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New CET Workshops will Enhance Sight Loss and Disability Knowledge of Optical Professionals
Improve your people skills with those with challenges :Find out about Heritage to Health Training Days
ABDO issues new range of patient leaflets
Heidelberg Engineering launches Grand Rounds educational series
Sight and Sound sponsor 12 Interactive Point CET Day 14th July to Raising Awareness of Sight Loss
Time to act to develop your career with ABDO College
ABDO Resource Centre adds a fully fitted glazing lab.
Search begins for AOP Awards 2020 winners, including new hospital optometry category
The new Optical Assistant course from ABDO College is now open for applications.
Fancy running your own practice?
Daniel Williams provides a follow up Clinical Briefing Paper on “Referrals that change lives”
Heidelberg Engineering launches new practice marketing campaign at Optrafair
Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry Education Program Announced
Impressive demonstration of Anterion at Optrafair
Optrafair Exchange, The Post Show pages are published
LOFTxTEF Awards – And the winners are...
2019 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
College of Optometrists launches PCA training module
ABDO recognises Optics Key Players at Dinner at Optrafair
Optrafair Exchange 2019, a game of two halves.
Archived News from January to March on Exhibitions and Education

New CET Workshops will Enhance Sight Loss and Disability Knowledge of Optical Professionals

June 2019

New CET avaiableTwo new CET workshops worth 3 interactive points each have been added to the range offered by Visualise Training and Consultancy to complement their successful Seeing Beyond the Eyes programme which helps eyecare professionals to enhance the lives of people living with sight loss.

‘Communicating with Patients who have Low Vision’ discusses how to interact with and guide patients with a visual impairment effectively, patient choice, differences between cane and guide dog use and making your practice fully inclusive and accessible for everyone.

‘Disability Awareness in Practice’ looks at the prevalence and primary causes of disability in children, adults and older people and associated symptoms and problems experienced by patients. It also explores the problems people with disabilities (including those with visual impairments) experience when visiting eye care practitioners and considers what reasonable adjustments should be made.

Visualise Founder Daniel Williams said, “Given the success of our Seeing Beyond the Eyes roadshow over the past 12 months which has empowered over 3,500 optical professionals to enhance their services for patients living with sight loss, we are now enabling them to take the next steps in patient support.”

Workshops will continue to be delivered by Daniel who, as someone living with sight loss, gives a personal perspective of the challenges patients face, along with leading dispensing optician Jayshree Vasani and former President of ABDO, Peter Black.

Full details can be viewed here

Improve your people skills with those with challenges :Find out about Heritage to Health Training Days

June 2019

Heritage to HealthIf you really care about treating people equally in Primary Care you need to understand how “heritage to health” can assist.

Whilst we are all knowledgeable and qualified in our field of expertise, were we ever taught to interact with people with challenges, disabilities or in rehabilitation?

The answer probably is no, for most of us.

“heritage to health” was designed to fill precisely this gap in the social education of primary care workers.  Its founder Theresa Nash and CEO of Heritage to Health Ltd is a is a senior lecturer in nursing, and enterprise lead for the Faculty, at St Georges Hospital part of Kingston University.

The Heritage to Health name comes from the sharing of Heritage sites provided by the English Trust with H2H’s combining of professional care workers (buddies) and groups of people with challenges and disabilities on a day out.

The challenges they have often remains anomalous to those who volunteer for the day and whose job it is to host the days entertainment for the guests and look after them in a heritage garden.
H2H has trained Buddies who assist you in looking after the guests during the day.

HeidelbergGround Rounds Education

This is a truly rewarding day with an important lesson within it. Treating patients as people is an emphatic quality that all of us in primary care need to learn.

The next H2H day is to be held at Ham House on June 28th from 11 till 16.30.  

Join a team, choose & share a range of activities:
•             Explore the beautiful house and gardens
•             Build a fort in the garden
•             Join in singing or playing games 
•             Get creative with art and craft activities
•             Share a storytelling experience
•             Take part in health and wellbeing activities
•             Touch and smell historic herbs and food
•             Enjoy a riverside walk
•             Relax and have fun!   You choose!

