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New blink® triple action eye drops bring relief to sufferers of dry-feeling eyes.
BLACKFIN –SILMO 2017 PREVIEW, Parisien Eyewear Show this Autumn.
BRANDO to relaunch Phillipe Chevalier at SILMO 2017
Norville Opticians gets on it’s bike for Keynsham in Bloom.
AAO’s provide public information of upcoming Total Eclipse across the States on August 21st.
Usain Bolt in training for last appearance.
Blackfin in Lajatico with Andrea Bocelli at the “Teatro del Silenzio”
Are screens hurting my child’s eyes? AOP produces the answer.

New blink® triple action eye drops bring relief to sufferers of dry-feeling eyes.

Blink Triple Action dropsAn estimated 68% of us suffer from some form of eye irritation such as dry-feeling, tired or itchy eyes.*

Now there is a new eye drop available to help bring lasting relief, new blink® Triple Action eye drops from Johnson & Johnson Vision.

Air conditioning, central heating and hours sitting in front of a computer screen with a reduced blink rate can play havoc with the eyes.

Hormonal changes are also a factor in a problem which many people rarely mention to their Eye Care Professional.

Help is available with these intensive eye drops which combine two soothing moisturisers with protective liposomes and Vitamin E.

Unlike some other eye drops new blink® Triple Action eye drops support all three layers of the eyes’ tear-film – helping soothing away feelings of dryness and irritation, boosting the eyes moisture levels and then helping to lock-in this moisture for greater protection.

Together this triple action formula helps to supplement and stabilise the tear-film.

Convenient to use and suitable for contact lens wearers, the drops can be used at any time throughout the day.

Ask your eyecare professional today.

*Johnson & Johnson Vision commissioned survey of 1000 consumers, 2014

BLACKFIN –SILMO 2017 PREVIEW, Parisien Eyewear Show this Autumn.

BF 797Blackfin is looking forward to the autumn with a new collection displaying the very essence of the brand, eyewear with that unmistakeably strong personality that is in its DNA.

These models ooze style and tell the story of this brand of titanium eyewear, a story of passion, of quality, of people and places, embodied in the concept of neomadeinitaly representing the identity of the firm.

BF 797One of the new features of this collection is the colouring of the front as in the model Pleasant Bay BF797.

This spectacle frame is the first to have the colour of the front applied at an angle of 45°.

The rigorously angular design of the top rim offset by the softer curves of the lower part and the large lenses create an up-to-the-minute look that sets the trend.

The generous proportions of the highly polished eye rims are emphasised by the original colours – sulphur yellow or cloud white with details in polished titanium, or opaque black with details in seagull wing grey.

BF 797Blackfin eyewear is entirely conceived, designed and produced in Italy by Blackfin.

BF 797If the Made-in-Italy concept is a fixed point, neomadeinitaly is our strong point.

Our heritage from the past and our respect for the beauty that surrounds us guide our code of ethics.

All Blackfin eyewear is made of the purest titanium in the world using a production process that for us is a true ritual.

BRANDO to relaunch Phillipe Chevalier at SILMO 2017

Phillipe Chevallier

Brando has announced plans to relaunch iconic French eyewear brand Phillipe Chevallier, with a new collection to be unveiled at SILMO 2017.

Phillipe Chevallier himself has shared his extensive archive of original designs, sketches, prototypes and photography with the Brando team to be drawn upon in the revival of his namesake brand. Phillipe Chevallier joins Brando’s expanding portfolio of outstanding eyewear and accessories design.

Originally a jewellery designer in Paris, Phillipe Chevallier began to design eyewear in the late 60’s during the creative boom of the free love movement, a time of cultural revolution.

He swiftly gained notoriety for the unique creations he handcrafted for the runways of French Fashion houses Lanvin and Pierre Cardin, amongst others. His avant-garde flair is credited for introducing
the concept of couture eyewear.

Having sealed his reputation as an influential eyewear createur, he went on to launch his eponymous brand in 1968 focusing solely on women’s acetate sunglass frames. Phillippe Chevallier frames were photographed by the likes of Guy Bourdain and collected by Sir Elton John.

These vintage frames now sell at auction for up to $50,000, making them some of the most valuable in the world.

Says Michael Jardine, Brando’s Founder and CEO, “As a long-time collector of vintage eyewear I acquired the trademark for Phillipe Chevallier some years ago, so it is a great pleasure to be able to announce that we are introducing this influential brand back onto the market. We have worked alongside Phillipe to capture the joie de vivre of the original brand in the forthcoming collections.

