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March 30th - 1st April 2018.

Optrafair 2019
Optrafair 2019 exciting new features announced this week and Registration is now open

Take a sneek look at next year's exciting event in this video. Click here

Read more about the 2019 Optrafair Exchange and REGISTER now direct from this page for free.

Alongside the fresh new theme is a new name – Optrafair Exchange - illustrating there is no better place to exchange knowledge, ideas and inspiration than a live event of the scale and depth offered by Optrafair.

FMO chairman, Andy Yorke said “Optics is changing. Innovation and adaptability are now more important than ever for optical professionals to future proof their practice. The modern optician needs to diversify and invest, push the boundaries and explore new opportunities. As primary care providers, Opticians are perfectly placed to seize the opportunity that is everywhere.”

Yorke continued “Positioning your High Street practice as a primary care provider for sensory health will more than double your potential audience overnight and will improve patient care. Find out how you can increase footfall, balance clinical services with retail fashion, break through barriers to distributed care, discover new revenue streams to grow your practice and network with allied professionals and ophthalmologists to forge new patient pathways.” Optrafair places these drivers at its very core and the 2019 event is widening its reach to incorporate


The FMO is delighted to announce the early commitment and support of Essilor, Optos and Topcon as platinum sponsors, Heidelberg Engineering and Johnson & Johnson Vision as gold sponsors and Bondeye Optical as silver sponsors of Optrafair Exchange. These headline sponsors are spearheading a larger exhibition floor which is now over 88% sold.

Register now and don't miss out - there is no better place to exchange knowledge, ideas and inspiration than an exhibition of the scale and depth offered by Optrafair Exhange.

December 2018 Organisers announce Sponsorship Team.

Platinum Sponsors


Essilor will be showcasing its latest innovations in spectacle lens technology including Varilux and Transitions. Its Visioffice measuring device will be on stand with accompanying support packages for practitioners wishing to provide the ultimate patient experience. For those looking to newly equip or update their current equipment, the instruments team will be on hand to provide live demonstrations of the testing room and workshop equipment.



Optos plc has the vision to be TheRetina Company and recognized as a leading provider of devices to eyecare professionals for improved patient care.




Topcon is a leading innovator worldwide in the field of ophthalmic imaging systems, software and instrumentation. Founded in Tokyo in 1932, Topcon has far-reaching expertise and also offers an extensive range of education from their clinical affairs team; and have a specialized team of service engineers.


Gold Sponsors

Heidelberg Engineering

Heidelberg Engineering is a high-tech imaging solutions company which designs, manufactures, and distributes diagnostic instruments for eye care professionals. The company’s products are used around the world by ophthalmologists and optometrists to scan patients’ eyes for signs of disease and to assist in the management of patients found to have disease. Early recognition of disease helps to delay and prevent the most common causes of blindness.

Johnson & Johnson Vision

Johnson and Johnson
At Johnson & Johnson Vision, we have a bold ambition: to change the trajectory of eye health around the world. We deliver innovative solutions that enable Eye Care Professionals to create better outcomes for their patients throughout their lives; from sight correction solutions including surgical technologies and contact lenses, to dry eye diagnosis and management and the restoration of vision for cataract patients. Since debuting the world’s first disposable soft contact lens, we have been helping patients see better through our world-leading ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. Serving more than 60 million patients a day, we are committed to helping people see better, connect better and live better.

Silver Sponsor

Bondeye Optical Ltd

Bondeye is excited to be exhibiting at Optrafair after a very successful event in 2018. As a company we have some exciting changes, having recently extended our eyewear to include our new range of Haseley & Co ophthalmic and sunglass eyewear. There will be a variety of fantastic special offers on many of our key products such as Keeler, Lab equipment, merchandising and our famous scented lens cleaners. Our helpful team will be on hand to discuss any requirements you have and hopefully show you something new. Please call us on 0121 772 3888 to get your free catalogue.

Fashion, Medicalisation and Optics. ‘Fashion’ returned to Optrafair in 2018 with the Spectrum Catwalk at great acclaim. ‘Optics’ is embedded in Optrafair’s DNA as the showcase of the FMO and its members. ‘Medicalisation’ focuses on the additional opportunities available to practices through audiology, ophthalmology, pharmaceuticals and more. Fashion, Medicalisation and Optics will run throughout the show including new exhibitors and dedicated CET streams.

Better Together

Alongside a larger exhibition will be a completely restructured education programme coordinated by the FMO with the support of its partners in the sector. This diverse programme covers eight distinct streams; Dispensing, Contact Lenses, Orthoptic, Refractive, Health & Lifestyle, Technician, Clinical Optometry and Business.