The event and refreshments are free. H2H provide extra support, equipment and ‘buddies’ so everyone can take part.

This is an excellent opportunity for practice leaders and their staff to improve their people skills

For more information on H2H or to book a place on June 28th at Ham House…

email: or text 07773397984
Check out our website: or Follow us on Twitter: @h2hbuddies

ABDO issues new range of patient leaflets

June 2019

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has issued a new range of leaflets for practitioners to offer to patients.

The leaflets have been developed by members of the association’s National Clinical Committee (NCC) in response to a survey of members. The titles in this first series include:
• Food and eye health
• Looking after your child's eyes
• Looking after your eyes
• Your eyes in your 40s
• Low vision

ABDO Vice President Jo Holmes, who is chair of the NCC says, “Providing good information for patients on a range of topics is vital and we hope that this new series of bright and colourful leaflets provide clear simple advice in an easy to read format. We are delighted with how many members have requested leaflets to keep in practice and who have downloaded copies of the information for patients since the leaflets were released.”

The leaflet topics have been chosen to fill gaps in current information available and provide useful information for patients of all ages. The leaflets have been designed to be part of ABDO’s successful and longstanding EyecareFAQ public education campaign which up until now has focused on online information. The wording in each leaflet has been carefully edited to ensure that it can be read by people of a range of ages and reading abilities.

Leaflets are available to members to download and print off in practice, or can be ordered to keep in stock, via the ‘Member Benefits’ section of the new ABDO website.

Heidelberg Engineering launches Grand Rounds educational series

May 2019

HeidelbergGround Rounds EducationThe Heidelberg Engineering Academy has launched Grand Rounds, a new series of educational events, which will spotlight the role of multi-modal ophthalmic imaging hospitals nationwide.

These full day courses will cover a broad range of topics including new developments in diagnostic imaging, image acquisition and interpretation for both retina and glaucoma, case study review and a special feature on OCT angiography.

“The comprehensive education programme from the Heidelberg Engineering Academy offers training in acquiring the best images and interpreting the results for both new and experienced eye care professionals,” explains Christopher Mody, Director of Clinical Affairs, Heidelberg Engineering Ltd. “Our courses are always interactive and encourage peer-to-peer networking so that participants have the opportunity to learn from each other and share their success stories”.

Each course has been approved for 3 interactive CET points by the General Optical Council and 5 CPD credits by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

The course is available at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Southampton General Hospital and Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, with further sites to be announced soon.

We will advertise on PHN's event diary as further dates are released.

Sight and Sound sponsor 12 Interactive Point CET Day 14th July to Raising Awareness of Sight Loss

May 2019

See beyond Eyes Education with Sight and Sound

Gain an insight into the sight loss journey from the patient perspective to empower and support patients with sight loss.

Qualifies for 12 interactive CET points for optometrists and dispensing opticians and will also benefit optical and allied health professionals.

Raising Awareness of Sight Loss Whilst Bringing the Patient's Voice into Focus in partnership with Sight and Sound Technology.

Visualise Training and Consultancy are delighted to hold a Continuing Education Day. The aim of the day is to help optical and allied professionals understand the sight loss journey from the patient perspective, whilst gaining an insight and developing understanding on how to empower and support patients with sight loss.

Every day, in the UK 250 people start to lose their sight. We know that there are 2 million people with sight loss currently and this is set to double by 2050 so the time is NOW to make a difference and enhance your patient experience.

Learning Topics

1. Access in Practice: Increased understanding of the Equality Act/Barriers to patients accessing healthcare, effective communication and sighted guiding.

