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Opchat Magazine General NewsGeneral News, October-December 2015

 


FODO published GOC alert on serious data breach.

Norville Opticians in Santa Dash.

FMO Derek Mclaren Memorial Prize Awarded.

BLACKFIN on the Podium at HONG KONG TRADE FAIR.

Blackfin also celebrate a most famous Italian tenor wearing their BF 730 Sunglasses.

OC provides its view on possible scenarios following Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

Thousands of CET points still remain pending, says GOC.

Bedford sees new era in practice ethos.

AOP Awards 2015 winners announced.

GOC provides “Warning against cosmetic contact lenses”

Members Of Fight For Sight Speaker Network To Present At 100% Optical

2 students (optometrist and DO) erased from GOC registers

SILHOUETTE offers Practices the chance of a dazzling window for Christmas

A First for The Primary Care Awards and for Irshad Ibrahim.

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers installs new Master and his Wardens at installation day ceremony.

Get to know the New Master of the WCSM

Poll reveals few Britons aware that their eyes at daily risk

Bradford Optometry Class of '89 Reunion


FODO published GOC alert on serious data breach.

December 2015

The GOC has today alerted registrants to a serious data breach (email below) whereby some registrants' home addresses (but no other personal information) were inadvertently made available to third party commercial organisations.

This was in cases where registrants had opted for their home address to be their preferred contact address.

The GOC has apologised unreservedly, and has now tightened its procedures to ensure such an error does not recur as well as informing the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and to the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) of the error.

The GOC has contacted all individual registrants on the publication of its alert to inform them to this and to apologise, students are unaffected.

The GOC has since released following statement:

<Following our notification on Monday 7th Dec. of an error when processing registrants’ data, we are now able to provide further information about the three organisations who received the data:

One was a high street multiple. They have assured us that they did not use the data at all, have not passed it on to any third party and have permanently deleted it.

One was an education provider in the optical sector. They made one use of it earlier this year to contact registrants by post, have not passed it on to any third party and have permanently deleted it.

One was a marketing company operating in the optical sector. They made two uses of it earlier this year to contact registrants by post, have not passed the data on to any third party and have permanently deleted it.

We (GOC) hope this can provide registrants with assurance that their data has not been more widely used or further shared. Nonetheless, we recognise the seriousness of our error and reiterate our apology from yesterday.
Some registrants have asked us for the specific names of the organisations who received the data.

We are currently considering these requests following the principles of the Freedom of Information Act.

Some registrants have asked why we share data with external organisations.

Because our register is publicly available, we have a legal responsibility to provide this in an accessible format on request. Due to the administration involved in processing these requests, we have previously charged external organisations to supply the data in this manner. We are reviewing our approach to sharing registrants’ data and in the meantime will not be charging for the supply of data. Our paramount concern is to ensure that we keep registrants’ data secure while meeting our legal responsibilities.

Norville Opticians in Santa Dash

December 2015
Once again Norville Opticians has been helping two local charities through its sponsorship and involvement with the Saltford Santa Dash which took place yesterday.

More than 500 runners dressed as Santa, some with their dogs, covered a five–mile, figure-of-eight course through the picturesque lanes of Saltford near Bristol while 300 younger ‘Santas’ ran, walked or toddled a special shorter course.

The event was established in 2013 to provide a community fun-run and to raise funds in support of locally connected charities working with young people. The idea is to enable runners, joggers, novice runners, families and friends to enjoy a fun community event in aid of charity work.

This year’s charities are Time2Share which provides volunteers to befriend and support disabled young people and the local branch of Carers’ Centre which supports carers in the community.

Norvilles SantasThe money raised will be split evenly between them.

 

Pictured here are members of the Keynsham practice of Norville Opticians with runners: optometrist Harriet Smith (left Santa), Director and Dispensing Optician Adrian Street (centre Santa) and optometrist Steve Tilley in a ‘team photo’ before the event

FMO Derek Mclaren Memorial Prize Awarded.

December 2015

Sabrina Mattison left with Christine McLarenWinner of the 2015 FMO Derek McLaren Memorial Prize, Sabrina Mattison, (left) is pictured receiving her award from Christine McLaren BSc FCOptom at Canterbury Cathedral.

Awarded as part of the ABDO graduation ceremony, Sabrina received her prize for gaining the highest marks in the UK for a student in ABDO’s final qualifying examination.

