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Accelerate refraction, without compromising accuracy

Essilor new Vision R700 launched

Essilor Ltd
has launched the new Vision-R700 phoropter for a faster, socially distanced, refraction without compromising accuracy.

Turmeric meets hemp - Luxury Handcrafted Eyewear

Turmeric meets Hemp

Meet the new 100% natural and sustainable limited edition


LOOK 10735 M2

When excellent raw materials are studied and worked by a company that has made research one of its strategic assets for over 40 years, the result can only be extraordinary. 

STEPPER EYEWEAR Looks Forward by Looking Back.

Early Designs from Stepper

As STEPPER EYEWEAR passes 50 years of creating comfortable and stylish quality frames, Hans Stepper has taken the opportunity to revisit some of his earliest styles

The new Optishield for Hands-Free Visual Assessments

Grafton's Optishield

OPTISHIELD; the flexible optical occluder made of soft medical grade silicone.

Free-From-Fog, The anti-fog lens cloth

Grafton's Anti fog clothh

Grafton Optical launch Free From Fog. The anti-fog lens cloth designed by optical professionals has launched to extremely positive reviews


Komono Bob Snow Collection

Even in winter we can now enjoy the sun! Whether you are planning to do some high altitude activities or are just going out for a city walk, our newly launched SNOW collection provides you with the needed protection for low winter light.

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VI's launch a new gaming group

Emma McLean
It’s game on for blind and partially sighted players in Northern Ireland and Scotland with the launch of a new gaming group.

The Macular Society announces a New treatment for wet AMD approved for NHS patients

A new treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which could see patients receiving as few as four injections a year, has been approved for use in England and Wales.

SAFILENS introduces DELIVERY, a Global Breakthrough in Contact Lenses

Safilens DELIVERY CLIn addition to vision correction, the new family of contact lenses, DELIVERY, offers physiological and eye-development benefits

Heidelberg Engineering Emphasizes Anterior Segment Focus under New Clinical Director

Steve Thomson at Heidelberg
Steve Thomson
 joins Heidelberg Engineering as Clinical Director to further strengthen the Anterior Segment product development team. 

2021 New Annual Plan published by ABDO

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has launched a new Annual Plan for 2021

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Report on “Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living”

Responding to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on Healthy Ageing report published today, David Sinclair, Director of the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC), said:

Joint statement from Chief Executives of statutory regulators of health and social care professionals

In March last year, at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we issued a statement to support our registrants in dealing with the un-precedented challenges that they were facing.

Further New Year's Reflections

Mike Ockendon AIO Secretary
Mike Ockendon the AIO secretary has added his organisation’s consideration of the prospects of change for Optics UK after the passing of the pandemic.

BCLA announces publication date for long-awaited global consensus report

A new BCLA global consensus report will deliver evidence-based guidance to eye care professionals around the world on all aspects of prescribing and fitting contact lenses as part of a concerted drive to provide the best possible patient care.

Management & Leadership qualifications for those in Optical Industry

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ (ABDO) Level 5 Management & Leadership qualification is now available to everyone working within the optical industry.

Webinar to discuss ‘brave new world’ of practice in a pandemic

Rakesh Kapoor, BSc(Hons) MBA FCOptom FBCLA FEAOO
The first BCLA webinar of 2021 will examine how clinical care has needed to adapt in the ‘brave new world’ of optometric and hospital practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Year’s Honours for those in Optics

Tanjit Dosanjh, Founder and CEO, The Prison Opticians Trust
A number of people have been awarded Honours in the New Year's List. If you know of others that have been so honoured, connected in any way with the visioncare sector, please let us know.

OFNC UPDATE: IMPACT of New Lockdown on practices in England

Following the introduction of a new national lockdown in England this week, the OFNC has continued its discussions with NHS England on potential additional support for optical practices affected by the new restrictions.

Will the end of the pandemic bring forth a new start for Optics UK?

Could the double whammy of disruption of supply and service of both Covid-19 and Brexit spell disaster to some in the vision care sector or act as a stimulus to recovery and doing things better and differently in the “New Normal”

Pharmacists snubbed by Government Leaders over Covid Jabs

As reported in the Daily Telegraph today (06.01.21) Pharmacists in the UK do not understand why their ready and waiting resource has not been included in the vaccination plans

Optometrists should follow College’s Amber Phase guidance

Optometrists should continue to provide needs- and symptoms-led primary eye care under the new restrictions, in line with all other primary health services during this lockdown period.

Primary eye care during the lockdown

Opticians remain open across the UK to meet eye care needs but must prioritise emergency and essential care.

COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers

On January 4th 2021 at 20.00 hours A joint statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 4 to level 5. This prompted the Prime Minister to broadcast to the nation

Glaucoma 360 New Horizons Forum

Join Glaucoma 360 for the 10th annual New Horizons Forum – this year a virtual event – dedicated to speeding the development of new therapies and diagnostics for glaucoma patients.

Haag-Streit UK Announces the Launch of the iVue80 in the UK

Haag-Streit UK has announced the launch of the new iVue80 OCT in the UK. The iVue80 SD-OCT system offers 80,000 A-scans per second—three times faster than the original iVue model

VCHP Filmed for GSK Impact Award

GSK Impact award for VCHP

Vision Care for Homeless People, was chosen from more than 400 UK charities as one of ten winners of a £30,000 GSK IMPACT Award and is featured in a new film about its work.

Oar-some challenge for optometrist!

Talasker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
This time next year Martin Skehan will have swapped his test room for the Atlantic Ocean as he takes on the world’s toughest row, 

GOC erases Liverpool based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase an optometrist based in Liverpool, from its register with immediate effect.

CET Rules Consultation by GOC

This consultation seeks stakeholder views on changes we intend to make to our Continuing Education and Training (CET) Rules 2005 (amended in 2012). Have your say

New VI Charity Sector Partnership

Blind Veterans UK, Glaucoma UK, Guide Dogs, Macular Society, Retina UK, RNIB, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Visionary have announced they will form a new VI Charity Sector Partnership.

Safilens blows out its first 20 birthday candles.

Twenty years of research, development and sales vitality have positioned the Italian company among the top players in the contact lens arena in Italy and ensure it an ever-increasing share of the international market.

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