2. The Optometrist  & Dispensing Optician Role in Low Vision: Methods and strategies to assist patients with sight loss, including tints, mobile apps, independent living products and solutions

3. My Emotional Sight Loss Journey: Patients' perspectives and stories to help you understand the emotional and wider impacts of sight loss

4. Question & Answer session

Course Itinerary

9.00 am Tea and coffee 

9.30 am course will commence 

Course 1 - Access In Practice - 9.30 - 10.30 

Course 2 - The Optometrist & Dispensing Optician Role in Low Vision - 10.30 - 11.30

11.30 - 12.00 - Coffee/Tea Break

Course 3 - Technology Solutions - Sight & Sound Technology - 12.00 - 13.00

Lunch (To be provided)  & Networking - 13.00 - 14.00

Course 4 -  The 3 R's  - 14.00 - 15.00

 15.00 - 16.00 My Emotional Sight Loss Journey - Patient 1 & Patient 2

16.00 - 16.15  Sighted Guide Activity

This event focuses on empathy and engagement as a means of raising awareness and channelling positive change within organisations of all sizes

Sight and Sound Technology are Gold Sponsors for the event

Sight and Sound Technology which is the UK and Ireland's leading provider of hardware and software for people who have visual, learning and/or reading difficulties. They work in unison with private individuals, charitable organisations, educational establishments and commercial enterprises to help our users fully realise their potential. Their product solutions have been specifically designed to improve quality of life at work, when studying or in the home. 

Time to act to develop your career with ABDO College

May 2019

If you want to develop your career, now is the time to act as ABDO College has opened online applications.

ABDO College offers you and your team courses which allow every staff member to advance. Based in Godmersham, Kent, it is the only UK college devoted solely to the teaching of the theoretical and practical aspects of ophthalmic dispensing and related specialist areas and is recognised as a centre of excellence for optical education. Applications are open for the following courses:

• Ophthalmic Dispensing Diploma (FBDO)
• BSc (Hons) Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing
• Contact Lens Diploma
• Optical Assistant
• Distance Learning revision – all courses

ABDO College Head of Operations Steve Hertz says, “We are excited to be able to offer online applications for the first time. Potential students can start the application process, save progress and return to their applications, making applying to ABDO College easier than ever before.”

ABDO College Principal Jo Underwood says, “ABDO College strives to maintain the highest possible standards and to increase the standing of ophthalmic dispensing in the eyes of the professional, to raise public confidence and increase public understanding of the level of training achieved. In addition to this ABDO College prides itself in a dedication to maintaining a supportive and caring learning environment for all students at all levels. We are looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of students this Autumn.”

ABDO Resource Centre adds a fully fitted glazing lab.

May 2019

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ National Resource Centre in Birmingham now has a fully fitted optical glazing laboratory to offer to course attendees and those hiring the venue.
The lab now includes a Nidek Lexce 3 in one edger, filtration systems and an auto-lensmeter, kindly supplied by Birmingham Optical, a Huvitz HPE810 edger, Xpert Auto Blocker and a HPE810 edger provided by Mainline Optical, and a Neksia edger & blocker, a Delta edger, and Neptune filtration units from Essilor.

Phil Hall, Head of the NRC says, “We are delighted to offer this extended and improved glazing laboratory to add to the facilities at the National Resource Centre. The centre is continuing to expand what it offers, with more facilities in the pipeline. We are getting more and more enquiries for meetings, courses and training at the venue, and I am now taking bookings into 2021, so do get in touch if you would like to tour the venue or discuss a booking.”

ABDO’s NRC includes rooms ideal for practical examinations, with the potential to be opened up for conferences, seminars, training, revision and CET courses. Alongside the fully functional glazing lab there are also rooms for viva exams and smaller meetings and 10 clinical bays equipped for refraction and contact lenses. The centre is available to local businesses as well as those in the optical industry to hire for large and small meetings and events.

Search begins for AOP Awards 2020 winners, including new hospital optometry category

May 2019

Nominations for the AOP Awards 2020 are now open, with organisations and individuals able to nominate themselves in 15 categories.

Run by the Association of Optometrists (AOP), the Awards, which are sponsored by Cooper Vision, celebrate individuals, teams and organisations across the width and breadth of optics. To recognise a landmark year, the 2020 Awards theme is ‘Excellence in optics’.

