The developments, challenges and successes which have taken place in optical manufacturing over the last decade have been brought together and compiled in a new book published by the FMO.
The UK Ophthalmic Industry in the 20th Century title includes technical and political developments and highlights how they have influenced optics.
Jointly authored by optical journalist Shelagh Hardy and past Essilor director Jacques Desallais, the book concludes with present day innovations of titanium single-piece spectacles, free-form technology and computer advancements.
Ms Hardy commented: “Charting the history from Clerkenwell and Hatton Garden, where the industry really evolved from the jewellery trade, the book seeks to show how the industry developed. Key highlights include the influence of the NHS; the advancement from bifocals to progressives and the mid-80s move from a largely glass lens market to predominantly plastic.”