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Opchat Magazine General NewsGeneral News, October to December 2019


Major award made to IGA Development Manager at Optical Conference
Free AOP membership for newly-qualified optometrists
Poll carried out for Mental Health Day October 10th coinciding with World Sight Day
WHO addresses its first ever World Vision Report
Tele eye examination streamed via 5G ready for NHS trial
World Sight Day .......October 10th
Grafton Optical gains Product of the Year award nomination
Louis Stone Prize-giving takes place at Plymouth University.
BLACKFIN once again sparkles under the sky and charms of Florence
New Master for 2019-2020 at WCSM installed last week
New Optical Express clinic and treatment centre opens in Dublin
Komono sees its 10th year of creating coveted accessories
General Optical Council meets 22 of 24 standards in PSA performance review
2019 SILMO d'Or Laureates celebrate in Paris
Irish eye-care waiting lists exceeds 50,000
A positive partnership with the ABDO National Resource Centre
The Regional Lead for ABDO
Contact Lens wearers in the throwaway society need to think twice about recycling
Read the archived General News from July to September 2019

Major award made to IGA Development Manager at Optical Conference

October 2019

The David Burt Award was made at the RSM for the first time in front of the 190 delegates who attended the first annual joint meeting of the RSM GP with Primary Health Care section and Vision UK.

David Burt OBE Award
presents the shield he created and made to Subhash

David Burt OBE was a past Chairman of the General Optical Council who steered the statutory body through a major review modernising it in 90's.

The award is given to an individual or team working within the vision, eye health and sight loss community who can demonstrate a project, in research or improved methodology and practice in assisting in the cause of reducing sight loss in the community, that has made a significant improvement in the sector.

and The winner is

Subhash Suthar a development Manager at the International Glaucoma Association

Around 200,000 Muslims in the UK suffer either from Glaucoma or suspected high intraocular pressures and many stop using their drops during Ramadan, a with potential sight loss problems


As development manager Subhash engaged the Muslim Council and the Muslim population in understanding that they could continue to take them either side of fasting each day and could also learn to instil them whilst creating punctal occlusion with a finger thus keeping the drops within the eye.

Image from left to right: Subhash Suthar, Nigel Clarke (Chair Vision UK) and David Burt OBE.)

Free AOP membership for newly-qualified optometrists

October 2019

Optometrists that qualified this year are being offered an exclusive free trial from the Association of Optometrists (AOP).

The free trial, which applies to the AOP’s Newly-Qualified grade, is designed to welcome individuals who have just qualified to the profession.

AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman said: “Starting out in a career is exciting but it can also be filled with many unknowns and challenges along the way. We want our members to have peace of mind and a few less things to worry about when embarking on that journey. Our services are developed with the individual at the centre – protecting and supporting them at every stage of their career, wherever they work. That’s why we’re keen to highlight our unrivalled benefits package which gives members confidence in their everyday work life.”

The AOP provides an expert employment law advice service, including union support, alongside wider legal, clinical and regulatory advice and support. In the last year, over 5000 members turned to the AOP team of in-house experts for guidance.

The newly-qualified free trial applies to those who qualified in 2019 but haven’t yet upgraded their membership from the AOP’s Pre-registration grade, or new and lapsed newly-qualified members. The trial is part of the AOP’s autumn member recruitment campaign.

Poll carried out for Mental Health Day October 10th coinciding with World Sight Day

October 2019

Mental Health Poll




Louis Stone conducted a poll on their Instagram stories specifically for their optical industry followers in order to ascertain through this sample, a percentage of people in the industry who believe they have suffered from mental health issues no matter how 'small' or large-scale, from minor stress through to depression.

The results shown by the infographic, show that after over 100 people entered that a shocking 75% answered 'yes' to having had mental health issues.

This goes to show that a number of people in the industry have gone through or are going through mental health difficulties but should know that they are not alone in this. provides many helpline numbers for anyone that needs support.

WHO addresses its first ever World Vision Report

October 2019

World Health Organization to Address its First Ever World Vision Report Next Week During the American Academy of Optometry Conference in Orlando

American Academy of Optometry prepared to step up to vision care challenges identified in WHO report. Will be a major topic at Academy 2019 Orlando and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry.

The World Health Organization (WHO) just released its first ever world report on vision, identifying global “significant challenges” in vision health. Today, the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) announced a commitment to rise to those challenges.

The first step will occur during the joint meeting of American Academy of Optometry and World Council of Optometry taking place October 23-27, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The meeting, known as Academy 2019 Orlando and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry, will feature a plenary discussion on Wednesday, October 23 at 10:00 am featuring leaders from WHO and AAO. That session and the entire meeting are open to credentialed media.

