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Blackfin:New Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Sunglass Collection

Zabriskie from Blackfin
The re-imagined Blackfin stylistic signature finds expression in Fall/Winter 2019-2020 sunglasses – four frame styles with bold personalities that foretell fashion trends, filtered through the titanium eyewear brand’s DNA.

10Y KOMONO Capsule Collection

Komono AW Collection

Since its inception in 2009, KOMONO has gathered a devoted community of dreamers, rebels and nonconformists with a shared passion for innovative design and contemporary aesthetics.

Exclusive materials and cutting edge technology. That's what you get from Rye and Lye.

Greco by Rye and Lye

Research and high caliber materials, attention to detail and aesthetically-inspired design define the new Rye&Lye collection, eyewear brand by Immagine98 that has made Italian-made artisan craftsmanship its signature trait.

The new TonoVue-P from Grafton to be launched at 100%

Tono Vue-P

Grafton Optical announces that they will launch TonoVue-P by Crystalvue at 100% Optical 2020 - the automatic, touch screen, non-contact tonometer with pachymetry.

The new Ultra Polarized Glass collection from INVU by Swiss Eyewear Group


Swiss Eyewear Group is pleased to announce the global launch of its new INVU ultra polarized glass collection.



Style, elegance and personality define the new Fall 2019 Blackfin One optical frame collection. Color is the common thread that runs through all the styles, creating exquisite interplays of hues on the quintessential titanium material.

BD8: A New sustainable Eyewear Material against the world's plastic pollution

Bio Lens

BD8 – Bio Plastics” is a 100% bio-degradable plastics which can be naturally broken into carbon, water and bio mass. In a world where approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into the oceans every day, “BD8 – Bio Plastics” offers an eco-friendly solution:

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Announcing Optometry Tomorrow 2020 – 50% off tickets ends 31 October

The programme for Optometry Tomorrow, The College of Optometrists’ annual two-day conference, has been announced – College members have until 31 October to secure a 50% discount on the full ticket price.

ABDO provides updated advice on contact lens aftercare frequency.

The Association of British Dispensing Optician’s (ABDO) National Clinical Committee (NCC) has been working together with members, internal working groups, industry partners and ABDO’s Clinical Lead to ensure ABDO’s Advice and Guidance is current and reflects modern day practice.

Government accepts recommendations to improve UK diabetic eye screening programme

Following a review of adult screening programmes in England, commissioned in November 2018, the government is considering whether NHS England should become the body responsible for commissioning and delivering adult screening services including diabetic eye screening in England.

Advancing our health - prevention in the 2020's- FODO responds

The government’s public health Green Paper describes the 2020s as “the decade of proactive, predictive, and personalised prevention”, where targeted support and tailored lifestyle advice will be key to health care.

GOC launches ESR Expert Advisory Groups

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced the establishment of two new Expert Advisory Groups (EAGs), advising on the education and training of optometrists and dispensing opticians respectively, to help shape the new Learning Outcomes for students and Education Standards for providers as part of the Education Strategic Review (ESR).

A memorable day at the Apothecaries' for Awardees and new Freeman

Harro Lotz at Spectacle Makers
Apothecaries’ Hall built in 1672 after the Great Fire the surrounding provide a suitable background for new Freeman and those achieving certificates and diplomas for thie hard work.

Vision UK and the Royal Society of Medicine GP with Primary Healthcare section celebrate a successful conference

On Wednesday 9 October, the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) hosted the Vision UK Forward view: Vision and eye health conference, a joint conference between the RSM General Practice (GP) with Primary Health Care Section, Vision UK and in association with the RSM Ophthalmology Section and Digital Health Section.

Eros Business Consulting provides some useful tips in considering purchasing equipment, refurbs and financing.

In a new Business Briefing on the Briefing Area for the Optical Sector. Eros Business Consulting looks at the gains and possible pitfalls in buying equipment and provides a useful guide from decision making, budgeting through to financing such a project.

Vision UK announces the winners of their new awards at RSM Forward View Annual Conference

Michelle Acton CEO RSM presents to Elaine Stratton
Vision UK works in collaboration with partners across the eye health and sight loss sector to deliver positive change for blind and partially sighted people. They recently announced the winners for their three new thematic awards and the Astbury Award, at the Forward View Vision and Eye Health Conference held in collaboration with the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) GP with Primary Care Section.

Altruistic practices sought for a Christmas spectacle.

VCHP for Christmas
Altruistic practices are sought by Vision Care for Homeless People which is looking to dramatically increase the number of those in need to gain a sight test and specs this Christmas.

Charity celebrates ‘a change in sight’ for thousands of children with learning disabilities and autism

In celebration of World Sight Day 2019, today October 10th , SeeAbility, the national learning disability, autism and sight loss charity, is releasing a report on its successful campaign for eye care in special schools. The report will be launched in Perseid School in Merton, the school where SeeAbility first began its project in 2013.

Keynote speakers announced for National Optical Conference (NOC 2019)

The Local Optical Council (LOC) has confirmed that Matt Neligan and Professor James Kingsland will be the keynote speakers at this year’s National Optical Conference, which takes place on 13-14 November.

Eight tips for safe spooky contact lenses this Halloween from AOP

Make sure eye infections and ulcers aren’t part of your Halloween horror

Expansion follows Contact Lenses roll out

Positive Impact has announced the appointment of two business development consultants, Paul Humphries and Mike Cornwell, as a result of further expansion.

ABDO responds to GOC research on risk

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has responded to GOC research into risk in the optical professions. ABDO president Clive Marchant FBDO said:

Optometry Scotland – breaking down the barriers between primary and secondary care.

Eyecare leaders are launching Scottish Eyecare for Everyone (SEE) – a nationwide network and forum that will advance eye health in Scotland. The decision follows an eyecare policy event at the University of Aberdeen on 25 September to mark National Eye Health Week.

GOC Publishes survey results into risk in the optical professions

The General Optical Council (GOC) published last week the results of its survey and interview-based study into risk in the optical professions.

ABDO Rule Changes

At its consultation day last week, members of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) voted to pass amendments to the Association’s rules, enabling a wider pool of members to consider standing for the role.

Major award made to IGA Development Manager at Optical Conference

David Burt Award
The David Burt Award
 was made at the RSM for the first time in front of the 190 delegates who attended the first annual joint meeting of the RSM GP with Primary Health Care section and Vision UK.

Free AOP membership for newly-qualified optometrists

Optometrists that qualified this year are being offered an exclusive free trial from the Association of Optometrists (AOP).

Poll carried out for Mental Health Day October 10th coinciding with World Sight Day

Mental Health Poll
Louis Stone conducted a poll on their Instagram stories specifically for their optical industry followers in order to ascertain through this sample, a percentage of people in the industry who believe they have suffered from mental health issues 

WHO addresses its first ever World Vision Report

World Health Organization to Address its First Ever World Vision Report Next Week During the American Academy of Optometry Conference in Orlando

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