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October 2018 · Volume 47 · Number 4031




THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE 3 · ‘Luxilor’ gets the nod

OUTLOOK 5 · Hesse Minister visits OptoTech


6 · Vision Council’s Executive Summit 7 · Increase in vision impairment 8 · Essilor’s increasing reliance on solar energy in India 9 · Parents urged to prioritise eye tests 10 · Myopia management



12 · Artificial intelligence technology to improve care for patients 14 · Survey: Semi-finished lenses Peter Wilkinson OW Technical Consultant

OPTIPRODUCTS 20 · Patternless edger 21 · Scratch-resistant coating

MARKETPLACE 22 · A to Z of optical websites 23 · International Suppliers Guide



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lastics have revolutionised our industry as they have so many others. Mankind has evolved through its Bronze Age and Iron Age. Eons from now, our descendants will describe us as living in the Plastics Age. Of course, that labelling suggests that our species will eventually move on. Just as Bronze and Iron are still with us, so plastics won’t completely disappear. It will just surrender its pre‐eminent position as the ‘go to’ construction material of choice. The death knells for plastics have already been sounded. First it was concerns about reliance on fossil fuels: organic polymers have traditionally been derived from petrochemicals. Next came concerns over plastic waste. With so much plastic used for packaging as well as for the substantive manufactured items we use, there has been increasing alarm about what we do with the plastics we discard. What is often thought of as an intrinsically disposable material is actually surprisingly hardy. Many plastics have very slow rates of decomposition: bury them in landfill and there they will remain for an unconscionably long time. More recently, the environmental concerns spread to the effects on wildlife. For some reason, sea creatures seem especially prone to chomping and choking on plastic debris. Photos of turtles washing up on beaches having been strangled, starved or poisoned by discarded plastics have jolted governments around the world to decree that stores should charge their customers for each plastic bag they take when they pick up their shopping. This is an initiative ostensibly designed not to boost supermarket profits (that’s just a side effect) but to encourage consumers to reuse their plastic carrier bags. The emphasis has moved on to the environmental damage done by microplastics. This is a harder sell for environmentalists. While we can all understand how plastic bags might be swallowed by marine creatures mistaking them for jellyfish, most members of the public have little notion of what microplastics are or how and why they might be damaging the eco‐system. Conscious of the previous complaints about the slow decay of landfill plastics, it is a natural response for people to point out that breaking plastics down was previously supposed to be a good thing. Now the finger is being pointed directly at our industry thanks to the growing use of disposable contact lenses. An Arizona State University study this summer reported that 20 per cent of contact lens wearers flush their lenses down the sink or toilet. This is actually a rather lower proportion than we’d have estimated; we’d have guessed that the large majority of disposable lenses would end up flushed away. The Arizona research team estimated that, with 45 million contact lens wearers in the USA, their 20 per cent flush rate amounted to up to 10 tonnes of plastic lenses ending up in wastewater each year. That may seem, quite literally, like a drop in the ocean, but we are told that it too is adversely affecting marine life and is making its way back into the human food chain. On the plus side for our industry, nobody is deliberately flushing their plastic spectacle frames down the toilet.

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‘Luxilor’ gets the nod


urkey’s competition authorities were the last among eighteen jurisdictions world­ wide to come on board with approval for the Essilor/Luxottica merger. It was, however, the People’s Republic of China’s State Authority for Market Regulation (SAMR) whose nod late last month opened the way for completion of the deal which creates the 21st century spec­ tacle industry’s first true global giant. Both Turkey’s and China’s business fortunes have been affected in 2018 by US President Donald Trump’s ‘trade war’, reported to have been a factor in holding back Turkey’s Gross Domestic Product to a nonetheless highly re­ spectable four per cent per annum. Could the two countries’ problems and preoccupation with US trade relations have been a factor in approaches to the Essilor/Luxottica deal? We outsiders will probably never know. China is widely regarded as the world’s most significant spectacle market today, even more so given its location at the epicentre of the burgeoning global myopia epidemic. China is also a target of Essilor’s mission to improve ophthalmic ac­ cess in a series of developing markets. Turkey’s 80 million population may be dwarfed by China’s, but it is predominantly young and well educated, giving the country extra eye care appeal. ‘Luxilor’ is reported already to have held its

first shareholder meeting of the new merged era under the joint chairmanship of Luxottica’s Leonardo Del Vecchio and Essilor’s Hubert Sag­ nières. Industry watchers predict a flurry of new Essilor acquisitions in the months ahead for this half of the partnership. Meanwhile Luxottica’s purchase of Italy’s glass­lens sunglass specialists Barberini looks calculated to reinforce its posi­ tion at the high end of the international sunglass market, alongside the likes of its existing top brands Ray­Ban and Oakley. More on the myopia challenge Essilor’s rise to spectacle industry super­star­ dom was built on the strong foundation of its progressive lens innovation, catering for eye care’s traditional market segment, the over 40s. How will Luxilor’s future be influenced by the global growth of myopia, predicted to affect half the world’s population by the mid 21st cen­ tury, and already determining the vision prospects of a big majority among pre­presby­ opes in East Asia? Here, now, myopia is their rule rather than their exception. How many of these will go on to experience the high­myope complications listed by, for example, Dublin’s Professor Loughman in an impactful Optrafair presentation? What is the spectacle industry doing to match the contact lens sector’s new­ product response to the myopia challenge? We