Ed Wyre, event director said “We’ve worked hard alongside the FMO and the profession to identify the needs of today’s optical professionals. The new approach to CET at Optrafair will ensure there is plenty on offer for the whole practice team yet increasing dwell time on the show floor to browse the latest technology and solutions offered by our exhibitors.”

Optrafair is unique in that it is owned by the FMO, and therefore owned by the sector itself. The FMO is working closely with organisations such as ABDO, BCLA, The College of

Optometrists and more to ensure it truly reflects the needs of the entire profession.

Innovation and Excellence in Optics



Optrafair 41st

Optrafair is the UK's leading exhibition and educational conference dedicated to the needs of the optical profession since 1978. Valued by a community of practitioners, suppliers and educators to help expand knowledge, grow awareness of products and services, gain CET points and build business.


Rebooking your stand or thinking of joining the party as an exhibitor?

Call Wasim Hamid now on 0207 501 6750, or email to discuss your opportunities.


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41 Years of Excellence and History, come and celebrate with the profession and industry.

Optrafair is back, bigger and better across three days from March 30th to April 1st 2019.

The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians and MA Exhibitions invite you to attend the leading and most established optical event catering for the entire sector since 1978!


In addition to an unrivalled selection of exhibitors showcasing the latest equipment, frames and solutions is a feast of dedicated features covering all aspects of practice life:
• CET Theatre
• ABDO CET Theatre
• Window Dressing
• Business Theatre
• FMO Networking Bar
• Fashion Catwalk - NEW
• Independents’ Lounge - NEW
• Sports Eyewear - NEW
• Contact Lens Hub - NEW

The Optician Awards will be taking place on the evening of Saturday 31st March to celebrate the best of optics and extend the networking long into the evening.


As well as exploring all that’s new in the optical industry, Optrafair gives visitors the chance to gain an unrivalled amount of CET points. With the incredible variety of educational presentations, interactive workshops, on-stand sessions and lectures to attend, there is no better place to learn, discuss and debate with leading educators and business minds. Find out more here!

A great and easily accessible location for the nation! Find out more about accommodation and entertainment options.


1. Meet suppliers in one convenient location - including equipment, lenses, eyewear and business services

2. Enjoy a world class education programme of seminar and instrument workshop sessions from authoritative experts, including exclusive BCLA content

3. Gain multiple opportunities to achieve your CET point’s requirements

4. Receive quality business advice from inspirational leaders and innovators

5. Get ahead on placing your order for the next season’s eyewear collections

6. Get hands on with high specification equipment and gather information to help your buying decisions

7. Stay close to your membership associations and demonstrate your support for the profession

8. Network with like-minded professionals and find inspiration and ideas that will enhance your practice




Optrafair organisers the FMO and MA Group are joint media partners with PHN and as the show nears we will be opening Optrafair Preview Pages in the first week of February. So all signed up exhibitors are welcome to send stories about their plans to us for publication along with images!

Exhibitors make the most of the media connection with Optrafair. Once signed up for the event we will provide discounted eblasts to all our registerd registrants (4500).

Send us regular news that will be highlighted in our news and our free e-news sent fortnightly. We are here to assist your exciting journet towrads Optrafair 2019

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Optrafair 2019

The UK's leading optical exhibition

Optrafair brings together and is valued by a community of practitioners, suppliers and educators to help eye care professionals expand their knowledge, grow awareness of new products and services, gain continuing education and training points and develop their businesses.

Built on a trusted heritage spanning over 35 years, Optrafair is the established place to close deals, be immersed in the latest clinical thinking and business advice and get hands on with new products and equipment.

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For leading brands and newer companies aiming to get a foothold on the market,
Optrafair is the premium event to be seen at, and where you'll meet a dedicated and informed audience of eye care professionals.

First held in 1978, Optrafair is now brought to you by two of the most respected organisations serving the optical market, the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) and Optician.

The FMO is the trade body representing UK suppliers of optical products and services while Optician is the career-long information partner for optical industry professionals providing news, business advice and educational courses.

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Our visitors say: *

"Just made my way to #optrafair! Enjoying the 'Buzz' and all the great education & exhibition on show!"

"Plenty of great stands to visit at #Optrafair! Loved the show this year"

"Brilliant weekend at #optrafair1 Thanks to who made the past 3 days so enjoyable"

"Spending the day at #optrafair, love the new stands. Looking forward to stocking new frames"

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"I wouldn't miss this because of the networking. If you are buying equipment you are daft not to come to Optrafair"

"We haven't had enough time to get around and see everything. There's just such a great atmosphere, its brilliant"

*Taken from Social Media during the event #Optrafair



The FMO and the Mark Allen Group publishing "Optician" and Primary Health Net Ltd publishing "Opchat News" are co media partners for the Optrafair 2019 Event.

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