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Essilor’s Road Pilot range combines comfort and safety.

Essilor Pilot

Essilor Ltd is helping its independent partners capture market share in the emerging ophthalmic driving lens category with its new Road Pilot lens.

Vinyl Factory announces new designs for SILMO 2017.

Vinyl Factory

How to translate seduction into Optical Frames?

Camouflage Is the Inspiration of the latest Hda® Collection By Okia.

Refresh by Okia

Uniqueness and boldness: these are the keywords of the new “Camouflage Refresh” collection developed by OKIA.

Emerging Trends: Minimalism Reimagined by Red Rose from Ogi.

Diamante by Red Rose

Building upon a rich heritage of minimalistic design, Red Rose is teeming with excitement to announce the arrival of its Fall 2017 lineup

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

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AAO Foundation announces Rosenbloom and Hopkins Awards.

Two recipients to gain awards.

Essilor Team run the Bristol Half Marathon.

Essilor team

Thousands of runners took to the Streets on Sunday 15th September for the Bristol Half Marathon and, among them was a Team from Essilor raising money for optical charity Vision Aid Overseas.

AAOF announces J & J Residency Awards.

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Johnson & Johnson Vision Residency Awards. 

KAOS new advertising campaign for 2017.

KK 418 from Chaos

 

A veritable explosion of colours is at the heart of the new advertising campaign from KAOS, the youthful, irreverent brand belonging to Area98.


Katy Perry on tour with Mykita.

 

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Special Delivery for National Eye Health Week!

Eye health message to be applied to millions of stamped letters and parcels delivered across the UK

Hutchinson made President at RSM.

Bob Hutchinson Editor Opchat News

At last week’s GP with Primary Healthcare section AGM, Dr. Susan Horsewood Lee the outgoing President passed over that role to Bob Hutchinson for the following two academic years starting October this year.

AAO Foundation selects award winner for 2017.

Jesus Martinez

BERT C. AND LYDIA M. CORWIN CONTACT LENS RESIDENCY AWARD RECIPIENT 

Lansdowne Club to host Charity Dinner for Visioncare for Homeless People.

Lansdowne Club

Prestigious Mayfair venue, The Lansdowne Club, once the home of Mr Selfridge, is to host a dinner for Vision Care for Homeless People on Thursday 23 November

College announces series of videos to mark National Eye Health Week.

Videos explain a range of conditions, symptoms and treatments for common eye conditions

GOC suspends Essex based Dispensing Optician.

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend a dispensing optician based in Essex, from its register for a period of 12 months.

OCT Training comes with patient reviews at AIO and NEG.

Heidelberg at AIO

OCT and its tremendous potential in practice comes into focus with Heidelberg Engineering’s presence at two highly educational autumn events: AIO on the 1-2 October, and NEG on the 5-6 November

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upcoming events

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

26/09/2017 - BCLA - North West
Award-winning Australian optometrist Kate Gifford will hold the events in Birmingham, Manchester and London as part of a series of roadshows organised by the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA). The series of evening meetings, titled ‘Fitting Kids – the facts and future of myopia control’, will give eye care practitioners the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how to run a successful children’s contact lens clinic.

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.

27/09/2017 - BCLA - West Midlands
Award-winning Australian optometrist Kate Gifford will hold the events in Birmingham, Manchester and London as part of a series of roadshows organised by the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA). The series of evening meetings, titled ‘Fitting Kids – the facts and future of myopia control’, will give eye care practitioners the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how to run a successful children’s contact lens clinic.

28/09/2017 - No7 Ortho K - West Midlands
The successful formula of No’7s CET Ortho-k days has led many practices to introduce the overnight treatment for all ages from 5 to 85. The monthly direct-debit income - for a treatment and lens option which cannot be purchased on the internet - is a significant plus for many independents.

28/09/2017 - BCLA - London
Award-winning Australian optometrist Kate Gifford will hold the events in Birmingham, Manchester and London as part of a series of roadshows organised by the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA). The series of evening meetings, titled ‘Fitting Kids – the facts and future of myopia control’, will give eye care practitioners the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how to run a successful children’s contact lens clinic.

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.

11/10/2017 - Somerset LOC - South West
LOC Meeting

12/10/2017 - Somerset LOC - South West
ACES PEER REVIEW SESSION

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

02/11/2017 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Peer Discussion Event (delivered by Essilor)

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.

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

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.

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

recruitment

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Company Rayner & Taylor Brighton. Category Optometrist
Date To Start ASAP Employment Locum
Location South East Salary 250-275 a day.
       
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