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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. 

Vibe reminds all, that Spectacles are not seasonal! In winter as well as in summer they are worn all over the world.

E Block from VIBE

Movie and music stars especially love to wear them: they give an intellectual look, a sophisticated allure and a unique charm. Here is the Eblock B-SIDE VIBE collection

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.



Latest News

Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund Celebrates Golden Anniversary As Applications Open for Student Travel Bursaries

IAMF student dispensingThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund. Ahead of the milestone, the Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund (IAMF) and Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) are inviting optical students to apply for the 2017 bursary.

Call for papers ahead of BCLA conference.

Eye care professionals have been encouraged to submit proposals for a series of educational courses, lectures and workshops to be held at next year’s BCLA conference.

BCLA Meeting will tell practitioners ‘the future is in your hands’

Eye care professionals will be 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.

Valeant Appoints Zoetis’ Paul Herendeen as CFO.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has named Paul Herendeen as chief financial officer, replacing Robert Rosiello, the company announced Aug. 22

Over 4000 optometrists, doctors and nurses sign letter on web resource showing concern on the Honey Rose prosecution.

It was revealed in the Letter Page of the Times Newspaper (Saturday 27th August) that over 4000 signatories have been provided on a web resource for those interested in the implications for patient care. See letter report and web link.

Forgan, concludes time at top with Waterside.Bob Forgan

Optical veteran Bob Forgan has relinquished his position as joint Managing Director at Waterside to allow more time for personal projects in both the UK and USA,

Honey Rose sentenced today. AOP publishes media statement. Honey Rose is an AOP member.

VAO event

In a "first of its kind" case where jurors found Honey Rose, a locum optometrist working for Boots Opticians in Ipswich, guilty in less than two hours of consideration, sentence has been passed today.

Contamac are featured on the Company Profile Pages on PHN following an extensive tour of their facility in Saffron Walden.

Back to school with Blitz
PHN's editor Bob Hutchinson was invited to take an extensive tour of the purpose built facility built for Contamac last year.

Specs online or purchased in practice, which is best asked the College?

Results published of first ever study comparing spectacles bought online with those bought in optometry practices.

TxCell appoints Biogen’s Dr. Olivier Danos, pioneer in gene therapy for neurological disorders, to its Scientific Advisory Board.

SAB now composed of four world-leading immunology experts, including Prof. Zelig Eshhar, who recently received the Novartis Prize for Clinical Immunology.

College of Optometrists maintains fees for seventh year while providing an increased range of benefits.

More than 15,000 members of the College of Optometrists will benefit from a fee freeze for a seventh consecutive year. During this time the membership offering has increased considerably, with the annual number of CET events offered more than doubling, enhanced access to clinical advisers and increased efforts to improve public trust and confidence in the profession.

Back to School, with Blitz Kids.

Back to school with Blitz

Getting ready to go back to school is always hectic.

A new poster has been developed for the OWB Fund.

In an effort to raise their profile a new poster for the Optical Workers’ Benevolent Fund has been designed recently.

Essilor UK sponsors charity cycling event.

VAO event

Essilor have once again agreed to sponsor this year’s Cycling for Sight event which is now hosted by the charity Vision Aid Overseas (Incorporating Optometry Giving Sight UK).

No7 Promotes Topography at Regional Events.

Promoting the use of topography for all contact lens fitting, and particularly Ortho-k, is the key message from No7 at its forthcoming events –see dates here

Somerset-based dispensing optician suspended from GOC register.

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for opticians, has suspended Adrian Pardoe, a dispensing optician based in Taunton, Somerset, from its register for a period of three months.

Andy Sanders, New Chair of FMO Standards Committee.

Andy Sanders
FMO announce that Andy Sanders has been appointed as the new Chair of the FMO Standards Panel.


Essilor broadens online footprint in Europe by acquisition of MyOptique Group.

Essilor has entered into a definitive agreement to make the acquirement of MyOptique.

Is the “change process re-engineering with the internet market” encouraging the larger manufacturers to bypass our traditional manufacturers, wholesalers and eventually the retailer?

The Essilor story above continues a year of their acquisition that show a determination to get closer to the retail coal face. PHN asks if this is good for our industry.

Optical Confederation members not satisfied by NHS England response re; Capita.

LOCSU and the Optical Confederation have demanded to meet NHS England after an exchange of correspondence following continuing problems with the Primary Care Support England service provided by Capita. Read OC's and NHS England responses.

Contamac Announce Platinum Level Sponsorship of the Scleral Lens Education Society.

SLES As manufacturer of the Optimum® line of GP materials, we are pleased to announce our commitment to support the Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS) with Platinum level sponsorship of the organisation.

VISION 2020 UK announce WESC Foundation as a new member organisation.

VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration and co-operation between organisations across the eye health and sight loss sectors, has announced WESC Foundation - Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment, as a new member organisation.

ADASS updates position statement on vision rehabilitation in collaboration with VISION 2020 UK and RNIB.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, a charity that promotes high standards of social care services and influences social care legislation and policy, has updated its position statement on vision rehabilitation.

SVUK 16 announce conference titled “Into the Future”, with help from Shamir.

SVUK Sportvision and Schoolvision announce their annual conference “Into the Future“ on Sunday, 9 October at the Hilton East Midlands airport hotel.

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26/09/2016 - Heidelberg - Home Counties

28/09/2016 - Heidelberg - Home Counties
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29/09/2016 - Somerset LOC - South West
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02/10/2016 - Heidelberg - Yorkshire and the Humber
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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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