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InternationalSCENE can be sure Essilor is among the lens companies taking this into account. Meanwhile, studies continue to proliferate underlining the association (causal or correla­ tive?) between myopia and what used to be termed ‘book­wormery’. A recent example from the prestigious British Medical Journal con­ firmed the finding; advanced education, said BMJ, is associated with a higher incidence of (presumably myopic) refractive errors in the un­ der 20s. A focus on indoor activity has even been reported as a cause of a primary school age obesity in Chinese children. Conversely, above average sporting ability was found in a report published during summer 2018’s football World Cup to be associated with better than average visual acuity. Disposable contact lenses Is the contact lens industry’s sustained high­in­ tensity international marketing campaign be­ ginning to pay off at long last? Euromcontact, representing major contact lens providers, has reported a healthy upturn of nearly six per cent in soft contact lens sales across Europe during 2017. Growth was predominantly in daily dis­ posable (DD) lenses, sales of which were up 8.45 per cent across the total of 33 markets monitored by Euromcontact; overall, silicone hydrogel lenses grew the most, especially be­ yond the DD sector in contact lenses for weekly and monthly wear. Nation by nation, Sweden, Norway and Denmark led the growth surge; fig­ ures in Germany and Southern Europe (for ex­ ample, Spain) were substantially lower with 2017 sales said to be worth €120 million. The UK remains by far Europe’s biggest soft contact lens market by value at €340 million. This column commented earlier in the year on the growing controversy over plastics wastes. Now, it appears, disposable soft contact lenses at least, are after all a contributor to this global problem, albeit no doubt a relatively minor one. As OW’s leader writer comments in this issue, a research team at Arizona State University in the USA has estimated that the US alone dumps between six and ten tons of soft contact lenses a year, mainly by flushing worn lenses down 4

the toilet. Twenty per cent of wearers use this disposal method, the Arizona team found. They went on to study how contact lens material components react to the processes to which they are subjected in wastewater treatment plants, where assault by both aerobic and anaerobic micro­organisms weaken their poly­ meric bonds. Ultimately, this can result in the formation of microplastic shards, ingested by aquatic crea­ tures, thus entering the food chain. Reporting their findings at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, the team advocated contact lens packaging labels incorporating advice on the safer disposal of soft lenses as solid wastes. Drivers’ vision Notoriously, the UK has always had one of Eu­ rope’s most relaxed regimes for drivers’ vision regulations. The majority of vehicle drivers in Britain – lorries excluded – are only required to demonstrate that they can read a number plate in daylight at a distance of 20 metres. Once li­ censed, no further enquiry is required up to age 70. Supporting this approach, Britain’s transport department has till recently main­ tained that there was no evidence that vision problems played a significant role in accidents involving drivers. Now, could times be changing? Under the aegis of road safety organisation Brake, police forces in England are carrying out three pilot projects which will entail roadside vision testing – by the number plate system, wearing specta­ cles if appropriate – of randomly selected driv­ ers. Test failure will result in the instant revoca­ tion of a driver’s licence. Will this be reversible on appeal or after consulting an eye care prac­ titioner? Press reports did not clarify. Brake has calculated that the UK currently has a 1.5 million shortfall in eye tests undergone by drivers. Given the numbers (predominantly young) who take the driving test each year, the potential impact both on eye care practitioners’ caseload, and on its demographic makeup, could be substantial and beneficial were the three pilot exercises to be followed up. Think of all those new­driver teenage myopes!


Ultra Limited partnership agreement with Optical Agency Ultra Limited, the eyewear brand owned by 450 Srl, have

professional support to clients, impeccable service, fast

announced a partnership agreement with Optical Agency

delivery times and competitive prices.

for distribution of its prescription eyewear frames and sunglass collections in the Netherlands.

‘This strategic partnership is pivotal to launching our business in the Netherlands’, remarks Tommaso Poltrone,

Founded in 2010 by Onno Korsen and Annemieke Diepeveen,

co-CEO and marketing and export manager for Ultra

Optical Agency supplies quality prescription eyewear frames

Limited. ‘Onno and Annemieke are extremely competent

and sunglasses to independent Dutch opticians. The company

and proactive and we are truly honoured to work with

is well-known for its personalised business approach and




Hesse Minister of Economic Affairs visits OptoTech At the beginning of July, Hesse's Minister of Economic Affairs, Tarek Al-Wazir, visited the OptoTech headquarters in Wettenberg.‘Medium-sized companies such as OptoTech are the engine of the Hessian economy,’ said the Minister during his visit. ‘With their innovative strength, they are central to employment and competitiveness.’ The company, which is still family-run, offers the widest range of processing machines and process technologies for precision and spectacle optics worldwide. Around 160 different machine types come from the Hessian Wettenberg. ‘Many of the technologies that are standard today were developed by OptoTech,’ the minister emphasised. Numerous patents as well as national and international awards speak for the high degree of innovation of OptoTech machines — and that is ultimately decisive for the competitive advantage, explained company founder and CEO Roland Mandler: ‘Over 30 engineers, technicians and physicists are constantly in our own research and development department looking for new methods and techniques.’



VisionX 2018 — the new concept With a new concept designed for this year with the

Middle East Square, Lenses and Contact Lenses Stage and

support of ANFAO (Italian Association of Optical Goods

Healthcare Suppliers. The International Village is the

Manufacturers), organiser of MIDO (International Optics,

pavilion that exhibits international brands from across the

Optometry and Ophthalmology Exhibition) as strategic

globe, each one positioned with its own stand. Independent

partner, Dubai Optical Show Vision-X brings together the

designers showcasing their niche and stylish frames will

top MENA buyers in the only eyewear and eye care trade

be found at the Design Gallery spot. The Middle East

event of the region from November 13 to 15, 2018 at

Square comprises of the top-tier producers from the

Dubai World Trade Centre.

Middle East showcasing the full range of vision-care, eye-

With a strong line-up of industry announcements and

wear, and ophthalmic lenses market. Lenses and Contact

participation from new innovators and known international

Lenses Stage involves companies known for their extremely

and regional fashion eyewear brands, Dubai Optical Show

high standards of contact lens quality and product choice,

Vision-X is set to produce a comprehensive three days of

from lenses in both standard and specialist designs. Finally,

business matchmaking and exhibition.