The 2019 Awards saw categories introduced to recognise the growing roles of hearing care in optical practices and locum optometrists. In 2020 the AOP Awards will also recognise the unique role of hospital optical staff for the first time, with a new category, Hospital Optometry Team of the Year.

AOP Awards judge Holly Higgins, who is a full-time hospital optometrist at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and sits on the AOP’s Hospital Optometrists Committee, said she was delighted with the new category. She commented: “Hospital optometrists have adapted and created new systems to help with the ophthalmology workload, including being involved in extended roles, and the expansion of core services. I was so pleased to hear about the launch of the new Hospital Optometry Team of the Year Award to celebrate their unique contributions, pioneering the way for future hospital optometrists and helping patient care in busy departments.”

Bhavin Shah, who won Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year in 2019, said he would recommend anyone thinking about nominating themselves, or their team, to take the plunge, explaining: “The AOP Awards are a great recognition both from the industry and peers, and also from the public. It makes everything we do feel worthwhile and I feel motivated to achieve even more.”

To put themselves forward, nominees must answer three questions using a dedicated nomination site available through the AOP Awards webpages. All entries are then put to a panel of expert judges who will select a final shortlist for public vote. Winners, excluding the Lifetime Achievement Award, will be chosen through a combination of public votes and judges’ ratings. The Lifetime Achievement Award is selected by an AOP panel, including the AOP’s Chief Executive and Chair of the Board.

The new Optical Assistant course from ABDO College is now open for applications.

May 2019

Suitable for anyone who has just started working in optics, as well as those who have been in practice for some time and want to formalise their knowledge, this new Optical Assistant course is a great way to learn. It offers a flexible way to train the practice support team, giving them a vital induction into optical education. Students’ knowledge of frames and lenses will grow, allowing them to develop what they can offer patients with growing confidence and knowledge.

The new course combines practical tasks to develop practice-based skills with online modules and workshops, the perfect way to combine study with a full time job. It is open to all, regardless of prior qualifications, and will start this September.

Students get individual tutor support to ensure success. New optional workshops on repairs and pre-screening take place at the National Resource Centre in Birmingham. These workshops are included in the course but are optional for those who want to develop pre-screening and repair skills in practice instead.

This new course emphasises in practice tasks and practical workshops and provides a firm foundation for people to progress to the level 4 OA and OT courses and the ophthalmic dispensing courses. In response to student and employer feedback there are no examinations and no examination fees, but robust continuous assessment and workshops ensure that every student who completes the course is a high calibre asset to any optical practice.

The course lasts 25 weeks and costs £795. Apply now for a September start at

Fancy running your own practice?

May 2019

Book now: last few places available for ‘start your own practice’ event

Would you like to own your own practice? There are a few places remaining at the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) Become an independent optician session. This event is just what you need to discover what it means to run your own business.

At the event, which is on 21st May 2019, 3.30pm – 6.30pm at the ABDO National Resource Centre in Birmingham, you will hear from independent practice owners about the key to business success, network and share ideas, and discover the great support available to you as an independent from organisations including: SightCare|Storm and The AIO Practice Support Network.

Clive Marchant, ABDO President, will share his experience of becoming an independent practice owner. Experts from each organisation will share their experiences of supporting independent practice owners. They will help answer some of the key questions all entrepreneurial eyecare practitioners should consider including:

• Why might you consider owning your own business?
• What are the benefits/advantages of running your own practice?
• What challenges might you have to overcome to become an independent practice owner?
• How do you go about acquiring your first practice?
• What are the key skills and competencies required of an independent practice owner?

The event is open to dispensing opticians and optometrists. Refreshments will be provided. Book via

Daniel Williams provides a follow up Clinical Briefing Paper on “Referrals that change lives”

April 2019

So after referral, what about those who come away feeling worried?

During the various tests you undergo, your optometrist has noticed something is not quite as it should be.

He looks at your notes and the results of the tests and informs you that there is something wrong or in need of further investigation. Of course, he will inform you with professional calm and explain the facts so that you are completely aware of what might be a problem for you long term. He will explain how you need to get a full diagnosis from a specialist to ascertain what further long-term effects. That’s often when the worrying starts, read more in our clinical briefing section.