FMO Chairman, Barry Dibble, praised the achievement –

“Our focus at The FMO is always to encourage the highest standards in optics and Sabrina’s superb grades in her final examinations suggest that many of her patients in York will be receiving the very best of vision. As a new graduate Sabrina is well placed to make the very best use of the most advanced dispensing aids, spectacle lenses and well fitting, fashionable, frames – exactly what our FMO members strive to encourage.”

BLACKFIN on the Podium at HONG KONG TRADE FAIR

December 2015

Blackfin BF732 EagleSilver V. Award in the sunglass category for model BF732 Eagle

Another success for Blackfin. At the recent optical trade fair held in Hong Kong, this strictly all-Italian brand of titanium eyewear won the silver V. Award in the sunglass category for model BF732 EAGLE.

The awards organised by V. Magazine, are reserved for companies exhibiting in the VOS (Visionaries of Style) area, the section of the Hong Kong Optical Fair that every year hosts the most creative products and the most innovative international designer brands in the high-profile Brand Name Gallery.

Blackfin Team receiving awardThe V. Awards are the first international prizes dedicated to eyewear in the Asia-Pacific region, whose aim is to promote the optical industry in that region, to highlight top-quality products and to encourage new designers.

“2015 was indeed an extremely satisfying year.” – says Nicola Del Din, CEO of Pramaor – “After winning the prize for the best stand at MIDO and the Silmo d'Or in Paris for our Shark-lock patent, we have now gained further recognition for design. Image, technology and product are all factors that come together to make Blackfin a truly unique brand gaining ever more popularity the world over.

The synergy of these factors mirrors the marvellous teamwork that has enabled us to achieve such prestigious goals”.

This model epitomises our hallmark technical expertise and top quality. The small, lightweight frame made entirely of beta-titanium, with its classic round-eye shape makes BF732 Eagle the perfect mix of innovation and design. A new interpretation of the Blackfin soul that never fails to surprise, blue mirrored lenses are teamed with the slender opaque black frame and the new patented SHARK-LOCK system designed to hold the lens firmly in place in its inner rim without the need for screws.

Blackfin also celebrate a most famous Italian tenor wearing their BF 730 Sunglasses

December 2015

Andrea Bocelli

 

Andrea Bocelli, with his wife Veronica, on the red carpet of the Celebrity Fight Night in Florence.

He is pictured wearing a pair of Blackfin sunglasses. This charity event is organized to collect funds in support of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charity associations included the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.

 

Photo credit: Giovanni De Sandre

Eyewear model: Blackfin BF730 Pearson


OC provides its view on possible scenarios following Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

November 2015

Optical Confederation

GOS

- Five new devolution economies building on “Devo Manc” - Sheffield, North East, Tees Valley, Liverpool and West Midlands (could include GOS)

- Work towards further devolution deals with other major city regions (could include GOS)

- By September 2018, 80% of clinicians in primary, urgent and emergency care will have digital access to key patient information (could include community optical practices)

- By 2020 integrated care records will give every health and care professional concerned with an individual’s care the information they need to provide safe and prompt care (could include community optical practices)

- Expanding the number of patients booking their GP appointments online (with 20% of patients using online GP services by 2018) and moving to fully electronic referrals (could include community optical practices)

- 1% public sector pay limit for four financial years 2016-20 confirmed (includes GOS)

- NHS still to find £22bn efficiency savings by 2020 (could include GOS).

OPTICAL BUSINESSES


- Councils to be able to set and retain (by 2020) 100% of business rate revenues

- 405,000 of the smallest businesses to continue to receive 100% relief from business rates and further 200,000 at a sliding scale

- Elected city-wide mayors to be able to add a premium to business rates to pay for new infrastructure, provided they have the support of the local business community through a majority of business members of their Local Enterprise Partnership

- As part of “Devo Manc” the Greater Manchester Mayor is to have powers to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy

- Doubling of apprenticeships funding to £3bn by the end of the Parliament for 3 million new apprenticeships over the period part-funded, as previously announced, by a 0.5% apprenticeship levy from 2017-18 on employers with payroll over £3m, this in turn partly offset by a £15,000 grant per apprenticeship to levy paying business.

