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Zoobug latest campaign shoot

Children and their favourite canine companions star in latest imagery, shot in London

Optomed launch new E-Safe disposable eye cups for hygienic retinal imaging

Aurora eye Cup form Mainline Instruments

Optomed E-Safe is a single patient use disposable eye cup that can be used with Optomed Aurora and Smartscope cameras offering safe and hygienic retinal imaging for the patients.

Everyday Statement from Stepper

Stepper New lightweight frame

What’s not to like about the STEPPERS STS-30063? If you’re looking for eyewear that you can enjoy wearing all-day, every day 

LOOK-MADE presents MATERIKA COMBI - Fresh Combinations

Materika by LOOK

Representing the passion and vocation that have always characterized the company LOOK-made in Italia is the new MATERIKA COMBI 70635 series,

NIRVAN JAVAN launches exclusive Sunglass Series: SHADES OF ROME

Shades of Roman

As part of the current annual campaign #SEETHEWORLD - THE SHOW and the associated celebration of worldly facets, NIRVAN JAVAN launches the premium sunglasses series SHADES OF ROME.

Two new eyedrops from the Body Doctor

Eye Doctor Drops

The Body Doctor company has launched two new eye drops to relieve dry eye and irritated eyes, the Eye Doctor Daily Refresh Eye Drops and the Eye Doctor Intensive Relief Eye Drops, 

New ultra compact refraction station opens opportunities for ECPs

Essilor Vision S 700

Essilor introduces the Vision-S 700 refraction station which combines an ultra-compact design, with a unique immersive patient experience and fast, accurate refraction

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Small charity week fires up VCHP

Monday 14th June marks the start of Small Charity Week and Vision Care for Homeless People is calling on optometrists to volunteer for occasional days testing in the Manchester and Leeds city centre clinics.

OKIA strengthens its commitment to Sustainability


MITA for World Ocean's Day

Yesterday, June 8th, the World Ocean Day was celebrated. It was established in 1992 during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Charity says it’s Time to Talk Eye Health as it Reports on a Dynamic 2020

Eye Health UK told members it’s ‘time to talk eye health’ and inspire people to be ‘eye aware’ as it presented an upbeat round-up of 2020 and looked to the future at its online AGM on 26 May 2021.

UKCA markings could leave sellers with a mountain of CE marked stock?

OSA The Optical Suppliers Association held a very useful and informative webinar recently on the forthcoming law changes on Medical Device Agency regulations for spectacle frames, spectacle lenses, contact lenses and their supply.

New procurement guidance – England

New guidance from government for England – which will apply to NHS trusts – requires public bodies to consider “the wider benefits of spending public money” as part of any procurement process.

Global eye care targets endorsed at World Health Assembly

The 74th World Health Assembly has approved global targets for effective coverage of refractive error and cataract surgery to be achieved by 2030.

ACLM Contact Lens Year Book 2021 Now Available

ACLM Year Book
The 2021 edition of the product manual of the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers has now been published.

Webinar on Dry Eye and Lid Hygiene

Sarah Farrant
Positive Impact (PI) has released a webinar about dry eye and lid hygiene protocols featuring a leading national expert in therapeutics and dry eye management.

Use of Chloramphenicol POM in paediatric populations

The College's position on the use of Chloramphenicol POM in paediatric populations

Irish Optometrists call for new Contract for Public eye-care

Irish Optometrists have called for a new contract with the HSE to provide enhanced public eye-care and cut excessive waiting times for patients.

GOC publishes response to COVID-19 statements consultation

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published its response to its COVID-19 statements consultation, alongside a set of updated statements.

CQC launches new strategy

The CQC has launched an ambitious new strategy based on extensive consultation with the public, providers of health and social care services, charities and partner organisations.

Inequalities in disability between richest and poorest in the UK more than tripled in past decades, new report finds

A new report published today by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC), drawing on a research project led by Newcastle University, finds that ill health and disability have been on the rise in recent decades, while the proportion of life spent in good health has declined

Seeing the "new-normal" through Tinted Spectacles

Step into spring: Transitions Optical supports the rebound of UK stores during the warmer season with a new strong media plan.

Responsible recycling of waste by optical and optometric professionals and their patients/customers

As part of World Environment Day, 5 June 2021, ECOO highlights the role of European opticians and optometrists in supporting and promoting sustainability.

OSA hosts "Two key events for OSA members" in June 2021

Ann Blackmore
Following a busy start to 2021, with the completion of the sale of the London headquarters, reduced subscription fees for members and a huge swathe of new member benefits thanks to a collaboration with ABDO, the OSA now has two important dates coming up in June.

CooperVision unveiled as sponsors of BCLA Myopia Management certificate

MM Certificate by Coopervision
CooperVision has given its backing for the BCLA¡¯s highly regarded Myopia Management Certificate, agreeing to sponsor the programme for an initial 12-month period.

Adam Sampson announced as new AOP Chief Executive

The Board of the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Sampson as Chief Executive

Rayner Receives FDA Approval for RayOne Spheric Monofocal IOL

Rayner has received FDA approval for the RayOne Spheric fully-preloaded monofocal IOL

How digital eye care referrals will transform care

Claire Roberts, NHSEI clinical lead and optometrist, reflects on an important moment in eye care transformation as NHS regions start to implement referral and image sharing solutions funded by NHSX

Another LOC Director of the CIC and respected member of Croydon LOC supports the story as reported

He says, " Overall I agree with what has been written. One of the main elements that have been lost is the goodwill of the local practices.

MIRAGE Green Challenge:The commitment of the Italian eyewear manufacturer for a sustainable world

In progress the procedure for the UNI EN ISO 14001:15 certification for attesting the requirements of the environmental management system.

EeRS forges ahead in 4 test areas provided by NHSX in England

First contracts awarded as eye care electronic e-referral management and image sharing service (EeRS) forges ahead NHSX and NHS England and Improvement’s EeRS programme is entering an exciting new phase

"TAKE TWO" Media campaign seto to drive footfall

Take Two Essilor Media Campaign
A new “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.

New report shows potential to improve cataract surgery outcomes through advanced IOL data reporting

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) recommends eye care centres monitor their own data to identify how their use of Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) affects the rate of a post-operative cataract surgical complication

"HEALTHTECH HOUR" becomes UK Health Radio's fastest growing show ever

HealthTech Hour on UK Health Radio has officially become the stations’ fastest growing show ever, surpassing half a million listeners in less than 6 months

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