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Ogi Kids Collection Grows, Adding Seven New Styles
CRIZAL SAPPHIRE UV offers relief from Invasive Light
Nothing Could Be More ‘STEPPER’
Another first for Optinet PMS.
OCUCO launches iPad application for Acuitas and Focus PMS
La Matta, The new Capsule Collection
Read the archived products and services news from 1st Quarter 2018

Ogi Kids Collection Grows, Adding Seven New Styles

April 2018

Ogi Kids, a stylish line of children’s eyewear designed for the trendsetters of tomorrow, adds seven new frames to the collection this summer. These frames set themselves apart with sophisticated and contemporary looks, and like the popular adult designs, they use the highest quality materials at an affordable price. Ogi Kids frames are offered in a variety of dynamic colors and all have optional sun clips available, perfect for the up-and-coming fashionistas who value versatility and self expression.

OGO OK  337 forKids
The OK337 emerges into the Ogi Kids collection featuring gorgeous jewel-toned acetate fronts with coordinating chop temples. This Ogi Kids optical frame is the perfect versatile rectangle shape to complete the young fashionista’s ensemble! With spring hinges and the highest quality materials, this style is resilient to appease the parents as well.


OK  338 forKids
Introducing the OK338, a charming cat eye style with a feminine flair. This Ogi Kids optical frame showcases beautiful translucent marbled fronts with coordinating opaque temples for an ultrastylish look for any girl.


OGI OK  339 forKids
Ogi Kids introduces the OK339, a petite P3 frame fit for kids with classic, yet contemporary style. This subtly striped acetate comes together in a round shape with a keyhole bridge, made complete with spring hinges to look smart in the classroom yet also withstand recess!

CRIZAL SAPPHIRE UV offers relief from Invasive Light

April 2018

UV Sappire CrizalEssilor has launched its brand new anti-reflective Crizal Sapphire UV lens as the ultimate choice for pure vision, comfort and aesthetic experience, and have described it as another expression of its mission of improving lives by improving sight.

It said at the launch that the lens has broken the traditional compromise between anti-reflective (AR) performance and UV protection. It offers ESPF 35 protection and provides much needed relief for vision plagued by invasive light.

Wearer trials showed 91% preferred it to their previous eyewear and 70% judged it more efficient on reflections than even Crizal Forte UV.

Essilor said the new lens will “enhance all the light of our lives” and offer absolute transparency to millions of spectacle wearers who are bombarded with light from all directions and annoying reflections. Being “almost invisible” it offers “a sensational way to see and be seen”.

Purer vision benefits include better transmission of visual information, fewer ghost images and less distracting reflections.

Aesthetic benefits come from a more transparent lens which allows the eyes to be more visible at all angles, ideal for posting selfies, being photographed and filmed, applying make-up and simply being seen.

“We are proud that 25 years dedicated to Crizal innovation has led to this point - an AR lens with the purest vision, best clarity, comfort and aesthetic appeal,” said commercial director Randeep Gill and “we are proud of the team who have created it, who are driven by our mission of improving lives by improving sight by supporting wellbeing and quality of life.

UV Sappire Crizal“More than 80% of spectacle wearers experience reflections and 50% are bothered by them. Reflections come from many new sources - more office lighting, light pollution in cities and the emergence of outdoor digital screens. Wearers have to adjust their head and/or posture or remove their eyewear to cope with modern glare”.

Crizal Sapphire UV is the result of patented breakthroughs including a dual HMAR architecture in which both lens surfaces interact to tackle reflections that can come from the front, the side and back of each surface.

Essilor has created new ways of designing an AR coating to out-perform the ISO standard, which was designed to work around only one frontal range of between -15° and +15°.

It has created the first anti-glare coating designed to cut reflections whatever the light incident angle, off both the front and back surfaces. Compared to Crizal Forte UV, the new lens offers up to an astonishing 25% less reflection, across the angle between -45° and +45°, front and back.

It said that while its AR lenses have always stood for less eyestrain, more visual comfort, safety and aesthetics, new, patented technologies have allowed it to break the compromise between UV and AR performance.

An optimised stack on both surfaces of the lens allows it to provide a new form of 360° multi-angular technology. An innovative nano layer structure on the back surface minimises visible light reflections at 360° and preserves a high level of UV protection.

In user studies the lens was tested for visual transparency from the wearers’ perspective, scoring 95%, and aesthetic transparency from the observers’ perspective, scoring 84%.

User trial satisfaction scores ranged from 90% for supermarket shoppers with artificial light sources, 88% for home use with TVs, digital devices and lamps, 89% for people walking in streets at night and 79% for people taking selfies in artificial and natural light.

“We live in a fast-changing world, and we’re continuously improving and innovating to meet new needs and create better vision solutions for patients which are technically complex,” said Gill.

“But we also believe in making caring for patients simpler. We are achieving that by offering this lens as the clear choice for patients who want the ultimate AR and UV performance.

“This launch reinforces our commitment to be the independent optician’s best business partner.”

The new lenses will be available from May 29 and plans were announced at the Essilor Innovation Day to create a 2 tier UV lens system with Prevencia and Sapphire sharing the same price and Forte being withdrawn. See Story.

Nothing Could Be More ‘STEPPER’

April 2018

An elegant, attractive, well-fitting solution to the question of how to hold a pair of lenses correctly before the eye, is at the heart of every STEPPER frame. From the current STEPPER collection, there isn’t a better example of this than the SI-30116.