AAO is a North American based association with a global reach, serving nearly 12,000 optometric professionals and students. The organization’s goal is to improve optometric practice through lifelong learning with education and research, and is best known for its coveted Fellowship program (FAAO) signifying adherence to the highest standards of professional competence in vision care.

The World report on vision says 2.2 billion people have some form of vision impairment, of whom 1 billion have an impairment that could have been prevented or is yet to be addressed. The report anticipates a growth in those numbers over the next few years and calls for stakeholders including eye care practitioners and policymakers to help shape a global agenda on vision to help stem the crisis.

AAO Board President, Dr. Barbara Caffery believes the report will be crucial in uniting the entire vision health community to address the problem. “Optometrists and all of the disciplines within vision care have the skills and opportunity to bring about profound change around the world,” she said. “We believe this report will galvanize the issue and trigger a coordinated effort. At AAO, we are ready to step up and fight this battle.”

The WHO report identifies universal vision coverage, standardization of practice methods and a global disparity in quality of care among a series of barriers to world-wide vision care improvement. As one of the world’s leading vision care membership and advocacy associations, AAO accredits optometrists and inspires the highest standards of evidence-based care, a critical component of WHO’s path forward.

“The American Academy of Optometry is in a unique position to help educate and train the workforce that can solve this problem. We will also help push for the standardization of care while we advance the inclusion of optometry into standard practice where it is not currently recognized,” said Dr. Caffery. “AAO is ready to put the full weight of our organization behind this global effort.”

The World report on vision will be a defining topic throughout Academy 2019 Orlando and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry next week. The meeting will draw more than 8,000 optometrists, ophthalmologists, vision care professionals, students, support personnel and media to Florida, to discuss the latest optometric developments, trends and strategies. The Wednesday, October 23 Plenary session at 10:00 am will focus on the report and begin to define how optometrists can play their crucial part in addressing its findings.

Over the coming months, AAO will hold discussions and develop strategies to raise awareness and address the findings of the WHO report while defining a path for members to share their talents. “Our members are well trained and highly skilled,” said Dr. Caffery. “We have the ability to affect significant change for vision-impaired people around the world and we are committed to doing it.”

Tele eye examination streamed via 5G ready for NHS trial

October 2019

Peter Thomas, ophthalmologist and director of digital innovation at Moorfields, and his team reported delivering the world’s first tele-examination of an eye in 4k resolution over 5G broadband.

The ophthalmology team hopes the technology will allow telemedicine in eye care in the future and now plans to launch the technology as part of NHS Improvement’s pilot in the next few months.

World Sight Day .......October 10th

October 2019

Benefits regular tests will be highlighted at the World Sight Day which follows the RSM and Vision UK Forward View: Vision and Eye Health Conference on the previous day 9th October

These must be amplified to get the message out about regular eye testing..

Many organisations are taking part in the largest eyecare conference this year at the Royal Society of Medicine (Oct 9th) with over 170 attendees now registered. It is still possible to register on the day.

On this World Sight Day (WSD), 10 October, the next day, FODO will join eye organisations across the UK in encouraging people to visit their local optician for an eye test.

The message will be conveyed strongly at both at the conference and on World Sight Day on the 10th October.

This year’s WSD aims to raise awareness about the importance of regular eye tests in maintaining good sight, identifying early signs of health issues such as diabetes and treating people promptly.

Find out more about WSD here

Grafton Optical gains Product of the Year award nomination

October 2019

IdraGrafton Optical’s IDRA Ocular Surface Analyser by SBM Sistemi nominated for Product of the Year at the AOP Awards 2020, celebrating excellence in optics. Experience the next generation in fully automated, ocular surface analysis with IDRA.

Grafton Optical are excited to announce that the IDRA Ocular Surface Analyser by SBM Sistemi has been nominated in the Product of the Year category at the AOP Awards 2020. AOP members can place their vote in this category here.

The IDRA Ocular Surface Analyser is the world’s first comprehensive diagnostic system for high quality tear film analysis.

IDRA allows detailed structural analysis of the lipid, aqueous and mucin layers of the tear film composition and allows the operator to identify not only the quality and quantity of a patient’s tear film but also the type of Dry Eye disease present.

IDRA’s intuitive user software efficiently integrates the following complex examinations and allows for quick and detailed examinations, providing the user with easy to read ‘traffic light’ result reports.