The NHS


- NHS funding to increase by 3.3% in real terms by 2020

- NHS capital budget to remain unchanged at £4.8bn per annum (including to shift in the way urgent and emergency care services are provided and to deliver more care closer to home)

- NHS to sell £2bn of land to build 26,000 houses

- Nurse training grants to be replaced with loans and cap on nurse student numbers removed

- £2bn to be saved from the drugs bill by reducing wastage (£1 billion) and bulk buying (£1 billion). SOCIAL CARE

- NHS and social care to continue to be integrated with only integration plans having access to funding through the £1.5bn (by 2020) Better Care Fund

- The government will integrate health and social care services by 2020 - each part of the country will develop plans for this by 2017

- Councils to be able to precept an additional 2% on council tax bills for social care – central government grant to be abolished

- The government will consult on options to fully fund local authorities’ public health spending from their retained business rates receipts, as part of the move towards 100% business rate retention.

Thousands of CET points still remain pending, says GOC.

November 2015

The GOC is today reminding registrants to accept their pending CET points in MyCET if they are to count for the 2013-15 CET cycle.

Some 33,202 points remain pending in MyCET, waiting for registrants to accept them.

Many of those registrants have not yet met their requirements for the 2013-15 CET cycle and will be putting their registration at risk if they do not gain and accept sufficient points by 31 December 2015.

Registrants who have already met their requirements are not allowed to ‘save’ the points for the next cycle.

Marcus Dye, GOC Head of Education and Standards, said: “Requiring practitioners to accept CET points is vital to ensure that providers have not made errors in uploading them to the system. It also allows practitioners to write reflection statements about their learning and in some cases to choose whether their points count towards a speciality or general points target. "

“Registrants must accept all outstanding points before the end of the CET cycle on 31 December 2015 or they will not count – and those who have not accepted their full quota of points are at risk of being removed from the register and being unable to practise.”

There are still 5,192 registrants, around a quarter of fully-qualified registrants, who need to meet their CET requirements before the deadline.

While some of these simply have to log into MyCET to accept points, others still need to complete more learning.

Most registrants will need to get 36 points across the 2013-15 CET cycle. At least half of those points must be by interactive learning methods. They must also conduct CET in each relevant competency area, and optometrists and contact lens opticians must take part in a peer review session.

Bedford sees new era in practice ethos.

November 2015

The grand opening of optometrist Jude Edwards’ new practice in Bedford was an opportunity to share his excitement with the local community.


HEALTHY U, is designed to be much more than a place for eye examinations and specs, believes Jude, who has been planning his new business for two years -

“Being an independent I have had free reign to put all my ideas into practice and am looking to change the mould of High Street eye care: clinical excellence linked to education, with plenty of co-operation with other healthcare providers,” he said.

He is investing for the future, with a Heidelberg Engineering SPECTRALIS to build business around the management and monitoring of patients with chronic conditions.

“The SPECTRALIS fits in well with the modern design of the practice and the way we are aiming to catch conditions early and monitor patients with a family history of glaucoma or AMD. The 4D capability of the SPECTRALIS is wonderful for this. I went on a course at Heidelberg in Hemel Hempstead and instantly fell in love with the technology – it fits in very well with our business.”


Jude is committed to the technology, offering free SPECTRALIS Eye Health Checks throughout the open day, along with lunch and mocktails.

Visitors also heard Emily Malbon of Heidelberg Engineering speaking about the benefits of the SPECTRALIS Eye Health Check.

The 2,000 sq foot practice is in the upmarket St Peter Street area and so Jude is optimistic about footfall for the new venture. He won’t be leaving anything to chance, though, as the former Specsavers franchisee has a clear plan of action.

The lounge doubles up as a 20 seat seminar room and Jude will be drawing on his experience as a writer and presenter of many optical lectures to educate patients.

No less than nine 40” TV screens around the practice are set to entertain and educate patients at every turn.

“I aim to have the best selection of children’s frames in Bedford, and to make children very welcome with their own area with children’s seating, magnetic puzzle wall, and cartoons on TV. I’ll be running lectures for mums with tots telling them the key milestones for their children’s vision and what to look out for. The seminar room will also be very useful for regular diabetic and AMD talks,” he said.

Jude, who qualified 14 years ago at Anglia Ruskin as an optometrist, is also a qualified nurse, dispensing optician and contact lens practitioner.

Despite several other Bedford practices Jude is not concerned about competition –

“There are 176,000 people living in the town and many more come into the area to work – there are plenty of patients for us all. The fact that we have ample parking just 40 seconds away is another bonus.”

AOP Awards 2015 winners announced.