Heidelberg Engineering launches new practice marketing campaign at Optrafair

Heidelberg Marketing

Heidelberg Engineering launched a new practice marketing campaign at Optrafair to support their new and existing customers with advertising the benefits of an extended eye health check to their patients.

“The new campaign references the SPECTRALIS situated on the International Space Station and the importance of having a comprehensive eye health examination to help optometrists set their practice apart from their competitors”, explains Emily Malbon, Marketing Manager, Heidelberg Engineering.

“We are dedicated to providing our customers with the marketing tools and clinical education they need to build their confidence and make implementing multimodal imaging technology into their practice successful”.

The new campaign includes posters, a roll-up banner and patient leaflet and joins the wide range of existing materials already available to SPECTRALIS owners, including the patient mailers, reminder letter templates and practice marketing video.

View the new materials at

Read more about the show's highlights

Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry Education Program Announced

April 2019

The World Council of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry have partnered to present an impressive education program taking place at Academy 2019 Orlando and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry, October 23-27, 2019. This joint meeting will bring global optometry together to offer a wide array of clinically relevant CE courses and cutting-edge research in the clinical and vision sciences. Attendees from around the globe can choose from over 450 hours of lectures and workshops, Section and Special Interest Group (SIG) symposia, hundreds of scientific papers and posters, an expansive exhibit hall, and several memorable social events featuring international optometry.

This year’s Plenary Session from 10 AM – 12 Noon on Wednesday, October 23 is titled, “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Practice®: WHO World Report on Vision, Opportunities for Optometry to Make an Impact,” and will discuss the World Report on Vision on the distribution of eye disease and blindness across the globe and the disease burden these eye conditions pose on nations and regions. Additionally, the human resource requirements of eyecare providers needed to address this public health crisis will be covered. Optometric representatives, specifically the session speakers, played an instrumental role in developing the report. They will discuss the findings and their implications for optometry internationally and for North America respectively. The keynote speaker from WHO will give attendees an overview of the organization’s efforts to tackle the extensive disease and blindness burdens on society throughout the world and where optometry fits into this effort. Speakers include Kovin Naidoo, OD, PhD, FAAO, Sandra Block, OD, MPH, FAAO, and a speaker from the World Health Organization.

The Monroe J. Hirsch Research Symposium is titled, “Gene Therapy for Ocular and Neurologic Disorders.” Contemporary issues in gene therapy will be discussed including Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, animal models of glaucoma, and Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. Speakers will include Stephen Russell, MD, Abbott Clark, PhD, and Byron Lam, MD.

Ezell Fellows Present is a symposium where three investigators at different stages of their careers, who were supported early on through the Foundation’s Ezell Fellowships, present their research. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the symposium and is titled, “Public Health / Epidemiology Potpourri.” Included in this session will be discussions on anterior segment infectious eye disease and US national health datasets used to assess vision impairment. Speakers will be Nicole Carnt, BOptom, PhD, FAAO, Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD, FAAO, and Dean VanNasdale, OD, PhD, FAAO.

The World Council of Optometry President’s Forum is titled, “Optometry’s Role in Addressing the Changing Face of Technology, Public Health and Clinical care.” This invitation-only event provides a platform wherein the highest level of decision makers and key partners of our profession come together to discuss the current development of optometry and the desired impact that it envisages in the broader health agenda across the world.

The Global Summit on Optometric Education, co-sponsored by the World Council of Optometry, American Academy of Optometry, and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, will provide educators from optometric educational programs from around the globe the opportunity to share education philosophies/teaching methods and to discuss challenges facing institutions.

The meeting will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Registration and housing open on May 6, 2019.

Impressive demonstration of Anterion at Optrafair

April 2019

AnterionPHN's Editor visits Heidelberg Engineering Stand for a demonstration of the ANTERION – the multimodal imaging platform optimized for the anterior segment at Optrafair for the first time.

ANTERION is a comprehensive solution that brings together corneal topography and tomography, anterior segment metrics, axial length measurement, and IOL calculation – all in one single upgradeable device, using Swept Source images.

