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Be Eco-Friendly and Fashionable! Discover The New “Rebirth” Collection by Okia!

Okia's Rebirth

Always committed to research and innovation, OKIA - the Hong Kong-based eyewear company celebrating its patented HDA® Technology’s 10th anniversary this year.

OLIVIERO CONTINI COLLECTION: Timeless Style in a new Concept.

Oliviero Contini

OLIVIERO CONTINI – historic brand by Area98 – introduces its new frames dedicated to glamorous women and career-oriented men, today’s icons of a sober and unconventional style.

Mykita introduces Highsnobiety.

Mykita Highsnobiety

To mark its ten-year anniversary, Highsnobiety teams up with MYKITA for a limited edition sunglass frame.

Basto Outdoor Rx Goggle - BS102 from Norville.

Basto 102 Goggle

Norville introduces the Basto Outdoor Rx Goggle. The Basto outdoor goggle is a unisex polarised eyewear ideal for cycling: available in black, blue or silver colours.

Manhattan Collection new from TD Davies.

Manhattan Collection from TD Davies

Tom Davies launching new ready-to-wear and limited edition collections.

Wearable Futurism from Mykita Mylon.

Mykita Mylon Hybrid

MYKITA MYLON introduces HYBRID, a new eyewear concept defined by classic shapes in a progressive material mix of gleaming stainless steel and matt laser sintered MYLON. 

INVU Sunglass Collection for Kids and us Big Kids!

Invu sunglasses

The INVU 2016 kids' collection has the ultimate polarised lens technology, with every frame supplied with 100% UV400 ultra-polarised lenses, resulting in quality glare-free vision. See also the new adult collection.


Stepper's col code

Komono - the Belgian watches and sunglasses brand globally known for its unique combination of fashion details and quality production - launches KOMONO X TOMORROWLAND, 

Unlocking Stepper's Colour Code.

Stepper's col code

When it comes to sophisticated colour coordination used in conjunction with hi-tech material combinations, Stepper frames continue to pioneer with exciting new designs.

Branded Sunglasses now included in Norville's Sunwear Catalogue.

Blitz Kids are happy earers

Featuring 29 new designs, the branded sunwear collections of Barbour, Barbour International and Duck & Cover offer the latest looks with great quality frames. 


Reduce your water usage with the new Duo Filtration unit from Mainline.

Blitz Kids are happy earers

Mainline Optical Connections announce the launch of their latest filtration systems. 









AOP’s journal Optometry Today wins national award.

AOP Award

The AOP’s journal, Optometry Today (OT) has won a prestigious national award at the MemCom 2016 Awards. The journal scooped the ‘Best Professional Association or Royal College magazine’ accolade, announced at a ceremony.


Ocuco User Group Webinars announced.

Ocuco Laptop WebinarAfter the success of their online user group meetings, Practice Management Software (PMS) provider, Ocuco, have now scheduled a series of monthly advanced training webinars... 


‘Early bird’ ticket deadline looms for BCLA Asia.

Myopia management, presbyopia and dry eye will come under the microscope during the first ever BCLA conference in Asia.

ABDO College appoints three new Trustees.

ABDO College trustees serve for a maximum of eight years. As three members of the ABDO College board of trustees complete their term of office, three new trustees have been appointed following a round of interviews.

Royal Society of Medicine cancels Sensory Loss Lecture Day.

The RSM has had to cancel a very full day of lectures on sight and hearing, the patient journey and the desire for better commissioning, detection and management of sensory loss.

Norville announces revolutionary WECO C.6.



The most intelligent power tool in your workshop, says Norville.


The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) to present the 2016 Jill and George Mertz Fellowship to Dr. Pauline Kang.

AOF is excited to present the 2016 Jill and George Mertz Fellowship to Dr. Pauline Kang, an optometry graduate and faculty member of the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Vision Aid Overseas to incorporate Optometry Giving Sight fundraising in the UK.

