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The MYKITA + MAISON MARGIELA collaboration welcomes a new style to the RAW collection.


The characteristic keyhole nose bridge of the RAW collection is taken to the extreme in MMRAW004.

Optinet claims the lead in e transmission in Scotland.

Optinet for e transmission

Optinet, the IT services division of the National Eyecare Group (NEG), has become the first practice management system (PMS) provider in the UK to enable optical practices to successfully submit GOS1 (General Ophthalmic Services) claims via the NHS Scotland e-Ophthalmic Payments System. 

Dana Buchman adds 4 more styles.

Beezus by Buchman

Dana Buchman has launched four new frame designs to the collection.


Mykita Jiro

The MYKITA MYLON collection welcomes two new styles: JIRO & LEVANTE.

The Charm of the Middle East ~ Coco Song.

Lost Star from Coco Song

The Coco Song eyewear line is enriched with three new sunglasses.

Mad in Italy, New Capsule Collection Inspired by Futurism.

Zucca from Mad in Italy

The glasses of the third millennium are coming. Dynamic design with magical forms and contrasting colours

Budri Eyewear, the project explained by its creators.

Budri creators

Gianmarco Budri and Valerio Cometti join forces for the exclusive eyewear model in ultra lightweight marble.

Mykita establish two new models.

Mykita SIRU

SIRU on the runway at Milan and the new MAISON MARGIELA MMESSE012

Correction – Protection – Prevention with Essilor’s new Eye Protect System™

Eye protect by Essilor

Essilor is launching Eye Protect System™ this summer, a lens innovation designed to protect against harmful light* and make eye protection accessible to all.

Shamir explains New and Unique progressive lens technology.


Shamir incorporates four unique technologies into the latest progressive lens designs, which results in much greater fields of vision at all viewing distances, less distortion and crucially a softer lens design. 

Silhouette brings Botanical Beauty to Eyewear.

Accent Flora

Silhouette steps into summer in style, with the launch of the new Titan Accent Flora Edition eyewear collection.


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Essilor to Protect consumers from counterfeit lenses.

Essilor and BBC Wales

Leading lens manufacturer, Essilor UK, has been part of an investigation into counterfeit sunglass lenses with BBC Wales’ X-Ray.

AOF announces travel grants.

The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) announce the recipients of the 2016 AOF Student Giving Matching Travel Grant Program. 

New primary eye care framework is an obvious choice for CCGS.

Richard Whittington

LOCSU has welcomed the publication of the new Primary Eye Care Framework for eye health services.

The new, expanded Commissioning Team is urging CCGs to play their part in helping to reduce avoidable sight loss by implementing the whole system eye care pathways

ABDO appoints Nick Walsh as Sector Skills Development Officer.

Vision 2020

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has announced the appointment of Nick Walsh in the newly created position of Sector Skills Development Officer (SSDO).

Optegra Eye Healthcare announced as headline sponsor of Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize 2016.

The College of Optometrists has announced today that Optegra Eye Healthcare will be the headline sponsor of Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize 2016.

GOC suspends Bristol Optom.

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for opticians, has suspended Arminder Panesar, an optometrist based in Bristol, from its register for a period of four months.

Vision 2020 hosts Dementia and Sight Loss day.

Vision 2020Over 200 delegates from the vision impaired and dementia sectors came together at an event in Birmingham this week.

Actor, Ben Miles, a patron of VCHP speaks about the charity.

ben miles
"Vision Care for Homeless People is an organization that I am very, very proud to be associated with," said Ben Miles. "For many years now, VCHP has been quietly, constantly, providing........

Boots opticians climb African mountain for Charity.

Boots on Mountan for VAOOn Thursday 16th June 2016, twelve employees from Boots Opticians embarked on a once in a life time experience to Tanzania to climb the great Mount Kilimanjaro.

NHS National Commissioning Framework for Hearing Services.

First ever NHS National Commissioning Framework for hearing loss promises to be a breakthrough for people with reduced hearing in England.

GOC appoints new interim Director of Resources.

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Mark Webster as its new interim Director of Resources, replacing outgoing Director Josie Lloyd.

College announces new Prescribing Competency Framework.

A new, updated and restructured Competency Framework for all Prescribers has been published today (14 July) by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) after collaboration with the College of Optometrists, all the prescribing professions, and patients. Download within story.

