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Breath Shields now available from Grafton for all Slit Lamps

Grafton Optical Breath Shield

Grafton Optical are pleased to be able to supply their Universal Slit Lamp Breath Shield in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Kay Pictures to provide Six month’s FREE use of iSight Pro app worldwide

Kay Pictures iSight

The Kay iSight Test Pro visual acuity test is now available with a FREE 6 months introductory subscription for Apple devices only.

Grafton Optical announces the launch of I-DROP® MGD Viscoadaptive Tears


Exclusively available in the UK through Grafton Optical, I-DROP® MGD Viscoadaptive Tears

Offer your patients unmatched lubrication and hydration of the cornea.

Tots to teens inspired by Blitz Kidz collection

Blitz Kidz from Norville

Tiny tots to teens
 are well catered for with Norville’s inspiring collection of Blitz Kidz fames in just about every colour of the rainbow.

Optrafair 20/20 Postponed till September 19

VVEE Cancellation

Having monitored the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully and listened to event stakeholders’ views and concerns over the last two weeks, the FMO Board and MA Exhibitions have unanimously decided to postpone Optrafair 20/20.

Vision Expo East CANCELLED

VVEE Cancellation

Vision Expo East, due to be held March 26-29, will now be consolidated with Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, September 23-26.

MMXX for Vision Expo East : happy 10 year anniversary!

MMXX c1 from MAD in Italy
At Vision Expo East 2020 MAD in Italy proudly present the limited edition ‘MMXX’ frame to celebrate Mad in Italy’s first 10 years.

Enter the new Rye&Lye collection

Rye and Lye Chiffon

Tailored design and extraordinary attention to detail in an ongoing dialog between past and future:

Many more exciting products on our new products and services pages

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The Latest News

Government launches new drive on coronavirus tests for frontline NHS staff

NHS staff will be first in line for a new coronavirus (COVID-19) testing programme being developed in collaboration with government and industry.

Insight Optical Training is relaunching their website as enrolment for the new level 2 qualifications

Insight Optical Training is delighted to announce that people can now enrol of its Level 2 optical assistant qualification, endorsed by the awarding body NCFE.

'The end of an era' - BCLA bids a fond farewell to Cheryl Donnelly

Cheryl Donnelly
By anyone’s standards this has been an extraordinary week. Never has the word ‘unprecedented’ been so widely used.


COVID-19 - Patient Care at Growing Risk as NHS ENGLAND ignores Optics

NHS England’s failure to act is forcing hundreds of optical practices to close, with a direct and dangerous impact on the eye healthcare of patients in England during the COVID-19 crisis, the OFNC warned late Friday.

Promised further information and important links for help in finance in Covid Pandemic

The Chancellor, last night announced a new Self-employment Income Support Scheme to support self-employed people who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. GOV.UK has further details about who is eligible for the scheme and how it will work.

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU Working in THE NHS

Thanks NHS
Lets show our appreciation by applauding them at your front door, gate , balcony or wherever you can be seen.

News is just arriving on help for self-employed which will assist locums

Rishi Sunak
Self-employed workers will be able to apply for a grant of up to £2,500 a month to help them cope with the financial impact of coronavirus, the chancellor has announced.

Eyecare and sight loss sectors- It’s time to work better together to support the 250 people in the UK that start to loose their sight every day!!

Daniel Williams, man on a mission with low vision takes a look at how eyecare and sight loss sectors can work better together for the benefit of low vision patients like himself.

IACLE makes resources available to all contact lens educators during COVID-19 pandemic

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) is offering all educators access to online resources for remote teaching during the global COVID-19 outbreak.

WinIPRO PMSbuilds on its reliability reputation.

WinIPRO,the European practice management system, has launched a new payment plan with rental and one-off price options.

The International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy (ISCT), warning on fake stem cell covid tech

ISCT is the global society of clinicians, researchers, regulators, technologists, and industry partners dedicated to the translation of cellular therapy into safe and effective therapies to improve patients’ lives, today and announces it is discussing with scientific and industry organizations and regulators a range of actions against the proliferation of unproven and untested ‘stem cell’–based therapies

OFNC updated guidance on opening arrangements for optical practices

Joint statement from the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC), Optometry Scotland, Optometry Wales and Optometry Northern Ireland 25th March

AOP calls on Government to act faster for locums

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is calling on the Government to redouble its efforts to provide essential support for self-employed people, such as locum optometrists.

