By Martin Burns
Final preparations are being made ahead of one of the key events in the eyecare calendar next month – Opti '11 in Munich, Germany.
The trade fair sees vision specialists from across the planet come together to discuss industry affairs and new developments, with experts in contact lenses, glasses and research and development set to be in attendance.
Speaking ahead of the event, Dieter Dohr, chief executive and president of organiser GHM Gesellschaft fur Handwerksmessen mbH, told Optometry Today that he is eagerly awaiting contributions and exhibits from the likes of Safilo, Zeiss and Hoya between January 28th and 31st.
He told the website: "Once again more than 430 companies are expected in Munich from all areas of the industry to exhibit their lenses, frames, contact lenses and low vision products."
A recent contact lens industry development occurred at St Andrews University, where experts developed a new technique which involves separating the meta-atoms from the substrate they are constructed on and stacking them together to create a flexible material.
Called Meta-flex, the material is almost invisible and could lead to the perfect contact lens, the experts claim.
by Martin Burns