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Jai Kudo announces Honeycomb Lenses

Jai Kudo Honeycomb lenses

By using the patented technology of a natural interlocking honeycomb pattern, the lens filters oblique rays of light to encourage perpendicular rays of light to pass through the lens and the eyes focusing mechanism onto the retina.

Grafton launch the i-pen, for diagnosis of Dry Eye Disease

Grafton i-pen

Exclusively available in the UK through Grafton Optical, the I-PEN® is the world’s first, hand-held, point-of-care, solid state electronic diagnostic device to detect and indirectly measure the elevated tear film osmolarity levels associated with mild, moderate and severe Dry Eye Disease.

Two new Ogi syles for Spring

TOGI 9121

Ogi continues its rich tradition of statement making styles and bold colour options with additions from its latest release.

First sterling silcer sunglasses for TD

TD Davies Silver and Rhodium

British spectacles designer Tom Davies reveals the world’s first ever sunglasses featuring Rhodium coated lenses.

KLiiK Denmark Spring 2018 Collection

KliiK Spring 2018

Inspired by Scandinavian design and key fashion influences, KLiiK denmark translates the boldness of Northern European design into 10 new styles for Spring 2018.

Essilor Sun Solution Spring Summer Range

Essilor® Sun Solution™, the Essilor Group division dedicated to sun plano lenses, presents the new collection of sun lenses for Spring Summer 2019 - Fashion.

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

Suppliers guide and optical directory

The Latest News

Blue Light..Hazard or Invention

Blue Light The big debate

PHN looks at the difference in the way Blue Light is treated abroad and at home

Grafton Announce new Sales Manager for North England and Scotland.

Andrew Robson

Andrew Robson brings with him over 16 years of experience and knowledge of the optical industry, most recently selling Heine diagnostic instruments in the UK and Ireland.

WCSM Travel Award for ophthalmologists announced

The WCSM Education Trust, a charitable organisation founded by The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, has announced a new travel award for ophthalmologists in training who will present their work at a national or international conference in 2018.

CET planned on all 3 days at Birminghma Optical Stand

See Optrafair Preview pages for program.

CET for all awaits you at NEC.

The entire optical profession will soon unite under one roof at Optrafair for three days of inspiration and opportunity to source the very latest products across the sector. Browse an exhibition hall filled with some of the most leading companies in the industry, some of which have not attended any other UK event.

New CL Hub programme for Optrafait unveilled.

Expert advice on subjects including astigmatism, presbyopia, fitting of irregular corneas and dry eye disease will be on offer as part of a specialist ‘hub’ dedicated to contact lenses at this year’s Optrafair.

Manchester OpSoc Ball

OpSoc Ball
'The Manchester Eyeball is an annual event held at the University of Manchester and it is the biggest social event of the year for Optometry Students. It caters to the whole cohort, staff and students alike and it is hosted by the current OpSoc.

Macular Degeneration to be highlighted at Optrafair

John Nolan

The significance of macular nutrition for good eye health comes into sharp focus at Optrafair with a CET lecture from Professor John Nolan, BSc, PhD, who leads international research in this field.

Opticians to get a clearer view of Visual Impairment

Thomas Pocklington Trust are supporting entrepreneur Daniel Williams, and dispensing optician Peter Black, to drive forward the message that no patient should be diagnosed with an eye condition and left to fend for themselves. This innovative and insightful course leaves optometrists and dispensing opticians empowered with knowledge to deliver the highest quality service to their VIPs (visually impaired patients).

New Business Development Manager for EasyScan in UK & Ireland

EasyScan SLO

EasyScan B. V., the Dutch manufacturer and supplier of EasyScan SLO Smart Retinal Imaging equipment is pleased to announce the appointment of Graham Avery as Business Development Manager for the UK and Ireland.

No 7 Gears up for greater lens production

No 7

No7 is gearing up for greater production capacity with a £100,000 investment in a new ultra-precision CNC ophthalmic lathe to manufacture the most complex contact lenses.

Annual GOS workforce stats here

The Government released the annual General Ophthalmic Services workforce statistics earlier this week. This shows the number of ophthalmic practitioners (Optometrists and Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners) who were authorised, by the relevant area team and organisation in England and Local Health Boards (LHBs) in Wales, to carry out NHS funded sight tests.

Delayed GOS payments due to poor weather!

PCSE have confirmed that there has been a delay in processing some GOS payments due to the recent adverse weather conditions.

GOC confirms erasure of Scots Dispensing Optician

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

FODO welcomes Government promise on Scourge of Late Payments

Responding to this afternoon’s Spring Statement by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians (FODO) Chief Executive David Hewlett, said:

Professional Standards from RCOphth

The Royal Following the release of Professional Standards for Refractive Surgery and a comprehensive set of informative patient information in April 2017, the RCOphth has now released a national data set to be used by clinics offering refractive surgery.

GOC "Love your Lenses" Returns

The GOC’s ‘Love Your Lenses Week’, begins next week, on 24th-30th March.

Win a Venice Trip with Murano

Go Venice with Murano
Here at Murano Eyewear LTD we are excited to announce we will once again be giving our customers the opportunity to win a 3-night trip to Venice (Italy). Not only this, but their patients will also have the chance to win a separate duplicate trip.

Experts forecast Glaucoma Epidemic

Kathleen Murphy ay VE

Vision Express debuts its unique, top-of-the-range Vision Van, in bid to tackle spiralling glaucoma rates, set to further strain NHS by 2050

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Advantages of Stock Modules for VAT

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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upcoming events

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

26/03/2018 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
LOC Meeting

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.

10/05/2018 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Jane Pullum Memorial Lecture Lecture: 'Inspiring Futures for People Living with Sight Loss' - iSightCornwall

16/05/2018 - Avon LOC - South West
AGM & Lecture (Lecture details tbc)

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 - Somerset LOC - South West
ACES Peer Review & Lecture Lecture details tbc

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


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

Company Rayner & Taylor Brighton. Category Optometrist
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Location South East Salary 250-275 a day.
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