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Poppi, one of the new frames from Dana Buchman.

Poppi from Norville
New to Norville Eyewear are these four Dana Buchman frames Everyly, Monarch, Poppi and Delphia. 

New Frame added to OGI Collection

Ogi 7169

Summer is the season for new ideas and fresh concepts. This is reflected directly in the 7169.

At Kid'OKO.... God save KidQueen and KidKing!


Two rimmed frames for little girls and little boys – 6 to 8 years old - combining acetate and metal which will bring to their owners the status of queens and kings of the school!

Mykita's new cropped cats-eyes sunglasses

Martine Rose by Mykita

Sporting the same arrow-straight top line and super flat profile of its predecessor, sunglass model SELINA is a refined version of the Nineties rave-inspired KITT. 

New York collection from OKO by OKO

NY 26 by OKO
This New York (NY) collection is aptly named as it finds its inspiration from cosmopolitan and multicultural trends and movements just like this city (NYC)

The New NFC 700 Non-Mydriatic Fundus Camera.

NFC 700 Fundus Camera from Grafton

Grafton Optical announce the launch of the NFC-700: the cost effective, non-mydriatic fundus camera solution. Fully automatic and all in one camera. 

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

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Visualise launch resource pack for professionals in eyecare


The pack arms professionals with information of where they can refer low vision patients for support , advice and equipment to aid their independence.

ABDO's exam glitch found out.

ABDO is extremely sorry to announce that it has discovered a serious problem concerning a case record submitted for the summer examination session 2018.

Double your donation on World Sight Day this year.

World Sight Day
You can double your donation this World Sight Day by taking part in the Vision Aid Overseas’Big World Sight Day Lunch in October 2018. 

North Wales braced to expect GOS checks.

A pilot project on specific ophthalmic checks is beginning in North Wales to determine whether or not patients have received services. 

Variations of the GOS Model Contract published.

NHS England has published an updated model contract for GOS mandatory services. 

LOCSU appoints new Chair.

After ten years in the role, Alan Tinger (pictured left) will be stepping down this autumn as Chair of LOCSU. 

Guidance on charging Overseas Visitors for eyecare services.

Following amendments to the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 there has been some confusion as to whether or not overseas visitors are entitled to NHS funded eye care services. 

Happy Birtday Philip Cole, 100 Today. Congratulations

Dr Philip Cole OBE

Founding President of the College of Optometrists celebrates his centenary 

PHN continues Co-Media agreement with Advanced Eye Care Conference 2019 for second year.

Advanced Eye Care Conference
Advance Eye Care 2019 invites all the participants from all over the world to attend "3rd International Conference and Expo on Advanced Eye Care and Cataract " during June 06-08, 2019 at London, UK

100% Optical reports heightened activity in stand bookings.

100% Optical

With visitor growth averaging 15% for 5 consecutive years 100% Optical is a must attend event for companies serious about increasing both their UK and International accounts

ABDO Optical Support Programmes gain new Coordinator.

Rian Love BSc (Hons) SMC(Tech) FBDO has been appointed to take over from Steve Roberts as Courses Coordinator for Optical Support Programmes from August 2018.

NOC Conference, November 2018, Registration open.

NOC Logo
The 2018 National Optical Conference will be taking place14-15 November at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire. 

NHS England Eye Health Policy Book published.

NHS England
NHS England has published an updated version of their Policy Book for Eye Health. 

New FODO appointment to LOCSU Board.

Stephen McAndrew has replaced Paul Carroll as a FODO-nominated member of the LOCSU Board.

Moving on Up: The Myers La Roche Way.

Relocation to a larger base and a new website for Myers La Roche as part of expansion

New updated GDPR advice now available

The guidance has been revised and updated to take account of changes to the GDPR arising from the new Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA2018), and updated guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the NHS.

Capita is a shambles, says report.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published a damning report on Wednesday about NHS England’s outsourcing of primary care support services to Capita. 

Guidance for Record Keeping issued

Statement by the Optical Confederation and the College of Optometrists. Read Here 

DVLA asks drivers to look again in new EYE 735T campaign.

DVLA launches a national eyesight awareness campaign, encouraging drivers to take the ‘number plate test’ to meet the minimum eyesight requirements for driving. 

New Year and a New Vision with 100% Optical in 2019

100% Optical 2019

It kick-starts the New Year by opening its doors slightly earlier, between 12-14 January at ExCel London, and will be the place to spot new looks and discover new brands, innovations and new opportunities. 

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Latest Briefings

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We have a series of briefings revised in May 2013 on VAT:

VAT Briefings Introduction


Paying Too Much VAT Out of Net Profits?

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.

04/09/2018 - - North West
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

05/09/2018 - - West Midlands
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

06/09/2018 - - East Anglia
It’s time to focus-in on sight loss patients with our Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

12/09/2018 - - South West
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

17/09/2018 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
CIOS LOC Meeting

18/09/2018 - - East Anglia
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

20/09/2018 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture:Dementia Information Session, presented by Home Instead (Senior Care),followed by ACES Peer Review

26/09/2018 - - Northern Ireland
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

04/10/2018 - - South East
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

23/10/2018 - - Scotland
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

24/10/2018 - - Scotland
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

31/10/2018 - - North East
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

08/11/2018 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Peer Review - Delivered by Essilor

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

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