• Auto-interferometry

• Tear meniscus height measurement

• Auto-NIBUT (non-invasive break up time)

• BUT staining test

• Blink rate

• Meibography and 3D Meibomian Gland imaging

• Bulbar redness classification

• Pupillometry

• White to white measurement

• Cylindrical dandruff, demodex and blepharitis analysis

• Surface pattern visualisation

• Lifestyle questionnaire

• Hyperaemia classification

• Grading comparisons

• Report generation

Grafton Optical CEO David Thickens commented “IDRA’s extensive features allow clinicians to show their patients how different treatment approaches can benefit them and demonstrate quantifiable improvements throughout their treatment journey. We are very excited to announce IDRA’s nomination as Product of the Year at the AOP Awards which reflects the innovation and success of this landmark instrument, and the impact that it is having on the diagnosis and treatment of Dry Eye disease amongst opticians and clinicians .”

Louis Stone Prize-giving takes place at Plymouth University.

October 2019


A big thank you from all the optom students

‘Thank you once again for supporting our prize giving event says the OpSoc secretary. "

"Signe was really pleased to receive her vouchers, and the mug of course! "

Attached is a photo of Signe receiving her prize with Professor Paul Artes at Plymouth University.

Louis Stone were thrilled to donate the prize for 'Best Overall Performance in OPT 503 Paediatric and Binocular Vision' to Plymouth University recently which Signe collected on the night.

BLACKFIN once again sparkles under the sky and charms of Florence

October 2019

The titanium eyewear brand hosts an exclusive DaTE cocktail party

FlorenceThe magnificent 6th floor terrace of the Hotel Westin Excelsior in Florence was once again the setting for the exclusive Blackfin cocktail party held Sunday, September 22nd during the DaTE exhibition.

The event was so successful last year, the titanium eyewear brand decided a repeat was in order. At the only DaTE “off-site” event on the calendar, the company offered a stirring narration of the brand’s luxury evolution.

With the Palazzo Vecchio tower and Brunelleschi dome in the background, the beauty and excellence that have traditionally inspired the product were metaphorically visible in the breathtaking beauty of Florence from high above the city’s skyline. A still-life image of the kind of authentic Italian beauty inherent to the neomadeinitaly concept, the brand’s motivating philosophy.

“Florence was not a random choice” – remarks Nicola Del Din, Blackfin CEO – “DaTE is the quintessential eyewear event and, with this party, Blackfin wanted to celebrate the broader meaning of excellence, understood as quality, beauty, character, ethics, all the values that set neomadeinitaly apart. For us, it was a continuation of the show, both in terms of relationships with our existing clients and partners, as well as our new business contacts. We invited prospective clients to the event so they could experience the emotional content and uniqueness that are the Blackfin brand, conveying our company’s underlying values. It was a way to share a cultural approach with them, as well as our optician customers and partners, in other words, with those who are, above all, friends”.

In fact, our partnership with LuisaViaRoma, the well-known online luxury retailer, grew out of a similar event last year that led to the creation of a capsule collection sold exclusively through their channels.

Official presentation of the Fall/Winter collection in Italy – a market with a 22% share of the company’s overall revenue – was also a highlight of the event, while the minimalist, suggestive installation let the rooftop view speak for itself. Filippo Pustetto, recently named global sales manager, was also officially presented during the evening.

New Master for 2019-2020 at WCSM installed last week

October 2019

Master Huntly Taylor

Huntly Taylor FBDO installed as new Master of The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers

Huntly Taylor FBDO was installed as new Master of the Spectacle Makers Company on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 during the company’s annual service at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street.

Following the service, a lunch was held at the historical Apothecaries Hall attended by visiting Masters of City Livery Companies, senior representatives from The Association of Dispensing Opticians and guests from across the world of vision correction.

Commenting on his appointment Huntly said, “Having been coming to Apothecaries Hall since receiving my Freedom of The Company in 1995 I am very proud to become Master”.

Huntly is a Dispensing Optician who established his own practice in Brighton in 1993.

He was a founder director of the Eyecare Information Service and for many years served on the council of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.

Huntly chaired the Board of Trustees of ABDO College at Godmersham in Kent and his support of optical education also manifested its self as he served as a Trustee of the WCSM Educational Trust.

New Optical Express clinic and treatment centre opens in Dublin

October 2019

Eye care experts Optical Express have opened a new clinic and treatment centre in Dublin, bringing the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies in eyecare to the city. Clinicians and patients alike at the clinic will have access to the latest generation of corneal, lens and retinal diagnostics plus operating microscopes and state-of-the-art lasers to correct vision, all manufactured by industry giants Johnson & Johnson Vision and Carl Zeiss.

Optical Express in DublinPreviously based in Wellington Road in Ballsbridge, Optical Express has relocated to Tallaght in the west of the city, and officially opened this month. The new clinic is within easy reach of the M50, building on Optical Express’ aim to be Europe’s most accessible eyecare provider.

