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Ørgreen Optics Spring/Summer 2021

Orgreen Optics

Ørgreen Optics is delighted to present you with four new additions to its series of acetate sunglass frames for spring/summer 2021

Komono Metamorphosis Campaign

Komono Metamorphosis

This season is all about creative transformation. 

It’s Not All About Beauty – But it Helps

Stepper 30161

At first glance the STEPPER SI-30161 is a thing of beauty.

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.

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GOC erases Plymouth based student optometrist

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

New AOP webinar series for optical teams

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is launching a new webinar series, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Vision, aimed at upskilling the practice team in key areas.

New smart glasses help people with macular disease to read, recognise faces and identify objects

Oxsight Onyx
Macular Society members are among 122 people from three countries who tested the latest smart glasses from OXSIGHT.

BCLA relaunches national contact lens campaign

The BCLA is bringing back the national ¡®Love Your Lenses¡¯ campaign, with eye care professionals urged to sign up to spread awareness of the benefits of lenses.

Made for each other….Laboratoires Théa acquire The EyeBag® Brand

Thea and The Eye Bag
Laboratoires Théa – a French family-owned pharmaceutical company, specialising in eye care around the world are delighted to announce that they have acquired The EyeBag® brand.

Practices report payment problems from PES,

The news is not looking good for many practices who have entrusted their payment provisions for extended community eyecare concerns to Primary Eyecare Services (PES)

Primary Eyecare Services progression by stealth to take over existing extended eyecare agreements comes under question.

In an open letter from the Chair of Croydon LOC (published at the end of story) criticism is laid at the door of the Primary Eyecare Services Ltd (PES) for a lack of collaboration over a procurement process

Let’s enjoy real contact again at SILMO Paris 2021!

Join us at SILMO Paris, at Paris Nord Villepinte, 24 to 27 September 2021.

ABDO launches syllabus review

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is calling for feedback from across the profession as it launches a review of the syllabus of its FBDO qualification

ESSILOR intoduces latest equipment at 100% OPTICAL Online

Vision S700 from Essilor
Essilor Ltd is launching a new compact Vision Station at 100% Optical Online 2021 and invites ECPs to book an appointment to hear about it first.

Eye cancer charity welcomes new Community Urgent Eye Service (CUES)

More babies and children with the rare eye cancer retinoblastoma took over six months to be diagnosed in 2020 than any other year since 2012.

SeeAbility’s eyecare work shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2021

SeeAbility is delighted to announce that it has made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector

PCSE shares information on online upgrades in bulletin

The PCSE Team wanted to share a number of updates with you relating to the Ophthalmic Payments service from PCSE.

GOC suspends Nuneaton based optometrist

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

WLC UK launches a new eye-catching website

WLC Webiste
A brand-new trade website has been unveiled by lens manufacturer, WLC UK,

New 'We Offer Testing to our Staff' scheme launched

A new sticker scheme will allow businesses to easily show they are testing their staff regularly.

SHAMIR and ALPINE F1 Team form unique partnership

Shamir and Alpine F1 deal
Shamir Optical Industry, a world-leading developer and producer of high-performance lenses, and Alpine F1 Team announce partnership

GOC erases Norwich 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 Norwich, from its register.


See The World by Nirvan Javan
The wait is finally over: NIRVAN JAVAN's new campaign #SEETHEWORLD – THE SHOW 

College of Optometrists releases ‘Forty Years of Research’ Report

The College of Optometrists has published a report reflecting on the history and impact of its research work and funding. 

New AOP Council announced

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is pleased to announce its new Council representatives.

Webinar to "plot the process" of detecting and managing keratoconus

The latest BCLA webinar will see senior representatives of a corneal, surgical and contact lens team

"CAN’T SEE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS" College proves the the point.

The classic 1865 novel by Lewis Carroll has today been re-released by The College of Optometrists in entirely blurred text, to raise awareness

Disabled people make their voices heard as election approaches

Cat Johnson
With the Holyrood Elections next week, 80 disabled people, families and carers came together to grill representatives of the major political parties at an online hustings event on Thursday, April 22nd

CooperVision announced its acquisition of No7 Contact Lenses.

The company will operate within the CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Group.

Contact lens and dry eye support for independents

Phil Thompson
Positive Impact is introducing weekly edrop-inf surgeries for contact lens and dry eye queries. 

Essilor Group to complete acquisition of Lenstec

The Essilor Group in the UK have announced their intention to complete the acquisition of the remainder of the Lenstec Optical Group shareholding from owners Nigel Castle and Gerard Donovan

New milestone for the Eye Doctor

A patent has been granted for Sterileyes, an antibacterial shield on the Eye Doctor hot and cold compresses used to treat dry eye, Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and blepharitis.

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