Reimagining such significant designs has been an incredible journey, and we are looking forward to sharing the results with the eyewear community at SILMO and beyond.”

Brainchild of private collector Michael Jardine, Brando’s Chief Dreamer and a veteran within the eyewear industry, Brando was born out of the desire to create a platform to celebrate some of the most important eyewear designers from the past as well as current influencers.

Using original archives as inspiration, two of the world’s most influential eyewear brands, Serge Kirchhofer and Philippe Chevallier are revived and reimagined.

In addition, the legendary Alyson Magee who designs and controls her own collections, and renegade design genius Yohji Yamamoto’s eyewear collection also find a natural home in the new incubator of exceptional design that is: Brando

The result: newly designed collections emerge, combining the ethos and influence of the original with fresh perspectives, which are then realised in the highest-level production houses available in the world. Jardine’s dream is brought to life by honouring truly inspiring talent in the realm of art, design and eyewear thus creating his own legacy for eyewear enthusiasts of tomorrow.

The new Phillipe Chevallier collection will be exhibited on the Brando Eyewear booth at SILMO 2017, the French Parisien Eyewear Fashion exhibition in hall 5 - 5d 140, 6-9 October.

Norville Opticians gets on it’s bike for Keynsham in Bloom.

Beth BraceyNorville Opticians in Keynsham near Bristol has adopted a bike as part of the town’s first Great Bike Trail.

Running for four month’s across the summer the Keynsham in Bloom Community Group’s initiative seeks to promote the environmental interests of the whole town by placing florally decorated bikes at more than 60 locations around the town enabling people to follow the trail and admire a fabulous display of blooming flowers and plants.

In adopting the bike Norville Opticians undertook to keep it fed and watered throughout the period.

Pictured here is Norville Opticians Keynsham Practice Manager and Dispensing Optician Beth Bracey making sure that their flowers are looking at their best.

AAO’s provide public information of upcoming Total Eclipse across the States on August 21st.

Learn How to Photograph an Eclipse Without Damaging Your Eyes or Your Camera

Eye care professionals encourage amateur shutterbugs to be aware of the damage they can do to their eyes

Total Sun Eclipse

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Optometry are teaming up to offer tips on how to safely photograph an eclipse. On Aug. 21,

Americans of all ages will come together to witness a single, inspiring event – a total eclipse of the sun. The last time anyone saw the sun disappear in the United States was in 1979. But there is one thing that sets this month’s total eclipse apart from others: Smartphones. Millions of ordinary people are expected to use smartphones and digital cameras to photograph this eclipse.

Eye care professionals are concerned that first-timers might train their cameras on this phenomenon, unaware of the damage they can do to their eyes.

The most important safety tip to remember is to never look directly at the sun. Viewing the sun directly, even for brief periods, can cause permanent damage to the retina and result in blindness. Your eyes need specially designed solar eclipse glasses, and your camera needs a specially designed solar filter.

“Before pointing your camera at the sun, you need to get a special-purpose solar filter and put it over the camera lens,” said Russell N. Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “Never look at the sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter, and injure your eyes. Also, do not use solar eclipse glasses to look through a camera, binoculars or a telescope. The sun can melt the filter and damage your eyes.”

With all these restrictions, is it worth trying to take a picture?

Ralph Chou, OD, MSc, FAAO a professor emeritus of optometry and vision science at the University of Waterloo, says that with a little effort and preparation, you can make good photos.

Dr. Chou has spent a lifetime eclipse chasing. This month’s will be his 19th total eclipse.

Dr. Chou connects his DSLR camera directly to a telescope so that the sun fills the entire frame. Watch this video to see how he has perfected his technique over the years. No matter what kind of camera you own, one or more of the following techniques can be used to shoot a solar eclipse:

• Buy a solar filter or modify your eclipse glasses to function as a solar filter for your smartphone. Cut your glasses in half and tape one eyepiece over your smartphone camera lens.

• Take the filter off during totality. Totality is when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face. The path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. Unless you're in the path of totality, keep your solar eclipse glasses on throughout the eclipse.

• Use a tripod to keep your camera stable.

• Use a remote trigger. With a remote, you can adjust settings and shoot the photo while keeping your camera stable.

• Practice. Take photos just after sunset during twilight to get an idea of what the light levels will be like during totality.

• Shoot photos of the moon to learn how to manually adjust the focus on your camera. Tap the screen and hold your finger on the image of the moon to lock the focus. Then slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure.

