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INSPECS to show new Superdry at SILMO 2016.


The Superdry models are the latest design range to be highlighted on the PHN SILMO Preview pages. 

You've Been Framed! ... You have now with Silhouette's New Full Frame Ranges.

Urban Lite

Enjoy Perfect Framework with Silhouette’s Urban LITE Collection or Step into the future in gorgeous retro style, with the launch of Silhouette’s Urban Fusion collection.

The NEW Riboflavin based eye stain from Mainline Instruments.


Introducing Droptest. Using Riboflavin as its active ingredient, rather than the Fluorescein used in many other brands, 

Fashion statement with Mai–Zee spectacles.

Mai Zee

With the London fashion week just round the corner, it’s nice to be aware of the latest fashion trends. Keeping on top of fashion can be difficult, especially when styles change so regularly.

Optoplast Actman Eyewear unveils new designs for Reykjavik Eyes Black Label and Oasis.

Optoplast Bragi

New season frames have just been released by the Optoplast Actman Eyewear Company, exclusively for award-winning titanium eyewear collection, Reykjavik Eyes Black Label and high street fashion brand Oasis.

NEG welcomes Rendia Rebrand.

Rendia Rebrand

The National Eyecare Group (NEG) has welcomed the rebrand of its patient education software partner, Eyemaginations, to become Rendia. 

New acetate BIZ9 joins the BIZ Collection.

BIZ 9 from OKO

Chromatic comminations never stop fascinating the OKO house which plays on visual material effects thanks to the acetate which opens up many opportunities.

Heritage Revival, the Ogi 7161

E Block from VIBE

Ogi Eyewear, designer of handmade luxury optical frames, announces the release of its latest men’s style: the 7161.

Logical Luxury from Stepper.

Stepper EX 40014

Men’s frame choice can often seem like simply ‘ticking boxes’. However, offering a frame with clear and valuable benefits to the target audience can make the frame selection process more engaging. 


Latest News

BCLA meeting tells practitioners ‘the future is in your hands’

BCLA LectureEye care professionals were given a glimpse into what lies ahead in the world of optometry and contact lenses and told ‘The Future is in Your Hands’ at a meeting in London.

Area98: direct distribution growing in Europe.

Area98 strengthens its distribution in a number of European countries; the project is part of the company's growth plan that aims to consolidate the direct presence of its collections in the most strategic markets of the eyewear industry.

Neg teams up with clearlab for #wickedwindows halloween competition.

The National Eyecare Group (NEG) has teamed up with Clearlab to offer its members a ‘wicked’ incentive to spice up their practice window displays for the upcoming Halloween celebrations.

American Optometric Foundation announces the 2016 Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. “Innovation in education” grant recipients.

The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., announces the 2016 Innovation in Education Grants recipients. 

Hearing loss pilot scheme 'put on hold' in Northern Ireland.

David Hewlett

A pilot scheme aimed at cutting waiting times for hearing loss appointments in Northern Ireland has been put on hold.

2016 BETA SIGMA KAPPA (BSK) Research Fellowship recipient announced.

Anna Ablamawicz

The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) in collaboration with Beta Sigma Kappa International Honor Society, is pleased to announce Dr. Anna F. Ablamowicz, OD, FAAO, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, as the 2016 recipient of the Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) Research Fellowship.

AIO welcomes results of Which? Members survey.

Independents best once again," says AIO.

LOCSU announce facilitated online induction training.

Starting on 3 October 2016, LOCSU is offering facilitated induction training for LOCs, using our online platform Noddlepod. 

VISION 2020 UK announce Astbury Award winner.

Astbury Award

The winner of the 2016 Astbury Award has been announced this week at a ceremony at The Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians in London.

Optrafair 2017 Registration Now Open!

Optrafair is back at the Birmingham NEC next year for an even bigger and better show. Don't miss out on booking your FREE ticket for the original optical exhibition.

University of Salford is the setting for this year’s Annual Hospital Conference.

The Second Annual Hospitals Conference 2016 boasts a variety of outstanding speakers from across public, private and charity sectors.

Inaugural BCLA Asia hears of ‘huge opportunities’ to grow contact lens usage.

BCLA AsiaThe first ever conference of eye care professionals organized by the BCLA in Asia has heard of the ‘huge opportunities’ available to grow the industry in the region.

Sinead Burns appointed to GOC Council.

GOC Chair Gareth Hadley welcomed the announcement, saying: “I am delighted to welcome Sinead to Council. Sinead brings a wealth of experience of healthcare and public protection.....

College of Optometrists welcomes nearly 400 visitors through its doors as part of Open House London.

The College of Optometrists opened its doors to visitors once again as part of the Open House London event on Sunday 18 September.

Optical Confederation backs National Eye Health Week 2016.

The Optical Confederation is throwing its support behind National Eye Health Week (NEHW) 2016, highlighting the importance of taking care of your eyes and the need for regular sight tests for all.

Yes, it is currently on this week.

PHN visits College's Bitesize event at Wembley and BCLA Meeting in Central London.

210 delegates and their enthusiasm came as a real breath of fresh air to the observer of many conferences before. The Holiday Inn buzzed with expectation of attendees, so many delegates many of a younger age too.

Fourth successful Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize event delivered with highest attendance yet.

The fourth Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize was delivered in Wembley, London, yesterday attracting the highest number of attendees at the event to date.

VISION 2020 UK holds round table event on Certificate of Visual Impairment.

VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration between organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector, has brought together senior representatives from health, social care and the voluntary sector at an event at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London.

Re-estrification of omega-3 supplements enables rapid response to dry eye symptoms & improves patient outcomes.

A new study reveals that high quality omega-3 supplements significantly improve tear osmolarity, tear break up time (TBUT), MMP-9 and OSDI symptom scores1. 

Progress, continuity and change at the top at LOCSU.

LOCSU’s board has announced important changes to the organisation following its quarterly meeting today.

Payment Service rescue plan must delivers, says optical leaders.

Optical sector leaders have made it clear to NHS England and Capita that the latest plan to turn around the ophthalmic payments service must not fail.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine releases Landmark Vision Study Report.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) has released a comprehensive vision study report titled, “Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health.”

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Latest Briefings

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We have a series of briefings revised in May 2013 on VAT:

VAT Briefings Introduction


Paying Too Much VAT Out of Net Profits?

Advantages of Stock Modules for VAT

Practice Management Software

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

Practice Management Software: Introduction

Practice Management Software: The Basics

Practice Management Software: Advanced Briefing

Practice Management Software: The Paperless Practice

Improving Business Strengths

Go to our Improving Business Strengths Briefing

Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum

Go to our Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum Briefing

Contact Lens Report

EUROMCONTACT Contact Lens Report

Report on Drivers' Vision

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

The Bribery Act

The Bribery Act: Optical Confederation Guidance


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A guide to your LOC on the web

Ophthalmology Outpatient Tariffs 2013/14


upcoming events

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

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 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
LOC Meeting

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

03/11/2016 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Peer Discussion, Spectrum Thea

03/11/2016 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Peer Review

06/11/2016 - NEG Independence Day - West Midlands
Heidelberg OCT Live


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

Company Mountford Opticians Category Optometrist
Date To Start As soon as possible Employment Full Time
Location West Salary Negotiable

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