Anterion Axoal length
The ANTERION provides exceptionally clear swept-source OCT images of the entire anterior segment with longer wavelength 1300nm providing high penetration views through sclera and limbus.

The images provide for a wide and deep view of the anterior chamber with spectacular views of the chamber angle. The images provide for 65 radial scans aggregated automatically.

Thus a 360 degree rotation of the angle provides for detailed inspection.

The amazingly wide cross section of the entire lens and angle shows cataract, keratoconus and angle blockage and with an additional metric add-on precise unitary measurements can be made.

Anterion Cornea Topography

The corneal applications and reports on topography are clear and concise and can be easily compared with previous reports. From the anterior surface of the cornea to the posterior surface of the lens, the ANTERION provides visual confirmation of all measurements for a new level of diagnostic confidence.”

ANTERION has a number of benefits in the primary care setting including assessment of the anterior segment of the eye with extremely high resolution OCT images, chamber angle analysis, keratoconus investigation, and the ability to make more informed decisions about contact lens fitting. The 4-in-1 modular design makes ANTERION ideal for optometrists conducting pre-operative assessment for lens replacement and refractive surgery in glaucoma and cataract patients as part of a shared care scheme with the hospital eye service.

Spectrum Catwalk

"Above all the speed of operation and the simplicity of switching between image views and reports make this machine highly desirable for the keen clinician." said Bob Hutchinson. Editor.

Optrafair Exchange, The Post Show pages are published

April 2019

Following a highly successful Co-Media role at Optrafair Exchange 2019, PHN has published an Optrafair Post Show Page which has retained many of the highlights and contributions provided by exhibiting companies before and after the event.

Exhibitors can add to this with reports of their successful 3 days at the NEC if they wish and the page will be retained throughout the year until we open 2020’s Optrafair Exchange Preview Pages in February 2020.

Read about Seeing Beyond Eyes Pod cast here.

LOFTxTEF Awards – And the winners are...

April 2019

The first edition of the LOFTxTEF Awards (a collaboration between LOFT Eyewear Shows and TEF Magazine) was held on the 22nd of March, at the LOFT Independence Party.

After going through 105 submissions, our grand jury nominated 6 brands for each of the 4 categories, being Fashion Frame, Fashion Sunglass, Technical Frame and Technical Sunglass.

Excitement grew after the online voting by opticians from all over the world, in the facebook groups of both LEF and TEF. Those votes each counted as a single vote that was to be added to the votes of our celebrity judges, which we would like to thank again for their participation:

( Errin Morgan – Eyecare Business Magazine | James Spina – 20/20 Magazine | Christina Frasca – LYF Magazine | Deirdre Carroll – Invision Magazine | Maarten Weidema – TEF Magazine | Louis Fullagar – Luxury Eyewear Forum | Richard Mewha – LOFT Eyewear Shows | Julia Gogosha – Gogosha Optique | Micki Lorelli – Juno Beach Optical | Stephanie Haenes – Art of Optiks | Darryl Glover – Eye See Euphoria | Pierce Voorthuis – Georgetown Opticians | Blaþ Oberè – Laibach & York)


In the category Fashion Frame, the TEFFIE went to Blake Kuwahara for his amazing LARABEE design. While expanding on his signature “frame-within-a-frame” laminated construction, Kuwahara deconstructs the inner silhouette and continues to explore negative space this season.

“Deconstruction whether in fashion or food forces us to look at something we often take for granted in a new way. I wanted to explore that same construct by breaking up the normally consistent line of the inner silhouette. I think it does 2 things: the eye fills in the missing void, and the negative space it creates brings modernity to the frame” - BLAKE KUWAHARA


In the category Technical Frame, the new aluminium APOLLO design by Theo Eyewear received the award. Aluminium has created the potential for mankind to fly far away into space and forever change the way it looks at the world, the universe and itself. That got theo thinking… Why not change the way people see the world close by and around them and also use aluminium to achieve

“Our new Space-Frames are very sturdy and over-engineered to take a daily beating, they have an impeccably sharp look and are incredibly light*. And because aluminium is not very flexible (ever seen elastic rockets?), we used flex hinges to guarantee absolute comfort on each and every face. As an extra, they are nickel-free, which makes chances of allergic reactions about as low as finding extra-terrestrial life on the Moon. we also take future generations into consideration: since the aluminium can be fully recycled, they are 100% eco-friendly.