• A telephoto lens system is a must-have for eclipse photography with a smartphone. There are zoom lenses for smartphones designed solely to provide magnification without resorting to digital zoom.

• Try the pinhole effect. This eclipse effect is easily captured with point-and-shoot cameras. Use a straw hat or a kitchen sieve and allow the sun’s shadow to fall on a piece of white cardboard placed several feet away. The small holes act like pinhole cameras and each one projects its own image of the eclipsed sun.

Make sure you purchase solar eclipse filters and glasses from reputable manufacturers. There have been reports that some companies are selling counterfeit products labeled as if they conform to international safety standards

Usain Bolt in training for last appearance.

Usain Bolt

As Usain Bolt trains for his weekend appearance we chase him down wearing MYKITA.

The Jamaican 'Blitz' captured during a rare training break at Munich Olympiastadion.

The sprinting legend and world record holder wears HYBRID model OAK from the MYKITA MYLON collection.

{Picture credit: Usain Bolt twitter @usainbolt}

Blackfin in Lajatico with Andrea Bocelli at the “Teatro del Silenzio”

Andrea Bocelli

Lajatico, the home town of Andrea Bocelli, is set to host the traditional annual concert in the atmospheric Teatro del Silenzio (Theatre of Silence), now in its twelfth year.

The concert, which will take place on Thursday 3 August, is entitled Il Canto della Terra (The Song of the Earth). Once again, Blackfin will be in attendance, alongside the famous tenor, to lend its support to this wonderful project.

“It is an honour and a pleasure to be able to continue this partnership, which goes from strength to strength every year. We are delighted to support the projects of Andrea Bocelli and the Teatro del Silenzio. It is clear demonstration of the mutual respect between us, the Maestro and all his team. We are always thrilled to be involved in this event!” – says Nicola Del Din, CEO of Blackfin.

As well as presenting the performers with complimentary personalised glasses, during the interval the video of the Blackfin 2017 communication campaign, shot on Mount Etna, will be shown on the maxi screens. This dramatic, breath-taking landscape is true to the theme of the concert: the Earth.

The concert is intended as a journey of languages and words which, while appearing to be worlds apart, can actually come together in chorus to embrace the whole world.

The performers who will take to the stage with Maestro Bocelli include the baritone Leo Nucci, the tenor Matteo Bocelli, the Sonia Franzese Choir and the Children’s Choir of Haiti.

The orchestra will be conducted by Marcello Rota and stage direction is by Luca Tommassini.

The stage is set in Lajatico for the dress rehearsal on Wednesday 2 August at 9.00 pm, then on Thursday 3 August at 8.15 pm for the concert, which is already sold out.

Are screens hurting my child’s eyes? AOP produces the answer.

80% of optometrist’s report worried parents when it comes to screen time

School summer holidays arrive this week, with children across the UK thrilled at the prospect of six long weeks staying up late, pyjama days watching cartoons and copious hours glued to their phone or tablet – much to the dismay of their parents.

With more screen time firmly on the horizon, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is advising four simple steps that parents can take to make sure their child’s eyes stay healthy this summer.

Tips for keeping children’s eyes healthy

1. Get them outdoors – regular play and exercise can help prevent or reduce the development of myopia (short-sightedness). Studies show two hours of outdoor activity a day is ideal[i]
2. Use night settings – using night settings, if your device has them, may help children sleep by reducing the amount of blue light given off by the screen during night-time hours
3. Switch off – make sure digital devices are turned off at least an hour before bedtime
4. Book a sight test – children should have a sight test every two years, from the age of three, or more often if your optometrist recommends it

Optometrist and AOP spokesperson, Ceri Smith-Jaynes, explains: “A big worry for parents is the amount of screen time their children will have over the summer as watching TV and playing computer games fills up more of their days, as well as their evenings, during the holidays. Research from the AOP, shows us that more than 80% of optometrists have seen parents, in the past month, that have concerns about screen use damaging their children’s eyes.”

Reassuring parents, Ms Smith-Jaynes said: “There isn’t clear scientific evidence that indicates screen use damages eye health but we do know that long periods of time carrying out near tasks, like reading on screen, can cause eye strain and other symptoms like dry eye and headaches – so it’s important that children take regular breaks.” Commenting on what parents can do to help protect their child’s vision, she added: “Do get your children playing outdoors as much as possible and make sure digital devices are turned off at least an hour before bedtime – to help them settle down before sleep. Remember, your optometrist should be your first port of call if you have any concerns about your child’s eyes; they can assess if there is a problem and provide helpful advice.”


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