended show day, Sunday, while visitor numbers (and readiness to do business) rose high enough on the first and last days to keep many exhibitors happy.

Instrumentation A welcome, long-awaited, indication of recovery in the UK’s retail ophthalmic market? Recent statistics certainly show some growth which may well account for British eyecare professionals’ continuing interest in consulting room instrumentation. This was well catered for, with suppliers like Topcon and Heidelberg not only exhibiting but taking part in both practical workshops for visitors and continuing education forums. The overall trend of retail eyecare business in the UK remains strongly directed towards the clinical end of the practice spectrum. In addition to Heidelberg and Topcon, participants in the full round of major shows internationally, Optrafair 2013 also featured big brands like Canon (shown here by Carleton Optical), Haag


Streit, Nidek (Birmingham Optical) and Zeiss, together with domestic market leaders Keeler (fresh from Vision Expo East) and Mainline Instruments. In the instrumentation limelight were Optical Coherence Tomographers (OCTs). Carl Zeiss showed a new-model Cirrus OCT and fundus camera combined, along with one of the show’s several new perimeters of visual field investigation. The ‘patient friendly’ iCare tonometer for intraocular pressure checks was part of Mainline Instruments’ display, while Carleton featured an innovatory Eye Surface Profiler, for the contact lens specialist. Did visitors have the time, energy and enthusiasm about optical retailing’s future to look beyond instrument displays? Frame suppliers outnumbered every other exhibitor category here just as on the continental European show circuit. International big names included Luxottica, Marchon and Menrad, along with Britain’s own Continental Eyewear (who successfully take brands like Jaeger and XEyes to continental Europe and beyond) and International Eyewear celebrating its 25th anniversary, now as part of the German-based Eschenbach group. Norville offered no fewer than four new frame collection launches, including the fashion name Monsoon. The frame and sunglass sector was promoted with a revival of a popular old trade fair tradition, a series of catwalk fashion shows. Also showcased once again was the more recent innovation of Optra Awards for style. Men’s winner in 2013 was a Pro Design Denmark model in beta titanium;

Caseco won the best women’s frame award with a superlight lace look photoetched stainless steel number by J.F. Rey of France. Optrafair has become the epicentre of a seismic event fiesta, giving visitors ever more reasons to make the trek to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (a trek not made easier over the show weekend by accident-induced motorway closures). The Association of Dispensing Opticians, over 1,200 of whose members came to the trade fair, held its Annual General Meeting close by under the same roof over Optrafair weekend, accompanied by a strong Continuing Education and Training (CET) programme; an audience of 150 attended a new-lens presentation by Younger Optics’ Julian Wiles for instance. The Optician journal, whose publishing group will provide the partner for next year’s FMO-sponsored Optrafair London (April 13-15) held its popular awards event on April 13, 2013. Essilor won the Lens Product of the Year category for the Varilux S progressive lens design range.

Continuing education CET specialists Replay Learning provided the extra appeal of a full three-day programme staged in the Education Theatre built in to Hall 20; given the complexities of a novel CET system just up and running in the UK to reinforce checks on ECP competences, this attracted big audiences. There were good audiences too for an innovatory, non-CET session on the final day of the show which included presentations by a speaker from international spe-

cialist software provider Ocuco along with presenters from the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers’ training officer and Essilor (on Varilux S). Also featured on the Monday (April 15) programme: topics from low vision work to practice marketing and differentiation through instrument technology.

Tribrid lenses For an OPTICAL WOLD readership, perhaps the most insightful education session of Optrafair 2013 was the well-attended press conference called by the PPG team in Europe of Frédéric Lefranc and Dora Plisic, to mark the launch here of Tribrid spectacle lens material. The objective, Dora Plisic explained, to help the optician add value (for him/herself and the consumer) to the lens side of the spectacle equation, through diversifying into lens products with the benefits of lightness, thinness and enhanced performance. Tribrid, the ‘hybrid’ which combines a 1.6 index material with the good optics, impact resistance and wearer comfort of Trivex, is spearheading a drive by PPG to put new and improved lens materials in the mid-range and high-end sectors at the disposal of prescription laboratories and their optical retail customers in world markets. Till now, the world’s main focus has been on products catering for the 80-85 per cent of spectacle wearers with low to moderate vision correction needs. Those requiring higher correction can relatively readily be brought to appreciate the advantages of thinner, lighter, better performing lenses. With the entry level for fast-growing Asian markets now at 1.5 index, and with the polycarbonate alternative failing to capture a major share of markets outside the USA, the time was ripe for the launch of Tribrid, capable of being positioned in the market as a high-end product to rival (and in some important respects, such as impact resistance, surpass) increasingly used 1.74 index material, Dora Plisic said. A spokesman for lens caster Thai Optical, explained how his company, with six years Trivex experience, welcomed the advent of Tribrid. For Transitions, Laurent Doseville endorsed the arrival of a fresh, photochromic-capable lens material which delivers on value, underwriting Transitions’ promise and experience of a high repurchase rate among consumers and helping optical retailers avoid the commodity lens trap.