But most importantly, they are sure to completely change the way you see the world as well as the way people see you. Divine”. – THEO LOVES YOU!


Best Technical Sunglass was won by Rolf Spectacles for their new titanium glasses that made the leap from rapid prototyping to crafting a high-end titanium product. Driven by the wish of creating fresh innovations, they found inspiration in a world that is limitless. The result is one of the most exceptional and future-forward collections among the ROLF family.

“We are super happy that our sunglasses model Osaka from the 3D printed Titanium Skyline collection won the LOFTxTEF Award and the whole ROLF team including their two US colleagues Dominik and Molly are thrilled about the victory. Especially while the prize was launched by TEF Magazine and the LOFT Eyewear Shows, which are known for supporting independent eyewear brands.

The event “Awards for Excellence in Eyewear Design” was held for the first time. We are proud to have won the first award with a model of the new
Titanium Skyline collection. Thank you for the great organization of the LOFT fair in New York”. – ROLF SPECTACLES


In the category Fashion Sunglass, a second TEFFIE went to Blake Kuwahara for his uber-cool MOORE frame, that uses the same deconstruction principle of negative space as his LARABEE model.

The winners of the LOFTxTEF Awards represent bold and innovative designers that are setting new standards for excellence in eyewear design. We congratulate the winners of this year, and would like to thank the celebrity judges, as well as the voting retailers of LEF and TEF for their cooperation! Until next year!

2019 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

April 2019

Student Travel Fellowship Recipients Announced

The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2019 Student Travel Fellowship Awards. The travel fellowships, generously supported by Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Inc., will allow five students to present their research at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2019 annual meeting. The 2019 recipients and their respective schools follow.

• Suman Adhikari, BOptom, University of Houston
• Moonjung Choi, MS, Indiana University
• Justin Courson, University of Houston
• Nicole Karson, University of Houston
• Natalie Stepien-Bernabe, University of California, Berkeley

The American Academy of Optometry administers travel fellowships in order to encourage optometry students, optometric residents, and students in eye and vision related graduate programs to attend key national meetings and exchange scientific ideas on research. Fellowships are awarded primarily for accomplishment and potential in optometric research and education and are evaluated by the American Academy of Optometry’s Research Committee.

Applications for student travel fellowships for Academy 2019 Orlando and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry, will be available in July 2019. For more information visit

About the American Academy of Optometry
The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) enhances excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange. For more information, visit the website:

The next annual meeting of the Academy will be October 23-27, 2019 in conjunction with the 3rd World Congress of Optometry at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit:

College of Optometrists launches PCA training module

April 2019

The College of Optometrists has launched a new training course for its members 'which test is best? Managing patients with Posterior Cortical Atrophy' (PCA).

The training is based on College funded research into PCA which aims to help clinicians differentiate between vision problems with neurological origins, from those with optical/ocular causes. The research was published in the BMJ Open on 21 March 2019, you can read the paper in full here.

ABDO recognises Optics' Key Players at Dinner at Optrafair

April 2019

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) recognised a number of key contributors to the profession during its annual dinner which took place on 31st March in Birmingham.

The Medal of Excellence was awarded to ABDO Regional Lead for the South West Max Halford. In a career in optics which has spanned more than 25 years, Max has made a significant contribution both clinically and politically.

Since 2009 Max has been on Devon LOC in roles including Chair, Commissioning Lead and Lead on Diabetic Retinal Screening.

He works in MECS clinics three days a week and encourages and supports CLOs to undertake the qualification. He has also been asked to work within the Urgent Care Eye Department of the local Acute Hospital to see how improvements can be made to this secondary care service. Max has lead a group of opticians across the south of England to help support, coach and develop them onto LOCs.

