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Shamir unveils new Close Up™ Technology.

Close Up by Shamir

The daily activity of looking at a digital screen and dealing with up close tasks has become increasingly popular in the modern-day world, meaning the eyes are frequently converging. Read on:

Grafton Optical announce the launch of the D-EYE™ ImageSelect™ App upgrade.

D-Eye  by Grafton

Exclusively available in the UK through Grafton Optical, the innovative D-EYE™ Portable Eye and Retinal Imaging System easily attaches to your smartphone, creating an ophthalmic camera for vision care screening and evaluation.

Introducing 4 new Duck & Cover frames to the Collection.

Eye Refract by Grafton

Norville is exceptionally pleased to present 4 (available in 2 colours) new frames, from the Duck and Cover Eyewear season Spring/Summer 2017.

Grafton Optical announce exclusive UK partnership with Visionix on the revolutionary new Eye Refract.

Eye Refract by Grafton

Grafton Optical has announced their exclusive partnership with Visionix to supply the revolutionary new Eye Refract within the UK and Ireland. 

Award winning Eyespace to launch pioneering Fluidflex Hinge Technology at Optrafair.

Eyespace Jensen

Showcasing at Optrafair 2017, the cutting-edge design is composed of precision engineered, concertinaed titanium that creates a super-lightweight, highly flexible hinge, revolutionising the look and feel of technical eyewear.

Keep track of your customer satisfaction with Ocuco's new patient SMS Survey Model.

Ocuco SMS

Honest customer satisfaction data with Ocuco’s New Patient SMS Survey module.

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BCLA invites entries for Diane Gould photography competition.

The BCLA are now accepting entries for the BCLA Diane Gould Photography Competition for 2017.

VISION 2020 UK launches new Welsh Pathway for Children and Young People.

VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration in eye health and sight loss, has today begun hosting the All-Wales Integrated Pathway for Children and Young People (0 to 25 years) with Vision Impairment, and their Families. 

GOC publishes guidance on Gaining Consent.

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published guidance on obtaining valid consent to assist registrants in meeting its standards of practice.

College presents Dementia Research and Vision Impairment connection.

Prevalence of visual impairment in those with dementia generally higher than the overall population according to research from College of Optometrists 

Coventry based Optometrist suspended.

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has suspended Mohamed Saleem Patel, an optometrist based in Coventry, from its register for a period of nine months.

100% announces new Coach Services for its 2018 London event.

Get on board the 100% Express
100%’s research on this years show where over 8000 practice managers, optometrists and dispensing opticians attended showed that 37% of them travelled from the North and the Midlands.

BCLA #LearnFromTheBest, ready for BCLA 2017?

The first UK unveiling of the clinical findings from the TFOS DEWS II will be presented at the BCLA Conference 2017

ACLM contact lens market statistics published.

The size of the United Kingdom and Ireland contact lens market in 2016 was £290 million as reported by the data contributing members of the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM). 

Heidelberg Engineering aquires Medisoft to help expand its Ophthalmic Healthcare IT business.

Medisoft
Heidelberg, Germany – Heidelberg Engineering GmbH today announced that it has acquired 100% ownership of Medisoft Limited, the leading UK-based provider of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software solutions for the ophthalmology market.

Westgroupe names new Western Region Sales Director.

WestGroupe USA is pleased to announce the appointment of Gino Skulick III to the position of Western Regional Sales Director.

New Ophthalmology Insider, an online resource for ophthalmologists.

It is said that the new Ophthalmology Insider provides a new opportunity to openly discuss topics relating to health care,

2017 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Student Travel Fellowship Recipients Announced.

The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2017 Student Travel Fellowship Awards. The travel fellowships will allow six students to present their research at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting in May of 2017. 

GOC publishes Strategic Plan for next 3 years.

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today (Thursday 20th) published its Strategic Plan for 2017/20, with a strong focus on the future of education in the optical professions.

GOC removes 171 registrants after deadline passes.

The General Optical Council (GOC) has removed 140 individual practitioners and 31 bodies corporate from its registers for failing to renew their registration for the year 2017/2018 – less than 1% of registrants. 51 optometrists and 89 dispensing opticians missed the deadline for renewal of 31 March. It is now illegal for them to continue practising in the UK.

David Hewlett travels into the future and gains a bonus insight from a screening demo.

David Hewlett

I have been to the future - and it works! So says FODO CEO David Hewlett following his three days recently at Optrafair.

Optical Stalwart runs with daughter for SIA.

Nick Loan

Nick Loan, well known in the contact lens industry over many years tells PHN about his successful run in last weeks Paris Marathon with his daughter Melissa.

Ireland's AOI says eye waiting lists could be cleared by increasing the role of Optometry in the community.

Eye waiting list for children and cataracts in Ireland can be solved quickly and €30m saved by changing model of care

 

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upcoming events

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

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

11/05/2017 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Jane Pullum Memorial Lecture Lecture: Macular Disorders & Treatment Advances

14/05/2017 - ABDO - Home Counties
Shamir on Lens Design

24/05/2017 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture - 'Kids discs, the good, the swelled and the lumpy' Speaker: Siobhan Rattigan

08/06/2017 - ABDO - East Midlands
Shamir on Lens Design

08/06/2017 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
AGM & Lecture

11/06/2017 - ABDO - North East
Shamir on Lens Design

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.

28/06/2017 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - London
Shamir on Lens Design

24/09/2017 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - East Anglia
Shamir on Lens Design

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.

02/10/2017 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - West Midlands
Shamir on Lens Design

08/10/2017 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - North West
Shamir on Lens Design

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.

29/10/2017 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - North West
Shamir on Lens Design

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.

03/09/2107 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - South East
Shamir on Lens Design

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