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FYSH UK January 2017 releases.

FYSH

Fashion, colors and details: FYSH UK launches 4 new styles for the winter season.

Miraflex Children’s Frames from Dibble Optical has expanded

Miraflex

The highly acclaimed Miraflex range of children’s frames has been extended to include another new collection; Flexible & Fashion.

Mykita presents the Mylon Collection 2017.

Mykita

MYKITA presents the MYKITA MYLON collection 2017 in a campaign that puts the product in the spotlight. 

ESSILOR® SUN SOLUTION™ presents 5 New SUN-TECH BRANDS to communicate their “NO ORDINARY SUNWEAR”

Essilor Sun

“No ordinary sunwear” is Essilor® Sun Solution™’s motto, calling for a new brand entirely dedicated to hi-tech innovative sun lenses for “no ordinary people” who want to break away from the norm.

New 2017 Sports Catalogue from Norville

Norville announce their new 2017 Rx sport catalogue. With every sport catered for

BLACKFIN LAMINA PLUS – SPRING/SUMMER 2017 COLLECTION.

Blackfin

Blackfin meets acetate. 
A new material teamed with the deluxe hallmark of the brand is the defining feature of a collection of spectacle frames that bring together style and innovation.

The changing face of mature fashion as designed by Stepper.

Stepper

There is a real change in the ‘mature’ frame market. Stepper, a long time stalwart of the older frame wearer, is seeing measurable and rapid movement in buyer choice.

New LA MATTA Collection: A Surprising mix of True Grit and Seduction.

La Matta

Area98 presents its new La Matta collection, the unmistakable brand designed for the modern and sensual woman who likes to stand out from the crowd 

OKIA celebrates the New Year launch of "Lace Brush".

Okia Lace Brush

OKIA, the Hong Kong-based eyewear company recognized worldwide for its patented HDA® Technology, welcomes the new year with the extraordinary “Lace Brush” collection, an authentic explosion of lights and shining details.

 

Latest News

QiO Update now LIVE.

QiO has been comprehensively overhauled for 2017 with new features

AOP launches Voices of The Profession survey panel.

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) today launches a survey panel aimed at raising the profile of optometry and eye health. The new Voice the Profession insight panel will give optical professionals a unique opportunity to share their thoughts on eye health issues.

It's Optrafair 2017 at NEC Birmingham and PHN opens Optrafair Preview pages today.

Once again PHN are proud to have been retained as Optrafair Co-Media partners. Today sees the opening of our free exhibitors preview pages where visitors will gain an expanding glimpse of the show and where registration can be made today for April 1st to April 3rd 2017.

Optegra reports on show success at 100% Optical.

Optegra“We are delighted with how the event went and it was a real pleasure to meet so many professionals in the industry....

We are now accepting post show results and publishing them on the 100% Preview Pages which will be retained during the year till the build up to 2018 100% Optical.

Join Alex Shortt at the next March 2017 BCLA meeting.

Alex Shortt

Mr Alex Shortt will be presenting the March evening meeting titled 'Cell therapy for corneal disease'


Comfort 15 Lens wins praise in Portugal.

E Eye
The No7 mini-scleral lens, Comfort 15, is proving to be the go-to lens for corneal problems in Portugal, with a number of complex cases being resolved with the British-made design.

As the record breaking show draws to a close the organisers score it 100%.

!00% Optical

The UK’s largest optical trade show, 100% Optical, dazzled visitors and exhibitors at its biggest and best show yet.

Sunday, another busy day at 100%, here's some more exhibitor comments.

E Eye

Grafton Optical’ s David Thickens reported on a very busy 2 days on his stand that has attracted much attention on the E-Eye clinical treatment instrument..... and more

Here’s a taste of some of the many lectures being given at 100% Optical.

Dr Janis Orr: A crash course in orthokeratology and Dr Denize Atan: An eye for an eye? The challenge to develop stem cell therapies for blinding retinal disorders. More added today Monday.

100% Optical raises the temperature inside with a stunning Catwalk Show.

!00% Optical

It might have been wet, cold and miserable outside but inside Excel, 100% Optical raised the temperature with a stunning show on the catwalk.

Companies Gear up for 100% Optical as Grafton Optical announces D-Eye Raffle.

See 100% Preview pages hereD-EYE

Grafton Optical announced last night that they will be offering one D-Eye to the lucky winner of a free business card raffle. Just call onto the stand and take a look at the D-Eye Smartphone Based Retinal Screening System. A new way to examine the fundus and optic nerve.(above). It allows, you to record and store images. Just leave a business card and keep your fingers crossed for the draw on Monday! Stand M12

VISION 2020 UK launches eye health and sight loss podcast.

