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Three new flexible plastic frames, designed for babies and toddlers.

FYSH announces January 2018 releases


Playing to its strengths of glamour and innovation, FYSH launches four new styles that perfectly combine the latest runway looks with the Pantone trends for the season. 

Perfect Pitch from Stepper for 2018.


Creating a feminine rimless frame is a fine balancing act. Maintaining the subtle finesse of minimal eyewear, with its ‘vision-without-borders’ appeal, whilst responding to the desire for jewellery

Louis Stone announce new Scandinavian Brand.

Louis Stone

When we think of Scandinavian fashions, the first thing that comes to mind is modern and slick. The word 'light' also means a lot where this style is concerned. Anything delicate, discreet and understated would epitomise the trend ....

Okia introduces the new “symphony of HDA® colours” collection.

Okia Symphony

Colour experimentation, translucent effects and a surprising play of light: Okia introduces the new “symphony of hda® colours” collection

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Ocuco to join partner company OptiCommerce at 100%. Another show first.

For the first time, Ocuco will be joining partner company OptiCommerce at 100% Optical in The ExCel Arena London from the 27th to 29th of January. 

ABDO CET program is highlighted for 100% Optical.

ABDO have created their own CET program for the event at 100% Optical throughout the 3 days. 

WCSM Education Trust for the third year running takes centre stage on Sunday Lunchtime at 100% Optical.

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers Education Trust continues its Eye to Eye debates at 12.45 on the Sunday at 100% Optical on the main stage.

Grafton launches two new equipment products at 100% Optical this year.

In a sign of the growing importance of equipment to the audience expected at 100% Optical Grafton has launched two new major piece of kit at the show. 

RSM President launches 2017/18 Academic Program.

Bob Hutchinson President RSMThe President of the GP with Primary Healthcare Section of the Royal Society of Medicine announced the first of his section's 2-year plan for education, during his term in office. 

Easyscan present the SLO Scanner on their own stand for the first time at 100% Optical.

Easyscan demo

Easyscan present the Easyscan SLO Scanner at the show on their own dedicated stand this year. Easyscan says that the larger space provided by their own stand allows better one to one demonstrations to show the true benefits of their product. 

Get ready for the best ever 100% Optical to date.

Next week, the UK’s biggest names from across optical will be at ExCel, London. 100% Optical is returning for its fabulous fifth year, uniting over 200 exhibitors with 8,000 trade visitors from 27-29 January in what is set to be the largest gathering of the optical community.

Crisis Centre dispenses more than ever.

he Vision Care for Homeless People team, working in conjunction with Crisis at Christmas, had a busy festive season with some 312 people having their eyes examined at the various clinics throughout the capital.

College of Optometrists announces Council election results.

The College of Optometrists has announced the results of its recent Council election.

Queen Rania pictured wearing MYKITA and Ricky Martin wearing Blackfin.

Queen Rania
The stars are photographed in their favourite eye wear designs.

New Smartphone app highlighted in latest Optical Insider published 2 weeks before 100% Optical Conference.

Severe concussions where a person is visibly shaken or knocked unconscious are obviously cause for concern, but milder ones that go undetected can also lead to dangerous health impacts down the track

Optical Equipment takes on a new dynamic at 100% Optical this year.

100% Optical promises the best show yet with the biggest line-up of optical equipment at the show this year, with suppliers from all over the world coming to celebrate the industry in London.  Register now from the linked story and take a look at the many previews highlighted here

Past Master Brian Mitchell, Obituary.

Brian Mitchell Deceased

Tributes have been paid across the optical sector following the death on 23 December 2017 of Brian Mitchell FCA FRSA, Master of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers 2000-2001, 

‘Laser scan saved my sight and let me see grandchildren grow up’

A grandmother who feared she would miss out on seeing her grandchildren growing up after developing a rare form of eye cancer has urged wider use of state-of-the-art laser scanners to protect eye health.

Data protection law in the UK is changing – essential, new advice for those working in the optical sector.

New data protection laws which come into force in the UK on 25 May 2018 – will impact on the optical sector. 

Happy New Year to all our readers.

We wish you all a happy and prosperous 2018 and thank you for your support.


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upcoming events

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

22/01/2018 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
LOC Meeting

27/01/2018 - 100% Optical - London
Successfully shaping the future of optics in the UK, here's a preview for the 2018 London Exhibition. 27th to 29th January 2018, London ExCeL

04/02/2018 - The Eyehealth Conference by Thea - North West
Early Bird Rates up to 50% savings before Oct 31st. We have a fantastic programme with two tracks of educational topics for you to choose from, broadly split into Anterior Eye and Posterior Eye.

06/03/2018 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture & ACES Peer Review Lecture presented by The Brain Tumour Charity

14/04/2018 - Optrafair 2018 by MA Allen Group and FMO - West Midlands
Optrafair is the UK's leading exhibition and educational conference dedicated to the needs of the optical profession since 1978. Valued by a community of practitioners, suppliers and educators to help expand knowledge, grow awareness of products and services, gain CET points and build business.

23/05/2018 - Somerset LOC - South West
Somerset AGM & Lecture Lecture details tbc

13/06/2018 - Somerset LOC - South West
ACES Peer Review & Lecture Lecture details tbc

09/07/2018 - Somerset LOC - South West
ACES Accreditation/Skills Workshop update

20/09/2018 - - South West
ACES Peer Review & Lecture Lecture details tbc

03/09/2107 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - South East
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Company Rayner & Taylor Brighton. Category Optometrist
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Location South East Salary 250-275 a day.
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