Representatives of several of the UK’s leading laboratory Tribrid providers including Shamir, Norville and Seiko also endorsed the launch, specifying situations where it offered them and their optician customers new, improved material options: sports glasses, rimless, the high prescription needs of increasingly lenssavvy consumers. The question now (said PPG’s Frédéric Lefranc) is how to get the Tribrid message across. Opticians’ education is the key, in parallel with good information to the consumer. He, and Tribrid’s distributers, asked optical press help in developing ideas to achieve these aims.

The Adlens Tribrid was not the only hot spectacle lens topic of Optrafair 2013. At the (mainly fashion frame-filled) Mondottica stand, the European distributors for variablefocus eyewear Adlens were briefing key customers and the press about a lensplus-frame innovation that looks certain to keep on making headlines for years to come. Comprising two pairs of thin polycarbonate lenses with a membrane between them into which silicone fluid can be injected to change the power from a reservoir on the frame temple, the Adlens concept is already available in two retrolook ranges, Hemisphere and John Lennon, with a premium range to follow later in the year. So far, only spherical correction is achievable. If a wearer does not wish to change his or her correction, the contact lens case-sized reservoirs can be sealed off. What roles could the Adlens concept fulfil within global ophthalmic markets? Eventually, it could cover 15 per cent of the second pair market, including presbyopes; Adlenses also have appeal for the post-cataract surgery sector, still sizeable even in this era of intraocular implants. The starring part for Adlens is, however, foreseen in emerging markets, where (as seen in Rwanda) it could spearhead a drive to provide ‘vision for a nation’, thanks to its capacity to correct without ECP (or prescription laboratory) intervention. This product develops a nineteenth century principle, created in prototype by Professor Joshua Silver of the University of Oxford (where Adlens’ headquarters is still based). Will this revolutionary concept generate me-too competitors? If it does, what will be the effect on the

established mode of spectacle correction delivery? Back from tomorrow’s world in the lens world of today, major UK regional laboratories like South of England-based Waterside celebrated the free-form era with lenses like their own-brand Infinity range (including Sports and Office progressive options) in a variety of material options, up to tintable 1.74. GW Optics, a newer member of the FMO, introduced a cost effective lens range produced by Daemyung of Korea. Caledonian Optical targeted the show’s many Scots visitors in particular. Norville Group’s always varied ophthalmic display featured ‘Made in Switzerland’ lens quality from Optiswiss, together with innovations from Younger, including Drivewear photochromic now available in the new material option of Trilogy (Trivex) and Nupolar 1.67 index. Rodenstock featured their newgeneration personalised Impression 2 progressive design and second-generation Multigressiv. Nikon offered a complete family of ‘elife’ lenses for the digital age: Pix to reduce eyestrain in pre-presbyopes, Online Wide, Digilife and Home Office to choose from among presbyopes; Blue Light Control to enhance comfort for all wearer age groups. This company’s Country Cottage design also deservedly won Optrafair 2013’s Best Stand in Show award. Shamir featured the UK launch of their Autograph III free-form progressive, in an exceptionally wide range of material options and prescriptive powers. The design achieved using Shamir’s unique software is ‘holistic’, focusing on wearer comfort enhanced by ergonomics.

Award winner Essilor’s award-winning Varilux S is the newest stage in a company-led varifocal lens evolution that began with Varilux I and continued through landmark lens design steps like fondly remembered Varilux Comfort. What’s new in the thinking (and R & D) that led to the S series: Essilor’s focus on supporting the wearer’s binocular function combined with the concept of point-by-point, double surface lens optimisation by way of ‘Nanoptix’ technology. The whole design aims to massage away the effects of inevitable progressive lens distortion. Varilux S is also customisable.


