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Opchat Magazine General NewsGeneral News, July to September 2020

Brian D Suttie Optician Case Study using Toucan Eco for Covid Cleansing
New back to school lens promotion from Essilor
New ECP Sports Day Promotion from Essilor
Roll-out of 2 new rapid coronavirus tests ahead of winter
Extended Isolation times and more travel restrictions are imminent
“It was a question of weeks or days, not months”
WALDO announces diversification into further unspecified online eyecare following on form its online CL business.
New public site from PCSE provides searchability and downloads
Don’t rely on temperature screening products for detection of coronavirus (COVID-19), says MHRA
Boots Opticians to close 48 Stores
Watch Sahra talk about Ørgreen colouring process
Novartis Withdraws Marketing Application of Dry Eye Drug Xiidra in Europe
Thank you Opchat News for your continued support of the COVID Symptom Study and for encouraging your readers to take part.
NHS Test and Trace contacts more than 130,000 people
KOMONO X Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp Fashion Department
Leicestershire coronavirus lockdown: areas and changes
OKIA receives the INTERTEK GREEN LEAF MARK CERTIFICATION as an environmentally conscious organisation for the material used in the sutainable RESHAPE™ Eyewear Collection
Read Archived News from April to June 2020

Brian D Suttie Optician Case Study using Toucan Eco for Covid Cleansing

August 2020

A fresh perspective: how one optician has introduced a sustainable cleaning system to help combat COVID-19

Brian D Suttie is a Chesham-based optical practice that has been established for over 20 years. The company believes in the continuity of care, not only in its service and product offering but in maintaining a retail environment that is safe and clean for their patients, customers and staff.

A practice that strives for sustainability, Brian D Suttie needed to respond to the workplace guidelines for COVID-19 to ensure they could reopen, implementing a new cleaning regime that would help make the practice ‘COVID safe’.

Toucan Eco Cleaning at Suttie Opticians
Chetan Gudka, owner and optometrist at Brian D Suttie, explained: “As part of an Optometrist forum, one of the areas we’ve been discussing with regard to reopening safely is the disinfecting and sanitising of our practices. From the consulting room equipment which include chin rests, head supports, and our own instruments, to the frames in the dispensing area that our patients will try on.

“We wanted to find a multipurpose solution that can be used to safely disinfect work stations, hands, equipment and frames safely, as part of increased hygiene protocols. The question of using certain products on our equipment which comes into contact with skin has concerned me and we were keen to avoid alcohol, bleach or hydrogen peroxide sanitisers. It needed to be an effective, antiviral cleaning system that would be suitable for both clinical and retail environments.”

Toucan Eco Cleaning at Suttie Opticians
After researching chemical-free cleaning solutions online, Chetan discovered Toucan Eco. The multipurpose disinfectant cleaner that’s made from just salt and water, and uses electrochemical activation to produce hypochlorous acid – an effective solution that’s already being used by the dental industry for disinfection.

The solution kills up to 99.999% of microorganisms, including those harder-to-kill than the coronavirus. What’s more, with a gentle pH of around 8, Toucan Eco is both effective and safe to use on areas and products that come into contact with human skin.

One of the benefits that appealed to the practice was Toucan Eco’s ability to create their own disinfectant solution on-site, refilling reusable spray bottles and, in turn, eliminating plastic waste from the single-use bottles that chemicals are often supplied in.

Chetan said: “We all need to take responsibility for the environment; as a practice we’ve been looking at various ways to improve our sustainability over the last few years. We have introduced more eco-friendly products such as frames made from recycled plastic from the ocean, and refillable lens cleaning solution containers to reduce plastic waste. We also recycle used contact lenses and their packaging for customers.

“With Toucan Eco, we’ve been able to implement a cleaning regime that’s effective and safe, while reducing our impact on the environment. Not only does this eliminate our need to purchase cleaning chemicals, it also reduces the single-use plastic bottles that those chemicals come in.”

