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Opchat Magazine General NewsGeneral News, October to December 2018


Dame Rosie Winterton highlights growing demand for eyecare.
Essilor supports these "No Ordinary Women" for the Everest Expedition.
WORLD SIGHT DAY (11th October) Shines Light on poor Road Vision.
CQC publishes annual report on the state of health and social care in England
National Eye Health Week agency wants your feed back on its past efforts this year (Sept 24th) and how they could do better
ABDO highlights the dangers of unprescribed cosmetic contact usage especially with Halloween coming soon.
BLACKFIN dazzles under the skys of Florence
John McGregor installed as new Master of The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
Read the archived General News from 3rd Quarter 2018.

Dame Rosie Winterton highlights growing demand for eyecare.

October 2018

Dame Rosie Winterton visited Bell Brothers Opticians in Doncaster as part of ongoing campaigning work by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) to highlight the importance of eye health care and utilising the highly skilled teams that are working in optical practices.

Dame Rosie said, “It was good to visit Bell Brothers Opticians and hear about eye health care and the services which are available in local practices. I understand that research shows that there has been a 37% increase in eye clinic attendances in the UK over the past 10 years, and that demand is growing year on year.

“Early detection is key and there are free National Health Service sight tests available to those at increased risk of eye disease or likely to be deterred from seeking private tests on grounds of cost. I would strongly encourage everyone to ensure they get their eyes tested and see a qualified optician.”

ABDO member Antony Rigby from Bell Brothers Opticians said: “We have been proudly providing eye care in Doncaster since 1931. We are happy to welcome Dame Rosie Winterton MP to our practice to promote issues relating to eye health and the impact of supplying accurately fitted spectacles and contact lenses. We have seen many changes over the years, but more recently, an increasing number of ill-fitting spectacles and visual problems from eyewear bought online.”

Debbie McGill of ABDO added, “We welcome the opportunity to have Dame Rosie visit one of our member’s practices within her constituency. This enabled us to show Dame Rosie the various eye health care delivered in optical practices, which can help alleviate the pressures in hospital Ophthalmology departments. We also discussed the importance of spectacles being fitted properly by a Dispensing Optician and the need for patients to attend regularly for after care when wearing contact lenses.”

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Essilor supports these "No Ordinary Women" for the Everest Expedition.

October 2018

WomenEmpowermentEverest Expedition

Everest with EssilorSix Nepalese women ascended the highest summit in the world, Mount Everest, in order to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality in Nepal, and to fight against human trafficking.

This adventure required that they prepare both physically and mentally: the team had to face extreme and unpredictable weather conditions.

Though most of these women grew up in mountainous regions, a long period of preparation was still necessary to prepare them to confront this harsh climate, the lack of oxygen, thin air and extreme temperatures.

Once they reached the summit, the team was able to enjoy the majestic, panoramic view from the top of Mount Everest. “We felt that we reached heaven; truly, we felt like we were inheaven”, they said.

Everest with Essilor
KanchhiMaya is the first Tamang woman to ever reach the top of the world. She’s also the first woman to climb Mount Everest for a social cause.

"For many Nepali women and girls, there is an invisible Everest between their homes and the sports field. I have climbed Everest to empower women who are climbing their own mountains."

KanchhiMaya Tamang is a goodwill ambassador for UN Women Nepal, a UN organization founded in 2010 to make advances in women’s rights worldwide.

Essilor Sun Solution was proud to support these no ordinary women during their adventure!

WORLD SIGHT DAY (11th October) Shines Light on poor Road Vision.

October 2018

Essilor is shining a light on road safety on World Sight Day, on October 11 2018.

Blackfin at FlorenceIt is calling on drivers to “put vision first” and improve their vision habits before driving to cut the risks of collisions and deaths.

They are adapting this international campaign to help independent opticians with in-store posters and social media campaign packages and a new message.

Corporate social responsibility director Nigel Corbett said: “Our message to drivers is that we all share the same roads, yet poor vision is an area of unaddressed disability with massive public road safety consequences from drivers whose eyes are not fit for the road or who are simply a victim of dangerous winter glare.

“We are urging drivers to adopt three habits - to check their vision regularly, to wear appropriate glasses and to protect their eyes from glare.

“We are using the October timing to educate drivers about the increased risks of glare and accidents in the early morning and late afternoon when the sun is low on the horizon, and during the longer hours of darkness when 85% of drivers experience dangerous reflections on glasses from oncoming headlights, traffic lights and street lamps.

“Our message will be that drivers should also check that their lenses or sunglasses protect them from glare, on the grounds of safety as well as personal comfort, and we predict an uplift in people asking about this, and about vision examinations.”

Follow the campaign on social media @ECP_Essilor #PutVisionFirst

CQC publishes annual report on the state of health and social care in England

October 2018

The annual assessment of health and social care in England is available to download on line.

Titled the "State of Care" it looks at the trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve.

Visit the CQC website now to get your copy of the report.

National Eye Health Week agency wants your feed back on its past efforts this year (Sept 24th) and how they could do better

October 2018

NEHWwould like to say a massive THANK YOU to those taking part in National Eye Health Week 2018. Your support helped make this year's campaign the most successful yet as we threw the spotlight on eye health and the importance of having regular eye tests.