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The prime objective at Optrafair 2013 seemed to be to cater for every possible need of the professionally owned and managed optical retail store: not just innovation in major consulting room instrumentation and spectacles, but every requirement from accountancy services (EKW Group) and finance (Braemar) to help with marketing and specialisation in valuation and ownership transfer (Myers La Roche). Along the way, the optical retailer could source workshop consumables, and spectacle accessories (Graham Coates; Centrostyle), promotional packaging (Fleet) shopfittings (Lynx, Store Graphics, Mewscraft) and headhunting services (Prospect Health). In post-Olympics Britain the continued growth of interest in sports eyewear was notable, with firms as diverse as Shamir, Norville, View Swimming Goggles, Bollé, also showcasing safety eyewear. Mainline and Dibble Optical, among others, reflected the importance of the sector.

Lens edging It has been estimated that around half of all UK’s 3,000 plus independent or smallchain optical retail stores have lens finishing workshop facilities. BIB showcased Briot’s Emotion four-in-one edger, blocker, shape scanner and drill (for the larger workshop or laboratory?). Mainline offered the Opti 3 Logic Drill – underlining the continuing importance of rimless drilling facilities in today’s UK frame market – and also showed a range of Huvitz equipment. Birmingham Optical, UK distributors for Nidek, displayed (alongside a comprehensive instrument display) the CE9 manual blocker with Companion LT 1200 shape tracer, and launched the AES 2200 automated edging system. Nidek options from Birmingham also include the entry-level, retail store orientated LX 1000 Lite and the multi-functional ME 1200 lens edging system. At present in advanced prototype form, Nidek’s initial entry into dry-cut edging, the Xtrimer SE1, was also showcased at the show. Trials are currently under way in their laboratories for a new Nidek high-volume edger, the first time the UK firm has participated in such global R & D for the brand. Omega focused on their expert equipment and machinery upgrade, maintenance and repair services. Dibble Optical majored on the acclaimed Breitfeld & Schliekert (B & S) range of cut,


edge and fit workshop ancillaries and hand tools for which the firm is UK agent. Dibble Optical can now also offer access to the full range of 3M Leap adhesive pads. Back at Essilor’s stand, the firm majored on its best-selling Mr. Orange glazing system, based on the proven Kappa technology but now offering further advanced functions including Star Control for handling ‘slippery’ coated lenses, alongside the fully automated Mr. Blue. Norville showed Weco equipment, including the CS blocker, and, from Visionix, a particularly interesting piece of retail store dispensing room kit, the Wave Lens Pro. which can effectively double up as an automatic single button operated lens measuring device and a marketing aid to the consumer, making free-form progressive lens comparison not only fast and accurate, but an impressive process.

Prescription lab equipment Optrafair 2013 did not omit to cater for the prescription laboratories; more of them are still in independent operation in the UK than in many other Western European countries. It was good to note that OptoTech were busy with customers discussing their advanced equipment offers for every style of laboratory. Coburn Technologies showcased their CTL compact lens generating system along with other Cobalt brand equipment for freeform lens processing, launched a new onestep, all-material fining pad, Sapphire, and confirmed that their visit had been well worthwhile, this year’s Optrafair format giving improved exposure to small and medium sized firms in their market sector. Cerium, supporting their home-market show, hard on the heels of Vision Expo East, also reported rewarding levels of interest not only for their ever-advancing range of free-form era laboratory ancillaries and consumables but for associated Cerium Visual Technologies’ Colorimeter, this unique instrument for evaluating dyslexia : tint relationship attracting interest from overseas as well as home. Europtica’s new team introduced the Aquasave filtration system, a self-cleaning, maintenance-free, long-life unit which, in its production model form, they believe will greatly ease the difficult issue of eliminating lens processing waste and water conservation. Apex Diamond Products demonstrated their natural and synthetic diamond tool making capacity which