November 2015

NOC AOP AwardsThe twelve winners of the AOP Awards 2015 were announced on 5 November at a national awards ceremony in Birmingham. Run by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, the awards recognise the highest levels of achievement in UK optics.

 

Dr Margaret Woodhouse

 

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Dr Margaret Woodhouse received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to both the public and the profession.

Described as one of optic’s true stars, Dr Woodhouse’s drive and passion has helped her to transform the face of optometry, increasing people’s understanding of the visual development of children with Down’s syndrome and making life-changing research discoveries.

Dr Woodhouse said: “I want the day to come when parents of children with Down’s syndrome don’t have to come from the other end of the country to my clinic.”

Dr Margaret Smith

Lincoln-based optometrist Dr Martin Smith scooped the Optometrist of the Year category, in recognition of his exceptional commitment to patient care and clinical experience.

Commenting on his award, Dr Smith said: “Winning Optometrist of the Year is a great feeling. It is an honour to be chosen by my peers for this award. Thanks to all those who voted for me.”

GT Harvey & Partners

 

G.T. Harvey & Partners Optometrists in Newcastle received the Practice of the Year award, in recognition of its outstanding service to the local community.

Commenting on the accolade, Stuart Henderson, Principal Optometrist and Practice Director, said: “It is a great honour to win such a prestigious award. I am particularly delighted for the staff and patients as it is their hard work and loyalty that makes the practice what it is.”

Henrietta Alderman, AOP Chief Executive, said: “The AOP Awards showcase the incredible work that many individuals, practices and organisations do, year in and year out. The quality of the nominees in all categories this year has amazed and delighted the judges. Congratulations to all this year’s winners and shortlisted nominees. Your dedication to the eye care of patients, clinical expertise and promotion of optometry sets you apart as true role models for the profession. ”

More than 14,000 votes were cast across this year’s awards categories. For more information on the AOP Awards 2015, including details of all the winners and shortlisted nominees.

AOP Awards

Now in its fifth year, the AOP Awards 2015, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, has quickly become a highlight of the optical calendar.

The winners of the AOP Awards 2015 were revealed at a black-tie gala dinner of more than 300 guests on 5 November, during the National Optical Conference in Birmingham.

We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support, including headline sponsor, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, and all the category sponsors:

• Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr Margaret Woodhouse, sponsored by Alcon
• Newly-qualified Optometrist of the Year – Neema Ghorbani Mojarrad, sponsored by Leightons Opticians
• Optometrist of the Year – Dr Martin Smith, sponsored by CooperVision
• Dispensing Optician of the Year – Lesley Oglethorpe, sponsored by Luxottica
• Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year – Colin Tonner, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
• Optical Assistant of the Year – Laura Taylor
• Student of the Year – Shaimil Shah, sponsored by Keeler
• Lecturer of the Year – Dr Katharine Evans, sponsored by 100% Optical
• Marketing Campaign of the Year – BBR Optometry, sponsored by Lloyd & Whtye
• Practice of the Year – G.T Harvey & Partners Optometrists, sponsored by Scope Ophthalmics
• Young Practice of the Year – Lesley Cree Opticians
• Charity Initiative of the Year – Taank Optometrists

GOC provides “Warning against cosmetic contact lenses”

October 2015

People choosing to wear cosmetic contact lenses this Halloween, after they were made popular by TV programmes such as Vampire Diaries and Twilight, are putting their sight at risk, experts warn.

Cosmetic lenses are readily available online and often in novelty shops and market stalls but the law states they must be dispensed in the presence of an optician or medical practitioner.
  
The General Optical Council warns that wearers are putting their health at risk in TS Today, the magazine of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, published next week.

Alistair Bridge, Director of Strategy at the General Optical Council said: "Cosmetic contact lenses should not be supplied by anyone other than an optician or doctor. Opticians make sure that contact lenses fit properly and that wearers receive expert advice on how to wear and store them safely.

“They will also offer important advice such as not to sleep in contact lenses and to never share or swap lenses, which can spread eye disease."

Otherwise known as plano or zero-powered lenses, cosmetic lenses are used to change the colour of the eye and were made popular in fashion and films but experts are concerned about the growing trend.

Young people are known to share them leading to an increased risk of serious problems occurring including, corneal ulcers and infections, that can lead to vision impairment.

The warning comes ahead of Halloween, next week, with some young people using the lenses as a way to enhance their outfits.