Lord Chris HolmesVISION 2020 UK, the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration in eye health and sight loss, has today launched a podcast. 

BCLA Conference will discover there’s much more to contact lenses than simply correcting your vision.

BCLA conference

The possibility of using contact lenses to deliver therapeutic drugs direct to the eye will form an integral part of a keynote lecture looking at future alternative uses for lenses.


IACLE and BCLA launch monthly Research Updates.

Research Update is the latest resource essential to contact lens educators and practitioners worldwide, and available exclusively to International Association of Contact Lens Educators and British Contact Lens Association members.

Stepper Eyewear Ltd aquires Stepper SA.

Hans StepperTo strengthen its worldwide distributor presence, STEPPER EYEWEAR has purchased its long time trading partner in South Africa.

100% Optical prepares for a bumper British year and its just one week away, prepare for the "big one".

100% on the catwalkThe UK’s largest optical event, 100% Optical, prepares to wow visitors with its “Best of British” theme, product launches and huge savings for visitors.

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Practice Management Software

A series of briefings revised in May 2013 on the uses of practice management software:

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Contact Lens Report

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Report on Drivers' Vision

Report on Drivers' Vision: A report published by The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)

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upcoming events

For further information on any of the events listed below please go to our events page.

21/02/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - East Midlands
A highlight of the educational programme is the OCT LIVE courses, which are free to attend and taking place nationwide. OCT imaging is brought to life with real patients, who are scanned live in HD on the big screen as an illustration of the type of case the optometrist might see in practice and how that patient should be managed.

21/02/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - East Midlands
These interactive, CET accredited sessions challenge the classic case study book format and demonstrate how a multimodal imaging approach can be used in real life to assess a patientís eye. This yearís theme is macular pathology and we will be following the patient journey from the beginning (how OCT can be used to spot pathology) through to the end (referral protocol and treatment).

22/02/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - Home Counties
A highlight of the educational programme is the OCT LIVE courses, which are free to attend and taking place nationwide. OCT imaging is brought to life with real patients, who are scanned live in HD on the big screen as an illustration of the type of case the optometrist might see in practice and how that patient should be managed.

15/03/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - Home Counties
A highlight of the educational programme is the OCT LIVE courses, which are free to attend and taking place nationwide. OCT imaging is brought to life with real patients, who are scanned live in HD on the big screen as an illustration of the type of case the optometrist might see in practice and how that patient should be managed.

21/03/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - South East
A highlight of the educational programme is the OCT LIVE courses, which are free to attend and taking place nationwide. OCT imaging is brought to life with real patients, who are scanned live in HD on the big screen as an illustration of the type of case the optometrist might see in practice and how that patient should be managed.

03/05/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - Home Counties
A highlight of the educational programme is the OCT LIVE courses, which are free to attend and taking place nationwide. OCT imaging is brought to life with real patients, who are scanned live in HD on the big screen as an illustration of the type of case the optometrist might see in practice and how that patient should be managed.

10/05/2017 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture 'Double Trouble' - The Management of Sudden Onset Double Vision & ACES Peer Review

21/06/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - Home Counties
A highlight of the educational programme is the OCT LIVE courses, which are free to attend and taking place nationwide. OCT imaging is brought to life with real patients, who are scanned live in HD on the big screen as an illustration of the type of case the optometrist might see in practice and how that patient should be managed.

26/09/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - Home Counties
A highlight of the educational programme is the OCT LIVE courses, which are free to attend and taking place nationwide. OCT imaging is brought to life with real patients, who are scanned live in HD on the big screen as an illustration of the type of case the optometrist might see in practice and how that patient should be managed.

09/10/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - South Wales
A highlight of the educational programme is the OCT LIVE courses, which are free to attend and taking place nationwide. OCT imaging is brought to life with real patients, who are scanned live in HD on the big screen as an illustration of the type of case the optometrist might see in practice and how that patient should be managed.

13/10/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - International
A highlight of the educational programme is the OCT LIVE courses, which are free to attend and taking place nationwide. OCT imaging is brought to life with real patients, who are scanned live in HD on the big screen as an illustration of the type of case the optometrist might see in practice and how that patient should be managed.

07/11/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - West Midlands
A highlight of the educational programme is the OCT LIVE courses, which are free to attend and taking place nationwide. OCT imaging is brought to life with real patients, who are scanned live in HD on the big screen as an illustration of the type of case the optometrist might see in practice and how that patient should be managed.

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