extends across the intraocular, contact lens and spectacle lens industries. With the British Contact Lens Association’s always heavily supported conference and exhibition looming close at Optrafair time, it was perhaps not surprising that contact lens stands at Optrafair were relatively few and small, though Bausch & Lomb participated, as did No. 7 Contact Lenses. The Hastings, Sussex-based firm showcased not only the specialist products and services they offer for orthokeratology – which seeks to change refraction by daily or overnight contact lens wear – but launched a new corneal topographer, the E 300, for international supplier Medmont. A second No. 7 launch: Studio 5 software. The number of and growing specialisation among providers of practice management software systems was a notable feature of the show: Opticabase, Optimed (focusing on clinical communications), Optisoft, Optix, Orasis, See 20/20, Utouchit ... the list seemed almost endless, with the sector benefiting from the gravitas of international ‘big names’ Ipro International and Ocuco. A spokesman for Ocuco provided a well-attended presentation on how independent retailers can enter the online era without pain, and cost-effectively. Thomson Software Solutions also exhibited, demonstrating a range of innovative clinical tools for the computer age. Like Ipro, Thomson offered near vision assessment apps for iPads and iPhones.

Eye vitimins A further indication of how times are changing in British retail ophthalmic practice was the proliferation of exhibitors offering eye vitamin supplements: Butterflies Healthcare, The Eye Doctor, Macuvision, Moorfields Pharmacy, Ocular Solutions, TRB Chemedica. It is hard to imagine these at an Optrafair of even a few years ago, though the giants of ophthalmic retail franchising (Specsavers, now claiming almost half the entire market; Boots Opticians, the nearest competitor) would have been more familiar. They were joined in 2013 by Europe-wide operator Cecops. The face of the British retail ophthalmic market is indeed changing and acquiring new facets. It was good to see a lively reflection of both new and established features in Birmingham. What should we expect at Optrafair London next April?

Illuminated magnifier The German firm Eschenbach Opk are extending

as intelligent LED technology and low power consump-

their Mobilux LED range with the addion of another


universal illuminated magnifier for use at home

Eschenbach, based in Nuremburg, Southern

and on the move.

Germany, was established in 1913 and today is

This praccal companion featuring a circular

the worldwide market leader in the field of opcal

58mm lens and 6× magnificaon, connues the tradion

low vision aids. For further details visit:

of the range with its extremely robust light-weight lens, as well

Zeiss expand officelens portfolio A new lens type has been added to the Zeiss officelens porolio. Zeiss officelens Book offers crisp and clear vision for very near

lens Book provides opmal vision from the preferred reading distance to an extended near viewing range, adds an important

distances up to 100cm with very wide viewing zones.

lens type to the porolio and sets new highlights for

This pioneering lens serves the daily vision

the two exisng performance designs.

needs that changing technologies, such as

With the addion of a third lens type, Zeiss

laptops, tablets and smart phones, have

officelens Plus and Zeiss officelens Superb

brought into our lives. This new enhanced

designs are now available with three M.I.D.

occupaonal lens is ideal for tasks such as

100cm, 200cm and 400cm which cover

reading or working on small electronic de-

wider needs.

vices and provides visual comfort from

The visual distance up to one metre can

reading distance to fixed M.I.D. (Maximum Intermediate Distance) of 100cm.

offer the ideal second pair of lenses, parcularly for paents with increased reading problems.

Compared to tradional reading lenses, Zeiss office-

For further details visit:

Seraphin reinvents the sunglass by creang pieces abundant with personality and so-

Sunspecs fit for a Heroine

Alcon launch first water gradient contact lens

phiscaon through vintage inspired designs and arstry of the romanc Heroine col-

Alcon announce the UK launch of their water

lecon. These elegant and intriguing sun styles bring together meless shapes of the

gradient contact lens, Dailies Total1. With

past with revitalising and striking colour combinaons to evoke a renewed sense of

over 80 per cent water content, the daily

feminine power and beauty.

disposable lens mimics the water content

Juliet Sun evokes a romanc aura. Debung with a bold colour palee of jungle,

of the cornea. A first of its kind, breakthrough

havana purple, and havana coral, the Juliet’s encing curves are certain to appeal to

technology means the lens combines

any fashion heroine. Ravoux Sun is movated by fashions of mid-century America. It exhibits and invenve twist to the

breathability with performance even aer a full day of wear. The lens is stated to maintain 100 per cent of its surface lubricity.