Healthcare Suppliers will showcase a unique mix of health-

The exhibition will be divided into five different communities which are International Village, Design Gallery,

care companies and experts belonging to eye care and healthcare technology worldwide.



October 2018



Coburn Technologies appoint Marina Vaynberger international regional sales manager Coburn Technologies, Inc. have appointed Marina Vaynberger as international regional sales manager for the Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. ‘We are very excited to have Marina on board with us. She has extensive experience in the optical industry, and I am confident that she will excel in this new position,’ states Alex Incera, president of Coburn Technologies. ‘Even more, her experience in the markets she serves brings a fresh perspective to the team, and I know she will help us grow immensely in her territories.’ Vaynberger has more than forty years of experience in the optical industry with a specific focus in international sales. Prior to joining Coburn, Vaynberger worked for DAC Technologies, where she was the international sales manager, and Rozin Optical Export Corp, where she was the sales and company manager.

Alex Incera with Marina Vaynberger


Vision Council Annual Executive Summit Registration is now open for the 2019 Executive Summit of

‘The Executive Summit is the annual opportunity for

the Vision Council, to be held January 30, - February 1,

those who run companies in our business to join with

2019, at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fl.

other leaders to compare notes and devise solutions to

Once again this will serve as the backdrop for The Vision

the challenges that each and all of us face,’ says Mike

Council’s annual Business Meeting, during which the or-

Hundert, chairman of the Board. ‘Those discussions elevate

ganisation will recognise the contributions of its Board of

leadership, move companies and impact an entire industry.

Directors and its many Committee volunteers,and elect

Be part of the conversations that will expand your network,

new members of the Board.

broaden your vision and hone your perspectives.’


Vision Council update Data Communications Standard According to the Vision Council’s Lens Processing and Technology Division, the Data Communications Standard Committee, with Robert Shanbaum of Ocuco Inc. as chair, has approved version 3.12 of the Data Communication Standard. The Data Communication Standard aims to simplify interconnection of products between manufacturers of optical lab equipment and producers of optical lab software. The standard establishes a method in which machines and software systems used to fabricate ophthalmic lenses can exchange information. The updated standard includes added definitions for singular and plural records, a modified description of PROC for clarification in plural records, corrections on various structural errors and a new record label, PROCBLK. Besides the added definitions for singular and plural records, the updated version also includes the definition of Grammatical Number for Plural records, while the newly modified PROC record description defines the impact of plural records when included. Questions related to the standard should be addressed to Paul Wade, The Vision Council’s LPT division liaison,



Silmo Bangkok 2019 date change The dates for Silmo Bangkok 2019 have been changed from the previously announced dates. The exhibition will now be held on June 5-7, 2019 at the Impact Exhibition Centre, Bangkok, Thailand. Organised by Impact Exhibition Management Co., Ltd, the show will feature the latest collections and will host brands and companies from across the optical and eyewear sector.




Five-fold increase in vision impairment by 2050 A five-fold increase in vision impairment due to myopic macular degeneration (MMD) is a likely consequence of the growing prevalence of myopia globally, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. It finds an estimated 10 million people were vision impaired due to MMD in 2015 (3.3 million of whom were blind), projected to reach 55.7 million (including 18.5 million who will be blind) by 2050. Conducted by researchers at Brien Holden Vision Institute and Singapore Eye Institute, the study is the first to estimate the global prevalence of MMD, one of several potentially blinding conditions associated with myopia. The authors report that global myopia and high myopia prevalence is projected to continue to rise as a consequence of ‘trends in lifestyle, education and demographics.’ Co-author, Prof Kovin Naidoo, CEO at Brien Holden Vision Institute, says that along with MMD there is likely to be an increase in the number of people with cataract, glaucoma and retinal pathologies such as tears and detachment.



TOG expects domestic growth to double Torn Pracharktam, managing director of Thai Optical Group Public Company Limited (TOG), revealed the company’s second quarter revenue from sales and services of 441.39 million THB, decreased by 7.39 per cent compared to that of the same period last year. Net profit is 28.15 million THB, with 4.97 per cent margin, decreased by 0.11 per cent. The reduction of net profit derives from sale of value-added lenses and service. TOG plan to aggressively expand its domestic market by double. The total revenue proportion from domestic sales is about 5 per cent.



October 2018



Zeiss celebrate UVProtect technology campaign success Zeiss celebrated the success of its ongoing UVProtect Tech-

The clear importance of talking about UV protection with

nology and UV awareness campaign at an interactive customer

patients all year around was impressed upon guests, with all

education event held in London’s Leadenhall Building in

attendees invited to become ‘Zeiss UV Ambassadors’.

August. Earlier this year, Zeiss introduced UVProtect Tech-

Dr Pixie McKenna, GP Partner at the London Clinic

nology across its entire product portfolio of clear plastic

in Harley Street and co-presenter of BAFTA-winning

lenses, providing sunglass-level UV protection in a clear

medical series ‘Embarrassing Bodies’, has been


working in partnership with Zeiss to promote better

Taking place at Landing Forty Two with views

understanding of the effects of UV radiation on

over the Thames and city skyline, the celebration

eye health care. During the evening, Dr McKen-

event was attended by special guests Dr Pixie

na urged practitioners to speak to their pa-

McKenna and Boris Dejonckheere, in addition

tients about year-round UV protection.

to Zeiss partners and customers. Guests were

Boris Dejonckheere, vice president,

treated to an entertaining evening of edu-

sales development, Carl Zeiss Vision, echoes

cation and interaction. Expert talks on the

this statement, commenting ‘I feel this is

dangers of UV and importance of UV protection were followed by tactile and hands-on interactions in the ‘Zeiss Experience Areas’, where guests

the first time that an end-consumer is Boris Dejonckheere

really well aware about a feature we have introduced into our lenses. Because, most people are

learned everything from the in-depth science behind the UV

aware of how UV effects their skin, helping them to expand

shortfall in current spectacle lens standards, to experiencing

this awareness to their eyes generally doesn’t take too much

what it is like to have cataracts via a virtual reality

explanation. Then you’re offering patients a product that


can effortlessly protect their health.’


