All Ophthalmic Lenses

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Zeiss UVProtect lenses

Optician takes a look at how Zeiss technology aims to shield your eyes from harmful UV radiation

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How to choose a lab

To accompany the 2019 Lab Directory, Sean Rai Roche speaks to practice owners about what labs they use for their lens needs

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Violet light protection

Tokai UK’s Leigh Smith outlines the benefits of its high energy violet light filtering lens, Lutina

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Looking at labs

Modern lab production technology has undergone a revolution in recent years. Chris Bennett travelled to Wrexham to see how Hoya is hoping to gain an edge on its competitors

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Eye comfort behind the wheel

Two-thirds of motorists are dazzled by oncoming headlights and the fashion for high intensity discharge lamps and LED continues apace. Patients are increasingly looking for visual protection when driving. Optician asked some lens providers to describe their latest offerings

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Lens Product of the Year

Being an independent lab means competing with global companies on service and speed. Caledonian Optical has done this and was rewarded with the Lens Product of the Year prize at the Optician Awards. Sean Rai-Roche reports

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Progressive thinking

Tailor-made varifocals have been around for over 20 years yet few presbyopes have ever tried them, and some opticians don’t even offer personalised progressives. With the latest developments in freeform surfacing and digital measurement, could this all be about to change? Peter Black reports

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Interview: Walter Hester

Earlier this year sunglass maker Maui Jim announced plans for a prescription lab in Braunschweig, Germany, along with a range of optical frame styles. Chris Bennett caught up with Maui Jim’s owner, Walter Hester, at Mido in Milan

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Free form spectacle lenses

Ronald Rabbetts describes and a new report from the British Standards Institute that clarifies the terminology surrounding free form lenses

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Amazing glazing

Mike Hale speaks to Sergio Weingarten about Galaxy Optical’s extensive lab facility and what the company offers independent practices

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Creative bifocal solution

An innovative solution to an artist’s needs for clear close and distant vision in her studio provided a welcome dispensing challenge. Jonathan Shapiro reports

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Luxexcel gets complex

Last year Luxexcel raised the prospect of 3D printed lenses doing away with lens casting, blank production and warehousing, Chris Bennett caught up with the Belgian innovator in Mido to find out the latest

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Looking in labs

Mike Hale continues the series with a look at lens generators and speaks to Chris Smith of Waterside about the generation process