Keeping your eyes healthy this holiday

Seasons greetings! As the weather gets colder everyone gets busy. Your eyes have to last you a lifetime, so taking care of them is incredibly important. Your lifestyle can cause significant strain on your eye health and can have a harmful effect on your sight, especially as you grow older. Here are some Tips to take good care of your eye health…
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100% Optical is back with a bang

100% Optical 2018, Excel, UK

Drawing in over 8,000 UK and international visitors, one of the most talked about events, 100% Optical, is again on its way to give manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers a perfect platform to launch new products and increase brand awareness within the optical market. Running on its fifth year in 2018, the show’s growing exhibitor line-up includes some of the market leaders returning to the show, plus the famed catwalk flashing the hottest frame fashion styles and latest product innovations for 2018. Read more

Amélie Morel elected President of Silmo

Amélie Morel, President, Silmo Paris

The Board of Directors of the Silmo Association, the founding proprietor of the Silmo Paris Exhibition, has unanimously elected Amélie Morel as the new Silmo Paris president.

Communications Director for the Morel company which has embodied the know-how of the French eyewear industry for more than 130 years, Amélie Morel will take the helm of this major optics and eyewear event which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The 4th generation to manage the family business alongside her brothers Jérôme and Francis, Amélie Morel received a resounding vote of confidence from the association’s Board to continue the work of promoting both the Silmo Exhibition and the industry, previously carried out by Philippe Lafont who passed away suddenly in March.

For the past 50 years, Silmo Paris has been carving out a niche as the flagship trade fair for all optics and eyewear professionals. Under the impetus of successive presidents, Silmo has developed tools and promotional platforms to support the profession: Silmo d’Or awards, Silmo Academy, Trends Forum etc. True to its dynamic and innovative DNA, the blueprint for serving the needs of the profession, Silmo Paris will continue this momentum. At its head will be an ambassador for the French eyewear sector who combines a fresh approach with an extensive knowledge of both communications and the French and international eyewear markets.

Backed by a committed, close-knit team, Silmo Paris will work hard to complete all the projects initiated, in particular:

  • celebrating the 50th anniversary of the world’s leading optics and eyewear exhibition;
  • delivering constructive innovations to ensure the exhibition remains at the cutting edge of market developments;
  • meeting the expectations of exhibitors and visitors even more effectively in terms of business, socialising, creativity, training and innovation.

At the close of the Board meeting, Amélie Morel gave a statement: “This nomination represents an honour for the Morel family, and for me in particular. It is a demanding task, one that Philippe fulfilled with outstanding devotion and professionalism. The confidence and support expressed by all Board members will enable me to continue on the path initiated by Guy Charlot and ensure that Silmo Paris maintains its position at the forefront of the major international optics and eyewear exhibitions.”

Prominent retinal specialist to feature at Optrafair

Eyezone Blog-Prominent retinal specialist to feature at Optrafair
Professor Usha Chakravarthy, Queen’s University, Belfast

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, 6 March 2017 — Eminent ophthalmologist, Professor Usha Chakravarthy, Queen’s University, Belfast, will feature on the main stage at Optrafair on Sunday, 2nd April at 11:45 am. Professor Chakravarthy is at the forefront of pioneering research including the NICOLA study, a long-term study looking at the effects of aging on the eyes which will help shape major government healthcare policies in the future.

“My lecture will explore how multimodal imaging can increase the optometrist’s diagnostic confidence and improve patient care through early disease identification” explains Professor Chakravarthy. “I will discuss the interpretation of retinal pathology using the latest fundus and OCT imaging techniques and how patients can be managed post-treatment in the community care setting.”

New optical business directory hits the web

Eyezone Blog-Optiguide launchKuwait: EYEZONE Magazine, the first optical magazine in the Middle East, has launched a comprehensive online directory called Eyezone Optiguide. It covers a whole gamut of data relevant in building optical business transactions such as a company’s basic info plus its overview, contact details, route maps, brand and product features, images, and videos, in addition to a plethora of upcoming optical shows and latest industry news. The directory has gone live on January 26, 2017 and can be accessed at

Aside from housing company basic portfolios and brand presentations, Eyezone Optiguide also publishes a chunkful of recent happenings within the optical market and are available in a straightforward, easy to use platform and search capabilities. The site serves as a helpful resource for companies in search for their ideal clients.

The listing is categorized as follows: frames and sunglasses, kids’ eyewear, ophthalmic lenses, clear and colored contact lenses, equipment, accessories, and decor. Moreover, the site offers an All In One Map for quick location-based lookup and a Help Center detailing the how-tos of the site. Eyezone Optiguide is also accessible on mobile devices and is surely promising to become a gold mine of optical business essentials worldwide.


Massive overseas visitors turnout for WOF 2016

Eyezone-WOF-2016The recently concluded 14th Wenzhou Int’l. Optics Fair, China, also known as, WOF 2016, was met with great success. According to the organizers, the total on-site transaction reached 110 million, a 10% increase compared last year. During the three-day exhibition, over 14,160 professional buyers visited the fair including an estimate of 1,000 overseas visitors from India, Korea, US, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Japan, South Africa, the Philippines, Italy, Canada, etc. The number of foreign visitors inflated and exceeded last year’s count, totaling a 22.15% increase.

Eyezone-WOF-2016As one of the top three professional optical fairs in China, WOF 2016 occupied an exhibition area of 25,000 sqm which was expanded by 25% from last year. Over 400 exhibitors from Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai, Canton, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Dongguan, Wuxi, Zhenjiang, Xingtai, Jiaxing, Taizhou, and Wenzhou appeared in the fair with exhibits covering finished glasses, equipment, raw materials, accessories, package, lens, etc. Potential buyers, along with thousands of professional buyers, attended the fair to arrange business deals and negotiations on-site.

Meanwhile, WOF also landed on the list of the 2016 Important International Exhibitions in Wenzhou, while winning in the Zhejiang Top 10 Brand Exhibitions.

Read the full report on WOF 2016 in the upcoming issue of EYEZONE Magazine.