As a Regional Lead for ABDO, he manages a group of DOs who sit on LOCs across the South, as well as advising and supporting colleagues on all aspects of primary and secondary care, community and Enhanced Services.

The Hamblin Memorial Prize was awarded by Boots’ Professional Programmes Tutor for Dispensing, Les Thomas to Paula Stevens.

This prize was instigated by Paul Hamblin when chairman of Theodore Hamblin opticians in memory of family members whose profession had been dispensing optics.

Paul Hamblin understood the importance of optics and its place in providing patients with vision at its best. Paula Stevens was nominated for the award in recognition for everything she has done to help fellow dispensing opticians since she started as ABDO Head of CET in 1999, setting up the department in advance of CET becoming mandatory for dispensing opticians.

When required she has always taken the time to explain things with utmost patience to non-optical members of staff, making their own tasks more interesting. Since stepping down from her full time role, Paula has continued to contribute to the distance learning programme and ensured a seamless handover

Earlier in the month ABDO President Clive Marchant had also awarded Life Membership to Andrew Keirl for his enormous contribution and dedication to optical education as author of numerous publications, principal examiner in Professional Conduct, Abnormal Ocular Conditions and Standards of Optical Practice and as an ABDO Dispensing Practical Examiner.

Andrew Keirl has worked in optics for more than 35 years and has been a Dispensing Practical Examiner for more than 30 years. Alongside his longstanding and continuing support to students, Andrew has provided invaluable help and support to the Malaysian staff teaching professional conduct. He has also provided advice and guidance on standards of practice to ABDO when revising the syllabus and new examinations.

Optrafair Exchange 2019, a game of two halves.

April 2019

Spectrum Catwalk

First impressions on entering Hall 20 were of clean, smartly designed stands of many varying shapes and sizes. So, what, you might say but in years gone by all shows have suffered from the standard design cubicle in rows.

The other interesting change in this year’s format was that the various company foci (frames, equipment, PMS etc.) were not all lumped together in one area. It has become fashionable to do this as we see on the high streets with banks and estate agents but with equipment maybe an element of surprise around the corner works best!

Spectrum Catwalk

We await the figures of attendance and will let you know when we receive them. There were the normal lows and highs with Sunday being better than Saturday which was maybe just ahead of the final day. But we will find out.

Its not all about numbers however and whilst to the casual observer it was never overcrowded and so some mumbling was overheard, when we asked the exhibitors about the quality of engagement with visitors, they were much more positive.

Show and Exhibition skills are as much about the quality of the mix of attendees, ensuring that the people with a purpose to buy are not swamped by multiples’ s employees, students and family. Of course, it’s a balance and we all remember the days when walking the aisles was as painful as walking the UK Motor show, but the FMO/MA Group made a very good fist of this show.

They have learnt a lot since taking over the show with positive additions like the first day exhibitors party in the networking area. That was a popular meeting place on all 3 days and let’s not forget networking is a vital part of the show.

Spectrum Catwalk a Triumph.

Spectrum Catwalk

Congratulations go to who designed the Spectrum Catwalk Show. It was a clever mix of great dancing interrupted by an excellent compere who gave clear and concise information on the brand intentions of the frame companies and their histories and ethos for each that had provided the frames for the show.

Also, a great digital backdrop image changed whenever the dancers changed the scenes with each different companies’ products and logos.

Each dance routine was unique and highly entertaining, so it felt like a 4-act display. Not sure how you could have bettered that.... Cirque du Soleil next!
Spectrum Catwalk

Opchat enjoys being part of this show as media partners and was pleased to hear that they the organisers like working with us.

Together we will discuss how we can improve more media focus during the show next year and will aim to continue to improve the show in 2020, keep April 4th to the 6th free and put it in your diary.

We couldn’t resist using images from the catwalk in this report. Come and see the real thing next year!

The preview pages will be amended to a post-show report as the images and stats flow in to us.

Optrafair Exchange Post Show pages here

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