Leon Livermore, Chartered Trading Standards Institute chief executive, said young people should avoid using these lenses and parents should be wise to the risks.

He said: "Cosmetic contact lenses are often made and distributed on a 'one size fits all' basis and not tailored to the wearer's needs which can increase the risk of eye health issues.

"To minimise these risks it is essential that cosmetic lenses are fitted by a qualified professional who is able to provide advice on their safe use and ongoing care.

"We would advise against buying products like these online or from retailers as without professional supervision there are more likely to be health concerns for the individual."

Outlets found to be selling the lenses are instructed to remove the items from sale or face being referred to the General Optical Council, who have the power to take possible further enforcement action.

If you’re aware of cosmetic contact lenses being sold illegally, contact the General Optical Council’s legal compliance department at lc@optical.org or by calling 020 7307 3931. More information about the General Optical Council can be found online at www.optical.org

The November issue of TS Today is available next week at http://www.tradingstandards.uk/policy/tstoday.cfm

 

Members Of Fight For Sight Speaker Network To Present At 100% Optical

October 2015

Our charity partner Fight for Sight who funds pioneering eye research into preventing sight loss and treating eye disease, has provided an amazing line up of speakers for the main stage at 100% Optical 2016.

Places on each free seminar are limited and booking will open soon. Make sure you register your free place today to be the first to know.

LEADING SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

PROFESSOR HARMINDER S DUA
Harminda Dua

 

 

From the clinical anatomy of the ocular surface with a focus on the corneo-scleral limbus, through to diseases that affect the surface with emphasis on clinical signs and principles of management.


 

PROFESSOR JOHN MARSHALL
Prof John Marshall

 

A historical overview of laser treatment and it’s advances. He will explore techniques at the cutting edge of contemporary surgery including trans-epithelial topographically guided corneal crosslinking.

 

 

PROFESSOR BARBARA PIERSCIONEK
BARBARA PIERSCIONEK

 

 

Offers new insights in the understanding of the eye lens, ageing and growth, with her scientific expertise in the area of eye and vision research.

 

 

EDUCATION BOOKINGS WILL OPEN FOR ALL VISITORS ON WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2015

Bradford-based student optometrist and London-based student dispensing optician erased from GOC registers

October 2015

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for opticians, has erased Bradford-based student optometrist Mohammed Usman Ali from its registers.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to undertake training impaired by virtue of dishonesty in relation to his exam results.

In making its decision, the Committee, chaired by James Kellock, said: “The Committee determined that the falsification of grades by the Registrant was inappropriate and dishonest. The Committee found that the evidence was inconsistent with the Registrant’s explanation that he made an innocent mistake.

“In the Committee’s judgment, the Registrant has brought the profession into disrepute, breached fundamental tenets of the profession and acted in such a way that his integrity could no longer be relied upon. There is no evidence before the Committee to suggest that the Registrant’s misconduct is anything other than a one-off. However, there is no evidence before the Committee of remediation or insight. The Committee determined that the Registrant’s registration should be erased.”

Ali is now unable to continue his training in the UK or apply for full registration with the GOC.

Ali has until 18 November 2015 to appeal his erasure. If no appeal is lodged by this date, he will be removed from the register.

Also the GOC anounces that a London-based student dispensing optician suspended from GOC registers

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for opticians, has suspended Imran Tafader, a student dispensing optician based in London, from its registers for nine months.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to undertake training impaired by virtue of dishonesty in relation to his exam results.

In making its decision the Committee, chaired by Sara Fenoughty, said: “In this particular case, the Registrant sought to obtain a university place by lying in two separate documents about his results. Honesty is a fundamental requirement of the Code and any professional registered with the Council. It underpins all a registrant’s activities and duties.

“The Committee concluded that this dishonesty was serious and compounded by the creation of the false document. It is clear that these proceedings have been a salutary lesson and that he has great regret. The Committee … concluded that on balance a suspension order is proportionate on public interest grounds.”

Tafader, also known as Mahammad Tafadher, is now unable to continue his training in the UK or apply for full registration with the GOC for the period of his suspension.

Tafader has 28 days to appeal his suspension, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate order.


SILHOUETTE offers Practices the chance of a dazzling window for Christmas

October 2015

Silhouette Xmas Window

 

The festive season is fast approaching and Silhouette UK is delighted to announce its seasonal Christmas window initiative featuring the Crystal Collections…

Practices will qualify for a dazzling POS display that will make heads turn by purchasing a minimum of four frames from Silhouette’s Crystal collections.

