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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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70 Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Biomedical and Ophthalmic Optics Innovative Eyewear in Berlin Brandenburg Excellence in ophthalmic optics Nowhere else the connection between optical components and treatment of eye diseases is closer than in ophthalmic optics. Rathenow, after all, was the cradle of the German optical industry. More than 210 years ago, Johann Heinrich August Duncker invented the multi-grinding machine here. Today, approx. 1,300 people work in this field in Rathenow. The town is home not only to global player Fielmann. Moreover, more than 25 small and medium-sized enterprises are active in optics. About 1,000 people work at Fielmann AG in Rathenow. The eyeglass company is the parent company of Rathenower Optik GmbH and runs a production and logistics centre in the town. In two-shift operation, more than 19,000 eyeglasses are delivered per day on average and more than 56,000 orders are processed. But Rathenow is also defined by its smaller, specialised companies. For example, OPTOTEC Optotechnischer Gerätebau GmbH, which specialises in the manufacture of ophthalmic optics devices. And those who enjoy the luxury of exclusive products will be at home at such Rathenow companies like MOM GmbH, where titanium eyeglass frames are manufactured using state-of-the-art laser technology. Ophthalmica Brillengläser GmbH & Co KG grinds a wide range of plastic and mineral eyeglass lenses. Obrira Optik Rathenow offers a variety of special lenses: from magnifying glasses to telescopic lenses and mirror glasses to refraction lenses. Another Rathenow specialist in special lenses is SOLIRA Sonderlinsen GmbH Rathenow. It also supplies high dioptre thicknesses and offers various special types of grinding. German and Japanese styles come together at Aoyama Optical Germany GmbH. Each year, this frame supplier sells around 300,000 pairs of glasses, not only in Germany, but also in the Scandinavian countries, and Eastern and Central Europe. The frames are manufactured in Japan (titanium) and Rathenow (acetate). SuperVista AG, the operator of the website, is based in Wildau and attaches great importance to offering great value for money. In Berlin, too, there is a lot of ophthalmic competence. The start-up-friendly climate has led to a number of start-ups that are now operating successfully on the market. ic! berlin brillen gmbh manufactures and sells screwless glasses and sunglasses in Berlin with a team of 140 employees (as of 2016). The worldwide success is impressive, so much that one in eight spectacle wearers in Taiwan now wears an ic! Berlin frame. Like ic! Berlin, MYKITA GmbH was also founded in 2003. The brand offers a screwless eyeglass frame now sold in 80 countries. The company’s headquarters with 400 employees (2016) is in Berlin-Kreuzberg, where designers, opticians, marketing strategists, and technicians work in their eyewear factory. In 2016, they were able to set a new milestone in eyeglass production with the integration of 3D scanning and additive frame manufacturing.

Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Biomedical and Ophthalmic Optics 71 Rayner Surgical GmbH is located in Adlershof. Rayner is a British company and the only manufacturer of intraocular lenses in the United Kingdom. In Berlin, Rayner operates a sales and marketing office for the German and Austrian market. Rayner develops and manufactures intraocular lenses and proprietary injector systems for use in cataract surgery. When Sir Harold Ridley developed the world’s first IOL in 1949, he chose Rayner to manufacture his groundbreaking invention. Thanks to the screwless joint, glasses can be disassembled and reassembled in seconds by hand and without additional tools (current world record is 3.3 seconds). © ic! berlin brillen GmbH Individual design is also the focus of Mister Spex GmbH. Mister Spex claims to be the largest online seller of eyewear in Europe. With its own optician workshop and a partner network of over 500 local opticians, the online optician offers all the advantages of online and in-person shopping from a single source. Diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases There is hardly no area in medicine and life sciences in which companies or research institutions in Berlin are working on. The broad range of competencies and its excellence reflects the dynamics of the region. Scientists are already working on future technologies to enable those with diseases to be cured by pushing the limits of what is feasible. Carl Zeiss Meditec AG is also a major player in the field of surgical ophthalmology in Berlin. At its Berlin site, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG develops and manufactures intraocular lenses (IOLs) that are implanted in patients to restore vision during cataract surgery. A new training centre for cataract surgeons has also opened here. The examination and diagnosis of eye movements and the corresponding disorders provide important information on various diseases in addition to ophthalmology. The Chronos Eye Tracker (C-ETD) from CHRONOS VISION GmbH enables a comprehensive analysis of all three rotatory eye movements. In refractive surgery such as Lasik procedures, precise real-time measurements of the eye position are required. During the laser operation, the eye position determined by the eye tracker is transmitted to the laser control system in order to optimally achieve the intended lens correction. Due to the very fast tracking, the result of the intervention is optimised and the treatment time is shortened in the patient’s favour. Oculentis GmbH, for example, specialises in intraocular lenses, artificial corneas that are implanted in the event of illness. Applications for the lenses, marketed under the Lentis name, include such diseases like cataracts, corneal curvature, and presbyopia. Since its foundation in 1995, the family-owned company has made an international name for itself with its innovative ophthalmological products.

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