Optometry Giving Sight and Vision Aid Overseas are very pleased to announce that the vision care charities have entered into a formal agreement whereby Vision Aid Overseas will, from now on, take over Optometry Giving Sight fundraising activities in the UK.

AOP reports record growth of 6% in 2015.

The Association of Optometrists’ (AOP’s) Annual Report 2016 highlights another record year of growth for the organisation.

News from General Optical Council.

Council approved draft guidance on consent and on the duty of candour. Registrants and other stakeholders were particularly keen to receive extra guidance in these two areas and the GOC will now consult on the drafts.Full meeting report.

Shamir and Transitions back TV Campaign with Scratch Card Promotion.

Shamir Scratch Card Scheme

Shamir UK is working with Transitions to offer a fantastic range of lifestyle adaptive lenses now with voucher rewards scratch card scheme

FODO leads the way in its determination to get things moving.

FODO ready for any storm

In yesterday's (Tuesday May 10) FODO AGM it was made clear that FODO intends to act as the "engine room " for change in Optics. Their members have the muscle and the commitment to drive an agenda forward.


Lynda Oliver Chair FODO

Lynda Oliver, in her second year as FODO Chair, opened the AGM proceedings by promising that FODO, FODO Ireland and NCHA members would continue to be the driving forces for progress and change across the optical and hearing sectors.


New BCLA Student Ambassadors are unveiled.

The latest group of BCLA student ambassadors has been unveiled, helping to raise the profile of contact lenses at universities across the UK and Ireland.

FODO Launches ‘RISK-BASED’ CET AND CPD Training Packs in the UK and Ireland.

Prof. Stephen Taylor FODO has launched the first in a series of peer discussion training resources focussed on the highest areas of risk in front-line clinical practice.

GOC announces Education Strategic Review.

The General Optical Council has set out plans to review education in the optical sector.

FODO Board held an “Away Day” Strategy Meeting.

FODO Board held an “Away Day” Strategy Meeting recently prompted by the gathering sentiment for action regarding the urgent need to improve the profession's ability and legislative changes to provide the service that's required.

GOC to look beyond the norm.

GOC prioritizes the need to reveiw Education in the Optical Sector.

AOP success in unprecedented legal case to protect the profession.

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has intervened and championed practitioners in an unprecedented legal battle based on unfounded NHS England claims.

Space station vision checking comes to Keynsham for the first time.

ISS Eye ExamNorville Opticians has brought the same technology to its newly relocated premises in Keynsham’s High Street as is being used by Tim Peake and his colleagues to make regular checks on their vision.

Call for Abstracts - Academy 2016 Anaheim Scientific Program in November 2016.

The Scientific Program Committee of the American Academy of Optometry invites the submission of abstracts for Academy 2016 Anaheim, to be held Wednesday, November 9 through Saturday, November 12, 2016. 

The Business of the Myopia Epidemic.

Ashley Pepper No 7

Myopia amongst UK children has doubled in the past 50 years, and youngsters are becoming short-sighted at a younger age, reveals the most recent report into the much overlooked health issue.

ESSILOR opens Young Eyes in double education mission.

Castle Scholl at Essilor

Lens manufacturer Essilor has embarked on a pioneering education mission with neighbouring schools, screening students to raise eye care awareness while helping them learn how to design and build telescopes










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06/06/2016 - Beds LOC - Home Counties
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14/06/2016 - UK Vision Strategy - London
The day will feature four streams and four corresponding workshops on: Ageing and sight loss: improving later life for people with sight loss Diabetes and preventing blindness: the challenges and solutions to successfully managing diabetes and diabetic eye screening Children and young people: education and inspiration Science and technology: saving sight and social inclusion, what next?

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sight and sound loss: detection and management in a community setting

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Birmingham LOC AGM 18.15 Buffet 19.00 AGM

03/10/2016 - Thea Pharmaceuticals - London
one day conference includes a multitude of lectures, peer discussions and workshop streams. Delegates can pick and choose which sessions they attend allowing them to create a bespoke training programme. 150 per delegate.


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