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The New NFC 700 Non-Mydriatic Fundus Camera.

NFC 700 Fundus Camera from Grafton

Grafton Optical announce the launch of the NFC-700: the cost effective, non-mydriatic fundus camera solution. Fully automatic and all in one camera. 

Xaviergarcia's Acetate Summer Collection.

Xavier Garcia

Your wardrobe basics for the summer come in translucent lovely shapes.

Less Rim, More Cool from Mykita.

Less Rim from Mykita

Two experimental shapes join the LESSRIM collection: With soft lines and rounded contours, SUZU is a feminine spin on the aviator shape.

Komono SWun: The Gossamer Collection.

Levi C Forest by Komono

Expanding the popular Metal Series, the new Gossamer Collection takes a softer approach to flat steel. Each of the four colourways – Blush, Sunray, Dove, and Forest.

New Campaigns for Superflex kids from Westgroupe.

Superflex by Westgroupe

WestGroupe is pleased to introduce the launch of the Superflex kids 2018 advertising campaign “Express Your Colorful Self!” and Eyes on the Trends “Back to School”.

The debut of Hygge Eyewear from L. Stone.

Hygge 10 from Lous Stone

A structural and masculine spectacle frame from Louis Stone’sbrand new hygge Collection. hygge 20,and two other models highlighted.

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

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CLAE ‘punching above its weight’ as journal’s impact factor rises.

Shehzad Naroo A journal dedicated to contact lenses and the anterior eye has seen its impact factor rise for the fourth successive year – ensuring it remains one of the key publications for eye care professionals.

ULTRA Limited a new brand for promotion by Zed-Com PR specialists for Europe in Optics

CarpiUltra Limited – an eyewear brand owned by the Italian company, 450 S.r.l, which has made uniqueness, craftsmanship and colour its hallmark – has chosen Zed_Comm to carry out its European press activities for the optics sector.

KAOS promotes a new communications campaign for 2018

All the irreverent energy of KAOS, a young brand with a unique character produced by Area98, explodes in the new campaign images. 

New Minister at helm of Health and Social Care appointed.

Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock was Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 8 January 2018 to 9 July 2018. He was previously Minister of State for Digital from July 2016 to January 2018. He fills the space left by the Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt....... 

GOC to run Focus Groups on Business Standards.

The GOC is running five focus groups as part of its consultation process on the new draft ‘Standards for optical businesses’. Dates in report.

LED's, EC published report on risks.

Last week, The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) published its final Opinion on the potential risks to human health of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). The Committee has conducted a review of the published research concluding, amongst other things, that:

GOC Council Meeting Report July.

Acceptance Criteria, OCCS Annual Report, FTP Team, Love your Lenses Update and more

SILMO Bangkok 2018 Post Show Report.

Fashion at SILMO Bangkok
SILMO Bangkok 2018 proved to be THE trade platform for ASEAN’s optical industry with a record of 3,750 trade visitors from 42 countries 

Celebrations as BCLA award first new certificates.

The first 12 candidates to complete a new dry eye and contact lens retention course aimed at improving clinical expertise have received their certificates following exams at Aston University.

Ground breaking research for forthcoming OCT conference

UK practitioners are being urged to book now for the world’s premier optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging conference which takes place in Germany in October

Tribute to retiring Essilor MD

Mike Kirkley Essilor Retiring MD

Essilor Ltd today announced that Mike Kirkley, the company’s managing director, has decided to retire effective July, 2018. 

GOC appoints new Hearing Panel members.

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed four new Hearings Panel members: Caroline Corby, Amit Jinabhai, Kathryn King and Julia Wortley.

Varilux X delivers high impact, high street advertising.

Essilor has launched a ‘heavyweight’ consumer advertising campaign for Varilux X which independents can customise through its personalised marketing team.

CITY, UNIVERSITY of LONDON, appoints myopia control PhD student.

Kristina Mihic
City University is taking steps to prepare for the time when potentially 50% of Europeans could be myopic, and to explore if the prediction can be arrested before reaching this point. City’s Division of Optometry & Visual Science has taken on a PhD student to look at designing an Ortho-k lens....

ISO standards global survey, let your views be known.

The ISO is conducting an online global survey to gather data about the actual practices used by industry and the optometric and dispensing professions around the world, in order to improve. 

New branding announcement for FYSH 2018.

FYSH New Branding
Confidence has no competition, individuality is an expression and style is the personal signature! FYSH (formerly known as FYSH UK), the international eyewear & sunwear brand that creates innovative styles, is revealing its new branding!

GOC erases London based Dispensing Student.

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase a student dispensing optician based London, from its register. She will now be unable to train as a dispensing optician in the UK.

FODO supports student's desire for more clinical training.

FODO fully supports the findings of new General Optical Council research that most newly qualified optical professionals would have liked to have had more clinical training before qualifying. This research echoes the experience of FODO members.

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Contact Lens Report

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Report on Drivers' Vision

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upcoming events

For further information on any of the events listed below please go to our events page.

19/07/2018 - - South East
It’s time to focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

05/08/2018 - - South West
It’s time to focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

04/09/2018 - - North West
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

05/09/2018 - - West Midlands
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

06/09/2018 - - East Anglia
It’s time to focus-in on sight loss patients with our Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

12/09/2018 - - South West
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

17/09/2018 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
CIOS LOC Meeting

18/09/2018 - - East Anglia
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

20/09/2018 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture:Dementia Information Session, presented by Home Instead (Senior Care),followed by ACES Peer Review

26/09/2018 - - Northern Ireland
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

04/10/2018 - - South East
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

23/10/2018 - - Scotland
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

24/10/2018 - - Scotland
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

31/10/2018 - - North East
Focus-in on sight loss with our free Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET Roadshow

08/11/2018 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Peer Review - Delivered by Essilor

03/09/2107 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - South East
Shamir on Lens Design


For further information on any of the jobs listed below please go to our recruitment page.

Company Rayner & Taylor Brighton. Category Optometrist
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Location South East Salary 250-275 a day.
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