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DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET: Is Britain really losing its Focus
The first ever completely blurred film, Focus on Life is launched today to highlight the national issue of our worsening eyesight and its impact on our lives –
Repeat of Thealoz® Duo eye drops TV Campaign
Thea’s leading dry eye brand is repeating it’s successful TV advertising campaign.
LOC Treasurer Seminars – more dates announced
Following a series of successful seminars in the summer, LOCSU is hosting a further set of virtual guidance sessions for LOC Treasurers in late October and November 2020
GOC launches public consultation on COVID-19 statements
The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation seeking views on how it can continue to support its registrants and the optical sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as different parts of the UK experience local and potentially national restrictions now and in the future.
AAOF announces the 2020 JOHNSON & JOHNSON VISION J. PAT CUMMINGS SCHOLARSHIPS
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation, in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision, is pleased to announce the 2020 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship recipients.
There are hopes COVID’s ‘cancel culture’ could prompt drop in Halloween horror stories
Eye care practitioners are hopeful the cancellation of Halloween fancy dress parties due to COVID-19 could prompt a fall in ghoulish horror stories caused by novelty cosmetic contact lenses.
Gareth Hadley awarded OBE
GOC Chair, Gareth Hadley, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his services to the optical sector.
E-GOS rollout delayed
New online claims system – new roll outs to be paused
Optometrists advised to register for free PPE on the PPE Portal now
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) encourages and urges all Optometrists with an NHS contract to continue registering with HM Government’s PPE Portal to order COVID-19 PPE, free of charge.
ABDO calls for an end to discrimination
The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is calling for action to end discrimination and harassment in the optical industry in response to a survey of members.
MP opens new Optical Express Eye Clinic and Laser Treatment Centre in Dartford
Local MP Gareth Johnson has official opened a new state-of-the-art ophthalmology clinic including laser eye, Intraocular Lens (IOL) and cataract surgery has opened in Dartford
GOC suspends Bradford based optometrist
The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend an optometrist based in Bradford, from its register for three months.
BCLA teams up with Alcon for series of PPE videos
The “donning and doffing” of PPE is now part and parcel of eye care practitioners’ daily working lives and the British Contact Lens Association has teamed up with Alcon to produce a series of videos detailing handy hints for making face coverings work better for you.
SwissLens will officially acquire the complete Lunelle® product portfolio from CooperVision.
As an official partner of SwissLens, No7 Contact Lenses will become the exclusive distributor of all Lunelle® products in the UK.
Covid-19 Pandemic and it’s effects on the Pre-Reg population
We have all faced challenges throughout the global Covid pandemic, Optics has had its fair share of challenges. Call to action from Optical Community
New Principal for ABDO College announced
Dr Robert Cubbidge will take over as principal of ABDO College from July 2021.
Sight Loss Needn't Mean Job Loss - Free 1 Hour Webinar Oct 29th at 4pm
Every 6 minutes, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight.
2020 Bursary Scheme goes live provided by the Spectacle Maker's Charity
The Spectacle Makers’ Charity has launched its 2020 bursary scheme for first-year optical students.
New fund to support health and social care teams with implementing innovations and improvements in the West Midlands
The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has launched the Safety Innovation & Improvement Fund, giving individuals and teams working in health and social care the chance to apply for funding of up to £10,000
Specsavers brings a smile to the nation with new adverts
On October 12th Specsavers launched a new campaign that celebrates the positivity and joy that a smile can bring, even in these challenging times
OptiCommerce, launches BYTESIZE, a webinar series with a difference.
BYTESIZE is a guided series of 6 digestible webinars (only 25 mins each!) for optometry professionals designed to provide 6 achievable actions to help build a better online presence.
Global audience expected for live-streamed BCLA UK
This year’s BCLA UK Conference & Exhibition promises to be something truly unique, with the virtual event now being live-streamed for eye care practitioners around the world.
OFNC Update:COVID-19 FUNDING for Optical Practices in England
The OFNC's last update on COVID-19 payments for GOS providers in England was on 4 September, confirming that average GOS support would remain in place until the end of August.
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