With a site measuring 940 sq. ft, Steve Courtney, Toucan Eco product lead at Robert Scott, recommended the Toucan Eco III model. This is a worktop unit that allows users to create one litre of solution at a time, which can be used for up to seven days.

Toucan Eco Cleaning at Suttie Opticians
Chetan continued: “We apply the solution from atomiser spray bottles and use microfibre cloths, which are laundered each day and reused to save on disposable products. I’d say that for most small businesses the Toucan Eco III is the ideal product. You can make one litre of the solution at a time and when you run out you simply make more.”

At the current rate of usage, the practice estimates that by comparing the cost of the unit against the chemical sanitiser it was purchasing, the team expects to make a total saving of £500 - £700 per year and 100 less single-use plastic bottles.

In addition to the cost-saving and sustainability benefits that Toucan Eco brought to Brian D Suttie, the team also praised the non-toxic formula that is safe for staff and visitors.

Divia Gudka, practice manager, added: “We’re extremely pleased with the results from Toucan Eco so far. The non-toxic solution is very easy to make and provides fantastic cleaning results in both our clinical and retail areas. Patients have commented how soft the sanitiser is on the skin, unlike alcohol-based products, and really liked the concept of the solution and how environment friendly it is.

“Finding a non-toxic product that we can confidently use around customers handling contact lenses or spectacles was so important to us. To have an ecologically and environmentally friendly disinfecting and sanitising solution on tap, has allowed us to provide a safe and clean environment for patients and staff.

“It has provided peace of mind in the current climate and allowed us return to treating patients with the same level of service we’ve always offered in a practice that is protected against COVID-19.”

New back to school lens promotion from Essilor

August 2020

Take Two Multi pair from Essilor Essilor Ltd has enhanced its “Take Two” multipair promotion for Independent ECPs to offer to families of children heading back to school.

Parents can now choose any Crizal lens and get their child’s pair for free, selecting from the Airwear junior range with Crizal Easy UV or Crizal Prevencia lenses.

New point of sale is available to promote the offer and entice customers through the doors including window posters and leaflets.

Tim Precious, managing director at Essilor Ltd said: “Our promotion will encourage families to visit their local optician before children head back to the classroom after what’s been an extra-long period away for many pupils.

“It will also support and drive sales for ECPs by attracting new and existing customers through their doors and give them an extra competitive edge on the high street.”

Poor vision impacts every aspect of a child's life, from learning and confidence, to social interaction. This inspires Essilor Ltd to help to run vision screening days at local schools near its head office in Thornbury.

“The feedback following an event is always incredibly positive, and we’ve helped many children with undetected eyesight problems through this initiative and our support for the Vision Aid Overseas school programme. This latest multipair incentive helps to remove another barrier to vison correction in children,” added Tim.

The Take Two parent and child multipair offer runs from 1 August until 30 November.

New ECP Sports Day Promotion from Essilor

August 2020

Transitions Game Board
Essilor Ltd has launched a new sports day board game incentive for Independent ECPs to play and claim rewards this summer.

Optical staff compete by collecting sporting activity stickers every time they place an order for a pair of Varilux Transitions Crizal lenses, during the three-month promotional period which kicks off on 1 August.

With five stickers to collect for each activity including tennis, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, and athletics, and an extra boost for completing all five sticker sets, there is also the chance to win the star prize sticker worth £500 of gift vouchers.

Tim Precious, managing director at Essilor Ltd said: “We’re extremely excited to launch our fabulous new board game as a way of thanking ECPs for their continued support.

“There’s never been a better time to recommend Varilux lenses with Transitions and Crizal as more patients look for a solution for eye health and protection during the summer months.

“We hope our nostalgic school-style sports day initiative will not only act as a sales incentive and boost revenue for optical practices, but also offer some light-hearted fun and healthy competition for our ECP business partners.”

A full sticker set collected is worth £10. If all five sets are completed, the value increases to £75. Complete the board with the value booster sticker and this increases to £150. If the ECP receives a star prize sticker, they win an additional prize worth up to £500 even if board is not completed.