tradional P3 silhouee. The smooth, organic shape

The lens has a highly breathable silicone

reflects tradional style and unique character with

hydrogel core, with a low water content

the union of neutral earth tones and a lustrous, femi-

of 33 per cent, which then transions into a non-silicone, lubricious hydrophilic sur-

nine curvature. Seraphin’s brand new Quinn Sun is evocave of the bold styles

face gel, made up of more than 80 per

worn by Jackie Onassis in the 1960s. It embodies sophiscaon and

cent water. The highly lubricious lens sur-

melessness. Curvaceous ovals are accented by intricately placed Austrian crys-

face results in reduced fricon and mini-

tals and metallic embossing, to create a prominent look full of charisma. Every Seraphin Sun frame comes with a so-sided leather case and cleaning cloth. For further details visit:

mal interacon with the delicate ssues of the eye. For further details visit:


May 2013


Sex as an eyewear theme The Bocca collecon stems from the desire to create a frame

of ‘eyewear with irresisble legs’

that would be inspired by a work of art.

into a fesval of frames with stun-

Pascal Jaulent, art director of Face

ning temples/ legs, and the capsule

à Face, wished to work from a contem-

collecon Bocca by Face à Face was

porary sculpture and fell in love with the


mythical Dalí Mae West sofa. To underline

From one model to another, an ultra-

the sensual lips that became a frame front, he

feminine shoe and a very high heeled sleo un-

sculpted the temples into very sexy legs, adorned

derline the bold, somemes extreme eyewear styles. Others

with glamorous high heels.

adorn the black varnish Richelieu shoe, paying tribute to the fa-

The first Bocca eyewear was acclaimed all around the world.

mous Yves Saint Laurent smoking suit. For further details visit:

This success encouraged Pascal Jaulent to develop the concept

Blue blocking lenses from PFO Global

Lab storage system

iBlu coat is PFO Global’s an reflecon

cost, space saving and intelligent lab automaon. It is ideal for

coang specially developed to protect

labs of all sizes and links the storage and distribuon of job trays

eyes from harmful UV and blue light, im-

in an intelligent manner.

The new OptoTech IQ-Star is the ideal soluon for simple, low

proving contrast and reducing eye fague,

Eight sectors arranged in a star shape can be used as depots

iBlu coat lenses filter blue light to a high

for job trays. In every sector, up to seven incoming or outgoing

degree of efficiency from both the front

conveyor belts can be installed. This results in thousands of pos-

and back reflected light.

sible configuraons and offers maximum flexibility for planning lab automaon. Up to 106 job trays can be stored and distributed and the system can do away with long conveyor belts, which means not only a huge saving of space but also beer accessibility and greatly reduced noise levels in the lab. For further details visit:

Nike Vision/Transitions Logical screw In 1999, Hilco’s Logic nose pad simplified sunglasses

The coang is available on patented stress free Resoluon polycarbonate

Nike Vision and Transions Opcal, Inc.

dispensing forever. Now, it’s the Logic

have expanded the line of Nike MAX Tran-

screw. Hilco started with an extra long,

sions adapve sun lenses to include Nike

easy-to-handle locking screw that snaps

Max Speed Tint, a product opmised to

off cleanly to the exact length, every me.

improve visual performance during run-

Then, they opmised the design to work


equally well as a self-tapping repair screw

lenses in a aspheric/atoric finished single

Nike MAX Transions Speed Tint joins

vision design for the thinnest, lightest blue

Nike MAX Transions Golf and Outdoor

light blocking lens on the market.

of self-aligning spring hinge screws. The result? Just six items replace

nts in this revoluonary line of adapve

every eyewire and hinge

PFO Global will shortly introduce iBlu

sunglass lenses, which are responsive to

screw in your drawer.

coat on the free-form identy progressive

changing light and specifically engineered

That’s a substanal

and upgrade single vision lenses in 1.6,

for sport performance.

reducon in inventory, less cost, and ef-

1.67 and 1.74 materials. For further details visit:


For further details visit:

fortless screw selecon. For further details email:

Rodenstock’s complete spectacle collection Rodenstock have released four new Complete Spectacle Collec-

lecon has been refreshed with the introducon of a Titanium

ons, giving opcians the chance to offer the manufacturer’s full

Essenals v2 package. Six new high-volume classic 100 per cent

eyewear and lens experse to paents at compe-

tanium models have been unveiled, featuring strong, lightweight

ve prices.

hi-tech frames combining classic shapes and colours.

