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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.

New Superlite Frames from Norville.

Norville Superlite

The Superlite collection introduces 14 new frames to its 2016 range, now making 54 current models in all. 

Introducing Summer of Sport and The Rock Star Campaign by Eyespace.

Rock Star banner

With The ‘Road To Rio’ And UEFA Euro 2016 Now Well Underway, Multi-Award Winning Frame Supplier, Eyespace, are embracing The Summer Of Sport with a Promotional Campaign for their Children’s Rock Star Brand,

Stepper brings "Light Relief"

Stepper 50124

It is Stepper’s technical know-how that has allowed the brand to continue to excite with new and innovative patterns and colourings to embellish its ‘oh-so-comfortable’ frames.

Blackfin introduces New Styles for Summer 2016.

Norman by Blackfin

Innovation, style and glamour sum up the new models from Blackfin, the latest additions to the Spring/Summer 2016 eyewear collection. 

"VINTAGE KICK" for the two creations by LA DOLCE VITA.

Tevere by La Dolce Vita

’60s and ’70s allure comes back with two exclusive eyewear models.

Spektre launches a new RX Collection for 2016.

Memento by Spektre

Spektre, the Italian eyewear brand that with its sunglasses has won over bloggers, designers and top models around the world, debuts on the international market with the collection of prescription frames.

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.


Latest News

FODO and NCHA support Deafblind Awareness Week (27 June – 3 July).

Sister organisations FODO and the NCHA have joined together to back Deafblind Awareness Week in the UK, focusing on the role community eye and hearing health professionals can play supporting people with dual sensory loss.

Chair of Vision Care for Homeless is clothed of the Livery.

Elaine Styles

Elaine Styles, Chair of Vision Care for Homeless People and a practicing London optometrist, is proud to have been Clothed in the Livery of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.

Topographers for Dry Eye are in demand at BCLA.

Medmont at BCLA

Interest in treating dry eye has brought brisk demand for the new Tear Film Surface Quality video module of the Medmont topographer for No7.

Vision UK 2016 encourages expanding horizons to meet the challenges ahead.

The eighth annual Vision UK conference took place in London on the 14 June. ‘Vision UK 2016: Expanding Horizons’ pushed the boundaries for implementing the UK Vision Strategy nationally

First SPECTRALIS OCT2 with OCT angiography installed in Belfast.

Heidelberg OCT2

The UK’s first SPECTRALIS OCT2 with OCT Angiography Module* has been installed at Queen’s University in Belfast.

"Expanding Horizons" A day at the Vision UK 2016 Conference.

Read about the day, the new collaboration and connect to the main discussions.

Ageing and Sight Loss, a mainstream debate brought about by collaboration with Age UK.

Read about the facts, discussions and the goals set to improve the Nation's Eye Care.

Vision UK discusses Diabetes and Preventing blindness at conference.

There are reported significant variations on the treatment people with Type 1 and Type II diabetes receive as well as variations in outcomes across the country.

Vision UK Children and Young People Report.

Reported goals for the day discussed by delegates at the Vision K Conference.

Vision UK Science and Technology Report.

There is a growing interest in the future of science and technology from all and a need to understand the impact the changes could bring. 

Eye health and sight loss professionals crowned at the Vision Pioneer Awards.

Eye health Summit

The Vision Pioneer Awards 2016 were held the evening before the main Conference event to celebrate the outstanding work of professionals in the eye health and sight loss sectors across the UK.

Fuss Free Phones Partners with RNIB to help Blind People stay connected.

Fuss free phones

Charity partners with Fuss Free Phones to offer service that enables blind or partially sighted people to easily place and receive calls, send and receive text messages and use the internet.

CCGs urged to tackle backlogs at eye health summit.

Eye health Summit

Commissioners must help “radically redesign” eye health services for the benefit of patients, the first-ever NHS eye health summit was told last week.

"Brave New World" beckons for contact lens industry.

A new generation of eyecare professionals have a ‘golden opportunity’ to grow the contact lens industry.Statistics from the first ever BCLAUK conference revealed that....

EzFit No Block Ophthalmic Lens Edging for small labs and stores.

EzFit No BlockPresented for the first time at Mido 2016, EzFit No Block – the latest and revolutionary compact machine developed by MEI – has met with a huge market success in just a few months.

GOC to consult on Candour and Consent guidance.

The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation on draft guidance on its standards relating to obtaining valid consent and meeting the duty of candour. 

10,000th Spectralis "Hits the market"

Heidelberg OCT 2

The 10,000th SPECTRALIS® diagnostic imaging platform has been delivered to French retina specialist, Dr. David Sayag at his private practice near Paris.

Optical Confederation supports Diabetes Week

The Optical Confederation is pleased to support National Diabetes Week (12 -18 June), an annual UK-wide initiative devoted to increasing awareness of diabetes and raising money to help fund research.

FMO announces plans to link with MA Group for Optrafair till 2020.

FMO is delighted to announce that it has contracted with the Mark Allen Group to manage Optrafair to 2020. 

New AOP resources to promote Children's Eyehealth.

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has launched a range of new resources for its members to help raise awareness of the importance of children’s eye health.

Bambooka in Partnership with VAO.


Vision Aid Overseas and Eyewear Africa Ltd, the exclusive non-profit distributor of Bambooka sunglasses are pleased to announce a new charitable partnership. 

American Optometric Foundation announces “The 2016 Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Programme Recipients

The AOF announce the 2016 Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care program recipients

Festivals and contact lens wear... Top tips and seven kit essentials.

With June heralding the start of the summer music season and almost 750 UK festivals planned this year, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) has issued advice for contact lens users on caring for their eyes during the festival season.

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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

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28/06/2016 - Barnet, Enfield & Haringey LOC - London
Barnet, Enfield & Haringey LOC AGM 19.00 AGM

29/06/2016 - Somerset LOC - South West
Somerset LOC AGM & CET

30/06/2016 - Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LOC AGM

30/06/2016 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - AGM/Lecture

07/07/2016 - Birmingham LOC - West Midlands
Birmingham LOC AGM 18.15 Buffet 19.00 AGM

20/07/2016 - Santen Ltd - South West
Nuffield Health Referrer Education Event: Ophthalmology Evening. Speaker Mr Philip Jaycock 'Update on the Management of severe Dry Eye' and Mr Mike Potts - 'Blepharitis Meibomitis and Evaporative Dry Eye'

14/09/2016 - Somerset LOC - South West
Somerset LOC Meeting

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

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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