Charity invites research applications Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading sight loss charity, has announced that the Project Grants Awards and the recently established Primer Fellowship call is now open for applications. The charity will provide funding of up to £60,000 for two individuals to undertake vision related research for one year. One of the Fellowships is funded in collaboration with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The Fellowships were established in order to fund trainee ophthalmologists at an early stage in their career. Applications are also invited for their annual Project Grants Award which offers up to £170,000 for three years for clinical and non-clinical research scientists to undertake research in all fields of ophthalmic and vision research. For more information visit



Essilor’s increasing reliance on solar energy In June 2018, Essilor Manufacturing India Limited (EMIL) in Karnataka, India, became the Group’s first production site to meet 70 per cent of its energy needs from renewable energy sources thanks to a solar power project. The ‘Soura Shakthi’ project (Solar Energy in Hindi) began in October 2017 when Essilor set out to reduce its dependency on conventional fossil fuels by increasing its use of renewable energy. A cross-functional team from EMIL worked with government regulators to achieve the different stages required — from an in-depth risk assessment, due diligence to construction and production. The Rays Power Infra Solar Park in Karnataka was inaugurated on July 4, with a ‘lighting the lamp’ ceremony. EMIL has a strong track record in sustainability achievements, having reduced its energy consumption by 28 per cent per lens produced over the past six years, as well as decreased amount of water used by over 30 per cent. The ‘Saura Shakti’ initiative will provide 70 per cent of the plant’s total energy requirements through solar power and reduce CO2 emissions by 4,800 metric tonnes per year.




Vision Express urge parents to prioritise eye tests As the Association of Optometrists launches its A B See campaign with research showing that a quarter of school age children have never been taken for a sight test by parents, Vision Express is encouraging families to make a visit to the optician a priority. Jay Ghadiali, director of professional services at Vision Express, said: ‘The latest NHS report backs up the findings of the AOP research, showing that 20 per cent — just one in five children — are getting the free eye test that they’re entitled to. In fact, eye test rates among youngsters have been steadily declining over the past 10 years, which naturally points to a long term concern for eye health in the UK. ‘Healthy eyes are crucial to childhood development, with experts estimating that around 80 per cent of learning is visual. With routine screening as part of a school health check no longer mandatory, the onus is on parents to safeguard the sight of their families.


Kirk family celebrate 100 years in optics In 1919 Sidney and Percy Kirk converted a dilapidated

the first to deliver glasses to opticians by motorbike

sewing machine into a lens cutter. Thus began a century

courier to offer a better, faster service, for example’.

of the Kirk family influencing optics

The Kirk Brothers travelled the world

around the globe and in 2019 Jason and

opening factories in the US and South

Karen Kirk carry the mantle of one hun-

Africa, even visiting South America

dred years of Kirks in optics.

regularly to source the finest quartz

‘This is an amazing moment, having

to create glass lenses from the beaches

seen everything that my grandfather

of Brazil. They invented and innovated

achieved and grown up in my parent’s

with their bullet proof Motex glass,

practice, Karen and I are very proud to

originally created for pilots, used by

learn from the past to drive the future,’

Sir Malcolm Campbell in his world

said Jason Kirk. ‘This is about looking for-

land speed record attempts.

ward as, like the previous generations,

They passed on a love of optics

we try to contribute to the next century

to their kids and a whole new

of optics.’

generation of Kirks went into the

‘It is easy to overlook how innovative

profession, some as opticians and

Kirk Brothers were as a company,’ said

others developing optical machin-

Karen Kirk. ‘Things that seem normal to us

ery, particularly in the USA, under the brand name

today were visionary in the 1920s. Kirk Brothers were

Percy Kirk.



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Brien Holden Humanitarian Award winner Dr. Akio Kanai, CEO of Fuji Optical, has been announced

at Marshall B. Ketchum University, U.S., Dr Kanai began

as the Brien Holden Humani-

co-operating with the United

tarian Award winner for 2018

Nations High Commission for

by the American Academy of

Refugees in 1984, and has since

Optometry, for his efforts in

conducted more than 35 mis-

delivering vision care to

sions to help refugees in Nepal,

refugee communities over more

Thailand, Azerbaijan and Ar-

than three decades.


Born in 1942 on the northern

He has donated over 160,000

Pacific island of Sakhalin, Dr

pairs of glasses, provided op-

Kanai was forcibly displaced and

Dr Akio Kanai (2nd from right) in Azerbaijan in 2018

tometry equipment, made cash

moved to Hokkaido Island during the turmoil at the end of

grants and trained local medical staff as part of these

World War II.

efforts. Fuji Optical is UNHCR's longest-serving corporate

A graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry



Myopia management Brien Holden Vision Institute has launched its ‘Guidelines for Myopia Management’, an easy-to-use, practical tool developed to assist the busy eye care professional manage patients with myopia. Available freely online, the guidelines provide a framework to inform diagnostic tests, risk assessment, appropriate myopia management options and scheduling follow-up visits and tests. Prof Padmaja Sankaridurg, head of the Myopia Program at Brien Holden Vision Institute, says the guidelines have been developed with the latest evidence-based knowledge and will act to remind practitioners of the various steps they need to go through in appropriately assessing and treating myopic patients.



