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NIRVAN JAVAN Metal Eyewear Collection for a stylish summer

Nirvan Javan

Summer is synonymous with relaxing, having fun and parties. Why not see it with style? NIRVAN JAVAN, the Swiss brand with the same name as its designer, Nirvan Javan, proposes a selection of metal models for its BECAUSE I CAN optical range and SHADE 19 sunglass range as the must-have accessory for the hottest season of the year.

BLACKFIN-Perfection in the Detail

Tilting nose pads from Blackfin

The difference is in the details: Blackfin adds distinctive elements to its line of prescription eyewear frames and sunglasses. 

Singin the BLUs from Scojo New York BLuLites

Scojo BLulite

Scojo New York is delighted to introduce the latest in BluLite styles – now available in metal frames. 

Five New Progear Frames from Norville

Progear Urban
Progear Urban polarising sunglasses continue to cool this summer heatwave with the latest functional sunwear styles hitting the range. 

Light Weight but no Lightweight

Light Weight Frames from Stepper

Beta-Titanium has so much to offer eyewear. Its inherent characteristics deliver benefit after benefit that are so in line with the needs of the wearer.

Scenes of Life with Nikita and Stella

Nikita and Stella

A decidedly feminine look for these young women who are followers of a contemporary and trendy style. A real duo of best friends in glasses Nikita and Stella.

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

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The Latest News

London's 2019 Largest Vision Conference is announced at Wimpole Street home of the RSM

Royal Society of Medicine and Vision UK team up to provide one of the largest combined Annual Optical Conferences at Wimpole Street on October 9th

News from the GOC (10th July)

Education Strategy, Love your Lenses and New course Aprovals and More...

BCLA announces new myopia management certificate

A new certificate in myopia management will allow eye care professionals to translate the latest research findings to their clinical practice as part of a drive to boost awareness of the “ticking timebomb” of a global eye health epidemic.

New Blackfin Global Sales Director appointed

Filippo Pustetto
The Belluno, Italy company specialized in the manufacture of high-end titanium eyewear under the Blackfin brand, has named Filippo Pustetto global sales director, as of July 8.

NEG celebrates 40th Anniversary with Members

Michael and Mike
Members of the National Eyecare Group (NEG) gathered in Nottingham last month to help the group celebrate its landmark 40th anniversary.

As Macular week ends Fight for Sight announces Scientific Funding

This Macular Week, Fight for Sight announced funding for scientists at Queen’s University Belfast who hope to boost the capacity for damaged tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye to repair themselves to prevent or slow down sight loss for patients with age-related macular degeneration.

Vision UK reports on Fight For Sight's need for participants in research

The MED4VI Study (mobile electronic devices for visual impairment) – now looking for participants.The study, funded by Fight for Sight and run by the University of Manchester in collaboration with City, University of London, aims to discover whether mobile electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets improve quality of life for people with a visual impairment.

Andrew Brandi nears end of the road for VCHP

Awet Habtezion
Striding out to mark his 60th birthday, Andrew Brandi, has covered more ground than most – the challenge is no less than the 630 miles of the South West Coast path.

Introducing the LOCSU Optical Lead Team

The new LOCSU Optical Lead team is now in place and able to support LOCs across a range of issues, from LOC specific questions and queries through to the facilitation of discussions with commissioners and wider stakeholders.

LOCSU publishes pathway for patients on long-term hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine

The Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) has published a new hydroxychloroquine pathway to align with Royal College of Ophthalmology (RCOphth) guidelines published in February 2018.

Reminder deadline for reporting Annual Practice Complaints

Deadline for reports on NHS practice complaints in England - 19 July, whether you have any recorded or NOT!

AAO announces Barr Awards

Pabita Dhungel
American Academy of Optometry foundation announces the 2019 Joe and Janet Barr early career cornea and contact lens research award recipients

GOC shares Fitness to Practise insights with optical business registrants

On Friday last the General Optical Council (GOC) held a roundtable event for optical business registrants at their London office.

Essilor® Sun Solution™ No Ordinary story

Essilor Sun Big StoryThe students Anne and Marie-Eve decided to travel across Latin America for six months by bike to support business creation through solidarity financing

AOP launches "Stub it Out" a campaign to encorage smokers to stop putting their vision at risk.

Stub It Out Campaign AOP

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is today warning that millions of smokers in the UK are putting themselves at increased risk of blindness or sight impairment by continuing with the habit. 

New CET Workshops will Enhance Sight Loss and Disability Knowledge of Optical Professionals

Two new CET workshops worth 3 interactive points each have been added to the range offered by Visualise Training and Consultancy to complement their successful Seeing Beyond the Eyes programme

Sight Loss Charities launch "go-to" hub website

Working in partnership, sight loss charities Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Guide Dogs, Visionary, VICTA, Fight for Sight and Vision UK have launched a new online advice hub

Composer dedicates piano composition to VCHP

Awet Habtezion
Vision Care for Homeless People volunteer, Awet Habtezion, has dedicated her new piano composition, HOPE,

Third report on scheme for Registration from College

The College of Optometrists has published its third report analysing pre-registration trainees’ performance on the Scheme for Registration (SfR). The report is based on demographic and performance data of a single cohort of 620 pre-registration trainees who enrolled on the College’s SfR

GOC erases Durham based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase an optometrist based in Durham, from its register

IOA announces Finalists for SILMO 2019

The International Opticians Association (IOA), has announced the finalists for the Silmo IOA International Optician of the Year Award. This innovative award, first given at the 2018 Silmo d’OR Ceremony,

Young Cancer Survivor opens new VE in Metrocentre

Metrocentre opening
The 11-year-old from Prudhoe is Vision Express guest of honour at new store launch

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

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Paying Too Much VAT Out of Net Profits?

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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

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16/07/2019 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture & ACES Peer Review. Lecture ' Prem babies retinopathy & dodgy discs'

23/09/2019 - Heidelber Operation and Interpretation Course - Home Counties
A comprehensive course covering OCT image acquisition and interpretation. 7 CET points for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

03/09/2107 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - South East
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Location South East Salary 250-275 a day.
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