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OKO by OKO Paris. The new release ‘BABETTE’.

OKO by OKO Babette

 has been designed to draw attention to the wearer’s natural brow line, just like the iconic retro models which were popular in the 60s.

KOMONO FW 20 Optical Collection

Komono FW 2020

A thoughtful extension to the optical collection, the Fall/Winter 2020 season is all about smart detailing and luxury finishes.

BLACKFIN Fall/Winter 20-21 Optical Collections

Greenport from Blackfin 20/21 collection

Vitality, design, tradition: these keywords define the Blackfin Fall/Winter 20-21 collection and epitomize the brand’s distinctive elements featured in previous releases, now updated to meet the demand of numerous markets.

ESSILOR offers HD Dry Eye Diagnosis

IDRA from Essilor

Essilor Ltd has taken on the sole distribution of IDRA by SBM Sistemi to offer ECPs advanced high definition testing for dry eye.


Nirvan Javan

Together with fashion photographer Parinya Wongwannawat, NIRVAN JAVAN presents a collaborative photoseries dedicated to the reinterpretation of cosmopolitan expression.

New MATERIKA TITANIUM – Material Becomes ART

Look 70622

LOOK–made in Italia presents the new Materika Titanium models, made from fine Japanese titanium and exclusive Italian Mazzucchelli acetate.

A Breath of Clean Air from Norville 20/20 and Frame Steriliser

Fusion Frame Cleaner

UV-C Surgically Clean Air™ the Medical Grade JADE Air Purifier has excellent performance in Hospitals, Medical Labs Ophthalmic and Dental Clinics to clean and sterilize the indoor air. And more the Fusion Frame Cleaner (shown)

Many more exciting products on our new products and services pages

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COVID-19 and professional issues for primary healthcare, a free webinar

RSM Primary Health Webinar
This webinar is available to non RSM members and is produced by the General Practice with Primary Health Care Section RSM

Following the increased measures on face masks The College, backed by ABDO and FODO make recommendations

Do staff who work behind a screen or who are more than 2m from patients have to wear a face covering?Plus information on Business Covid Help.

1 October 2020 VAT changes for Opticians, more of a simplification than radical change

Very little has changed since the original business briefing on VAT accounting for Optical and Hearing practices co-written by Shaun King (then,Ernst Young) and Bob Hutchinson (Past Chair FODO) on behalf of the profession. Bob Hutchinson, (Eros Business Consulting Ltd) comments on these changes:

Covid-19 pandemic affects Patient Treatment Plans

News has arrived about the Braemar Finance House’s decision to remove themselves from providing Patient Treatment Finance to Optical and Dental patients.

Girl’s sight is saved thanks to Hamilton optometrist

In a poignant story about the importance of regular eyecare for Children in National Eye Health Week ( 21-27 September 2020) Specsavers tell the story about a fourteen-year-old girl and her family from Hamilton, Scotland

Two West Midlands organisations chosen for prestigious healthcare programme

West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has collaborated with partners from across Europe to develop UPrAIHSe, a ground-breaking skills programme which will upskill healthcare leaders.

Point of Sale Innovation by INVU

Tools such as lens testers and glare demonstrators are widely used by optical retailers to demonstrate the unique benefits of polarized sunglasses.

NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales

NHS COVID-19 app launches nationwide to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing. Read about the app and see the video here

Refreshed pathway for People with Learning Disabilities now available

Lisa Donaldson Seeability
LOCSU has been working in partnership with SeeAbility, Mencap, ABDO and WOPEC to refresh the clinical pathway to support over 1.2 million people in England who have a learning disability.

SILMO 2020 SILMO D'OR Nominees

SILMO Organisers have provided Opchat News with the Companies nominated at the 27th Silmo d’Or


William Ngo
The AAOF is pleased to announce William Ngo, OD, PhD, FAAO as this year’s recipient of the Korb - Exford Dry Eye Career Development Grant.

"Go live date" for the new paper GOS forms

As many practices are in the middle of transitioning to the new online GOS claims system, to help make roll outs as smooth as possible, PCSE has moved the date for the introduction of new paper forms to 1 November.

GOC suspends Huddersfield based optometrist

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

Measure what you could save on Measuring IOPs

Grafton ORA G3
Grafton Optical launch the ORA® G3 Business Case Calculator and invite you to TAKE THE TONOMETRY CHALLENGE to see what you could save if you made the switch

Ocuco repeats highly successful webinar on Paediatric Optometry, by popular demand.

Ocuco Webinar
Back by popular demand: CET accredited clinical lecture on Paediatric Optometry brought to you by Ocuco

IACLE reports success of TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators’ TLC Initiative to support educators, their students and the contact lens industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, has been a major success since it launched three months ago today.

New BCLA webinar will give tips on growing your contact lens business

Helping eye care professionals to grow their contact lens business will be the subject of the next BCLA webinar, with the session giving a series of top tips and advice.

CHECT warns of ignorance of Childhood eye cancers

Nancy Smith
One third of parents say a squint is NOT a symptom of childhood eye cancer

Cegedim Rx, company providing OptoManager withdraws services.

Following Cegedim's announcement LOCSU states it is supporting LOCs and PECs as Cegedim Rx withdraws from UK market

Paskal 3d simulates night driving vision

The end of British Summer Time on 25th October is set to throw thousands of motorists into darker driving conditions and many turning to their optometrist for help.

The GOC have published a statement on the service of registration notices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this statement the GOC set out how they will serve notices under the GOC Registration Rules 2005 (‘Rules’) during the COVID-19 emergency.

New BCLA President urges members to ‘do things differently’ if they want to be the best

Indie Grewal
The new President of the BCLA, Indie Grewal, has urged eye care practitioners to focus on how they can “do things differently” in order to provide patients with the best possible service.

Vision Aid Overseas to close recycling scheme

Vision Aid Overseas has ended its recycling scheme in the UK and will no longer accept used spectacles

RCOphth disagrees with latest NICE guideline on Cataract Services

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is responding to the NICE rapid guideline on Covid-19 testing and the potential adverse effect on the return to routine cataract surgery.

The College has modified and continues to adapt its Pandemic Guidance

Further modifications to its Pandemic Guidance have been made by the College of Optometrists

RNIB Scotland warns of E-Scooter dangers

Sight loss charity RNIB Scotland has welcomed news that moves to trial the use of rented e-scooters north of the border have been put on hold.

ABDO takes another look at the GOC ESR Consultation

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has set out fresh analysis to contribute to the debate about the GOC’s proposals for education reform.

LOOK-made in Italia produces new company video

An off-screen voice, emotional and captivating background music. Then the images one after another, clear and strong.

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Latest Briefings

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We have a series of briefings revised in May 2013 on VAT:

VAT Briefings Introduction


Paying Too Much VAT Out of Net Profits?

Advantages of Stock Modules for VAT

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)

The Bribery Act

The Bribery Act: Optical Confederation Guidance


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upcoming events

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15/10/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

23/10/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Non-Invasive Vascular Imaging Course:Course: 10.00 – 17:00 optometrists and doctors. Medical photographers, technicians and ophthalmic nurses

05/11/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

03/12/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

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