New Blackfin marketing manager Pramaor, a company based in Agordo (Belluno) specialising in the production of the top-of-the-range titanium eyewear brand Blackfin, have appointed Simone Favero marketing manager. ‘We are living through Blackfin phase three’,comments Nicola Del Din. ‘We have the product, we’ve given it a soul by imbuing it with our history, now we are aiming even higher, adopting an allround approach to the brand with ever more sophisticated design and a more coordinated image. I’m sure that Simone will be a fantastic new member of the Blackfin team capable of helping raise the bar even higher’.

In Brief

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Ottica Dante Americas LLC has been appointed by Immagine 98 Srl as the new exclusive US distributor for their X-IDE and Rye & Lye collections. ★ Safilo have opened their renovated showroom in Ginza, Tokyo. This features Safilo’s portfolio of more than thirty brands. ★ A recently published 2018 half year report from GrandVision N.V. shows an 11.8 per cent revenue growth.






Artificial intelligence technology to improve care for patients T

wo years ago, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foun­ eye conditions early, it gives us the best chance of dation Trust and DeepMind Health, came to­ saving people’s sight. With further research it could gether to announce a five­year partnership to explore lead to greater consistency and quality of care for whether artificial intelligence (AI) technology could patients with eye problems in the future.’ help clinicians improve the care for our patients. Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw, director of the NIHR Researchers from Moorfields and the UCL Institute Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hos­ of Ophthalmology have had a recent breakthrough pital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute in this research, published on Nature Medi­ of Ophthalmology said: ‘The results of cine's website, which describes how machine this pioneering research with DeepMind learning technology has been successfully are very exciting and demonstrate the trained on thousands of historic de­person­ potential sight­saving impact AI could alised eye scans to identify signs of eye dis­ have for patients. I am in no doubt that ease and recommend how patients should AI has a vital role to play in the future of be referred for care. healthcare, particularly when it comes to The AI system can recommend the cor­ training and helping medical professionals rect referral decision for over 50 eye so that patients benefit from vital treat­ diseases with 94 per cent accuracy, ment earlier than might previously matching world­leading eye experts. have been possible. This shows the Dr Pearse Keane It is hoped that the technology could rev­ transformative research than can be car­ olutionise the way professionals carry out eye tests, ried out in the UK combining world leading industry allowing them to spot conditions earlier and prioritise and NIHR/NHS hospital/university partnerships.’ Robert Dufton, chief executive at Moorfields Eye patients with the most serious eye diseases before Charity, said: ‘The need for treatment for eye irreversible damage sets in. diseases is forecast to grow, in part be­ Dr Pearse Keane, consultant ophthalmologist cause people are living longer, far be­ at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation yond our ability to meet the demand Trust and NIHR Clinician Scientist at the UCL using current practice. Artificial intelli­ Institute of Ophthalmology said: ‘The num­ gence is showing the potential to trans­ ber of eye scans we’re performing is growing form the speed at which diseases can at a pace much faster than human experts be diagnosed and treatments suggested, are able to interpret them. There is a risk making the best use of the limited time that this may cause delays in the diag­ of clinicians. AI will also help our nosis and treatment of sight­ understanding of sight loss. threatening diseases, which can Moorfields Eye Charity is proud be devastating for patients. to have funded equipment ‘The AI technology we’re de­ Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw which underpins Dr Pearse Keane’s work veloping is designed to prioritise patients who need to be seen and treated urgently by a doctor as part of our programme of philanthropic support or eye care professional. If we can diagnose and treat in pioneering researchers.’


Semi-finished lenses Peter Wilkinson, OW Technical Consultant There are a wide range of semi­finished lenses available from many manufacturing companies world­wide. These include semi­finished lenses of different materials (CR39, glass and resin materials of standard and high index, polycarbonate, etc); semi­finished lenses of different lens types (spherical and aspherical, progressive, trifocal and bifocal including blended versions, etc); semi­finished lenses with and without front side hard and an­reflecve coangs; semi­finished lenses with photochromic properes; pre­blocked semi­finished lenses ready for back side surfacing.


ost semi­finished lenses were developed many years ago when the prescripon laboratories only had the old­fashioned generators, smoothers and polishers that could only produce spherical or toroidal curved surfaces to be created on the back surface. Any opcal surface that was not spherical or toroidal in form needed to be supplied (to the local prescripon laboratories) by the semi­finished lens manufacturers. These specialist semi­finished lens suppliers had ac­ cess to manufacturing techniques not available to the prescripon laboratories such as :­  Injecon moulding of materials such as polycarbonate.  The use of specially made moulds for casng materials such as CR39 where the mould could have many shapes such as what is needed for a varifocal.  Special techniques such as slumping to produce complex surface shapes.  The ability to smooth and polish complex shapes with flexible polishing pads. Semi­finished lenses of any type are usually made in a range of what are called ‘base curves’ which help to create lenses with ‘best­form’ shapes. For example, to produce a +5.00 dioptre power the laboratory may


choose a +9.00 dioptre front ‘base’ curve and then cut and polish a ­4.00 dioptre rear surface, but, to pro­ duce a ­5.00 dioptre power the laboratory may choose a +2.00 front ‘base’ curve and then cut and polish a ­7.00 dioptre rear surface. For cosmec rea­ sons front curves are never flat as this can cause bad reflecons, also back surfaces are never very flat be­ cause eyelashes would touch the back surface. Low power lenses might have a +6.00 dioptre front with a ­6.00 dioptre back. Wherever possible the ‘mean’ cur­ vature of should correspond approximately to the ro­ taon of the eye to achieve best opcs. The reason for the name ‘base’ curve was that many years ago it was very difficult to produce accu­ rate curves on the front side of small sized lenses and the industry resorted to blocking a large number (typ­ ically between 5 and 15) of lenses and then surfacing them together. This front curve was called the base curve. Some large manufacturers also re­blocked the lenses again in order to surface the back side of the lenses. The base curve was usually produced with a ‘compensated’ curve to allow for the change of power of a front surface at the back side of a thick lens. For example, a +10.00 front curve on a 1.523 index lens has an effecve power at the rear surface that is +9.74 dioptres on a 4mm thick lens but a +9.50 dioptre power on a lens that is 8mm thick.

