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100% Diversity of exhibitors provides golden opportunity to get hands on with Swissflex


Niche market frame brands with smaller companies often only make rare appearances at exhibitions and that is true for Swissflex Eyewear.

A sneak preview of 100% Optical in the “build” process

Here we go for 2019's best day out for all

It’s a scene that most of this weekend's 9000 + visitors will never see but the you can feel the excitement and thrill rising as you walk, stumble and manoeuvre your way around what seems like 100’s of ladders and expo hardened fitters creating something akin to a film set.

Kliik Denmark 2019 releases

Kliik Denmark 2019
The new KLiiK denmark collection offers a modern, minimalistic look for men and women requiring a narrow fit. 

MIC Made in Cadore January Releases

Foglia by MIC 2019

Common denominator in MIC-Made in Cadore frames is the Dolomite mountains, source of inspiration and ecosystem of riveting magnificence.

FYSH 2019 This year's new releases

FYSH 2019

Reflecting the latest runway looks and the color trends of the season, the new FYSH releases feature innovative material combinations, metallic hues and elegant finishes. Unique patterns, custom laminations and contemporary shapes are key to the perfect eyewear accessory for the ambitious women who embrace individual style.

Evatik January 2019 release

Evatik 2019

Minimalistic style and architectural design elements are elevated by high end materials in the new EVATIK collection. Deep, masculine colors and fine details create a polished look for today’s modern man, striking the perfect balance between comfort and luxury.

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

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The Latest News

Reichert award Malcolm Redfearn as a thank you for 40 years of association.

Malcolm Redfearn
At an informal “pop up” celebratory award ceremony held after 100% Optical’ s free party, Malcolm Redfearn was awarded an official plaque

Dunelm celebrates 50th anniversary at 100% Optical in Style

Dunelm are exhibiting for the very first time at 100% Optical using their impressive stand first used at MIDO 2018.

Visualise publish 3 more Clinical Briefings

Visualise Training and Consultancy has published a further 3 briefings to assist the visually impaired and those whose role is to care or work with them or provide advice

Grafton announces a 50% on the E-Eye, yet another impelling reason to get down to 100% this week

In the week leading to 100% Optical Grafton Optical provide an impelling reason to get your skates on and visit 100%'s biggest and most comprehensive equipment area at London Excel. The show provides an opportunity to investigate and admire all the latest technology form all of the top and respected equipment companies under one roof. Take a look at the other specail deals and exceptional opportunities on our preview pages here.

Opticians Crisis Service see 327 at Christmas

Crisis at Xmas

Volunteer opticians from Vision Care for Homeless People saw 327 patients at London’s Crisis clinics this Christmas. Hundreds of pairs of glasses were dispensed to people living on the streets with uncorrected vision which leaves them very vulnerable. Twenty three people were referred to hospital for ophthalmic treatment or further investigations.

Stepper shows continued support for Excellence in Dispensing

Stepper Award
Since 2001 the STEPPER Prize has awarded to the student achieving the highest mark in the ABDO Preliminary Qualifying Practical Examination.

IACLE celebrates 40 years of exceptional education

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators will mark its 40th year with anniversary events in the UK, the Philippines, Colombia and United States during 2019. See the video here.

As 2018 fades into 2019 it means only one thing, start the year off with a bang at London's Excel

With less than 11 days to go there's some really exceptionel offers avaialble to visitors to 100% Optical opening on 12th January at London's Excel. Register here and consider making it a weekend to remember. Visit our Opchat preview pages for even more offers and events.

Happy Christmas and a prosperous and exciting New Year from PHN and Opchat News Team, see you all at 100% Optical soon.

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International and home-grown singer puts Komono in the spotlight.

Rita Ora at Jingle Bells concert

British singer and actress Rita Ora wore the Ava sunglass by KOMONO during her performance at the Capital FM#s Jingle Bell Ball 2018 held at the O2 arena 8/9th December.

College advise against lasers as gifts for Christmas

The College of Optometrists advise anyone buying presents for children to be aware of the dangers of lasers, “If you can’t avoid lasers, ensure they are bought from a reputable retailer” 

GOC reappoints Glenn and Rosie

The Privy Council has reappointed registrant Council member Glenn Tomison and lay Council member Rosie Glazebrook for another four years, commencing 1 January 2019.

GOC suspends London based student optometrist.

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend a student optometrist based in London, from its register for a period of twelve months.

Optometric Organisations Reach Agreement on Establishing New COPE Governing Committee

The American Academy of Optometry (Academy), the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) are pleased to announce a joint agreement has been reached to restructure the governance of the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE™). 

Don't miss the Greatest Show in Optics

100% Fashion Show
The UK’s largest optical event, 100% Optical, is promising its 9,000 visitors their greatest optical journey yet at its biggest, boldest and brightest 2019 show. Now 1 month to go!

FODO prize winner announced for Anglia Ruskin

FODO congratulates Isabel Connelly from the Anglia Ruskin University, who was awarded the FODO prize for best overall performance in Final Practical Dispensing in the Ophthalmic Dispensing degree. 

Eyewear Week is coming are you ready?

100% Optical is launching a brand new Eyewear Week running from 7 – 13 January to help save the high street and raise the profile of the most important fashion accessory there is.

APPG met this week:

Experts met on December 10, to discuss Eye Health and Visual Impairment, in particular Vision Screening for four to five year olds. 

College Council Election results announced

The College of Optometrists has announced the names of its newest Council members. 

College of Optometrists launches new app.

The College of Optometrists has launched a new app to help support members in providing the best possible patient care. 

GOC suspends London Optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend an optometrist based in London, from its register for a period of six months

Fittingbox chosen by Fielmann as key strategic partner for Digitization

After several months of worldwide technological research and analysis, Fielmann, Central Europe`s market leader in eyewear, has chosen FittingBox as one of its key partners for the digitization process. 

Performance Finance acquires specialist paper finance team from the Practice Finance Company.

We are delighted to announce that Performance Finance has strengthened its position in the paper professions lending market by acquiring a specialist paper finance team from the Practice Finance Company.

‘All-encompassing’ joint meeting hailed a success

Christopher Liu
The first-ever joint meeting of two leading associations focused on contact lenses and anterior eye has been hailed as a “triumph of teamwork” with more than 150 delegates enjoying a range of lectures on a wide range of key topics.

Employment of EU clinicians and staff after possible No Deal exit.

In a letter sent out by Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Minister it is clear that the continued employment of EU workers will require urgent action in the new year. Here is a part of that letter:

Academy 2018 in San Antonio shatters attendance records

The Academy 2018 at San Antonio, held November 7-10, was the 97th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. It was the largest meeting in the Academy’s history with a total of 7,948 registrants (a 3% increase over 2017), including 4,625 optometrists and vision scientists and 1,168 students.

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