Tokai are the Japanese manufacturers of ophthalmic lenses which are now available to independent practices in Britain following the creation of Tokai Optical UK.
Most ophthalmic businesses pride themselves in giving the very best, sometimes more advanced technology to their patients. Tokai offers, what is claimed, to be the thinnest lens with a 1.76 index option and the distributors are hoping to build links with small businesses which offer more advanced technology options.
As managing director of Tokai Optical UK, Leigh Smith has been quoted as saying that the market is becoming increasingly aggressive, proving that it is difficult for independent opticians to set themselves apart from the rest. Long term, this can affect profits. What Tokai Optical UK hope to do is assist these opticians in differentiating themselves from the high street chains and give them the ability to offer something truly different with the newly designed and manufactured 'tiny lens'.
This new 1.76 lens is suitable for transitions, and is available in a range of curved bases, is tintable and offers up to 85% absorption.