Grafton celebrates the arrival of Summer.

With our Great British weather providing mixed emotions, Grafton Optical have released their “Summer Special Offers”

Optometrist Honey Rose guilty over Vincent Barker death.

Honey Rose

Locum Optometrist for Boots Opticians in Ipswich has been found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter in a case that is the first of its kind involving an Optometrist.

College extends information in Member media alert on Honey Rose Case.

Members will probably have read media reports of the verdict of the case of Honey Rose, an optometrist who has been convicted of gross negligence manslaughter today at Ipswich Crown Court.

AOP comments on Regina v Honey Rose concluded case.

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is aware that AOP member, Ms Honey Rose, has been convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in the case of Vincent Barker.

Ilford-based optometrist erased from GOC register.

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for opticians, has erased Ricky Patel, an optometrist based in Ilford, from its registers. 

100% Optical proclaim Brexit as a neutral issue on the sector and show.

100% Optical

We see Brexit as a neutral issue for both the sector and our show, and it even presents an opportunity. The fact that London is both a major fashion capital and a truly European city, makes it so appealing.

American Academy of Optometry Announces 2016 Award Recipients.

Each year the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless contributions to advancing the profession of optometry. This year, the Academy is pleased to recognize six international awardees from Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom and South Africa.

VISION 2020 UK call for nominations for the Astbury Award 2016.

Vision 2020VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration and co-operation between organisations with an interest in eye health and sight loss, are calling for nominations for the Astbury Award, named for former VISION 2020 UK Chair and inaugural recipient Nick Astbury.


OC Responds to "Laissez-Faire Challenge" from Optician News Magazines on Capita's Failure.

Response to articles in Optician, 'Standing up for what is right' and 'Capita's failure to pay contractors has reached the point of scandal' which were probably first brought to our attention by the AIO in a letter they sent to the Minister for Health and reported by PHN in June 2016.

Dwight McKenzie to leave Optical Confederation.

Dwight MckenzieDwight Mckenzie has left his role as the IT Policy Officer for the Optical Confederation this week, taking up a new job in local government.

Primary Health Net confirmed again as Co-Media Partners for Optrafair 2017.

Optrafair 2017The Organisers of next year's Optrafair 2017, FMO/Mark Allen Group, this week confirmed that PHN through its Opchat news pages and LOC websites will be Co-Media partners through to the post show analysis next April.

Shamir launches Spark Mi Competition.

Shamir Spark MiShamir announces that between 1st August and 31st of October, any appointment booked with one of their area lens consultants receives an entry into a prize draw to win a Spark Mi,

Urgent Demand for overhaul of sight services to those with Learning Disabilities.

SeeabilityEye health experts have called for a national scheme of longer, tailored sight tests for people with learning disabilities who are more likely to suffer problems or need glasses.

Myopia Control set to rise with Professional Recognition.

Claire and Hannah Ranger
Overnight vision correction with tailor-made contact lenses for myopia control is set to increase as the UK’s leading optical organisations recognise the role of Orthokeratology, or Ortho-k

Eyespace announced as PWC Business Awards Finalists.

Eyespace award from PWC

Championing the best of British industry, frame supplier, Eyespace, have been shortlisted for the prestigious uk private business awards in the ‘rising star of the year’ category. 

Eye Health Sector intervenes to stop patients losing sight.

Warnings that hospital initiated delays and cancelled follow up appointments are at crisis point, putting patients' sight at risk, have led to a new cross-sector initiative to release pressure off the hospital eye services by treating more people in the community

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upcoming events

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

06/09/2016 - Heidelberg - Home Counties
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26/09/2016 - Heidelberg - Home Counties

28/09/2016 - Heidelberg - Home Counties
OCT in the Community Operation and Interpretation Course

29/09/2016 - Somerset LOC - South West
ACES Peer Review Session

02/10/2016 - Heidelberg - Yorkshire and the Humber
OCT Live

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.

06/10/2016 - 14th Intern. SPECTRALIS Symposium (ISS) - International
14th Intern. SPECTRALIS Symposium (ISS)

06/10/2016 - Heidelberg - Home Counties
OCT Hands On

06/11/2016 - NEG Independence Day - West Midlands
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For further information on any of the jobs listed below please go to our recruitment page.

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