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Stepper Springs forward with lightness, colour and the clocks!

Stepper Spring 2017

As the evenings are getting lighter; so are the frames from STEPPER. 

Klik denmark Spring 2017 Collection

Klik denmark

Inspired by Scandinavian design and key fashion influences, KLiiK denmark translates the boldness of Northern European design into 6 new styles for Spring 2017

OKO by OKO designs CAC25

CAC25 by OKO

"OKO says they the CAC25 are retrO lOOking, fashiOn, and sO timeless" (No typo's here says ED)

Orasis, announce advancements and enhancements ready for Optrafair 2017.

orasis new launched IT

Chris Smith, software developer for Orasis, spoke of the recent upgrades which will be launched at Optrafair 2017.

EVATIK announce Spring 2017 Collection.

Evatik Spring Launch

Modern, clean and refined: EVATIK launches 4 new styles for Spring 2017 that perfectly encapsulate the essence of the popular brand for the fashion savvy man.

 

Latest News

IACLE and BUCCLE join forces to enhance contact lens teaching and supervision skills.

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) and British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) will hold an Education Day for contact lens educators and clinic supervisors in Liverpool, UK on Thursday 8 June. 

Obituary: Mr. Leonard Gibbison Hillier F.B.C.O.

Sad news of "Len" Hilliers death is reported with thoughts from Nick Loan.

Ocuco education set for Optrafair 2017.

Ocuco CET

The CET presentations have long been a staple at Optrafair, providing optical professionals with many opportunities to meet their quota of CET points and keep up to date with clinical advancements and trending business strategies. 2017 is no exception with Ocuco providing 2 lectures.

Optom runner for Marathon to aid Homeless Charity.

Surbhi Joshi

London locum optometrist Surbhi Joshi, is striding out in the London Marathon for Vision Care for Homeless People and is keen to raise funds for the charity.

BCLA promotes earlybird rates for next conference.

Don't leave it until the last minute! Book your place today to secure the lowest rate for the conference and take advantage of the early bird offer.

GOC erases Bolton-based optician.

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase a dispensing optician based in Bolton, from its register. He will now be unable to practise in the UK.

Myopia control tops agenda at Optometry Tomorrow, says No7.

Myopia control is no longer a fringe aspect of optics but one that tops the profession’s agenda, believes No7, speaking at the Optometry Tomorrow conference in Birmingham.

And the Customer Award goes to Essilor.

Essilor

Essilor Ltd has been recognised for customer service excellence at the recent 2017 UK Customer Satisfaction Awards ceremony, held at the Hilton on Park Lane.

GOC suspends Dumfries-based dispensing opticians.

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend a dispensing optician based in Dumfries, from its register for a period of six months.

Easyscan invests in UK development ahead of Optrafair.

Easyscan in use

After the Dutch company, has reported its best ever quarter in completing many installations in Europe and the States it has announced a greater commitment to the UK in assisting practitioners in understanding the huge benefits of confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy. Links also within story to booking schedule for "one to one" Optrafair tutorials.

Prominent retinal specialist to feature on the main stage at Optrafair.

Eminent ophthalmologist, Professor Usha Chakravarthy, Queen’s University, Belfast will feature on the main stage at Optrafair on Sunday 2nd April at 11:45am. 

PHN welcomes Easyscan as the latest Optical Company to sponsor the Opchat Site.

EasyscanCompanies continue to use the free independent optical news site read by over 7000 professionals each week as an economical and reliable method to reach the profession. Hutchinson, PHNs Director and Founder starting 10 years ago expressed his delight in welcoming a new sponsor. "We have many companies now supporting the profession's free news and knowledge page from all sectors of the industry and we would like to think that we provide a valuable service to them by way of our support from professionals and our connections. We wish Easyscan well at Optrafair where we will be reporting as co-media partners once again."

New Quality Manager at Contamac appointed.

Steve Morgan

Contamac, the world’s largest manufacturer of Intraocular and Contact Lens materials are proud to announce the appointment of Steve Morgan as Quality Manager.

IACLE to hold 2017 Congress on Contact Lens Education.

IACLE

Translating knowledge into increasing contact lens penetration will be the theme for the 2017 IACLE Congress on Contact Lens Education, taking place in Hyderabad, India from 9–10 September 2017. 

FMO launches its new Strategic Plan at Spring Meeting.

On 8 March at Conference Aston, Birmingham, FMO launched its new three year strategic plan following a period of consultation with its members

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upcoming events

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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.

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