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Villa Eyewear announce distribution of uniquedesignmilano (UDM)

UDM by Villa Eyewear

UDM is a brand that is based on a completely handmade product in Italy and that, through great attention to detail, conveys the values of uniqueness,

Lightbird's new Collection SP/Summer 2021

Lightbird Spring Summer Collection

The new Light_SOCIAL collection features a special feeling guaranteed by the tested structure and marked design

New MATERIKA COMBI – Avant-Garde Materials and Designs

Look Materika

LOOK–made in Italia launches the new COMBI by MATERIKA.

NIRVAN JAVAN presents exclusive acetate collection inspired by Paris


Inspired by the unmistakable charm and artistic bohemian spirit of the metropolis by the Seine, NIRVAN JAVAN presents the new PARIS collection.


Komano Avery Aurora

A collection that requires a second reading with subtle details blurring the boundaries

Grafton Optical announce the launch of the Novaerus Protect 200 and Protect 800

Protect 200 & 800 from Grafton

Air Disinfection Systems - the first line of protection against airborne viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2

BLACKFIN – New SS 2021 Optical Collection

Clire from Blackfin SS21

Blackfin introduces the new Spring/Summer 2021 optical collection in which titanium is interpreted in the hallmark style that distinguishes each of the brand’s lines.

Many more exciting products on our new products and services pages

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Extra CET opportunities with Fresh Content from Essilor E-Academy

Essilor E Academy on Blure Light
Essilor Ltd has introduced new CET content on its E-Academy platform to provide registered ECPs extra opportunities to gain points across a wide range of competencies.

Covid antiviral taskforce for the Autumn

Government launches COVID-19 Antivirals Taskforce to roll out innovative home treatments this autumn

The International Opticians Association (IOA) has opened applications for the 2021 IOA Silmo International Optician of the Year Award

The event, recognises the importance of the optician in the optical business.

Programme announced for business symposium iDay21

Early-bird booking has opened for the popular Independents Day business symposium and the full programme has been announced. 

GOC suspends Glasgow based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend an optometrist based in Glasgow, from its register for twelve months.

College Update on Chloramphenicol

The College has produced an update to the summary of product characteristics (SPC) for the Prescription Only Medicine (POM) form of chloramphenicol 0.5% multi-dose eye drops.

HEIW says the "Future approach for optometry services“ paper suggests major change in Wales

Health Education and Improvement Wales heralds the biggest change in primary care optometry in Wales in a generation”.

GOC suspends Cheltenham based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend an optometrist based in Cheltenham, from its register for twelve months.

One more sign of emerging "normality".SILMO 2021

The attractiveness of SILMO Paris is reinforced with each edition. Save the date.

ABDO College, first day back!

ABDO College has welcomed back its first group of students today after a year of online teaching.

Essilor to Present New Results for its Stellest Lens for Children With Myopia

Essilor will unveil pivotal 2-year clinical trial results of its Stellest lens for myopia. 

AAO Urges Ophthalmic Equipment Manufacturers to Standardize Digital Imaging

The American Academy of Ophthalmology, this week published a report urging ophthalmic imaging device manufacturers to standardize image formats 

NHS funded PPE extended until end of March 2022

In England, the Department of Health and Social Care will continue to fund PPE for opticians until

GOC erases Cardiff based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase a dispensing optician based in Cardiff, Wales, from its register.

@Théa the new 2021 " let's open our eyes" Campaign

Thealoz@ Duo Dry Eye drops, Thea's leading dry eye brand is repeating its successful TV advertising campaign.

Innovations, Ocuco's Lab Management Software, is awarded Best Optical Lab Software Vertical for 2021

Innovations, Ocuco's Lab Management Software (LMS), has been awarded Best Optical Lab Software Vertical for 2021 by HealthCare Insights Magazine, which annually recognizes leading companies in the healthcare sector.

General Optical Council ( GOC) shares insights from public perceptions research

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published its 2021 public perceptions research, which seeks to understand the public’s views and experiences of opticians across the UK.

Join an interactive CET webinar addressing data security needs in sight care

Ocuco supports an interactive session centred on addressing data security in optometry on Wednesday 28 April, at 6 p.m. BST.

DANSHARI inaugurates the new Logistics Centre in Montebelluna

The warehouse based in Italy will handle shipments to Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America

OSA and ABDO to share benefits

The Optical Suppliers Association (OSA) joins forces with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) to increase the benefits for its members.

New OFNC Chair confirms course for the coming year.

The incoming Chair of the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee, Gordon Ilett, has thanked outgoing Chair Paul Carroll for the leadership he has provided throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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Entrepreneur Academy launched to support health and social innovators across West Midlands

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The Meridian Health and Social Care Entrepreneur Academy is launching this month (April 2021) which aims to support health and social care innovators across the West Midlands.

AOP launches virtual events to secure interactive CET points

Coinciding with the final year of the CET cycle, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is delivering tailored online events to ensure practitioners can gain interactive points during the pandemic.

15 winners announced at prestigious West Midlands healthcare awards

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has revealed the winners of its esteemed Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards.

ABDO College freezes Course Fees

ABDO College has announced that, for all courses where it sets the fees, fees will be frozen for the 2021/22 session.

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Practice Management Software

A series of briefings revised in May 2013 on the uses of practice management software:

Practice Management Software: Introduction

Practice Management Software: The Basics

Practice Management Software: Advanced Briefing

Practice Management Software: The Paperless Practice

Improving Business Strengths

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Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum

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Contact Lens Report

EUROMCONTACT Contact Lens Report

Report on Drivers' Vision

Report on Drivers' Vision: A report published by The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)

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The Bribery Act: Optical Confederation Guidance


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