Providing a range of vision correction services, the new clinic will offer every patient a complimentary consultation for laser or lens surgery. The detailed consultation includes a comprehensive eye health check, utilising state-of-the-art technologies, which allows for a determination of each patient’s candidacy for laser or lens surgery. For those patients found to be suitable candidates, information on the life changing benefits, including the potential results after treatment, will be outlined.

In addition, the Tallaght clinic features a contact lens and associated packaging recycling box, reflecting Optical Express’ ongoing commitment to minimising the environmental impact of its operations. This is available for use by all contact lens wearers, not only Optical Express patients, in order to reduce the impact microplastics have on the environment. Staff are also available to discuss alternative, more sustainable vision correction options, including laser or lens replacement surgery.

Stephen Hannan, Clinical Services Director at Optical Express, said:

Staff at OE in Dublin
“Offering a first-class experience to our patients is always our main objective, so it’s fantastic to be working in state-of-the-art facilities at the new clinic. As well as having the latest Johnson & Johnson Vision and Zeiss technologies available for clinical assessment and vision correction treatments, the clinic’s Ophthalmic Surgeons and Optometrists are amongst the most experienced in Ireland at delivering clinical care and carrying out life changing treatments. Access to clinical care, advanced technologies and the experience of our team are just some of the reasons why we undertake more vision correction procedures as a group than any other provider in Ireland. We encourage anyone who has an interest in improving their vision without the hassle and risks of treatments such as contact lenses to come for a consultation.”

David Moulsdale, Optical Express, Chairman and CEO, said:

“We’re delighted to have taken the next step in our commitment to investing in Ireland with the opening of this excellent new clinic in Dublin, Tallaght. The benefit of this €2M investment will be evident to all patients. This is a facility like no other in Ireland and will provide many more patients access to all of our treatments. This major investment forms part of our long-term plan that will provide many new jobs for local people in Ireland and additional revenue for local businesses. As we continue to expand and invest, we’re aiming to retain and attract the very best local talent, and are recruiting for a variety of roles, including optometrists and managers, across Ireland.”

Komono sees its 10th year of creating coveted accessories

October 2019

Time is a relative concept. Anton Janssens, the energetic co-founder and CEO of Komono, experiences this shifting sensation day-to-day, and year-to-year. This was especially true during this past decade, when he built Komono, the Antwerp accessories brand specialized in eyewear and watches that he founded together with Raf Maes.

As one of Antwerp’s fastest growing start-up businesses, it goes without saying that Komono came into being out of their enthusiasm, excitement and passion to create a contemporary brand. Today, Komono is an international name with a bold market position.

“Growth is great”, says Janssens, “but it was never our goal to be the biggest.” After 10 years, he’s determined to guard the pureness with which he started and keen to hold on to the fundamental values that are the essence of Komono. “Our goal is to become even better, translate who we are even more clearly. Our vision is what drives us: to create contemporary and inclusive fashion from Antwerp that pushes for progression and captures the zeitgeist.”

Daring designs and creative collaborations are what makes Komono tick. For Summer 2019, reach for the eyewear made by a selection of fashion students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, or go for the anniversary collection of watches and sunglasses with playful prints that reference some of Komono’s early hits.

Komono’s current position within the accessories scene is the result, also, of Janssens’ growing conviction that instinct is crucial. “Today, I listen to my gut feeling with more confidence”, he tells. “I don’t limit my creativity or care what others think.” When it comes to innovative or downright outré models, he’s certain: “Internationally, it’s especially those eye-catching frames that resonate.”

The making of a brand like Komono doesn’t happen overnight. “I learned that long-term success has a lot to do with how you deal with failures; how you translate them into something positive”, says Janssens.

After a swift 10 years of fast and organic growth, Janssens still continually asks himself: ‘what’s next?’. “In this business of fashion the pace is so fast, there’s hardly time to think”, he muses. “At Komono, we live in the now, with our gaze directed towards the future.”

General Optical Council meets 22 of 24 standards in PSA performance review

October 2019

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) published its annual performance review of the General Optical Council (GOC) this week, finding that the GOC met 22 of 24 Standards of Good Regulation.

The GOC failed to meet Standard 3 for Registration because the PSA identified some issues with the accuracy of its register entries regarding final fitness to practise decisions.

However, this has now been rectified. The PSA also said the GOC is still taking too long to progress cases and it therefore failed to achieve Standard 6 for Fitness to Practice.