Extra boards are available via customer services and full terms and conditions apply.


Roll-out of 2 new rapid coronavirus tests ahead of winter

August 2020

Both tests will be able to detect COVID-19 and other winter viruses in just 90 minutes

New tests will hugely increase testing capacity ahead of winter, delivering fast results that will help to break chains of transmission quickly

Millions of ground-breaking rapid coronavirus tests will be rolled out to hospitals, care homes and labs across the UK to increase testing capacity ahead of winter. The tests will enable clinicians and NHS Test and
Trace to quickly advise on the best course of action to stop the spread of the virus.

Two new tests – both able to detect the virus in just 90 minutes – will be made available to NHS hospitals, care homes and labs.

The 2 tests will be able to detect both COVID-19 and other winter viruses such as flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The tests do not require a trained health professional to operate them, meaning they can be rolled out in more non-clinical settings.

This will help to further strengthen the coronavirus response this winter, arming both clinicians and NHS Test and Trace with the ability to distinguish between COVID-19 cases, which have specific self-isolation requirements, and other winter viruses.

The 7 day rolling day average remains for the third day in a row static at 753 form Gov UK figures on the PHN Covid Hub, CovoidjoinZoe Covid Sympton Study estimates 2110 daily infections accross the UK.

Isolation times just extended and more travel restrictions are imminent

July 2020

7-Rolling Average

As Government extends isolation times for the infected from 7 to 10 days and a crack down on further travel looks likely, we look at the figures.

On the PHN Covid hub we have been tracking daily reported positive infection rates since May 1st, 2020.

The National news has for most of this period focussed on the daily death rate and the rolling average death rate over a 7-day period.

It seemed sensible to us to focus on the primary cause of illness and death, that being those infected.

As treatment is adapted and improves and the second wave appears to affect a younger cohort this will affect the death rate numbers, with a sincere hope that less of those infected will die.

Our rolling 7-day infection average has shown that there is a definite rise in infections over the last 2 weeks and it has hit the highest total yesterday of an average of 29 new infections over the last 7 days per day.

This is a snapshot of our daily Covid Hub information published today.

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PHN 7 day rolling infection rate 726 new infections per day (7 day rolling) (+29 on yesterday) The highest Daily Increase this month!

As of 9am on 29th July, there have been 15,478,728 tests, with 301,455 people have tested positive.

As of 5pm on 28th July, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 45,119* have died. (*Not Updated by as from 15th July.)

Deaths as reported by in News were Total 45961 and increase of 83 (28th July)

Covid Symptom Infection Map
The Covid Symptom Study, which we encourage all professionals to join and download to a smart phone at also shows similar findings but their extrapolation from the 4 million plus contributors as always shown a 3 x higher level of expected infection than the Government figures.
Todays Covid Zoe infection map (left) and Infection numbers and key to map (right)

Covid Symptom Infection Map Key

Interestingly their infection map for localised areas not only confirms the hot spots now under local lockdown but did so earlier than was acted upon.

It also appears that those areas that missed much of the earlier infection now seem to be rising above those areas that didn’t.

Could this be a factor of relaxation, loss of compliance, immunity levels or susceptibility, we may never know.

We do at least this time know we have to act ahead of the next phase and not as before 2 weeks behind it.

Please consider joining the Covid Symptom Study and also encouraging your patients to do so and spread the word..

“It was a question of weeks or days, not months”

July 2020

8-year-old girl’s life saved thanks to trip to opticians

Hollie-Leigh Creighton after papilloedema
Holly Creighton, an eight-year-old girl from Leigh was unknowingly at risk from a potentially fatal brain tumour, after a trip to her local Specsavers revealed she was suffering from severe raised pressure in the brain.

Kelly Morris, Holly’s mum, said she had no idea how serious it was: ‘She had been complaining of mild headaches and sore eyes for about four weeks.

‘She then went through a spell of being sick two or three times in the morning and feeling so dizzy she couldn’t lie down. Then she’d feel better over the course of the day. ‘At first I thought it was a bad case of hayfever. Then, when her eye turned inwards, I started to wonder if it could be a lazy eye and I knew we had to do something about it.’

