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Germany: opti 09 sends a strong positive signal to the optical sector PDF
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International News
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Over 19,700 visitors were at this year's opti'09 in Munich, Germany, an event that covers the entire product spectrum in the optics and eyewear sector. In 2009 this range covered fashionable spectacle frames, contact lenses and shopfittings as well as innovative new types of lenses. For this extensive range of products and services, set out on 35,000 square metres of hall space and featuring 430 different exhibitors, a rating of "very good to good" was given by around 94% of the opticians surveyed by an independent market research company. It was therefore not surprising to discover also that three-quarters of the visitors had made use of the event to place orders. "This wide range of products and services is the key to the success of opti. Attendance at opti is without doubt a must for the entire ophthalmic optics sector, because it pays to be here in Munich. Key features, for example, were the opti Forum, the Alumni Meeting, OPTIMIERT – the model shop and the WVAO Symposium on contact lenses. opti has given the sector a boost of vitamins for the year of business in 2009," said Dieter Dohr, Managing Director of GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH.

The motto for opti this year was 'brandheiß' (= brand hot). For the opticians attending the event, the main motive had been to see these new innovations. The most popular sections among visitors were 'Frames' and the 'Designs & Trends' area. In particular with the latter, opti made a great leap forward. This year for the first time the audience had the opportunity to experience the new 'YES!' Hall. The YES! concept at opti 2009 set new standards in design competence; and 85 percent of the opticians rated it as "very good to good" in the survey.

opti ´09 has set the tone for an even broader international scope for the fair, not only because of the return of the international companies. Groups of visitors from abroad and high-ranking international visitor delegations from Turkey, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Bulgaria also attended the event. The members of these delegations were able to talk in Munich direct to the CEOs of the individual firms and, at the opti Campus, gather information about the optics education and training courses in Germany that are renowned worldwide.

opti ´09 exuded optimism. For it sent a strong and positive signal to the sector, even in the current economic climate. This view was also shared by the two presidents of ZVA and SPECTARIS, Thomas Nosch and Josef May. "Satisfied faces, a positive mood and an excellent atmosphere on all three days of the fair – among the colleagues, exhibitors and visitors. There was little sign of the economic downturn and a cautious approach to new purchases. The German optics sector had high hopes that opti, the first big event in the sector in 2009, would send a positive signal, and as I see it, it has done that very well," said Nosch. May was just as upbeat about the three-day fair: "A really good mood, great stands and excellent organisation. The optics sector seems to be very firm in refusing to be dragged down by all this talk of recession. opti ´09 was great fun, and now we have to take that good mood and communicate this message further."

opti ´10 takes place from 15 to 17 January 2010 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. The event is a reliable date in the international exhibitions calendar. In 2010 the Munich venue will be even more attractive thanks to the opening of a new entrance to Hall C1.
 
Barbara Roberts receives AO for her work in eyecare PDF
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Thursday, 29 January 2009
Mrs Roberts, of Castle Hill, recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia. She was recognised for her services to ophthalmic nursing and the establishment of ambulatory day surgery centres around Sydney.

She has also helped to establish eye units in small missionary stations in Papua New Guinea, an ophthalmology unit at Siem Reap General Hospital in Cambodia and eye-care clinics in Burma.

In addition to training ophthalmic surgeons overseas, Mrs Roberts has also trained local eye surgeons and ophthalmic nurses.
 
Safilo renews JLO by Jennifer Lopez license PDF
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Companies
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Safilo recently announced the renewal of its licensing agreement with Sweetface Fashion Company, LLC to design, manufacture, and market prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, as well as prescription eyeglass frames for both the retail and optical markets under the JLO by Jennifer Lopez brand.

The renewal is in effect until 2011 with the possibility of an extension for a further two–year period, and includes distribution rights worldwide. Safilo Group has been a licensee of the JLO by Jennifer Lopez brand since 2005. The collection is currently sold in the U.S., Canada and China.
 
Online Glaucoma check available to the public PDF
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Feature Story
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
VisionRx originally designed its patented GlaucomaCheck visual field analyzer technology for doctors, but has made it available for anyone to use on the Internet. Patients can now use GlaucomaCheck in the comfort of their own homes to test for glaucoma and/or detect neurological disorders such as stroke and optic neuropathies. According to VisionRx, GlaucomaCheck has been clinically validated by a number of independent clinical trials.

Unfortunately, GlaucomaCheck only works when you are using a Windows operating system. It is availabe at: http://www.visionrx.com/gcheck/register.asp
 
New law: solariums will have to use protective eyewear PDF
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Australian News
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Standards Australia on Sunday announced the voluntary recommendations governing the use of solariums, which are designed to cut the number of people contracting skin cancer at tanning salons. As part of the changes, unsupervised operations will be banned and people supervising sunbeds will need to have appropriate training.

Clients of solariums will have to use protective eyewear and complete a skin type assessment. Those clients with skin that always burns will be banned from using the equipment.

Under the revised standards, solariums would also be stopped from making claims of health benefits or from saying the sunbeds are safe, and client records will have to be kept for at least two years.

A spokeswoman for Standards Australia said some states were making new laws based on the guidelines to ensure operators of tanning salons adhered to the rules.
 
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