The new package is a classic ver-

The firm’s Wimbledon sunglasses 2013 collecon boasts 18

sion of Rodenstock’s popular tanium

new models for men and women,

thread supra glaze concept, Ti-Lite,

incorporang a variety of highly

which is celebrang its tenth anniver-

fashionable and classic styles.

sary this year.

Finally, Rodenstock’s Globe Hinge

Weighing just 2.5 grams, these light yet strong fourth

package showcases an innovave hinge

generaon Ti-Lite frames are almost invisible and exceponally comfortable.

look and concept complete with flexible metal sides and an outstanding choice of modern, fresh colours.

Rodenstock’s popular ‘everyday needs’ Titanium Essenals col-

For further details visit:

Anti-fog sunglasses

Eyewear from Orange

New from BNL Eurolens are their polar-

Independent frames specialist, Orange

bines the boldness of black, with a soer

ised Polarfun Sport lenses which combine

Eyewear, have unveiled a series of new

translucent colourway on the inside. The

an-fog technology with oleophobic ben-

frames from their colourful on-trend col-

black/lilac frame features ex-


lecon, Vulkan.

In compliance with internaonal standards, including EN168, the latest BNL

ent opcians, the German de-

an-fog lenses prevent fogging on the

signer range includes

backside of the sunglasses, drascally im-

stylish eye-shapes and

proving vision during outdoor acvies.

vivid rainbow colours.

For further details visit:

tended san-effect

Available exclusively to independ-

metallic spring hinges in a contrasng colour, which flow effort-

The new collecon of styles includes model

Foster Grant sunglasses for every occasion


V861 (size 49 x 17), which

into the

features an on-trend retro eye-


shape that is beaufully edged with a fine

sides. The styl-

line of contrasng colour. The subtle de-

ish design – available

FGX Europe have launched the 2013 Fos-

tailing and so angles make this metal

in two other face-flaer-

ter Grant collecon of fashion sunglasses,

frame extremely easy to wear, offering a

ing colourways, including black/so

delivering an extensive choice of designer

unique yet refined look. The model is avail-

turquoise and black/ beige – boasts a

frames and iconic styling to suit every

able in four colourways, including

metallic stud feature to perfectly comple-

mood and need from modern and mini-

black/turquoise, red/orange. brown/beige

ment the so-cornered rectangular eye-

mal, luxurious and rich to technical sport

and blue/yellow.


and specialised driving sunglasses. Every pair features MaxBlock lenses

Model V866 (size 48 x 16) is a two-tone

For further details visit:

retro acetate frame that effortlessly com-

guaranteeing 100 per cent UV protecon for the eyes. All frames are made with durable quality materials to exacng Eu-

Polarised gradient lens from BNL

ropean standards.

BNL Eurolens’s new polarised gradient SOL-uons Rx lens is a CR39 semi-finished lens

There’s an outstanding selecon of styles, on-trend colours and finishes to choose from. For further details visit:

which enables sunglass designers to cross the bridge from plano to prescripon. The lens is available in classic colours, Melanin and even in a fashionable gradient prescripon. For further details visit:


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AIM Specialty Materials

Groupe Couget Optical



Automation & Robotics

Federation of Manufacturing Opticians

Borer Chemie AG

Cerium Optical Products

PBG Piezoelettrica Business General Srl

Hebei Huaming Optical

Hong Kong Optical Fair

Phantom Research Labs Inc

China Optical Fair

Comexpo – Silmo

Polycore Optical

Contact Lens Manufacturers Association

POMDI-Herramientas De Diamante S.A. Power Vision Ltd



DAC International Inc

Leybold Optics

Schneider GmbH & Co. KG


Edge-It® Consumables by Permanento B.V.

Fair & Cheer Inc

Fil-Tech Inc

Fisa srl


Nicesmart Optical (Int’l) Co Ltd Norville Autoflow

SEIKO Optical UK


OLA (Optical Laboratories Association) Omega L.E.D. Ltd

Reed Exhibition Companies

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Optical Appliances Testing Service (OATS)

Wenzhou Int’l Optics Fair, China

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