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NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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.

WESTGROUPE introduces new KLiiK Denmark merchandising program.

KliiK Display
WestGroupe announce the launch of all new merchandising and point of sale material for the KLiiK denmark brand.

Introducing our 2017 INVU collection at Norville.

INVU

Whilst retaining the best sellers in the range, this season contains over 25 new models encompassing the very latest trends,

Simply Sartorial Stepper.

Stepper

Where are men’s eyewear fashion trends heading? Stepper’s response to this question is to take classic elements from the past, apply technology and hi-tech materials to deliver innovative and stylish eyewear that can be worn by any man.

BARBERINI EYEWEAR: 2017 New Collection Preview from Venice.

BR 1608 Barberini

It's the eve of a new era: Barberini Eyewear’s collection has been enriched with new shades 

SC405, The first Ski Goggles designed by WOODONE.

WoodDone Ski Goggle

WooDone – the brand of eyewear made of wood that takes its inspiration from the breathtaking Dolomite mountain scenery – expands its product line with the launch of SC405

Mykita presents "All The Wild Things".

Mykita "All the Wild Things"

MYKITA presents the new collection via a series of personal portraits featuring a line up of mixed characters photographed by long-time collaborator and friend of the MYKITA HAUS

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICISM from RYE&LYE The Spring/Summer 2017 preview.

Rye and Lye

The combination of luxury materials and sophisticated design are the underlying assets of Elvida and Medea, two women’s SS17 eyewear styles

Ben36 .... upside down! from OKO by OKO.

Orasis

Faithful to its identity, to its signature and to its name,

 

Latest News

New report makes recommendations on the future of collaboration in the eye health and sight loss sectors.

Shaping the futureThe UK Vision Strategy has published the ‘Shaping the Future Report’, following a six month evaluation and consultation project to inform future collaborative work in the eye health and sight loss sectors.

Results of the College of Optometrists’ Council election are announced.

The College of Optometrists has today announced the names of its newest Council members.

College of Optometrists launches new framework to support the profession’s supervisors.

The College of Optometrists today launched its first ever Competency Framework for Supervisors for those supervising trainees in the College’s Scheme for Registration.

Final Countdown to 2017 AOP Awards.

With just under two weeks to go until the AOP Awards 2017, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is encouraging patients and practitioners to get behind this year’s finalists by securing their place at the prestigious event. 

Grafton Optical bring new ideas to place on your consulting room table at 100% Optical.

D-Eye OphthalmoscopyGrafton Optical will be showing new and proven types of equipment that will differentiate your clinical work and techniques from others and provide your patients with confidence in your skills at 100% Optical this February.

100% Provides up to the minute Show Guide preview

You can catch up on all the latest show news on 100% Optical by clicking here

GOC Registration Renewal process opens for 2017/18

Optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses can renew their annual General Optical Council (GOC) registration now for the year beginning 1 April 2017. 

Take part in a Scleral Lens Survey?

On behalf of the Scleral Lens Research Group the BCLA would like to invite you to take part in their survey.

Shamir UK celebrates the New year with a new campaign and certification of the BS EN ISO 9001: 2015!

Published in September 2015, the ISO 9001: 2008 has been revised and renamed: ISO 9001: 2015. 

Shamir UK has been certified a year early

Breaking News today (Monday 16th) Essilor and Luxottica to merge.

Frame and sunglass, manufacturers and sellers; and Essilor a leading lens manufacturer both with global brands are to merge in a 46 Billion Euro deal.

Vision Aid Oversees announces a new CEO.

Vision Aid Overseas are delighted to announce that Nicola Chevis will become the charity’ s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) taking over from outgoing CEO Nigel Wilson in March 2017.

Contamac readies itself for the most important launch of its most anticipated product in 2017.

Contamac, are Platinum sponsors at this years Global Specialty Lens Symposium to be held in Las Vegas this month.

Are kids really that tricky? BCLA meeting tackles challenges treating corneal problems in children.

Sunhal Sha

The challenges facing optometrists when treating corneal problems in children will come under the microscope during the BCLA’s first meeting of 2017.

 

GOC suspends Norfolk Optometrist.

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has suspended....... 

GOC announces new appointments to its statutory advisory committees.

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today appointed 14 new members to its four statutory advisory committees.The committee members will provide expert advice on key areas of the GOC’s work, ensuring that it accounts for the realities of a diverse range of optical practice.

Gareth Hadley reappointed as Chair of the GOC.

Gareth Hadley GOC

Gareth Hadley has been reappointed as Chair of the General Optical Council (GOC). His second four year term will begin on 18 February 2017 and will run for the next four years until 17 February 2021. 

Last chance for entering the Opticians Awards for 2017.

You are running out of time to enter this year's Optician Awards - the deadline will close on Monday 16th January.

Eyecare Conference and Exhibition organisers announce 3 year's of CET points allocation available in 2 days.

The Eyecare Conference takes place in Glasgow on the 22nd and 23rd of January 2017, a Sunday and Monday.

Optrafair 2017 ONE DESTINATION. ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES.

Make you stay in Birmingham easy, convenient and memorable. 

LOOK Vision, creator of French fashion frames announces arrival at 100% Optical.

LOOK has 5 brands : NEW MAN, LE TANNEUR, LE DUCAT, XENITH and GEORGES RECH...full story here

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VAT

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

VAT Briefings Introduction

VAT FAQs

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

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Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum

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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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upcoming events

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

31/01/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - London
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.

31/01/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - London
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).

04/02/2017 - Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis - London
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.

06/02/2017 - 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.

08/02/2017 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture - 'Double Trouble' - The Management of Sudden Onset Double Vision & ACES Peer Review

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.

recruitment

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

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