The GOC has welcomed the PSA report, with Lesley Longstone, Chief Executive and Registrar, setting out plans to meet Standard 6. She said: “We welcome the Authority’s report and their feedback on our work to protect the public. We have endeavoured to improve the initial assessment activity we undertake at triage stage when we receive an FTP complaint, so we are pleased to see this is recognised in us meeting the relevant standard.”


October 2019

WestGroupe is celebrating World Sight Day on October 10th with Optometry Giving Sight. Each year, Optometry Giving Sight holds an international fundraising campaign that brings the global optometry community together to help end preventable vision impairment.

More than 1.2 billion visually impaired people in the world have limited access to an eye exam and a pair of eyeglasses. This figure includes millions of children who depend on their sight to succeed in school. World Sight Day, an annual awareness day, is a global call to action to bring awareness and education on eye health. Together we can make a bigger impact!

For the second year in a row, WestGroupe is partnering up with Optometry Giving Sight and The Canadian National Institute for the Blind, along with a complete list of collaborators, in a combined effort to educate the public on eye health, as well as fundraise to help people in need of basic eye care.

"WestGroupe is proud to partner with the Optometry Giving Sight Foundation and the Canadian Institute for the Blind” said WestGroupe President Michael Suliteanu. “Together, we will work towards the goal of promoting a healthy vision and educating people on the importance of maintaining eye health. We believe that everyone has a right to quality eye care services that is both affordable and accessible”.

To help inform the public, the #WithoutMySight social media campaign is a way to motivate people around the world to help end preventable vision loss and to better understand the immediate effects of vision loss and the importance of looking after your eye health. For every $5.00 raised, the foundation can provide an eye exam and a pair of glasses for someone in need.

Our Champions have all experienced vision loss at some point in their life. They want to share their stories to inspire people and demonstrate that anything is possible. The #WithoutMySight Challenge is a way to bring attention to the importance of eye health and show how vision can be taken for granted. Our Champions have succeeded in all aspects of life, as entrepreneurs, athletes and engineers. They’re a source of inspiration for anyone who needs it, which is why they’ve earned the title of being our Champions!

Starting October 2nd, tomorrow, we will introduce our Champions on social media by publishing their story videos. On October 10th, we will launch the #WithoutMySight Challenge of our Champions and collaborators to show us how it’s done! The Challenge will continue throughout the month of October to help spread awareness and educate people on the importance of eye health.

We also encourage everyone to donate to help us raise funds and to reach our goal of $5,000 by October 31stfor Optometry Giving Sight!

Follow the link to find a full list of our Champions and Collaborators here :

How to take the #WithoutMySight Challenge:

1. Choose a (safe) task you’d like to perform while blindfolded (making coffee, writing an e-mail, shooting a three pointer, preparing a snack, the options are endless!)

2. Have someone record you performing the task with your blindfold is on

3. Nominate 3 other people to take the challenge!

4. Upload and share you video on your social media accounts with the tags: @WestGroupe and #WithoutMySight and #WorldSightDay

5. Donate $5.00 at the following link and help us reach our goal!

For more information, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @WestGroupe to learn more about the initiative and how you can take the challenge and donate.

Help us raise funds and spread the word for affordable and accessible eye care because together we can make a bigger impact!

2019 SILMO d'Or Laureates celebrate in Paris

October 2019

SILMO Laureates

The jury has awarded the SILMO d'Or prizes ... Discover the 2019 winners !




Freisicht initiates a revolution in the field of natural materials.

Physically optimised in such a way that solid wooden frames can be deformed when heated by any ordinary optician and, for the first time, adjusted ergonomically to every individual physiognomy.
Wood as you know it is a thing of the past. It preserves the emotional benefits of the past and achieves the qualities of the future.

Thanks to the combination of modern technology and traditional know-how, wood can now be used like any other common material.



Mindful of health requirements for young children, Opal is launching its first bio acetate range for 2-3 year olds.
This new round, comfortable design is available in eight models for boys and girls.
The cellulose, plasticizer and colorant making up the cellulose acetate are plant-based. With no phthalates or hormone-disrupting chemicals, it is a non-toxic, anallergic material which complies with the precautionary principle concerning infants.



Marni introduces Cross (ME2632), a striking look round frame craft¬ed with a grooved rim and a metal filament around the lenses.
The frame’s chromatic allure springs from the captivating effect of the custom-made rims, which are laminated and milled to achieve an octagonal shape.

A very creative and innovative frame where geometricity and the unex¬pected play of colors make this frame very interesting yet pioneering.


Endless SummerEndless Summer SONIA RYKIEL with "ENDLESS SUMMER" L'AMY

Endless Summer is the newly reinterpreted aviator model for the adventurer women of SONIA RYKIEL.