SUPPLIERS Listed below is information kindly provided by lens manufacturers for inclusion in this survey. Also listed is information obtained from the websites of other companies.

Asahi-lite Asahi­lite does not indicate on its website that it produces semi­finished lenses, but it does offer a wide range of finished lenses including progressives and bifocals etc in white and Transions materials in a variety of high indices including coangs.

Conant Conant offer both finished and semi­fin­ ished lenses in a wide variety of materials. They are based in Shanghai but also have a number of local offices worldwide. The Conant semi­finished range includes single vision, aspheric, lencular. flat­top and trifocals in 1.5 index and also a similar range in 1.56 , 1.6 and 1.67 indices.

Darwin Optical Darwin Opcal is based in Taiwan and was formed in 1997. The company designs, manufactures and markets both polycar­ bonate and 1.67 index ophthalmic lenses. The company offer both finished and semi­finished lenses in single vision (both spherical and aspherical), bifocal and pro­ gressive designs as well as photochromic single vision and progressives and their range has recently been extended to in­ clude a blue filter version of polycarbon­ ate.

Easy Power Easy Power (based in Hong Kong) produces a wide range of lenses including glass in

1.523 white, Photogray and Photobrown as well as in 1.7 and 1.8 indices. Their plas­ c range includes single vision 1.5. 1.56, 1.61 and polycarbonate and they also offer mulfocals in 28 flat­top, 28 round and progressive designs.

Essilor Essilor offer semi­finished including some coated and some uncoated lenses. The Transions Signature VII lenses 1.5 index lenses are offered in brown, graphite green and grey and also in XTRAacve brown, XTRAacve graphite green and XTRAacve grey in a range of diameters from 69 to 77. In 1.59 index the Airwear Transions Signature VII are available in brown and grey. In 1.6 index and 1.67 in­ dex Essilor offer brown, graphite green and grey. The Essilor non­Transions lenses are available in Orma 1.5 spheric, aspheric hy­ peral, aspheric omega and aspheric lenc­ ular. In higher indices they offer 1.59 air­ wear spheric, 1.6 spherica and aspheric and 1.67 spheric. All lenses menoned above are single vision but Essilor also offer some bifocal lenses, including 1.5 index 25, 28 and 35 flat­tops, 1.6 index 28 flat­tops and 1.67 curve­tops.

Fair & Cheer Fair & Cheer are based in Taiwan. They of­ fer a range of both finished and semi­fin­ ished lenses in a variety of indices and ver­ sions. In organic, the range of indices they offer includes 1.5, 1.56, 1.61, 1.67 and


October 2018


1.74, all of which can be provided with hard and an­reflecve coangs. In mineral, the company offer Corning PBX and BGX as well as pink and white colours in 1.523, 1.6 and 1.7 indices.

mould library and equipment. It is possible to manufacture single vision, flat­top bifocals and progressive lens designs with scratch resistant and an­reflecon coangs.


Polo Produtos Opticos SA GKB is based in India but also has offices in Germany, the Middle East and the USA. Their range of lenses include both glass and plasc semi­finished lenses in a range of indices, sizes and opcal types. The glass lens range includes single vision lenses in indices from 1.5 to 1.9, progres­ sive lenses in indices from 1.5 to 1.8 and bifocals in indices from 1.5 to 1.6. (The progressives include regular and short cor­ ridor versions and the bifocals include flat­ tops, curve­tops and round­tops). These glass lenses are available in clear, PG X and PBX as well as a few fixed nts. GKB’s plasc lens range includes single­ vision, bifocal, progressive and lenculars in 1.49 and 1.56 indices. These include hard coangs and oponally also HMC coangs. GKB also offer plasc lenses in what they call their ‘Daynite’ fast change photochromic. Polo is a company which was established in 1965. It is located in Vila Real, Portugal, and since its foundaon has been pro­ ducing and selling ophthalmic lenses, ac­ cording to the requirements of the Euro­ pean Direcve 93/42/CEE for Medical Devices. The company produces an extensive range of mineral semi­finished lenses. In single vision they offer 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8 in white in sizes from 55 to 70 and with base curves from 1.00 to 12.50. They also offer PhotoXgrey and PhotoXbrown in 1.5 index and Photobrown and Pho­ togrey in 1.6 index in a range of diameters and base curves. Their semi­finished mulfocal range is very extensive and includes C25, C28, D25 and D28 in 1.5 index in both white, Pho­ togray and Photobrown and also D34 and C Tri 28. They also offer 1.6 index in C25 and C28.

ILT Optical ILT is an abbreviaon for Integrated Lens technology. Their head office is located in Singapore. Their website indicates that from their plant in Danyang, China, they manufacture and distribute worldwide, a wide variety of lenses including single vision lenses in both finished and semi­finished, and sev­ eral designs of both finished and semi­fin­ ished bifocals and polarised lenses.

Optical Dynamics Opcal Dynamics, a division of Vision Dynamics LLC, is not a supplier of semi­ finished lenses but is menoned in this survey because they do allow lenses to be quickly manufactured (in­store) using their 16

Polycore Polycore is a large lens mass manufacturer based in Singapore with subsidiary com­ panies around the world. Its website indi­ cates that it is a large sunglass lens manu­ facturer.

