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April 14th-16th 2018.


Optrafair 40th



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.

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40 Years of Excellence and History, come and celebrate with the profession and industry.

Optrafair is back, bigger and better across three days from 14-16 April 2018. The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians and MA Exhibitions invite you as a previous attendee to be first to register to attend the leading and most established optical event catering for the entire sector since 1978!


In addition to an unrivalled selection of exhibitors showcasing the latest equipment, frames and solutions is a feast of dedicated features covering all aspects of practice life:
• CET Theatre
• ABDO CET Theatre
• Window Dressing
• Business Theatre
• FMO Networking Bar
• Fashion Catwalk - NEW
• Independents’ Lounge - NEW
• Sports Eyewear - NEW
• Contact Lens Hub - NEW

The Optician Awards will be taking place on the evening of Saturday 14th April to celebrate the best of optics and extend the networking long into the evening.


As well as exploring all that’s new in the optical industry, Optrafair gives visitors the chance to gain an unrivalled amount of CET points. With the incredible variety of educational presentations, interactive workshops, on-stand sessions and lectures to attend, there is no better place to learn, discuss and debate with leading educators and business minds. Find out more here!

A great and easily accessible location for the nation! Find out more about accommodation and entertainment options.


1. Meet suppliers in one convenient location - including equipment, lenses, eyewear and business services

2. Enjoy a world class education programme of seminar and instrument workshop sessions from authoritative experts, including exclusive BCLA content

3. Gain multiple opportunities to achieve your CET point’s requirements

4. Receive quality business advice from inspirational leaders and innovators

5. Get ahead on placing your order for the next season’s eyewear collections

6. Get hands on with high specification equipment and gather information to help your buying decisions

7. Stay close to your membership associations and demonstrate your support for the profession

8. Network with like-minded professionals and find inspiration and ideas that will enhance your practice



Optrafair confirms that the Catwalk is back for the 40th Anniversary show.

Optrafair CatwalkSpectacle wearers with an eye for fashion can enjoy their very own catwalk show as part of an exclusive preview of the latest frame trends.

The Fashion Catwalk is a new addition to Optrafair 2018. Showcasing the latest eyewear trends, a programme of professionally choreographed catwalk shows will run over the three days of the show featuring the hottest brands and frames from leading suppliers.

Not only a visual spectacle, this unmissable feature will create a buzz at the heart of the show and educate attendees in trend forecasting, purchasing advice and how to tailor the correct style to their customers’ own tastes.

With fashion an ever-growing sector within the profession, the catwalk will sit alongside the latest technological advances and state-of-the-art tools to provide an all-encompassing preview of what we can expect to see in practices up and down the country in 2018 and beyond.

Andrew Yorke, chairman of the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians, said: “We have to remember that from a customer viewpoint we are a fashion industry too. That blend of science and fashion appeals to me and I enjoy discovering new looks and seeing what’s trending.

“The frames and the lenses are unquestionably the shop window of our industry and the instruments and machines are what keeps it all ticking along behind the scenes.”

The catwalk will sit alongside a host of other features at Optrafair 2018. Back by popular demand are the CET Theatre, ABDO CET Theatre, Window Dressing, and after their successful inauguration at this year’s show, the Business Theatre and FMO Networking Bar.

Meanwhile, other new features for 2018 include the dedicated BCLA Contact Lens Hub and the Independents’ Lounge– a networking space dedicated to independents offering one-to-one access to guest speakers.

Optrafair organisers the FMO and MA Group are joint media partners with PHN and as the show nears we will be opening Optrafair Preview Pages in the first week of February. So all signed up exhibitors are welcome to send stories about their plans to us for publication along with images!


The UK's leading optical exhibition

Optrafair brings together and is valued by a community of practitioners, suppliers and educators to help eye care professionals expand their knowledge, grow awareness of new products and services, gain continuing education and training points and develop their businesses.
Built on a trusted heritage spanning over 35 years, Optrafair is the established place to close deals, be immersed in the latest clinical thinking and business advice and get hands on with new products and equipment.

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For leading brands and newer companies aiming to get a foothold on the market,
Optrafair is the premium event to be seen at, and where you'll meet a dedicated and informed audience of eye care professionals.

First held in 1978, Optrafair is now brought to you by two of the most respected organisations serving the optical market, the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) and Optician.

The FMO is the trade body representing UK suppliers of optical products and services while Optician is the career-long information partner for optical industry professionals providing news, business advice and educational courses.

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Our visitors say: *

"Just made my way to #optrafair! Enjoying the 'Buzz' and all the great education & exhibition on show!"

"Plenty of great stands to visit at #Optrafair! Loved the show this year"

"Brilliant weekend at #optrafair1 Thanks to who made the past 3 days so enjoyable"

"Spending the day at #optrafair, love the new stands. Looking forward to stocking new frames"

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"I wouldn't miss this because of the networking. If you are buying equipment you are daft not to come to Optrafair"

"We haven't had enough time to get around and see everything. There's just such a great atmosphere, its brilliant"

*Taken from Social Media during the event #Optrafair



The FMO and the Mark Allen Group publishing "Optician" and Primary Health Net Ltd publishing "Opchat News" are co media partners for the Optrafair 2018 Event.