On a Thursday in early June, Kelly decided to book an appointment at her local opticians, where they were still taking emergency appointments.

Rumit Patel, store director at Specsavers Leigh who saw Holly said: ‘Kelly was worried as Holly had been showing some pretty extreme symptoms for a child, such as nausea and vomiting.

‘When they came in, Holly couldn’t stop crying and when I asked her why, she said her eyes really hurt. She wouldn’t be away from Kelly so I said she could sit on her mum’s lap while we did some initial tests.

‘During the pre-test, which is when we take pictures of the back of the eye, I could immediately tell something wasn’t right. ‘I compared the pictures with some that we had taken at her last test in November and the changes were extremely worrying.

‘Although her eyesight itself was fine, she was showing signs of end-stage papilloedema – essentially raised pressure in the brain which causes the optic nerve to become swollen.’

Papilloedema is an extremely serious, potentially fatal, condition which normally affects middle-aged women and is very rare among children. Rumit continued: ‘In my 15 years as an optician, I’d never seen anything as serious as this in someone so young.I had to take myself out of the store for a walk down the high street, as I was just in pieces. I kept thinking how I was going to try and explain this to Kelly.’

Kelly said that when Rumit came back, she could tell he was very distressed: ‘Rumit told Holly she could go and watch some TV in the other room while he explained to me what he suspected.’

Rumit emailed Leigh Infirmary asking for an emergency referral, attaching the pictures he’d taken of the back of Holly’s eye.

Leigh Infirmary then immediately referred Holly for a CT scan at Wigan Infirmary for preliminary testing.

Kelly continued: ‘At Wigan, they confirmed it was in fact a tumour at the back of Holly’s brain. I went to pieces. I called my mum to tell her the news and I just fell to the floor. ‘When you hear your child has a brain tumour, a million questions run through your mind – how serious is it, will she be ok – everything.’

An ambulance then took both Holly and Kelly to Manchester Paediatrics Hospital, where Holly had an MRI scan and had a cannula inserted.

At 6 am Friday morning, Holly went in for an operation. By Monday morning, Holly was sitting up in bed and by Tuesday she was walking around and climbing stairs.

Kelly said: ‘If it wasn’t for the scar, you would never have known what had happened, Holly’s taken it completely in her stride. If it was me, I would still be in bed!

‘She had the surgery in less than 24 hours after we had the appointment at Specsavers – I think I’ve only just started to process what could have happened.

‘From what the doctors and Rumit have said, it was a question of weeks or days, not months, before she would have died from this.‘Everyone – Rumit, the staff at Leigh, Wigan and Manchester hospitals – have just been brilliant.’

Holly is now making a full recovery at home but she’ll continue to undergo testing at Christie’s and Manchester Eye Hospital.

Rumit added: ‘My niece is eight-years-old and the whole time, I just couldn’t stop thinking about her. Holly and her mum are both amazing. They’ve since come back into store to see me with some cakes and it was wonderful to see them both - Holly’s eye is completely back to normal.

WALDO announces diversification into further unspecified online eyecare following on from its online CL business.

July 2020

Following an immensely successful three years since inception, more than £9 million in funds-raised and effective expansion into 27 countries, direct to consumer eye care brand, Waldo is diversifying its offering with a move from solely contact lens provider to a holistic eye care company, with plans to triple its revenue in 2021.

Now serving over 180,000 customers worldwide, Waldo is adding new product launches to its roster of direct to consumer products, with the launch of its Blue Light Glasses and homeopathic Hydration Drops to secure founder and CEO, Ashleigh Hinde’s, position as an innovator and leader within the optical industry.

"Whilst Waldo’s contact lenses will remain as the core product, including the UK’s first ever vitamin contact lenses, Waldo is diversifying its range broadly, with both quality and ease for the consumer at the core of the product launches." says Ashleigh Hinde, founder and CEO of Waldo.