OPTICAL PRACTICES – ESSENTIAL OPENING ARRANGEMENTS clarified this morning (24 March 2020)

Following the initial statement posted yesterday evening and published by us

Financial and Business Planning during the Covid-19 Pandemic

FODO has provided a useful guide for eyecare providers who may struggle in the coming weeks and months. The information covers staff retention, tax payments both direct and indirect, sick pay and loans and grants. 

Many Drugs Already Approved by FDA May Have Promise Against COVID-19

Two new studies each suggest that dozens of drugs already approved for use in the United States may prove effective against the new coronavirus, according to U.S. News & World Report.

UK launches whole genome sequence alliance to map spread of coronavirus

The £20 million investment could help public health agencies combat COVID-19 and future pandemics.

New technology challenge to support people who are isolating

£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus.

Vaccine trials among recipients of £20 million coronavirus research investment

Trials of new coronavirus vaccine among 6 projects to receive share of £20 million.

OPTICAL PRACTICES – ESSENTIAL OPENING ARRANGEMENTS clarified this morning (24 March 2020)

Covid page
Following the initial statement posted yesterday evening and published by us (see news story) we now have further clarification that Optical Practices following strict rules can and are expected to stay open for key workers as well as those with ongoing essential and emergency care.

Newsflash 8.30 pm Monday Prime Minister calls for near complete lockdown for most

No one should leave home unless...........

Urgent Advice to all Optical Practices and Practitioners in England – 23 March 2020

OFNC is therefore issuing this advice to the sector in England setting out....no further routine sight testing

New Statement from Chancellor Sunak late last night

The Chancellor, this evening,(20th March) announced further measures to support people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

The Chancellor’s statement can be found here

Routine Eyecare to cease by order in Scotland from March 23rd

A Memorandum providing an important update to all community optometry practices and staff regarding the provision of community eye care services during the COVID-19 pandemic is available in full here as a pdf .

Covid-19 News reports on the dedicated section on Opchat News

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16/04/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

11/05/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

11/05/2020 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Jane Pullum Memorial Lecture - Lecture presented by Mr A Patwardhan - 'Interpretation of OCT Retinal Scan & its application in Clinical Practice'

20/05/2020 - Somerset LOC - South West
Registration from 6.30pm - AGM from 7.00pm and Lecture by Alcon from 7.30pm

27/05/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Retina Imaging Interpretation Course: 09:30 – 17:00

09/06/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

16/06/2020 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture & ACES Peer Review. Lecture presented by Mr Ed Herbert, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon. Lecture: Retinal Updates & Peripheral Examining Techniques

18/06/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Glaucoma Imaging Interpretation Course: Course: 10.00 – 17:00 at optometrists and doctors. Medical photographers, technicians and ophthalmic nurses

18/06/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Glaucoma Imaging Interpretation Course: Course: 10.00 – 17:00 at optometrists and doctors. Medical photographers, technicians and ophthalmic nurses

19/06/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Non-Invasive Vascular Imaging Course:Course: 10.00 – 17:00 optometrists and doctors. Medical photographers, technicians and ophthalmic nurses

02/07/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

08/07/2020 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
AGM & Peer Discussion Event. Registration from 6.30pm for 7.00pm start. Lecture presented by Jonathan Bench, Alcon. Lecture ' Using DEWSII to classify dry eye subtype & its severity'

29/07/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

02/09/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

14/09/2020 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture and ACES Peer Review Lecture title - Rust Ring Removal and ACES Protocols ACES Peer Review

15/09/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

16/09/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Retina Imaging Interpretation Course: 09:30 – 17:00

15/10/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

23/10/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Non-Invasive Vascular Imaging Course:Course: 10.00 – 17:00 optometrists and doctors. Medical photographers, technicians and ophthalmic nurses

05/11/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

03/12/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

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