Polylite Licensed by American Polylite, Polylite Tai­ wan was established in 1994 to manufac­ ture and distribute GIA polycarbonate lenses. The company offer single vision poly­ carbonate lenses in finished and semi­ finished forms with spherical and aspher­ ical surfaces, and also in progressive designs.

Shamir Shamir offer mineral semi­finished pro­ gressive lenses in 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8 clear and also 1.5 and 1.6 in pho­ tochromic. The Shamir range of general purpose progressive semi­finished lenses is exten­ sive and includes 1.5, 1.6 and 1.67 indices in clear and in Transions. They also offer a number of special versions including po­ larised and special versions for use with tablets and phones. Shamir’s general purpose lenses include Creaon, progressive lens available in six different base curves, Genesis, designed to provide accurate, clear vision for indoor and outdoor acvies, Piccolo, specifically designed for small frames, and Shamir Of­ fice lens, which is specifically designed for near and mid vision small environment needs. These lenses are based on Shamir’s Eye­Point Technology. In addion to the standard non­blocked lenses Shamir offer ‘One­Touch’ where the lenses are pre­blocked in order to pro­ vide rapid Rx delivery. The lenses are avail­ able already front side coated and can re­ main on the block throughout the Rx producon process. The advantages in­ clude no batching for coang, a quicker turn­round me, full protecon and sur­ face support, minimises axis slippage in edging, no hazardous substances and al­ loy­free processing. Shamir One­Touch has been specially developed to allow fast, highly accurate and high quality on­block manufacture. It uses an organic block, compable with industry­leading machinery, and is blocked to Shamir SFSV lenses with a range of advanced coangs including Shamir Glacier I+, Glacier I Blue­Shield, Glacier I Sun, or mirror coangs.

Somo Optical Somo Opcal is based in Korea and China. They offer semi­finished lenses as well as finished lenses. 18

The semi­finished range includes single vision in indices from 1.5 up to 1.74 in­ cluding polycarbonate and photochromics. They also offer flat­top 28 as well as pro­ gressive semi­finished lenses.

Thai Optical Group The Thai Opcal Group is a large lens mass manufacturer with headquarters in Thai­ land. Their website suggests that they only deal in large volume with distributors worldwide.

Tokai Tokai offer an extensive range of semi­ finished lenses. The Tokai single­vision semi­finished lenses include 1.5, 1.6, 1.67, 1.7 and 1.76 indices in clear and Transions VI versions in diameters from 65mm to 80mm and up to 16 base curves. Progressive power semi­finished lenses are available in 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7 indices in a wide range of base curves in clear and photochromic versions and also 1.7, 1.8 and 1.9 index lenses. To help preserve the lutein in the eyes, Tokai developed Luna lens material. Tokai Luna lenses have the ability to ab­ sorb light between 400 to 420nm. Luna comes from ‘lutein’ which is is one of the three carotenoid pigments that are pre­ sent in very high concentraons in the rena of the eye or more specifically in the lens and macula. It has anoxidant properes that sup­ presses this oxidave stress and also fil­ ters blue light.

Vision Ease Vision Ease offer a wide range of semi­fin­ ished lenses in glass, resin and polycar­ bonate including some with coangs and some photochromic. The glass lenses include single vision, D28 and D35 in refracve indices up to 1.8.

Plasc lenses include C28, D25, D28, D35 and round 24 segments and Vision Ease also offer lenses in Trivex, 1.67 and 1.7 in­ dex materials. The polycarbonate lens range includes D28 and D35 bifocals.

Younger Optics Younger Opcs offer a very wide range of semi­finished lenses in many refracve in­ dices. For example their clear single vision semi­finished range includes 1.5, 1.6, 1.67 and 1.74 indices as well as Trivex and poly­ carbonate and their clear mulfocal semi­fin­ ished range includes FT28, FT35 and progres­ sives. Photochromic lenses are offered in Transions and Transions XtraAcve in a sim­ ilarly wide range of lens designs. There is also an extensive range of semi­finished polarised lenses (in single vision, mulfocal and pro­ gressive designs) which are sold under the NuPolar brand name. Younger also offer a range using the Drivewear brand name which

combine both polarising and photochromic properes.

Y & S Optical Y & S is a member of China Optometric & Opcal Associaon (COOA) and is one of the leading manufacturers and exporters in China. It can supply a full range of oph­ thalmic lenses and blanks. The company is ISO9001 (2008) cerfied, relevant prod­ ucts have been approved by TUV accord­ ing to CE standards and also registered in many countries, including the FDA in the US. Y & S offer a range of semi­finished lenses including resin and mineral. The resin lenses include CR39, 1.56 white and photochromic, 1.59 polycarbonate, 1.6 and 1.67 plus and minus aspherics. The mineral range includes white and photochromic 1.523 single vision and bifocals.