This sunglasses lands in the desert and reminds us the beauty of contrast and material thanks to its perfect combination between metal and acetate.

Its audacious curves and shading reveal the light among its openwork lines...

More than a design, Endless Summer is a travel call to take part in RYKIEL story.


Smith by Safilo

The Attack MTB is a must-have for sports and cycling enthusiasts.

This model exists in 2 different interchangeable ChromaPop lenses featuring a magnetic temples system: the « Black ChromaPop », best for areas of high sun exposure and the « Light Amber » to ensure a total comfort in case of low light. The carbonic lense ChromaPop, light, impact resistant, filters the natural phenomenon of color overlap by the retina (between blue and green, and red and green light perception) to allow you to see more detail.



Acuvue OasysACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ is a first-of-its-kind1 contact lens that goes beyond vision correction seamlessly adapting to changing light

By automatically balancing the amount of indoor and outdoor light entering the eye,

ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ helps reduce the stressful impact that light can have on patients’ eyes.

1. FDA press release: FDA clears first contact lens with light-adaptive technology, April 10th 2018.
2. JJV Data on File 2018. Definition of ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™




Leica Eyecare is proud to announce the launch of its new VARIOVID VOLTERRA progressive lens with ÉO-TECH® Technology.

This disruptive and revolutionary technology reduces optical aberrations by 50% to 65%.

By applying the mathematical series of Vito Volterra (Italian mathematician 1860-1940) in the calculation of lens design we have created the first " equalizer " of optical surfaces, which gives wearers the feeling of wearing single vision lenses.

The Volterra series have been mainly used in other areas (such as acoustics), but have never been used in optics.


Lumiz 100

BBGR with "LUMIZ 100"

9/10 people declare they are light sensitive.*

Depending on the physiology and the light environment, each individual can have a different level of light sensitivity.

Today, LUMIZ™ 100 is the 1st instrumented protocol that measures the level of individual light sensitivity and recommends the most appropriate visual solutions for each individual.

LUMIZ™ 100 consists of a headset for measuring light sensitivity and a protocol incorporating an innovative algorithm. It conjointly analyses the sensitivity level of the subject and the bothering light environment to recommend optimal visual solutions.



I was seduced by the intense colors and graphic lines of the solar architecture inspired by the great Luis Barragán the 1990s.

I gathered my best memories with this new collection – GRAPHIC – Metal



DIVINE model.

When seduction rimes with sophistication.

Caroline Abram presents tremendous sunglasses: delicate, yet Futuristic sensual from the inner curves, powerful with the geometrical outlines, this mask is as sophisticated as feminin.

Lightness and resistance are assured by the HDC acetate.

The stainless steel is made from a 10 step process, allowing a perfect control of its shade and resistance.

The frame comes with silicone nosepads, to ensure a personalised comfort.



VoxiOne is the innovative all-in-one device that will revolutionize the daily lives of the visually impaired and blind, in all situations, at home or on the move.

In a single product, VoxiOne offers many features that have been redesigned and improved over existing standards: electronic magnifier, OCR reading device, video magnifier, barcode reader, color identifier, smartphone, voice labeling system...

An innovation developed in France by Voxiweb, designer of solutions for the visually impaired since 2013.







Abeye Lexilens is an innovative reading aid eyewear for dyslexics.

Dyslexia makes reading difficult for 2 children per class on average. Abeye Lexilens leverages a recent scientific discovery on the probable cause of dyslexia to help dyslexics read easier and faster. Abeye Lexilens is the result of 2 years of collaborative Research and Development between Abeye and the academic laboratory that made the discovery.

Abeye Lexilens uses electronic lenses to filter out the mirrored images making the reading difficult. Lexilens provides an effect that is instantaneous, independent of nbative language, does not require any training and improves reading speed and ease in most common cases. Abeye Lexilens targets primerily children and will be available in spring 2020.

Irish eye-care waiting lists exceeds 50,000

October 2019

Irish Optometrists call for a greater role to help reduce waiting lists

Eye-care waiting lists in Ireland have exceeded 50,000 as capacity challenges in public eye-care continue to increase.

Irish Optometrists today called for a greater role in public eye-care to help address ever-worsening capacity problems.

National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) figures to the end of August show that 43,700 people were on the outpatient eye-care waiting list – continuing an upwards trend from 41,600 this time last year, 40,000 at the end of 2017 and 38,100 and the end of 2016.

18,700 of these people were waiting more than a year and 13,000 more than 18 months, up from 16,200 and 10,500 respectively a year ago.

Furthermore, almost 8,700 people were awaiting inpatient eye procedures at the end of August.

Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) Chief Executive Sean McCrave said Ireland’s public eye-care services need to be reformed, with Optometrists playing a significantly greater role.

“We continue to have an unusual overreliance on hospital Ophthalmology Departments. This is a flawed approach and will continue to be until it is overhauled. It cannot – and will not – meet patient demand as these ever-worsening figures show.

“Ireland can replicate a model of care which has proven successful in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. This involves a shared triaged approach with more routine public care provided through Optometrists in the community and Ophthalmologists in hospitals freed up to prioritise specialised care.”

AOI President Patricia Dunphy highlighted in particular the need to better organise Cataract surgery which accounts for a significant portion of the backlog.

“A Member survey carried out by AOI in 2019 found that waiting times for cataract surgery are five years in some parts of the country. AOI continues to call for national roll-out of the Sligo Post-Cataract Scheme (a shared approach between community and hospital services in Sligo). Sligo continues to have the shortest waiting time for Cataract surgery at just over one year.

AOI also called for the development of an Optometrist led national eye-care programme for 0-16 years olds to address major waiting times, gaps and inconsistencies in children’s services.

AOI has estimated that increasing care in the community can achieve significant savings while at the same time deliver more accessible and clinically effective services. That is because it is 50% less expensive to provide routine examinations, monitoring and care in the community than in a hospital.

For patients – swifter access means earlier detection leading to better outcomes.

A positive partnership with the ABDO National Resource Centre

October 2019

Glaskar and ABDOPositive Impact has donated a co-branded dispenser and bottles of the Glasklar lens cleaner to the ABDO National Resource Centre in Birmingham, the association’s flagship education and examinations hub.

The donation is in the reception area of the National Resource Centre (NRC) so that students and practitioner visitors can see the Glasklar dispenser when they walk in, read the information display and leaflets and take a bottle of the lens cleaner to try it for themselves.

The information leaflets explain how the Glasklar initiative encourages patient loyalty and future spectacles sales by enticing patients back into the practice when they need to replenish their lens cleaner using the dispenser bottle, which is fun to use.

The red and blue Glasklar bottles from Positive Impact were designed to match the colour branding of the NRC, with a display on the wall giving instructions and highlighting the benefits of the Glasklar system for students and practitioners who might be unfamiliar with the practice loyalty building initiative.

Pictured is Positive Impact’s director of marketing and professional services, Nick Atkins, and Matthew Stringer of the NRC. Mr Stringer said: "We first saw Glasklar at an event Positive Impact held at the National Resource Centre and were instantly drawn towards its unique look and idea.

“We got to thinking about the amount of footfall the National Resource Centre has and how we could collaborate in promoting each other. It's all looking great now and is proving very popular with our visitors."

Mr Atkins concluded: “We wanted to inject a little bit of Glasklar colour to the National Resource Centre, hoping that the bright red dispenser could grab the eye of visitors walking in and draw them closer to read a little more about how Glasklar works. Now we’ve created bottle-carrying ambassadors, not just for Glasklar but for ABDO NRC.”

New Regional Lead for ABDO

October 2019

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is welcoming a new regional lead following Max Halford's move to become ABDO Clinical Lead.

MECs qualified Contact Lens Optician Stuart Pell has been practising for over 25 years and will become lead for South of England. Stuart has wide experience in all aspects of Optics from initially working in a lab and gaining the SMC(Tech) qualification, dispensing and managing local and larger practices and previous business start-up experience to now being a MECs qualified Contact Lens Optician with a passion for extended services and education.

The ABDO regional leads are an integral part of the policy team who help deliver the ABDO objectives on maintaining high level DO services and developing them further to provide extended services within their local areas.

Stuart Pell says: “ABDO has made large strides over the past few years promoting its members with extended services including MECs pathways and I am looking forward to helping local leads influence these advancements for the wider benefit of all ABDO members.”

Commenting on the appointment, Debbie McGill, Policy and Public Affairs lead, said: “Stuart brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, which is an asset to us and our members and will enable him to provide support and assist with development going forward.”

Contact Lens wearers in the throwaway society need to think twice about recycling

October 2019

UK throws over 750 million contact lenses down the drain or into landfill every year, damaging the environment and filling oceans with microplastics

• 97% of contact lens users are damaging the environment[1]

• 1 in 4 contact lens wearers regularly throws used lenses down the toilet or drain[1]

Info graphic on CL disposalVast amounts of plastic are unwittingly being thrown down the toilet or sink by contact lens users, potentially ending up in the oceans. New figures from Optical Express, one of the UK’s leading contact lens suppliers, suggest that over 750 million plastic lenses are being flushed down the drain or put in landfill every year. These lenses form microplastics, pollute the oceans and endanger marine life.