‘Since the early 2000’s STEPPER has been combining the innovative TX5 material with Titanium,’ comments Peter Reeve, Managing Director of STEPPER (UK) Ltd. ‘The best material for purpose is selected to give the wearer maximum benefit. With the SI-30116 this allows us to deliver the comfort of a moulded TX5 bridge to the front with the lightness, elegance and durability of Titanium metal to the sides.’

Curiously, the SI-30116 seems to have two personalities depending on the choice of colour. In ‘crystal’ colouration, it appeals to older wearers of classic frames, with a clear plastic bridge and front sections. In its ‘solid’ form the frame is much more high fashion with a modern large frame look and STEPPER’s attractive, almost pearlescent, bi-colouring.

The sprung Titanium sides provide the perfect foil to the front which features subtle patterning and contrasting metallic finish to the inside.

To maximise appeal to most wearers, STEPPER offers the frame in a choice of three crystal colours (terracotta, aquamarine and bronze) and three solid colours (emerald, sapphire and bronze).
‘Whether worn for its fashion or classic characteristics, every wearer will benefit from exceptional comfort and the hypoallergenic qualities of the materials,’ concludes Peter. Also, whatever the colour, all frames weigh just 9.3g.

Another first for Optinet PMS.

April 2018

Optinet Flex ScotlandOptinet becomes first PMS provider able to e-submit all GOS claims to NHS Scotland

Optinet, the IT services division of the National Eyecare Group (NEG), has become the first practice management system (PMS) provider in the UK to be able to send ALL available General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) claims to the NHS in Scotland.

This follows the company’s accreditation, received earlier this month, for full integration to the eOphthalmic Web Service. The achievement means that users of the Optinet FLEX PMS are now able to submit GOS1, GOS3 and GOS4 claims electronically in Scotland via the NHS Scotland e-Ophthalmic Payments System.

In developing its FLEX system upgrade, Optinet opted for a fully PMS Integrated Solution so it could offer practices full integration to the e-Ophthalmic Web Service.

The integration process started in 2016 to enable practitioners to submit GOS1 forms and receive real-time validation of GOS submissions – and the accreditation process is now complete.

Chris Smith, Optinet National Sales Manager, said: “The now fully integrated solution provides the best user experience for staff as there is no need to switch between the PMS and the Ophthalmic Web Form. By working alongside the NHS in Scotland, Optinet has become the first PMS provider to achieve this status. We are extremely proud to be able to offer this complete service to our customers.”

OCUCO launches iPad application for Acuitas and Focus PMS

April 2018

Ocuco iPad app

Ocuco’s new iPad application delivers convenience and flexibility to front of shop staff and supports engagement with patients through the retail element of their practice journey.

The iPad app allows patients enjoy a boutique-style retail experience, with the close personal attention of optical assistants from check-in, to dispensing, payment, and collection.

Without the need to revert to desktop computers, staff are free to focus on selecting the right frame and lens options with the patient, checking stock and pricing, and processing the payment and order, all from the shop floor.

“The Acuitas iPad App changes the patient perception when visiting an optical practice, with far greater emphasis on an excellent retail experience. It gives staff access to software functions on the shop floor instead of from behind a desk.” – Fergus Murphy, Ocuco Sales Manager.

Ocuco will be showcasing the Acuitas iPad App, alongside the Paskal 3D eye examinations and FittingBox Augmented Reality Virtual Eyewear Try-On software, at the NEC in Birmingham at this year’s Optrafair, stand F20.

Visit the Ocuco team at Optrafair Stand F20. Click here to book an appointment

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La Matta, The new Capsule Collection

April 2018

La Matta 3226An original capsule collection and sophisticated combinations of precious details and exclusive patterns: here are la matta’s new additions for next season

Bewitching, seductive and fascinating: the new La Matta collection developed by Area98 is a homage to the modern, sensual woman, a mysterious woman who loves to transform herself and express her personality with determination and elegance.

For SS18, La Matta is presenting an original capsule collection of sunglasses designed to seduce with a touch of romanticism and lively freshness. The models in this limited collection – LM3236 (right) and LM3237 (lower left) - feature innovative patterns in which cheetahs or coral snakes are combined with amazing floral motifs that evoke their natural habitat. Displayed along the brow and temples of the frames, these marvellous decorations in brilliant, saturated colours create versatile products which, while remaining faithful to the brand's identity, give it a truly unique contemporary appeal. The lenses are available in mirrored versions in shades such as pink, light blue, grey and gold.

La Matta 3227With regard to La Matta’s core products, the new collection is characterized by a more pronounced thickness in the upper part of the glasses and a thinner, lighter lower part. Exclusive acetates and feminine designs are combined with animal prints - zebra, leopard and python patterns - and precious goldsmith-inspired decorations that transform each model into a true jewel.

A pair of stones of the same colour, set in gold or silver metal profiles, adorn the temples of the LM3223 model, while in the LM3224 and LM3225 models - the first is entirely in acetate and the second features a combination - two gems with different shades distinguish the profile of the temples, lending them a three-dimensional effect.

Two raw nuggets applied with a special stitching effect embellish the LM3229 frame: a decoration that captures your attention while creating continuity by echoing the shades of the frame front and temples.

For daring people, the obvious choices are the LM3226 and LM3227 models, which feature three aligned gems that evoke the detail of a bracelet, or the LM3230 model, in which three small round stones are applied on a metal base with a fabric effect. Last but not least is LM3228, whose decoration recalls the mesh of a watch strap and, thanks to its strong chromatic contrasts, creates a highly striking visual effect.


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