Our Spring 2009 issue was not large enough to include all the anniversaries that we wanted to mark, so this Spring 2010 issue contains the rest of the articles promised.
We begin with a preface by our new Director General, Hubert Sagnières, and his message of hope for the future.
Then one of the first Chairmen of Essilor in 1972, Anatole Temkine, looks back over the 160 years of the founding company of our Group.
Then comes an article by a pillar of modern optometry in the USA, Dr Irvin Borish plus an article by a young American optometrist on their reciprocal experiences with Varilux in the USA.
Philippe Alfroid looks back over the thirty year history of Points de Vue magazine, from the first issue in French, created in 1979 by Jacques Mur, through to the magazine that is currently available in four bilingual versions, French/German, English/Spanish, English/Mandarin and English/Brazilian Portuguese. I would like to take this opportunity also to mark the twenty years of work done by Andréa Chopart on the production and development of Points de Vue.
Mo Jalie looks back at his loyal cooperation as a member of the Scientific Reading Committee - it's been 15 years already!
As promised in the spring of 2009, we also have an article by the French astronaut, Patrick Baudry, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Man on the Moon.
Continuing with our tradition of a scientific, medical article, Professor Julián García Sánchez from Madrid depicts the need for early screening for glaucoma, a disease which unfortunately seems to be increasing in step with the improvement in our living conditions.
Within the context of community links, André-Dominique Négrel reports on progress made with actions undertaken by the Organisation for the Prevention of Blindness in several underprivileged regions of the world.
Quacoe Wossinu Senanu, from the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.), describes for us the means used by seniors today in countries where visual correction is not always easily available.
N.Venkatesh Prajna, from the Indian institution, Aravind, shows how the principle experimented with in India can be reproduced in other countries.
To bring this celebration of Varilux's fiftieth anniversary to a close, and with the help of our correspondents working in subsidiaries, Marie- Sophie Blondeau, Ishikawa Mitsuyo, Christophe Birades and Christine Neuweiller, we bring you reports from Rumania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Japan, Korea and Switzerland.
In the article by Hervé Cordier discover one of the latest anti-reflection products from Essilor.
To conclude this very special issue n°62, Igor Viktorovic Zimin from Russia gives us a glimpse, in a first section, of "The eye of the last Tsar of Russia…
Finally, for this new year 2010, we are delighted to welcome to our Scientific Reading Committee, Dr Clifford Brooks, a member of the faculty of the School of Optometry at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, USA. Dr Brooks spent two years as a visiting professor in Cologne and is the author of several books on optometry and optics.
EDITORIAL N°62 by Marc ALEXANDRE
Medical scientific file
Sorin Müntz • Romania
Marius Donkin • Bulgaria
Janec Gobec • Slovenia
Masayoshi Kajita • Japan
Yong Gun Kim • Korea
Maurice Deller • Switzerland