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Echoes of the Past: Grand designs

A copy of the Manufacturing Optician supplement from fifty years ago offers a comprehensive take on setting up a spectacle factory in the sixties

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Echoes of the Past: A belting job

This week’s Echoes of the Past from Optician focuses on the great strides prescription laboratories were making in the sixties thanks to semi-automated production

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Echoes of the Past: Lens laboratory survival

This week’s Echoes of the Past looks at Optician sister title, Manufacturing Optician from July 1965. That month, The Beatles released ‘Help’ in the UK and cigarette advertising was banned on British TV

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Back to the future at Vision Expo West

Optician reports from International Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, where delegates and exhibitors reflected on the event's 25 year history while welcoming in a raft of new technologies.

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The big match

Precision optics and footballing ambitions in Europe. David Baker tells the story of FC Carl Zeiss Jena and a famous cup tie with Newport County

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Engineered for growth

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care's manufacturing plant in Limerick has expanded to meet growing demand for its Acuvue TruEye range of one-day contact lenses. Joe Ayling visited the Irish factory.

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Riding the Titanium Line

High-tech frames can be found in the most unexpected of places. Chris Bennett jumped on the Piccadilly Line to find out more

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The digital age

Essilor UK's managing director Mike Kirkley explains the reasoning behind Thornbury's change to digital-only surfacing

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Making an impression

In a final report from this year's Optrafair exhibition in Birmingham, Optician rounds up the remaining lens and related equipment news

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Clean to the last drop

Labs looking to save costs and become greener were treated to a viewing of a water cleaning and saving device at Optrafair. Kevin Bowers investigates

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Technology drive

Optician looks at some of the new hearing aid developments from German manufacturer Siemens