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80 years in the fast lane

It has been 80 years since Polaroid first started selling its innovative polarised lenses to the world. Jo Gallacher delves into the archives to find historical links to the movies, military and celebrities

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Shades of green

Mike Hale visits Maui Jim at the recent Wentworth golf tournament

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Safilo A/W collection

Shapes once considered outdated are now firmly back on the catwalk. Jo Gallacher reports on Safilo’s retro-inspired A/W17 collection

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A feast of fabulous frames

Optrafair’s reputation for covering the needs of the entire profession was especially evident in the eyewear on show. From high fashion to practice staples, the show had it all. Optician looks at some of the highlights

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Optician Awards: Our winners

Earlier this month 500 of the great and good gathered at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham for the presentation of the 2017 Optician Awards trophies. Here we celebrate the victory of our 16 winners.

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Lenses at Optrafair

Optician editor Chris Bennett examines some of the lens developments on display at Optrafair 2017

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Independent spirit on show

Simon Jones travels to Denmark to find out more about the Scandinavian trade show that’s quietly growing in stature, Copenhagen Specs

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Italian flair at Mido

By focusing on the evolution of eyewear and design innovation, Mido has secured its position as a forward-looking trade show. Jo Gallacher reports

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Mido trendsetters

Trends may come and go but Milan will always be Italy’s fashion capital. Jo Gallacher scanned Mido to find this year’s most popular women’s styles

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Maui Jim lenses

Last month Maui Jim announced its plans to start prescription manufacturing in Germany. Chris Bennett finds out how the privately owned Hawaiian brand is taking on the European lens and sunglass giants in their own backyard

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Fresh set of eyes at Kering

Optician profiles a selection of key brands and styles from Kering, the recently formed eyewear behemoth that has the eyewear industry talking

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Opti’s evolution and variety

With digitalisation at the forefront of many industries, this year’s Opti Munich embraced the potential benefits new technologies could bring to the sector. Jo Gallacher reports

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2017 frame trends

Simon Jones takes a look at some of the frame developments and trends of 2016

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Julbo Sports frames

The Aerolite is a featherweight piece which performs well for running and cycling

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Sporty Silmo

European optical practices always have the edge on their UK cousins when it comes to sports eyewear but, as Chris Bennett discovered in Paris the Brits are upping their game