He aims to ask relevant questions of the eyecare sector such as:

• How online eye care can merge with the offline traditional eye care offering to better support consumers

• Why the optometry industry needs to modernise to respond to consumer demand

• The future of digital healthcare and how the introduction of tech can positively affect traditional health industries

In essence Waldo is elevating its direct to consumer offering in 2021.

ED: WALDO were due to exhibit at the now defunct Optrafair 20/20 which is a lost opportunity to find out more. Opchat News will reach out to them for more substantial information.

New public site from PCSE provides searchability and downloads

July 2020

Primary Care Support England (PCSE) has launched a new public-facing website that will allow people to search for optometrists and OMPs on the Performers List for England. The tool also allows advanced search options and the ability to download search options as an Excel sheet. Click here

Don’t rely on temperature screening products for detection of coronavirus (COVID-19), says MHRA

July 2020

Warning that thermal cameras and other such “temperature screening” products, some of which make direct claims to screen for COVID-19, are not a reliable way to detect if people have the virus.

The Agency is telling manufacturers and suppliers of thermal cameras that they should not make claims which directly relate to COVID-19 diagnosis, and is reminding businesses to follow Government advice on safe working during COVID-19.

Graeme Tunbridge, MHRA Director of Devices, said: Many thermal cameras and temperature screening products were originally designed for non-medical purposes, such as for building or site security. Businesses and organisations need to know that using these products for temperature screening could put people’s health at risk.
These products should only be used in line with the manufacturer’s original intended use, and not to screen people for COVID-19 symptoms. They do not perform to the level required to accurately support a medical diagnosis."
"We are reminding anyone selling these products not to make claims which directly relate to COVID-19 diagnosis. If they fail to comply, we will take formal enforcement action"
Products which the manufacturer claims are intended for screening for COVID-19, or fever-like symptoms, would be regarded as medical devices and regulated by the MHRA.

There is little scientific evidence to support temperature screening as a reliable method for detection of COVID-19 or other febrile illness, especially if used as the main method of testing.

Temperature readings from temperature screening systems will measure skin temperature rather than core body temperature. In either case, natural fluctuations in temperature can occur among healthy individuals.
These readings are therefore an unreliable measure for detection of COVID-19 or other diseases which may cause fever. Furthermore, infected people who do not develop a fever or who do not show any symptoms would not be detected by a temperature reading and could be more likely to unknowingly spread the virus.

The MHRA recommends that businesses and workplaces follow the government advice on safe working during COVID-19, as well as implementing scientifically reliable methods of testing for COVID-19.

Boots Opticians to close 48 Stores

July 2020

Boots Opticians
In a day of wholesale cuts in retail presence on the High Street, with news of John Lewis closing 8 stores we hear of news closer to home.

Namely Boots Opticians are to lose 48 High Street stores, announced by Boots today.

At present we have not been told of the 48 locations affected.

Other jobs will be affected in Boots Stores and staff losses are likely to reach 4000.

Watch Sahra talk about Ørgreen colouring process

July 2020

Sahra from Ørgreen

Rooted in the simplicity of Scandinavian design, the new Acetate mini-collection combines timeless styles with the modern touch of bold and unique colors.

Like a kaleidoscope, constantly creating different patterns, Ørgreen succeeds in manipulating the lightness and depth of acetate into an ever-evolving collection of modern styles and fascinating color combinations

Watch the video here

Novartis Withdraws Marketing Application of Dry Eye Drug Xiidra in Europe

July 2020

Novartis has decided to withdraw its marketing application seeking approval of dry eye drug Xiidra (lifitegrast) in Europe. The decision comes after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said the drug’s benefits did not outweigh its risks.

Novartis pulled the application on June 18 after the EMA considered that the effectiveness of Xiidra was not demonstrated across different symptoms of dry eye disease. The EMA stated that “Although some effect was seen in the reduction of eye dryness, the improvement was not considered clinically significant.”

The EMA also noted that there were no data on the effect of long-term treatment with Xiidra despite eye dryness being a chronic disease.

