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Revised British standards

Ronald Rabbetts explains some recent changes to the British Standards relevant to all who are involved in verification

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Pillar of the community

As the Bausch+Lomb facility in Waterford readies itself for the launch of the Biotrue contact lens, Bill Harvey catches up with the key players at the site and hears how B+L is a major contributor to the economy of the south east of Ireland

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Optical revolution

Norville Group is steeped in optical industry history but it is also harnessing the latest freeform technology to create a revolution in lens manufacturing for the future. Chris Bennett travelled to Gloucester to find out more

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Premier league buddies

Not many labs employ 100 people, Optician visits a lab that recently had to add that number to its head count virtually overnight

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Breaking with tradition

Innovation and risk taking in eyewear are making something of a comeback. Simon Jones looks at some more of the highlights from Mido 2012

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Riding the waves

Optician travels to Berkshire Ophthalmic Labs in Thatcham to talk machinery and flooding with the company's operations director Dean Curcher

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Ancient and modern

Independent optometrist David Baker unwraps a miscellany of optical wit and wisdom in time for Christmas

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Forging ahead

Rory Brogan visits Essilor UK and finds that the company has a very clear vision when it comes to its latest product

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Independent-minded

Mike Hale talks to Dietmar Rathbauer about the restructuring undertaken under his tenure at Rodenstock and plans to benefit its independent customers in the UK

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Global outlook

Optician travels to Cornwall to find out how an engineering-based approach to the prescription business has stood Quincey Eyewear in good stead over the years

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Squash ball in court

In the first of two parts, David Baker considers the optical connections of the small rubber ball used in racket sport squash.

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Freeform on the farm

Focus Optical in Surrey has come through tough times by working closely with customers and adopting a competitive pricing strategy. Mike Hale talks to managing director Matthew Byrne

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Oakley's lean machine

Oakley's manufacturing facility in the Republic of Ireland is built around lean manufacturing principles. Alex Thomas was given a tour of a highly efficient production process