Organisers of 100% Optical have pledged to champion independent eyewear designers and manufacturers in 2023, with what it describes as “its biggest line-up ever” when the three-day show returns in 2023, from 25-27th February at ExCeL London. 100% Optical has announced that more independent frame designers have booked to exhibit this year including VAVA Eyewear, Vysen Eyewear, Salt, Nine Eyewear, Studio Optyx and Bevel, and FFIN.
Nathan Garnett, 100% Optical show director, said: “100% Optical was born out of a desire for independent frame designers and manufacturers to have a London based international show which is why independents have always been a highlight and key focus and this year is no exception. We’re taking it a step further in 2023 with a newly added Makers Corner featuring interactive sessions which shine a spotlight on unique crafters creating innovative optical designs that hero sustainability. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on this exciting new feature at 100% Optical in the coming weeks.” Visitor registration is now live for the event, which will see the delivery of the show’s biggest ever programme of education. Last month, in collaboration with the AOP, an expansive programme was announced, with around 140 CPD sessions across 11 different hubs. A new process for delegates to book popular CPD sessions was also revealed, with bookings from January and priority access given to delegates registered in advance. The first phase of the education programme is now live with further sessions to be released later this month and in December. 100% Optical sessions will include keynote lectures, discussion workshops, peer reviews and interactive poster trails. Key themes and topics entail myopia management, advances in clinical imaging, including the role of artificial intelligence, and dry eye disease with content commissioned to meet the needs of all practitioner types.