Source Eyewire News

Thank you Opchat News for your continued support of the COVID Symptom Study and for encouraging your readers to take part.

July 2020

The recent lockdown of Leicester has highlighted the need for earlier hotspot detection, particularly as lockdown measures are eased and life begins to return to 'normal'.

It is thanks to your ongoing supporters daily logging that we are now able to detect potential new COVID hotspots in the UK.

With COVID Symptom Study data now flagging up potential hotspots, it will allow for greater surveillance and more focussed testing that could detect new outbreaks much earlier.

To do this successfully, we need more people to join us by using the app each day.

Please continue to spread the word about the app with friends, family, and your local community.(Ed Happy to do so, please join here )

New app features

The newest update of the COVID Symptom Study app includes a number of new features:

• The ability to enable notifications to remind you to log directly from the 'Thank You' screen of the app if you don't currently have them enabled

• A new question on blood types

• Improved COVID test entry questions

News and research updates

Please add to the 4 million responders already logging in for 5 minutes every day

NHS Test and Trace contacts more than 130,000 people

July 2020

More than 130,000 people at risk of unknowingly spreading coronavirus have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

The weekly NHS Test and Trace statistics have been published, showing that more than 130,000 that may have otherwise have been at risk of unknowingly spreading the virus have been reached and asked to self-isolate

Weekly statistics have been developed to include test turnaround times, demonstrating that the time it takes for results to be delivered has been significantly reduced

Improvements to testing and tracing continue, so that we reach more people at risk of spreading the virus as quickly as possible, with 87% satisfied with the service

Statistics covering the fourth week of operation (18 to 24 June) of the new NHS Test and Trace service were published on Thursday 2 July.

The fourth set of data demonstrates that in one month of operation, more than 130,000 people who may have been at risk of unknowingly spreading the virus have been reached by the service and asked to self-isolate.

Further information on the work of all 3 tiers of contact tracers within NHS Test and Trace is also included, demonstrating that fewer cases are having to be escalated through the tiered system to health protection teams as complex cases.

The data shows that those testing positive outside of complex settings are providing tracers with a higher number of contacts.

Testing turnaround times will now be included in weekly statistics on NHS Test and Trace, showing the speed at which tests are returned in the first month of the service’s operation. Data from 28 May to 24 June shows significant improvements in the time it takes to deliver results, with tests at drive-through and mobile testing sites delivering the fastest results. By the 24 June, 96.7% of tests at mobile sites, and 98% of tests at regional test centres were being returned the day after the tests were taken.

Improvements in the speed at which test results are returned is the result of extensive work to develop the NHS Test and Trace service, including increased numbers of collections of swabs at test sites, more mobile testing units traveling to hard to reach areas and new tools to unpack swabs quickly at Lighthouse Labs.

Home testing kits can now be posted using any of the 30,000 Royal Mail priority postboxes, collected throughout the day. Satellite testing at care homes has also been improved to return 73.9% of tests the day after tests were taken.

To reach more people at risk of spreading the virus further, NHS Test and Trace has also changed the times at which potential contacts will be called, based on data showing that people are more likely to respond to the service at particular times of the day.

These extensive efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus will continue over the coming months, to further improve the service and the speed at which positive cases and contacts are informed.

As a result, a recent customer feedback survey, conducted by Public Health England and with 30,213 respondents, showed that 87% of cases and contacts who completed the NHS Test and Trace system were either very satisfied or satisfied with the system. Only 3% reported being dissatisfied with the service.

Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace, Dido Harding, said: The data published demonstrates the tireless efforts underway to continue to improve NHS Test and Trace. We have seen significant improvements in the time it takes to process test results, an important step to rapidly reach the contacts of those testing positive and ask them to self-isolate to prevent them spreading the virus further. I am very grateful to all those who have played their part and responded so well to the service.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, get a test immediately. You can be confident that you will receive your result quickly, with NHS Test and Trace reaching out to you if you test positive to help you identify your contacts and protect those around you. I urge anyone contacted by NHS Test and Trace to follow the advice they receive".