Customers who receive a Crystal window display kit are invited to showcase their talent and tweet a photo of their Christmas themed window with the hashtag #silhouettechristmas and tag @silhouette_1964 for the chance to win a luxury Fortnum & Mason Christmas themed hamper.

The display kit will comprise of a snowflake-patterned poster and gift boxes in tones of gold and cream, designed to attract passing customers.

The Crystal Collection frames are perfect for Christmas and will make a great addition to your seasonal window decoration this year. The desirable women's Crystal frames focus on different character traits:

'Light Attraction' frames are fine and elegant

'Sparkling Finesse' conveys a contemporary, linear look

'Caresse' frames hold a single crystal, creating simple luxury

Each Crystal collection is comprised of beautiful rimless eyewear, crafted from 23 Carat gold-plated titanium, with between 6 and 24 Xilion crystals, hand-finished with precision in Austria.

GET IN TOUCH!

There are a limited number of Crystal window kits available, so book your Silhouette Christmas window now by contacting your local Area Sales Manager (Generic email address)

A First for The Primary Care Awards and for Irshad Ibrahim

October 2015

First Community OptometristOn Thursday 8th October 2015 the National Primary Care awards were held at The DoubleTree Hilton in Tower Hill, London. The Primary Care Awards 2015 is the first of its kind.

Uniquely celebrating integration excellence across all categories spanning primary care services.

The Primary Care Awards 2015 recognises leadership, innovation and creativity in a primary care landscape that is bursting at the seams.

Nominations were invited for Community Optometrist of The Year who were expected to attain:

• Provide outstanding patient experience
• Excellent consultation skills
• Leadership in the community
• Integrated working with health services in the area
• Innovative working
• Whole patient care

 

To his surprise Irshad Ibrahim was awarded “Community Optometrist of the Year 2015”. Having only qualified as an Optometrist two years ago

“I am extremely delighted and humbled to receive this National award, for the work my team (S.I.Opticals) that we provide in Leicestershire for the community.” Said Irshad.

 

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers installs new Master and his Wardens at installation day ceremony.

October 2015

Master and Wardens SMCThe Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers announces that Edward Middleton FCA was installed as the new Master of the Company on Wednesday 7 October 2015.

His new Wardens were also installed at a packed founder’s day ceremony, one of the most prestigious events in the WCSM calendar.

Don Grocott is the Upper Warden and Felicity Harding is the Renter Warden.

The Installation of the new Master and Wardens took place during a service at St Bride’s, Fleet Street and was followed by a lunch at the historic Apothecaries’ Hall in the City of London, attended by 135 guests.

Image: of the new Master and his Wardens.

Read about the WCSM’s new Master.

Get to know the New Master of the WCSM

October 2015

Edward Bernard Middleton FCA became the WCSM's new Master Spectacle Maker on 7 October 2015 for a tenure lasting one year.

Master of WCSM Edward MiddletonEdward joined the Spectacle Makers’ Company in 2004, becoming clothed as of the Livery in 2005.

He was appointed to the Court of Assistants in October 2008 and his professional knowledge as a Chartered Accountant was put to good use in his chairmanship of the Finance Committee, from 2008 until 2012.

Whilst Edward’s own background is not in optics, he has a keen interest in the continuing development of non-regulated staff in the optical sector. He was chairman of The WCSM Education Trust from its formation in 2010 up to 2015.

Edward qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the West End of London in 1970 and joined the City firm of Pannell Kerr Forster (PKF) in 1971. He became a UK partner in 1979 and was elected to the seven-strong full PKF board in 2005.

Between 1973 and 1975 he worked in the firm’s office in Nairobi, Kenya. His career also included a secondment to the Department of Trade and Industry as a Director in the Industrial Development Unit between 1984 and 1986. This role involved working at high levels in the Government and leading multi-disciplinary teams, assessing claims by UK and overseas companies for the provision of Government funding.

As a partner in PKF, Edward worked with many of the firm’s major clients, across a wide range of business activities including hotels, property, construction, financial services and retail. Edward was also responsible for the firm’s offices in India and the Middle East and was a frequent traveller to those countries, both to assist the offices in their development and to visit clients.

He retired from the firm in 2008.

