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SILMO 202 Confirms dates as from October 2nd to 5th for 2020
SILMO is t is committed to the Protection and Enhancement of the Optical and Eyewear Industry
RSM provides free webinar to vision sector on the effects on patients and the public on vision during the Covid Crisis.
Guiding patients and public with eyecare concerns during the Covid-19 Crisis
Mark your calendar now for Glaucoma Awareness Week 29 June – 5 July
For Glaucoma Awareness Week (GAW) 2020, we want more people in the UK than ever before to know just how important it is to look after your eye health
The effects on people with sight loss and those who have remained undetected during the pandemic are highlighted
A Fight for Sight survey of 325 people with sight loss has shown the serious impact lockdown has had on eye health and wellbeing.
American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2020 Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award Recipient
Sidra Sarwat is a first-year Ph.D. candidate at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales.
Whilst the infection rate 7-day rolling average continues to be stubbornly high (1419/day compared to 833/day on the day of lockdown) we are of course desperate to return to providing the services that are key to our Nation's eye health.
All primary care contractors (GPs, pharmacists, dentists and optometrists) are asked to take the following actions during "Test and Trace"
Considerations on preparing for possible staff loss during "Test and Trace"
OFNC on the defence about rumoured cliff edge end to payments
The OFNC has today written an open letter to the Health Secretary and optics minister at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) about recent messaging from NHS England regional offices, suggesting that financial support to help optical practices deal with Covid-19 may stop at the end of June.
Optometrist and author of a number of books shares Anniversary Livery Quiz prize
Optometrist and author, David Baker, has been named one of two joint runners-up in a VE Day 75th Anniversary Livery Quiz,
Support for recovery and transformation on the High Streets
The High Streets Task Force has launched a range of cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of the Government’s efforts to reopen safely from 15 June and support their recovery.
Vision UK becomes Covid-19 Fatality
It is with great sadness PHN has been informed of its impending closure of Vision UK as of the 31/07/2020.
ABDO position on GOC CET Consultation Stage
The GOC is currently consulting on proposals to introduce changes to the Continuing Education and Training (CET) scheme to make it more flexible and less prescriptive, allowing registrants greater freedom to undertake learning and development which is relevant to their own personal scope of practice.
Whole home testing rolled out to all care homes in England
Adult care homes for under-65s, including those with learning disabilities or mental health problems will be offered testing, regardless of whether residents have symptoms. See the PHN Covid Hub
Myopia management certificate launched by BCLA
A newly-launched certificate in myopia management will allow eye care professionals to translate the latest global research findings to their clinical practice as part of a drive to boost awareness of the “ticking timebomb” of a global eye health epidemic.
COVID19 – meeting the eye health needs of vulnerable individuals during the next stages of the pandemic
A statement by the Optical Confederation Domiciliary Eyecare Committee (DEC) Domiciliary eye care is a specialised area of optometry and optics experienced in dealing with high risk patients (including those being barrier-nursed) and rigorous infection control.
College responds to reports of practices resuming routine eye care
We (The College) recognise that there is considerable frustration at reports suggesting that some practices may be breaking national guidelines and providing routine eye care appointments that are not essential or urgent/emergency.
OFNC statement: resumption of General Ophthalmic Services in England
The OFNC has today had further discussions with NHS England on arrangements for when and how optical practices can provide more face-to-face eye care. Despite recent speculation, NHS England has confirmed that a date for full resumption of face-to-face GOS has not yet been agreed.
Phosphorus Announces FDA Approval Of At-Home Saliva Test For COVID-19 in US
Phosphorus announced today that the FDA granted the Emergency Use Authorization request for its saliva test for COVID-19 that features at-home sample collection. in the US.
Nystagmus Network announces Awareness Day in 2020
It’s national and international Nystagmus Awareness Day on Saturday 20 June 2020. We may all be staying at home this year, but we can still mark the day and raise awareness to ensure that the 1 in 1,000 adults and children living with nystagmus enjoys a greater understanding of their condition and a better quality of life as a result.
Blind and partially sighted voters still struggle to cast their vote in secret at elections, says a leading sight loss charity.
RNIB Scotland is urging MSPs to back key amendments to the Electoral Reform Bill being debated in the Scottish Parliament today [Wednesday, June 3rd]. It says these would allow people with sight loss to cast their ballot without the assistance of anyone else.
Dentistry to reopen, car showrooms are open and schools are back but optics... only essential optometry
Are some of those groups and indeed the relaxation on lockdown too early? There is a consensus that the one major mistake that has created higher infection and death rates in the UK was to delay the decision on lockdown made on 23rd March 2020. Could we be repeating an error? We look at infection curves, test and trace and the value NHS England places on our services
LOCSU introduces two further clinical pathways to broaden primary care offer
Following the launch of The Maculopathy Referral Filtering (see below) LOCSU announces 2 further pathways
New AOP Infection control and prevention certificate
On Wednesday 3 June, 12pm, The Association of Optometrists (AOP) will launch a new AOP Infection control and prevention certificate.
OFNC STATEMENT: Resumption of General Dentist Services – Implications for OPTICAL SERVICES IN ENGLAND
On 28 May NHS England announced that it was asking all dental practices in England to commence opening from Monday 8 June for face-to-face care, subject to having the necessary infection control measures and PPE in place.
UK reaches 200,000 coronavirus testing capacity target a day early
Following the rapid expansion of coronavirus testing, the UK reached the 200,000 capacity target on Saturday 30 May, including capacity for 40,000 antibody tests a day
Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, to raise awreness of sight loss.
A 24 year-old woman from Greenock is pushing forward the next steps in a campaign she has started to raise awareness of sight loss.
AAO FOUNDATION announces the 2020 WILLIAM C. EZELL FELLOWSHIP Recipients
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation announces the eleven recipients of the 2020 William C. Ezell Fellowships.
GOC launches consultation on Continuing Education and Training scheme
The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce changes to its Continuing Education and Training (CET) scheme.
Now it's Drive-thru IOP Testing in some US Practices, could it happen here in the UK?
American Ophthalmologist Shares Experience Implementing Drive-Through IOP Checks Into Practice
Surgeon’s safety eyewear issue solved
Good vision, alongside full protection from inhalation during cauterisation, was the challenge for a leading Consultant Dermatologist and Mohs surgeon in treating patients who might be infected with Covid 19.
OFNC STATEMENT: Meeting essential eye care needs during the Pandemic
Today May 27th we received the following statement on the definition of essential eye care in NHS England’s letter of 1 April :
New PCA and road map for Scotland as Lockdown set to ease
The Scottish government has published a new PCA, which includes an update on continued financial support for community optometry. PCA's and Roadmaps
PHN permanent page listing all Optical Companies providing emergency supplies and services to practices during pandemic.
During the Pandemic you will be able to find a list of all suppliers and their contact details who at the time of publishing are available to provide goods, services or verbal help to practices requiring help during emergency provision.
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