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Essilor launches faster adaptive lens

Transitions Adaptive lenses

Essilor has launched an improved Transitions adaptive lens with even faster activation time.

The most effective treatment for Anterior Blepharitis launched by Grafton

AB Max from Grafton

Grafton Optical launches AB Max™; advanced outer eyelid margin cleaning for anterior blepharitis. The unique AB Max™ pulse mode provides the most effective and efficient treatment on the market

Coopervision subsidiary No7 announces a new scleral lens, One Fit Med

One Fit Med

It was the best attended HOAC Conference for many years, so hopefully you were there and could attend the Onefit Med presentation or pick up the product information from our stand.

Some 2020 trend predictions for you...from Louis Stone

Clare Gabba

"When considering Spring/Summer spectacle trends for next year, I personally find the fashion catwalks of London, New York, Paris and Milan to be integral to my research." Says Clare Gaba

The Understated Style Statement by Mykita


The warm, understated appeal of matt finishes has made it a new mainstay of contemporary design.

Belvie presents the new 2019-2020 autumn-winter collections

Adam from Belvie

Belvie, a strongly cosmopolitan-oriented French brand, announces its new winter collections with even better finishes, lighter structures, hi-tech and superresistant materials.

NewX-IDE F/W 2019 Styles

New Wave from X-IDE

Unconventional expressions of individual personality through innovation and creativity is what the new X-IDE Fall/Winter 2019 collection is all about. 

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

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Smart Home Technology Increases Access and Independence for Blind and Partially Sighted people

Smart Tech
As the world becomes increasingly digital, it brings welcome channels of communication and independence for people with visual impairments. The latest development is Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) –

End of the road for the Autograph IntelligenceTM Roadshows, but stay tuned there's more en route

Shamir AI Roadshow
Shamir have officially come to the end of the Autograph IntelligenceTM Roadshows, which took place all over the United Kingdom throughout November. 

GOC erases Harrow based student optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase a student optometrist based in Harrow,

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2019 VSP Global Scholarship Recipients

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and VSP Global® announced the recipients of this year’s Practice Excellence Scholarships.

BCLA Visionaries conference offers insight into emerging practice

Visionairy Pioneers
Eye care practitioners attending the BCLA’s Visionaries & Pioneers conference have been challenged to make the most of their opportunity to address myopia in a child’s formative years,

ABDO Optical Assistants course opens

Last week the first group of optical assistants on ABDO College’s Optical Assistant course met at ABDO's National Resource Centre to learn more about key skills in optics. The workshop allows optical assistant to develop their skills in spectacle repairs and adjustments and pre-screening.

BCLA announces plan for global consensus report on contact lenses and issues call for expert authors

A new BCLA global consensus report will deliver evidence-based guidance on contact lenses and the anterior eye to ensure the best possible care for patients around the world.

DoS moves on to ABDO from GOC

GOC announces the departure of Director of Strategy Alistair Bridge and the appointment of Leonie Milliner as Senior Education Adviser

Registration opens for Optrafair 20/20, April 4th to April 5th at the NEC

Optrafair 20/20
As the UK's original flagship optical event, Optrafair has a history of bringing all areas of optics together to promote cohesion and collaboration. In 2020, Optrafair brings you a carefully curated programme of lectures, workshops and panels designed to inspire and support everyone in the field.

Sheffield independent reaches out to homeless

Sheffield independent, Victoria Smith, who has an eponymous practice on the outskirts of the city, says providing eyecare for homeless people “makes me appreciate how much I have”.

FDA approves first contact lens (MiSight soft contact lenses) indicated to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first contact lens indicated to slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old at the initiation of treatment. 

Alcon sponsors National Ophthalmology Database (NOD)

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has welcomed a funding boost from industry which will help it run its National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) for cataract surgery after NHS England ceased funding the audit tool in April.

GOC Interim Director steps down.

Dr Subo Shanmuganathan steps down as Interim Director of Education

GOC suspends Hertfordshire based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend a registered optometrist based in Hertfordshire, from its register for nine months.

GOC suspends Hertfordshire based dispensing optician

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

MHRA alert: Phenylephrine 2.5% supply disruption

Minims phenylephrine 2.5% eye drops will be out of stock from the end of November 2019 until early January 2020

Caledonian Optical celebrate SMC tech highest exam results

onian OpticalAlison Potter
Caledonian Optical lab technician, Keith Milne, is celebrating being awarded the highest marks in the SMC Tech (Level 4) exams – the most challenging test of spectacle lens manufacturing.

Optometrist apprenticeship degree standard update, everyone is encouraged to read the full story.

In the government initiative to open up access to degree level qualifications in health and other high-skill sectors, a trail blazer group has been exploring with the Institute of Apprenticeships a four-year optometrist degree course based on the apprenticeship model. The Institute of Apprenticeships is now consulting on progress so far. The consultation is open until 9 December. The College is a member of the trailblazer group.

Almost 11000 signatures and rising has been achieved in a petition against a discussed apprenticeship scheme to create more optometrists

The petition aims to reach 15000 in number as many of the profession show their distaste at the mooted possibility of apprenticeship courses for optometrists in the UK.

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