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KAOS, colours for risk takers!

KK 427

Colour, colour and more colour! A true explosion of bold, bright colours defines the new KAOS frames, Area98’s line for children.

Grafton announces new Dry Eye products, I-Lid 'N Lash.

I Lid 'N Lash from Grafton

The products are specifically designed to enhance treatment regimens for Dry Eye and other lid margin diseases 

Kliik denmark May Releases

Kliik 620

KLiiK denmark launches a summer collection that cleverly combines eye-catching patterns, original finishes and unexpected pops of color with contemporary, clean shapes. Inspired by Scandinavian design and key fashion influences, the collection is designed for those requiring a narrow fit and smaller eye sizes.

Komono FW18 Sunglass Collection.

Komono FW 2018

Strange. Wild. Powerful. With their Fall/Winter 2018 sunglasses collection KOMONO invites you to drop the façade, lead with your personality, and show-off your true colors. After all, life is more interesting when unfiltered and uncut!

Comfort isn't a Luxury for Stepper.

Frames by Stepper

With every STEPPER frame comfort is an essential part. Fitting correctly, sitting gently and securely on the face is at the heart of every STEPPER design.

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

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The Latest News

Poppy's parents call for a change in the law that might have saved her life.

Poppy Arabella Clarke

The parents of a three-year-old girl run down and killed by a pensioner who was told his eyesight made him unfit to drive have launched a campaign to change the law.

PHN calls on the profession to act and advocate.

Vision Express reveals the line-up for its 30th anniversary Ride4Sight cycle team.

VE Charity Race
National optician launches fourth charity challenge in aid of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

Edinburgh City Council to ban advertising boards from the streets of the capital.

Sandra Wilson
The move was passed today [Thursday, May 17th] by the council’s Transport and Environment Committee. What it means to the VI population.

Proposed new NHS regional team structures, yet more change!

Proposals to integrate NHS England and NHS Improvement regional teams in the North, the Midlands and the East, follow the changes already implemented to create new regional teams for the South West, South East and London, and will create seven regions in total.

GOC announces further timetable for Education Strategy.

The GOC have announced the next stages of their Education Strategic Review (ESR). 

OC endorses NAO report on Capita/NHS England Fiasco.

The Optical Confederation wholeheartedly endorses the conclusion of an NAO report published today (17 May) that the service to primary care practitioners from Capita and NHS England has fallen a long way below an acceptable standard.

City University OpSoc enjoys night to remember.

OpSoc Ball at Cityl

105 attendees were at the very luxurious The Royal Horseguards Hotel on April 20th in Embankment overlooking the Thames.

FODO latest strategy includes calls for lower VAT.

At FODO's annual strategy meeting, the FODO Group Board and industry leaders met to review eye health needs and to plan how we will support members to expand primary and community services. 

E Anglia Co-op to sell Opticians.

As reported by BBC Look East news, the Ipswich-based East of England Co-op is selling off its opticians and pharmacies.

England Vision Strategy Conference.

Another invigorating day was attended by over 100 delegates at the England Vision Strategy Conference.

Myopia Management Course to run again this June.

Registrations are open for the latest ‘Managing Myopia’ online course, conducted by Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy, commencing on June 12, 2018. 

PHN announces revised Privacy Statements ready for GDPR May 25th Changes

New privacy statements have been published for both PHN knowledge websites,Opchat News published by PHN as well as for the public educational site Mylocaloptician.

The statements recognise the legitimate interest of the readerships in creating knowledge sites for the benefit and preservation of good vision. By providing independently sourced news and knowledge provided by recognised sources both for the professions, academia and industry in the Optical Sector as well as to its public readership in educating and encouraging better eye health. Read About Primary Health Net and About Mylocaloptician.

No7 Director celebrates 40 years in CL Industry.

Mini Scleral
No7 Technical Director Kevin Taylor, celebrating 40 years in the contact lens industry, has highlighted the increasing complexity of designs now produced routinely

London launch for World Class Glaucoma Atlas.

Glaucoma education is elevated to a new level on 7 June, when the Glaucoma Imaging Atlas is launched in London by Heidelberg Engineering.

AAO launched new Academy online CE Platform.

The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new online CE and resource platform, Academy Online. 

Essilor supports two schools.

Essilor School

Essilor and independent opticians are supporting two schools in Africa by bringing vision care to 2,000 pupils.

Asian CL meeting is opportunity for new BCLA Fellows.

BCLA Singapore
Eye care professionals have been invited to join a select group of 200 leading eye care professionals across the globe by applying to become a BCLA Fellow at the organisation’s forthcoming event in Singapore.

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

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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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13/06/2018 - Somerset LOC - South West
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26/06/2018 - Somerset LOC - South West
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27/06/2018 - Somerset LOC - South West
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09/07/2018 - Somerset LOC - South West
ACES Accreditation/Skills Workshop update

20/09/2018 - Somerset LOC - South West
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08/11/2018 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
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03/09/2107 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - South East
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