Almost 800 million plastic contact lenses are used by more than 4 million people in the UK each year[2] and this is having a huge, but often overlooked, impact on the environment. In a survey of over 3,000 UK contact lens users, Optical Express found that 97%[1] are damaging the environment by throwing them down the drain or in the bin, and only 3%[1] of people recycle their lenses. The survey found that people from Nottingham were the least environmentally friendly, where 98%[1] of people always throw their used lenses in the bin or down the drain. The best performing city for contact lens pollution is Bristol, but even there a shocking 87%[1] of people never recycle their plastic lenses.

Most plastic waste from the contact lenses themselves and their packaging end up in the ocean or in landfill. Once in landfill it may take up to 500 years to decompose, potentially leaking pollutants into the soil and water.

Even more shocking, more than 1 in 4 people (27%)[1] admit to disposing of their lenses via the sink or toilet – with the true number of offenders potentially higher still. The situation is even worse than had been previously thought. A similar study by contact lens manufacturer Johnson & Johnson found that 1 in 5 people (20%)[3] were flushing their used lenses down the drain.

As they go through sewage systems, contact lenses break down into smaller particles and ultimately form microplastics. These microplastics pollute the oceans and are mistaken for food by marine animals.

A recent University of Exeter study[4] found that every single seal, dolphin and whale washed up on Britain’s shores had traces of plastic in its stomach.

Optical Express is urging people to rethink their contact lens use.

Info graphic on CL disposalOne in every three (33%)[1] of the contact lens wearers who responded to its survey said they were completely unaware of the environmental impact their contacts were having. As one of the UK’s leading contact lens suppliers, Optical Express has launched a package of measures to tackle the problem of plastic pollution from lenses. The new initiative will make contact lens users more aware of the environmental impact of contact lenses and will give advice on alternatives to disposable lenses, such as laser eye or lens surgery.

Optical Express is asking people who wear contact lenses to consider their vision correction choices carefully. This includes considering the options of laser eye or intraocular lens surgery. Those who choose to continue to use plastic contacts are being encouraged to dispose of their lenses responsibly, and the eye care provider has placed contact lens recycling boxes in its locations nationwide.

No contact lens manufacturer currently includes information on the environmental impact of contact lenses on their packaging. As the UK’s only complete eye care provider, Optical Express has therefore decided it has to take action itself. With every pack of plastic contact lenses it sells, the company will now give consumers information on the environmental impact of lenses and advice on how to properly dispose of used lenses.

Optical Express is today calling upon other eye care practices to do likewise. The UK Government has recently taken measures to reduce plastic waste from straws and cotton buds. Their view on contact lenses is unknown.

Speaking about the eye care provider’s commitment to the environment, Clinical Services Director at Optical Express, Stephen Hannan, said:

“Everyone knows we need to take urgent action to reduce the amount of plastic we’re using in every aspect of our lives. It’s time we all took more responsibility for how our personal decisions affect the environment. We all have choices in terms of vision correction, whether that’s to wear glasses more often or get laser eye surgery, but whatever you do, don’t throw your contact lenses down the drain.”

“We’d suspected that some people were disposing of lenses down the drain, but it’s shocking to learn the true scale of the problem.

“Think of all the plastic that would be saved if the 4.2 million UK contact lens wearers chose to have laser eye surgery. Contact lenses not only have an environmental impact, but they can be very expensive over the course of a lifetime, and prolonged use increases the risk of eye infections. In the long run, eye surgery is better for the environment, better for your pocket and better for your eyes.”

Heather SuttieAs part of the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact, Optical Express has also enlisted “say no to plastic” campaigner and former TV and radio presenter Heather Suttie (right) . The anti-plastic bag campaign that she spearheaded a decade ago led to the Scottish Government bringing in the 5p bag levy in 2014. Speaking about her work on contact lens plastic, Heather said:

“As we all become more environmentally aware and understand the impact on the planet of our decisions and actions, we learn that as consumers, we always have a choice. Businesses have a responsibility to educate their patients and customers with information on the environmental impact of products and should offer alternative solutions where possible.”

“With 125 million contact lens users worldwide, this is a global crisis and it needs action on a massive scale.[6] Billions of used contact lenses and their packaging are causing widespread pollution and people simply don’t realise the damage. People have been flushing or binning used contact lenses and their packaging for decades, causing untold environmental damage. We need to take action now.”

“It’s great that Optical Express is taking the war on plastic seriously and I hope other eye care providers follow their lead. Through this kind of information and support, all of us can make better informed choices and start cleaning up our oceans and our beaches.”

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