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Optometry Giving Sight Launches Operations in Mexico PDF
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Mexico Launch OGSLeaders from the Mexican optometric and optical industry came together to celebrate the launch of the global not-for-profit organisation "Optometry Giving Sight" in Mexico at an exclusive event at the MELIA Hotel in Mexico City.

Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses. It funds sustainable eye and vision care projects in underserved communities in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

"Refractive error blindness and impaired vision is one of the greatest public health problems in the world and Mexico is no exception - with 44% of the population of 110 million lacking access to eye health services," explained Dr. Juan Carlos Aragon, Global Chair of Optometry Giving Sight. "In Mexico our focus will be the development of more, and improved, schools of optometry and the development of the required infrastructure to ensure that Mexico has the necessary human resources to tackle this growing public health problem."

"Thanks to our strategic alliance with the Devlyn Group, we will launch our global fundraising campaign here in 2014 and collaborate to raise funds for projects in Mexico," said Christina Sanko, Country Manager for Optometry Giving Sight. Lic. Patrick Devlyn, General Director Devlyn USC said that there is a large unmet need for more qualified optometrists to support the needs of the Mexican population and that he recognized and supported all efforts geared towards improving this circumstance.

"The world is changing; so is Mexico as a country," he said. "In the Devlyn Group, we are committed to meet the changing needs of our customers to provide access to high quality eye care and in ensuring that our staff is able to provide the care required. Our strategic alliance with Optometry Giving Sight is an important strategy for us to lead and contribute to the mobilization of resources in Mexico to support this. I personally urge all players in the industry to join this new and exciting initiative and show their affection for the Mexican population’s well-being."

 
UK's Online Retailer MyOptique Group Announces New Funding PDF
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Wednesday, 08 January 2014

MyOptiqueGroup logoMyOptique Group, UK's online optical retailer, selling prescription glasses (Glasses Direct, MyOptique), sunglasses (Sunglasses Shop) and contact lenses (LensOn), recently announced it has secured £8 million in investment and appointed a new Chairman to bolster its aggressive international expansion plans.

The round was led by existing investors Acton Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Index Ventures, who were joined by new investors Cipio Partners and GP Bullhound Sidecar, and will be used to fund both further growth and potential acquisitions. Joining as Chairman is Maurice Helfgott, founder and Chairman of Amery Capital, the leading advisor and investor company to digital, retail and consumer businesses, current Senior Independent non-executive director of LSE-listed Moss Bros and former Marks & Spencer Main Board Executive Director. Jamie Murray Wells steps down as Director and Chairman following the sale of the majority of his shares to Cipio Partners.

The MyOptique Group includes several market-leading sites in the online optical market and was rebranded from Prescription Eyewear Ltd earlier this year to reflect that it is now a full service optical provider across all key categories. Launched originally in 2005 as Glasses Direct, which offers a high service, excellent value proposition for prescription glasses, it acquired Sunglasses Shop, Europe’s largest premium online sunglasses retailer, in 2011. A year later the group launched MyOptique.com, a highly curated premium optical boutique, and also acquired LensOn AB, the leading online contact lenses retailer in Northern Europe. The company has also developed two leading eyewear brands, London Retro and Scout, which are the fastest growing brands on Glasses Direct and which will be further developed as part of the expansion plans.

 
Opening Eyes Program at Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games PDF
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Monday, 09 December 2013

Opening Eyes ProgramThe Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games, held from November 30th to December 7th 2013, has brought together 32 nations from across the Asia Pacific region. Over 2,500 athletes and carers, 6,000 officials and supporters from overseas and interstate and 200,000 spectators converged on the Newcastle-Hunter region for the duration of the Games. Over 4000 local volunteers were recruited to make the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games possible.

A key initiative that has been conducted during the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games is the Healthy Athlete Program. Athletes partaked in the program across the duration of the Games. People with intellectual disabilities are at a greater risk of developing certain health problems, such as obesity, diabetes and heart conditions, than the general population. The Healthy Athlete Program actively encourages better healthcare and lifestyle choices for Special Olympics athletes. The program has seen volunteer health professionals administer free health screenings and services at major competitions. These services were offered across a variety of health disciplines, including podiatry, optometry, audiology and dentistry.

One of these conducted services, called The Opening Eyes program, is a vision and eye health screening initiative in partnership with the Lions Clubs International Foundation. With the help of volunteer eye care professionals, Opening Eyes provided Special Olympic athletes with prescription eyewear, sunglasses and sports goggles.

