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Join NIRVAN JAVAN on a Journey

Tokyo by Nirvan Javan

NIRVAN JAVAN invites you on a journey of 10 million steps, from the Mediterranean to the land of the rising sun

SynergEyes hybrid contact lens has a new iD

SynergEyes iD

Positive Impact has announced the UK launch of what is seen as the next generation of hybrid contact lenses,

New Frey inspired AP300 Visual fields Analyser

Grafton Frey AP-300

Grafton Optical are excited to announce the launch of the AP-300 Visual Fields Analyser from Frey; an advanced platform with patient-centred functionality

Blackfin introduces the new rimless AERO WIRE family

ero by BlackfinMiraflex Kids Frames

After the launch of the line last Spring, Blackfin now introduces the new Aero WIRE family of frames where design purity and functionality combine in an all-new way

Miraflex children’s eyewear widen product offering

Miraflex Kids Frames

The highly commended Miraflex range of children’s frames has continued to succeed with the launch of four additional frames 

Skugga smart glasses tech platform designed for fashion and design brands

Skugga Smart eyewear

SKUGGA Technology AB, the Stockholm-based tech company, has created an industry leading smart miniaturised eyewear module,

Profilo: the graphic make-up by LOOK

LOOK Profilo

Another breakthrough in artisan craftsmanship by LOOK-made in Italia: PROFILO,

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Visioncall sponsors FREE CET event

Free Seeing Beyond the Eyes 1 interactive point* CET Webinar sponsored by Visioncall

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers rewards research excellence

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM) this week announced the winners of its annual bronze medal award competitions for research published during the last year.

WM5G to showcase Healthcare innovations at Birmingham Tech Week 2021

West Midlands 5G (WM5G) have recently announced their plans to display and demonstrate healthcare advancements under development at Birmingham Tech Week 2021.

‘Let’s get comfortable talking about contact lens discomfort’

The latest BCLA webinar will urge eye care professionals to proactively address the issue of contact lens discomfort in practice

ESSILOR ‘Ultimate Sharp Vision’ Media Campaign

SILMO Gold Award
A new national “drive to store” digital media campaign has been launched by Essilor Ltd to support independent ECPs participating in its Take Two multi-pair lens promotion.

NHS England – Afghan relocation and resettlement schemes

Guidance for optometry practices on the Afghan relocation and resettlement schemes.

Optometry Scotland calls for 3% increase

Optometry Scotland (OS) reports on its bid for a 3% increase on fees this year. 

Free PPE to the health and care sector (England) could it end by next March?

The DHSC will continue to provide this PPE until 31 March 2022. However, it is now running a consultation on whether to extend access to free PPE after this date.


Essilor Experts
Essilor’s new partner programme, Essilor Experts, is now live and promises to support, build, and futureproof independent optical practices.

Posthumous IOA Award for Bernard Maitenaz

Bernard Maitenaz RIP
The International Opticians Association has celebrated the achievements of Bernard Maitenaz in a ceremony which took place in Paris.

New Master at WCSM

SILMO Gold Award
Ian Davies takes office as Master of The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers

NEW Sustainability Self-Assessment Tool

All the talk is about sustainability in the run up to the SEE Summit on the environment for the optical community, but what’s the step YOU should take 

Now its time for the 'Flu' Jab for PC workers

The NHS will fund flu vaccinations for primary eye care teams for the first time.

October 14th will be World Sight Day

World Sight Day – time for change

MEI wins the SILMO d’OR award in Paris with the new EasyFit Trend

SILMO Gold Award
MEI, the global leader for lens edging machines, won the SILMO d’OR 2021 in the ‘Material / Equipment’ category

Training Opportunity to Support Eyecare Services for People with a Learning Disability

A series of six online teaching sessions is being launched aimed at preparing eyecare practitioners to deliver services to people with learning disabilities.

Homeless vision charity calls for more volunteers

 The charity is seeking optometrists to test occasionally at the Birmingham and Leeds clinics on Mondays, and Manchester on Wednesdays.

ANTERION biometry and IOL power calculation demonstrated by Heidelberg

Anterion by Heidelberg
ANTERION biometry and IOL power calculation take center stage at Heidelberg Engineering’s ESCRS

College of Optometrists announces new accreditation of Professional Higher Certificate in Medical Retina

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology has been accredited as a provider of the Professional Higher Certificate in Medical Retina

Silmo IOA International Optician of the Year Award

The International Opticians Association (IOA) has announced the winner of the Silmo IOA International Optician of the Year Award.

SMi's 4th Annual Conference on Ophthalmic Drugs announced

This anticipated event taking place on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2021 in London, UK, including a new Post Conference Workshop Day 

Professional Bodies Joint position on mandatory vaccinations

The College of Optometrists' and ABDO's joint position on mandatory vaccinations.

Wales - Statement on primary eye care services

Eluned Morgan, the Minister for Health and Social Services, made a statement in the Senedd this week on the ‘The Future Approach for Optometry Services in Wales’ 

News from the General Optical Council meeting

The General Optical Council (GOC) held its third Council meeting of the year, which considered:

Poll of the Nation’s Favourite (Eye) Sights Confirms We’re A Nation of Animal Lovers

Watching our pets beats looking at our partners in a poll of the nation’s favourite (eye) sights conducted to mark FrEYEday, a National Eye Health Week initiative

OutsideClinic issues new HR wellbeing improvements

Lynda Oliver OC
OutsideClinic launches new employee wellbeing strategy in mission to be the best place to work in optics and audiology

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