Edward was a trustee and chairman of the finance committee of Hospitality Action, which helps people who have worked in the hospitality industry, for 17 years.

He is currently a trustee of ResCu, a local charity which supports people with learning disabilities. He is also a non-executive director of The London Cremation Company PLC.

Edward and his wife, Rosemary, live in Hertfordshire. They have three married sons and six grandchildren. Edward is a keen sailor and is qualified as an offshore skipper. Other interests include walking, photography, travelling and good food and wine.

Poll reveals few Britons aware that their eyes at daily risk

October 2015

• YouGov poll conducted with Essilor reveals most Britons unaware of damage to their eyes by surrounding objects, activities, and devices.

• Widespread lack of awareness means fewer people seeking methods of prevention and avoidance

• Even for those aware of risks, most not informed of existing preventative measures

The poll has shown that many British people remain uninformed about the various ways in which eyes are damaged by common daily factors, despite evidence that eye health is affected by blue light , UV rays (reflected from common surfaces) , diet , obesity , and smoking .

Of the 2,096 people polled, the percentage of respondents aware of the link between known factors affecting and eye health were:

• Poor diet (59%)

• Obesity (35%)

• Smoking tobacco (36%)

• UV light, not just direct from the sun but reflected off shiny surfaces (54%)

• Blue light from low energy lightbulbs and electronic screens (29%)

Over one in ten people were completely unaware that any of these factors could affect your eyesight at all.

72% of respondents own or wear prescription glasses but only 28% knew that there were lenses available (for both prescription and non-prescription glasses) to protect against some of these factors. Namely ‘blue light’ (emitted from electronic devices and low energy light bulbs), and ‘UV light’ (not only directly from the sun but also from reflections such as off of water, windows, and road surfaces).

76% admitted they haven’t heard of E-SPF ratings - the grade given to lenses to show the level of protection they offer against UV.

Just 13% have lenses with protection from direct and reflected UV light, and only 2% have protection from blue light (from screens, devices, and low energy bulbs).

Poll results showed that younger people were most aware of the dangers of UV and blue light, yet least aware of how smoking tobacco and obesity can affect your eye health.

Within social grades, ‘ABC1’ (upper/middle class) are more aware of the effects of smoking & obesity on eyesight than those belonging to ‘C2DE’ (lower middle/ working class) –

• 39% of those in ABC1 compared to 33% in C2DE are aware of the impact of smoking tobacco.

• 38% of those in ABC1 compared to 31% in C2DE are aware of the impact of obesity.

Awareness of the impacts of smoking and obesity on eye health is significantly higher in Scotland (47% & 49% respectively) than anywhere else in the UK (35% & 33% in England and 40% & 38% in Wales).

Essilor’s Professional Relations Manager, Andy Hepworth, has commented: “The lack of awareness about these common risks to people’s eyes is concerning. Not only would many more glasses wearers be better protected, but also many people who do not wear glasses would likely take precautions too, if made aware of the dangers and the existence of non-prescription protective lenses”

To see the full results of the poll, please visit the Essilor site here: http://www.essilor.co.uk/all_about_vision/all_about_vision_news_events/Eye_Health_At_Risk

Bradford Optometry Class of '89 Reunion

October 2015

Bradford Class of '89The Vision Care Institute of Johnson and Johnson played host this week (Monday 27 September) to a 26-year reunion for former optometry students of Bradford University.

Sixteen of the thirty students who graduated from Bradford in 1989 met for dinner followed by a one-day course on "Presbyopia".

Peter Charlesworth, who organised the event commented "It was very kind of Johnson & Johnson to host our event. We had a great time catching up and learning at the same time."

"It was great to catch up with old friends. Twenty-six years on and we're still going strong" said Philip Morgan

Sheetal Patel, Manager of the Vision Care Institute UK said "It was wonderful to get everybody together. We thought Presbyopia was an appropriate topic for a group of this age and they all seemed to have a great time.

They've been a really interactive group and even played video messages from some of their classmates who were unable to make it."

Pictured Left to right:

Alpana Sharma, Sarah Morgan, Philip Morgan, Amanda Griffiths, Lorraine Jones, Graham Phipps, Jane Laval, Andrew Garner, Cath Berry, Stuart Maxwell, Kay Weaver, Lisa Cartwright, Angela Phipps, Peter Charlesworth, John McCollam, Kalbir Mahal

 
 
 
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