October 2018


Silhouette Essence Silhouette have launched the Essence collection — the brand’s

lightweight design offers a sporty aesthetic, making it the perfect

latest addition to its Titan Minimal Art portfolio. The new collec­

frame for those constantly on­the­go and in need of a frame to

tion introduces a new chassis design made of

take them from day to night.

high­tech titanium and SPX+,and a se­

The latest collection introduces a total of six new styles

lection of new lens shapes and

for men and six for women. Whilst also

colour options, offering superior

providing the essential shapes and

quality and unparalleled comfort

sizes, Silhouette has introduced two

without compromising on style.

additions to stand out from the rest: a

Meticulously crafted from a seamless blend of

distinctive cat­eye with a rose gradient for

Silhouette’s signature materials, top­quality high­tech

women and a quirky­but­cool octagonal model with a grey colour

titanium and SPX+, the Essence collection provides unprecedented

gradient for men.

lightness while guaranteeing the utmost resilience. The elegant

For further details visit

Patternless edger Nidek Co. Ltd, have launched the LEXCE Trend patternless edger. This is a feature­rich, all­

elling and grooving on any type of lens. The in­ telligent blocker with its integrated imager is

in­one edger which incorporates a high

simple to operate.

performance drill, an intelligent

The imager can capture optical tracings,

blocker and a frame tracer in a com­

along with drill hole data. The original Nidek

pact body.

designed 3­D frame tracer, now equipped with

The drill unit integrated in the

a full auto clamping mechanism, performs

processing unit for the LEXCE Trend

highly precise measurements even on high curve

uses a five­axis mechanism, providing a

frames. For further details visit

high degree of accuracy for all drilling jobs. The processing unit also performs high quality safety bev­

Prestige collection from Germany As a highly specialised manufacturer with an extensive range, Lunor AG has been producing German­made vintage glasses for over 25 years, gaining international appreciation in the process. Lunor’s combination of titanium and acetate provides the necessary stability, the ultra­light metal guaranteeing ultimate wearing comfort. The different nuances of acetate contrast with the metallic titanium and create a warm or cool contrast, depending on the shade of colour. With the new Prestige collection, the German eyewear manufac­ turer from the Black Forest once again proves their expertise in the field of material combination. All metal elements of the spectacles are made of titanium, while the temples and the inner rim come in exquisite acetate. The different shapes, such as panto, panto large and anatomical underlines Lunor’s wide range of styles, making the glasses a visual highlight for each and every wearer. For further details visit


Metal eyewear

Scratch­resistant coating

The Treboss eyewear collection is playful without being extrava­

Arotek, an innovator and supplier of hard

gant. Subtle details, the unexpected combinations of colours and

coating, is introducing HCoating­TH, their

smart design characterise the frames.

latest abrasion­resistant coating for oph­ Fun to wear, striving for

thalmic lenses.

preciseness, the collection

HCoating­TH is the hardest, and UV­cur­

offers original designs at at­

able hard coating among the tintable coat­

tractive prices. Made either 100 per cent in stain­ less steel or in a combination of TR90 and stainless steel, the frames are of the highest quality. Each

ings that Arotek has supplied so far. HCoat­ ing­TH was formulated as a result of Arotek’s continued Intra­Molecular Altering (IMA) tech­ nology development. HCoating­TH is claimed to

model comes in a variety of colours. Most models are unisex. Ev­

offer superior adhesion, higher abrasion resis­

ery Treboss frame is sold with its case and cleaning cloth.

tance, fast tinting, and outstanding AR compatibility.

For further details visit:

For further details visit

Adam & Eva eyewear Neubau Eyewear, are expanding their range of by adding two

graphite and black coal matte /

new models to their portfolio of high­end frames.


Adam & Eva is crafted from Neubau’s

The cat­eye arch of Eva makes a

signature naturalPX material and intro­

subtle yet eye­catching statement.

duces a unique style of hinge, signifying

It comes in caramel tortoise

a new generation of optics for the young

matte / gold and black coal


matte / rose, ivy green matte /

Adam is part of a new creation of shapes

graphite, brick red matte /

from Neubau, called ‘Squanto’ – a panto


shape with a slightly angular outline. This

Neubau have introduced a

frame captures the essence of men’s fashion

clever detail to its optical range for

in the 1920s. A unisex model, Adam is avail­

the first time. Adam & Eva are fitted with the brand’s

able in a choice of four different colours, denim matte / graphite, caramel tortoise matte / gold, concrete matte /

logo integrated onto the hinges. For further details visit: www.neubaueyewear

Jewellery inspired eyewear The Bolon Eyewear collection has been bolstered with the re­

The new women’s jewellery inspired

lease of 35 new lines and continued brand

sunwear frames feature intricate de­

building and marketing campaigns starring

tails in both glamorous and traditional

brand ambassadors Hollywood actress Anne

models. The men’s collection has

Hathaway and American supermodel Hailey

also been boosted.


Bolon frames are designed in

Designed for the the UK independent market

Italy and manufactured using high

with an exclusive range of 78 sunwear and optical

quality materials like Italian Maz­

models, the 2018 optical collection features more

zucchelli acetate, but sold at an

of the round shapes that have proven a popular cus­


tomer choice with four new round models added in



For further details visit

multiple colours including a full titanium double bridge

style, BJ1309.


October 2018


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Fair & Cheer Inc



A IM 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

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2018/19 EXHIBITION DIARY 3-5 November

Guangzhou International Optics Fair Poly World Trade Center Expo, Guangzhou, China

7-9 November

Hong Kong Optical Fair Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

13-16 December

SILMO Istanbul Istambul Fair Center, Turkey

2019 12-14 January

100% Optical Excel, London, UK

25-27 January

Opti 2019 Munich, Germany

21-23 February

19th China (Shanghai) International Optics Fair Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre, P.R. China

23-25 February

MIDO Fiera Milano-Rho, Milan, Italy

8-10 March

22-24 March 30 March- 1 April

Opta 25th International Fair of Eye Optics, Optometry and Ophthalmology Brno, Czech Republic International Vision Expo East Javits Convention Centre, New York, USA Optrafair NEC, Birmingham, UK

12-14 April

In-Optics 2019 International Trade Fair and Exhibition Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India

17-19 April

DIOPS — Daegu International Optical Show Daegu Exhibition & Convention Centre Daegu, South Korea

30 May-1 June

BCLA Conference & Exhibition Manchester, UK

5-7 June

SILMO Bangkok Impact Exhibition & Convention Centre Bangkok, Thailand

5-7 July

SILMO Sydney Sydney, Australia



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