We're now planning for 2019 and would love to hear your views about this year's awareness week. You can share your thoughts using the supporter questionnaire link below.

National Eye Health Week Supporter Feedback

Filling in the questionnaire takes just a minute or two and will provide valuable feedback that we'll use to shape future campaigns. The survey will close at midnight on 14 October 2018.

ABDO highlights the dangers of unprescribed cosmetic contact usage especially with Halloween coming soon.

October 2018

As we approach Halloween, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is encouraging consumers to take more care when using cosmetic lenses as part of their Halloween costume. New research from ABDO reveals Brits have a concerning lack of knowledge when it comes to looking after their eyes.

The survey of 2,000 women revealed that over half (54%) of respondents did not know that a contact lens could cause damage to the eye if not correctly fitted and 56% did not think it was important to seek professional help when purchasing lenses. Perhaps even more worryingly, 61% of those asked would buy lenses from a non-medical source such as an online retailer or marketplace, fancy dress shop or even a market-stall.

Commenting on the dangers of using coloured contact lenses, ABDO Board member and Contact Lens Optician Daryl Newsome FBDO R CL SMC(Tech) says, ‘An ill-fitting contact lens could starve the cornea of oxygen which can cause the cornea to temporarily go cloudy if the lens is worn for a short period or even cause severe and sight threatening reactions if the lens is left in too long.’

Latest estimates report that the worldwide cosmetic contact lens industry will be worth over $1.3 billion by 2024[i]. With growth in the entertainment sector’s dramatic make-up driving consumer trends, cosmetic contact lenses as a key part of a Halloween costume is a trend that is set to continue.

ABDO’s research also found as many as 61% of Brits did not know that incorrectly fitted contact lenses can cause permanent damage to the eyes and over a third, 38%, would go and see a GP instead of an optician to resolve eye soreness and discomfort, despite the fact opticians are often best placed to deal with minor eye conditions.

Daryl Newsome has some advice on who the best person is to seek help from if you have a problem:

‘Visiting a suitably qualified and experienced eye care professional for the contact lens fitting coupled with good advice regarding wearing schedules and lens care products is critical to the happy and successful use of any contact lenses including novelty Halloween lenses.

The law in the U.K. stipulates unqualified people are not allowed to supply the public with lenses without a written and signed copy of a contact lens specification. Novelty shops and market traders that do this are breaking U.K. law!

If you wouldn’t buy prescription medicines from a market trader because you know this is wrong, why would you risk your eyesight buying unknown products from an unregistered seller who won’t be able to teach you how to insert and remove the lenses, let alone deal with any consequences if anything should go wrong?’

‘Don’t let fun be a reason to compromise your eyesight! Visit a professional you can trust.’

This October, don’t risk your Halloween costume becoming permanent, take proper care of your eyes.

The facts:

• Cosmetic Contact Lens rapidly growing to become a $1bn global industry
• ABDO warns of dangers of not taking proper precautions
• 61% of Brits would buy contact lenses from a source other than an optician

BLACKFIN dazzles under the skys of Florence

October 2018

An exclusive cocktail dedicated to the titanium eyewear brand

Blackfin at FlorenceThe breath-taking terrace on the sixth floor of Florence’s Hotel Westin Excelsior, with the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and Brunelleschi’s cupola in the background lighting up the city skyline, provided the backdrop for the exclusive Blackfin cocktail party held on 23 September to mark DaTE.

The event was organised by the company to tell the emotional story of the brand’s evolution in the world of luxury.

The minimal display featured a limited number of products with a highly evocative approach, making way for all the grandeur of this exceptional location. It was a unique opportunity to celebrate Blackfin together with the finest opticians and potential new clients, including LuisaViaRoma, the famous luxury online retailer on which Blackfin will be making its debut with a capsule of sunglasses for the coming spring/summer season.

The evening also provided the opportunity to officially present Blackfin’s two new managers to the 130 hand-picked guests: Mario Viel, Global Commercial Director, and Simone Favero, Marketing Manager, two key figures in the international development process the brand is experiencing in its third phase.

John McGregor installed as new Master of The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers

October 2018

John McGregorJohn McGregor was installed as new Master of the Spectacle Makers Company on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 during the company’s annual service of thanksgiving, remembrance and rededication at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street.

Following the service, a lunch was held at the historical Apothecaries Hall attended by visiting Masters of City Livery Companies and guests from across the world of optical and vision.

In his address John talked about the importance of regular eye examinations in preventative eyecare and the role that a multi-disciplinary company like The Spectacle Makers could play in promoting good eye health.

John is a chemist by training. He founded Contamac Ltd in 1987 as a contact lens polymer manufacturer.

He now chairs the company whose product range has expanded into the development of biocompatible polymers for specialist contact lens production and interocular lenses.

Twice awarded Queen’s Awards, in 2012 for enterprise and in 2015 for innovation, John was awarded OBE in the Queens 2018 Birthday Honours list.

Read about John McGregor here


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