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Optrafair, The Blue Light Debate and the results of your own Big Blue Light Survey:
Professor John Marshall introduced the debate, to a large audience at the CET Theatre who were keen to know the current thoughts on Blue Light and from an invited a panel of experts, plus the results of your own Opchat Big Blue Debate.
Optrafair 40 years on, we reflect on its successes.
Over 7,000 optical professionals attended Optrafair’s spectacular 40th anniversary event this year, held at the NEC in Birmingham from 14th – 16th April.
New Standard processes for claiming for 2nd and Non-Tol Vouchers.
A standard process for submitting applications for second pair and non-tolerance vouchers has been launched by NHS England to take effect immediately. As advised by LOCSU.
College provides advice on Hay Fever.
As the UK experienced hot weather, and the Met office predicted pollen count levels would rise (The Pollen Bomb!) , the College of Optometrists issued advice to those who suffer from hay fever, and how they can look after their eyes:
UK Aid to help the World's leading infectious cause of blindness.
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt announces new funding to 10 Commonwealth countries to tackle trachoma.
Bright and Buzzy, that sums up Optrafair, say organisers
Optrafair 2018 opened its doors at the NEC in Birmingham at 9 am on Saturday 14 April to a record number of visitors, over 7000. The weather augured well, with a beautiful warm Spring day greeting the thousands of optical professionals who came to see the very latest in optical technology, frames and lenses.
Specsavers Stand supplies CET points galore.
Around two thousand CET points were earned by hundreds of optometrists, contact lens opticians and dispensing opticians from across the sector on the Specsavers stand at Optrafair at the weekend.
"Dream Partnership is the aim to make eyecare better", says Specsavers at Optrafair
A ‘dream partnership’ of ophthalmologists and optometrists working together in the community can help resolve the capacity crisis in the NHS and improve eyecare, and at the same time secure the future of the optometry profession.
AOP launches section wide workforce study
The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has commissioned a sector-wide survey, designed to gain an understanding of career aspirations of optometrists and the experiences of employers.
New President inaugurated at ABDO.
Dispensing Optician Clive Marchant was inaugurated as the new ABDO President in a ceremony at the ABDO Optrafair Dinner in Birmingham on the 15th of April.
American Academy 2018 San Antonio Education Program Announced
The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to announce highlights of the education program taking place at Academy 2018 San Antonio, November 7-10, 2018.
ABDO Uncorrected cyl power gives fresh insights for CL Practitioners.
The Association of British Dispensing Opticians revealed results of a new clinical trial at Optrafair in Birmingham on Saturday 14th April.
Dry Eye Cert sign ups gather force
More than 200 eye care practitioners have signed up to work towards a certificate in Dry Eye as part of a new education programme run by the British Contact Lens Association.
BCLA Council Nominations now open.
The British Contact Lens Association is looking for “committed” and “passionate” members to put themselves forward to represent their peers and shape the future of the organisation.
Time to revisit CL Clinical Care?
The ‘conservative’ approach to contact lens aftercare will be challenged at BCLA UK as part of a drive to minimise drop-outs and maximise patient success.
17 Years at Louis Stone, honoured.
Alan Slocombe worked for Louis Stone for over 17 years. He joined Louis Stone in 2001 having previously worked in logistics for Marks and Spencer for over 25 years.
New Safe Framework for Eye Health.
On Tuesday, The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC), which represents the leading clinical professions and sight loss charity organisations in the eye-care sector, and whose members include the Optical Confederation, launched a new Systems and Assurance Framework for Eye-health (SAFE)1.
GOS Payments- further delays
NHS Digital has experienced technical issues with the Open Exeter IT system this month, which has unfortunately caused a delay in PCSE being able to process some GOS claims this month.
GOC's High Level Strategic Review.
The GOC has recently published some high level findings from its Education Strategic Review concepts and principles consultation.
2018 Edition of Ophthalmic Lenses now published
The 2018 definitive guide to spectacle lenses, coatings and tints available in the UK has been launched at Optrafair. Ophthalmic Lenses Availability collates information from leading lens manufacturers enabling anyone in the optical industry to rapidly locate the most suitable lenses.
WCSM calls for submissions- Ruskell and Master's Medal
The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers is now inviting submissions for these two esteemed competitions, which each year attract significant interest from UK research students and departments.
Vision Van on Road Success for VE
National optical retailer scoops Best Corporate Social Responsibility campaign at the CIM Marketing Excellence Awards 2018
LOCSU and Newmedica sign agreement
Community ophthalmology provider Newmedica has entered into a framework agreement with the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) which will see patients returning to their optometrist after cataract surgery for post-operative assessment for a set tariff.
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