 
Silmo d'Or 2013 Winners Are... PDF
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Friday, 27 September 2013

Silmo d'Or 2013The Silmo d'Or winners for 2013 have just been announced as:

 

CATEGORY « VISION »

Lenses

BBGR « Intuitiv » Hall 6 C 058-068

 

Contact Lenses

COOPERVISION « MyDay » Hall 6 J 103

 

CATEGORY « MATERIAL / EQUIPMENT »

NIDEK « ARK-1s » Hall 5 L 044

 

CATEGORY « LOW VISION »

ESSILOR « Prodigi Duo » Hall 6 FH 084-096

 

CATEGORY « CHILDREN »

SEAPORT « KILT 03 » de Façonnable Hall 6 F 083

 

CATEGORY « OPTIC FRAME »

DITA EYEWEAR  « Thom Browne TB-011» Hall 5 N 096

 

CATEGORY « SUNGLASS »

FACTORY900-AOYAMA « Fa-1111 » Hall 5 M 109

 

CATEGORY « SPORT EQUIPMENT »

JULBO « Tensing Flight » Hall 6 B 014

 

CATEGORY « FRAME TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION »

CIDI « 3MOMI Tech » Hall 6 F 020

 
Silmo 2013 Opens Its Doors Today PDF
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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Silmo 2013Silmo 2013 opens its doors today and will be held from Thursday, 26th to Sunday, 29th September 2013 in Paris. Organised by optics manufacturers belonging to the SILMO Association, the SILMO trade show features exceptional know-how made available to optics professionals. The location for the exhibition is this year at Paris Nord Villepinte near the international airport Charles de Gaulle.

Every autumn in Paris, timed to coincide with Fashion Week, the major international gathering of the optics and eyewear industry brings together close on 75,000 professionals (visitors and exhibitors) in a 77,000 m² exhibition area, hosting 950 businesses, 130 of these exhibiting for the very first time, and 1,350 brands from all over the world. This year's trade fair is all about creativity, fashion, design and expertise. The one thousand or so brands being showcased offer lines and styles adapted to all the markets, needs and wishes and constitute an exhaustive overview that will be a source of stimulation for opticians and buyers from all over the world.

 
Silmo d'Or 2013 Nominees Announced PDF
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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Silmo d'Or 2013Silmo, the optical trade show which will be held from 26 September to 29 September in Paris, has just announced the Silmo d'Or nominees for this year. Created in 1994, Silmo d'Or is a label of quality and originality which rewards the inner values of the profession: technological innovation and creativity. The Silmo d'Or nominees for this year are as follows:

 

CATEGORY « VISION »

Lenses

BBGR « Intuitiv » Hall 6 C 058-068

ESSILOR « Crizal Prevencia » Hall 6 FH 084-096

NOVACEL “SymbioZ”Hall 6 DF 013-023

 

Contact Lenses

COOPERVISION « MyDay » Hall 6 J 103

CVE « UltraHealth » Hall 5 H 051

 

CATEGORY « MATERIAL / EQUIPMENT »

 

ACEP « Smart Mirror Mobile» Hall 5 G 033

NIDEK « ARK-1s » Hall 5 L 044

NOVACEL « Master RPGA » Hall 6 DF 013-023

 

CATEGORY « LOW VISION »

 

ACCES’SOLUTIONS « i-loview super HD » Hall 5 F 052

ETEX « Pebble HD » Hall 5 F 039

ESSILOR « Prodigi Duo » Hall 6 FH 084-096

OLLENDORF « Visu Plus 10 » Hall 5 J 030

VISIOLE « Véo » Hall 5 F 051

 

CATEGORY « CHILDREN »

 

INFACE « IF 9001-02 » Hall 5 G 089

JF REY « JOSEBA » Hall 5 L 107-113

KARAVAN & Co « Monsieur Madame MM0015 » Hall 5 Q 065

OPAL « Tartine & Chocolat AA249 » Hall 5 R 043

SEAPORT « KILT 03 » de Façonnable Hall 6 F 083

 

CATEGORY « OPTIC FRAME »

 

DITA EYEWEAR avec « Thom Browne TB-011» Hall 5 N 096

HAPTER avec « A01L » Hall 5 P 136

KAME MANNEN avec « KMN-701 » Hall 5 G 134

MASUNAGA avec « Masunaga GMS Limited 2013 » Hall 5 F 093

SUGIMOTOKEI avec « KS52 C-4 » Hall 5 B 065

 

CATEGORY « SUNGLASS »

 

DITA EYEWEAR « Thom Browne TB-701 » Hall 5 N 096

FACTORY900-AOYAMA « Fa-1111 » Hall 5 M 109

FEB31st « ISAAC 48000 » Hall 5 L 139

KUBORAUM « H1 » Hall 5 M 066

UNDOSTRIAL- Lucas de Staël « Once Upon a time … » Hall 5 M 125

 

CATEGORY « SPORT EQUIPMENT »

 

GRASSET Associés « Magnesium P5560 » d’ Eden Park » Hall 6 G 068

Groupe LOGO « Fury » de SALOMON Hall 6 J 028

JULBO « Tensing Flight » Hall 6 B 014

MAUI JIM « Hot Sands » Hall 6 K 080

 

CATEGORY « FRAME TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION »

 

CIDI « 3MOMI Tech » Hall 6 F 020

IC! BERLIN « Julius » Hall 5 D 073|5 C 084

MARIUS MOREL « Var» Hall 6 C 042

PQ EYEWEAR « Angel » Hall 5 L 131

W-EYE WOODEN EYEWEAR « King Eider » Hall 5 B 089

 
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