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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
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
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.’
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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.
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, email:email@example.com.
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.
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 http://www.fightforsight.org.uk/apply-for-funding/.
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
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
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’.
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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.
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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 www.asahi-lite.in 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 www.conantoptical.com 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 www.darwinoptical.com www.vicozy.com 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 www.easypower.com.hk 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 www.essilor.com 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 www.fnc.com.tw 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
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
www.gkboptical.com 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.
www.polo.pt 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 www.iltoptics.com 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 www.opticaldynamics.com 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 www.polycore.com 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 www.gialens.com.tw/ENG 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 www.shamir.com 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 www.somooptical.com 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 www.thaiopticalgroup.com 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 www.tokai.com 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 www.visionease.com 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 www.youngeroptics.eu 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 www.ystj.com/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.
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 www.silhouette.com
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
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 www.lunor.com
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
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: www.treboss.com
For further details visit www.hcoating.com
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
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