KOMONO X Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp Fashion Department

July 2020

After a successful first edition, KOMONO is proud to renew its partnership with the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. KOMONO worked together with three master students in the creation of a pair of sunglasses linked to the students’ personal work. The result is an outspoken collection that bolsters the fresh vision of tomorrow’s top designers.

Annemarie Saric

KOMONO x Annemarie Saric

Inspired by the concept cars of the late 70s and their aerodynamic qualities, Annemarie Saric’s futuristic-looking proposition features a shaped lens and intricate temple detailing. Formed by a cut-out and collage technique of vintage car parts, the glasses are characterized by their highly sculptural effect.

Annemarie Saric


KOMONO X Annemarie Solid Grey (right)

Karolina Widecka

KOMONO x Karolina Widecka

Investigating the duality between a fragile appearance and an extreme shape, Karolina Widecka proposes a capsule drenched in superstition and symbolism. Inspired by ex votos and Mexican religious art, the glasses function as a token of protection for its wearer with its ‘broken glass’ upper bar.

Karolina Widecka


KOMONO X Karolina Ash Smoke (right)

Florentina Leitner

KOMONO x Florentina Leitner

Florentina Leitner took to the 60s and its psychedelic art to create a pair of glasses that have been stretched and liquified to a vertigo or spiralling effect. Paying tribute to the art icons of those days such as Peggy Guggenheim, the capsule is a modern reinterpretation of the avant-garde eyewear of yesteryear.


Florentina Leitner
KOMONO X Florentina Crystal Pink (right)

The collection will be made available, starting from July 2nd, through, KOMONO flagship stores and selected retailers for a suggested retail price of 199 euros.

On the initiative of the students, part of the proceedings of this sale will go to Survived and Punished, a US-based organization who supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence who have been incarcerated or targeted by law enforcement.

Leicestershire coronavirus lockdown: areas and changes

July 2020

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Areas of Leicestershire that are included in the localised coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown and what this means.

On 29 June, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock set out the local action being taken in Leicester following a surge in coronavirus cases in the area.
This morning, the local councils set out the following areas of Leicestershire that are included in the localised lockdown:

in Blaby District:

Braunstone Town (including Fosse Park)
Glen Parva

Leicester Forest East (east of the M1)
Thorpe Astley
in Charnwood:
all areas of Oadby and Wigston

See latest information and advice on coronavirus for Leicester.

OKIA receives the INTERTEK GREEN LEAF MARK CERTIFICATION as an environmentally conscious organisation for the material used in the sutainable RESHAPE™ Eyewear Collection

June 2020

RESHAPE™ OKIA strengthens its commitment to sustainability and has recently been awarded the Intertek Green Leaf Mark, a consumer product and systems verification that confirms your environmental claims have been independently verified and can thus be used to enhance the marketability of your product.

The certification comes as a result of the company’s development of BIO-RPET, a revolutionary material that embraces the 3R eco concept (recycle / reduce / recover) and takes form in RESHAPE™, an upcycling eyewear collection crafted exclusively from 5 water bottles to produce 1 pair of eyeglasses.

The RESHAPE™ collection is made of 100% recycled PET material, a petroleum-based product that is globally known as safe, lightweight and flexible. This material is also 100% BPA free and allows the production of frames with a high impact resistance. The upgraded version of RESHAPE™ can ultimately break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass after a 5-year biodegradation process.

With the Intertek Green Leaf Mark, manufacturers can provide business clients and consumers with the confidence that the environmental claims concerning their product(s) have been verified by an international, independent third-party testing, auditing and certification body in terms of Biodegradability, Recycled Content and ECO Claim (referred to verifying the chemical components).

RESHAPE™ represents not only a marvellous success for OKIA but also a great milestone in the sustainable eyewear industry and the Green Leaf certification is an additional goal in its virtuous path toward a better world, raising the company’s profile as an environmentally conscious organization.


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