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DO says Vista Mesh Lenses are the answer to many night driving problems.

Vista Mesh
Dazzling glare from oncoming vehicles at night is being alleviated by an innovative spectacle lens, Somerset drivers are finding.

Tom Davies reveals New Ready to Wear Collection.

TD 449

These composite frames feature an ion plated titanium frame with an acetate top rim. 

New Sunglass Collection Launch from Mondottica for Optics in 2019

Beneton by Mondottica

Introducing the first United Colors of Benetton sunglass offering designed, produced and distributed by Mondottica: there is a frame to fit everyone within this inaugural collection -

Komono Opticals fall/winter 2018/19

FW Collection Komono

Blink and you’ll miss it. Breathe and it’s already gone.

New Kaos collection: shake your brain, shake your style!


An unexpected mix of bold colors and surprising details characterizes the new KAOS collection, an Area98 brand dedicated to creativity and transgression, conceived for those who are young, cosmopolitan, always on the move and who love to experience strong emotions.

Xavier Garcia’s new collection is all about the material.

Xavier Garcia

The colours and shapes of the frames work together to form timeless pieces

New book "The Window of the Eye" published by David Baker

David Baker's Window of the Eye

Sight is perhaps the most important of all the senses. Yet all of our visual world exists courtesy of two tiny organs, about 20 centimetres in diameter, of incredible complexity - the eyes. 

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The Latest News

Scotland GOS Mandatory training for Optoms.

Optometrists in Scotland have been sent information about the arrangements for new annual mandatory training for optometrists for the first year (October 2018 – December 2019)

DOCET launches Young Eye CET programme.

Following its Ageing Eye series, DOCET has launched a series for optometrists on the young eye, with a four-part course on Embryology.

First Glasklar Hub Event Report submitted.

Ideas for improving customer service, driving patient loyalty and increasing patient retention were shared at the first GLASKLAR Hub meeting for independents organised by the brand’s distributor, Positive Impact.

Pre-Authorasation of GOS 4 claims for adults...National Briefing

Under GOS (General Ophthalmic Services) Regulations (Optical Payments and Charges Regulations 2013) children and adult patients who qualify for GOS can receive a repair or replacement voucher (GOS4) if they lose or damage their glasses. Children qualify for unlimited repair and replacements, but adults only qualify if a health condition has led to the loss or breakage of the glasses.....

Pioneers to explore drivers of MGD development.

It’s reportedly the leading cause of dry eye, but the factors driving the development of Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) remain something of a mystery.

American Academy of Optometry Makes Donation in Honour of 2018 Brien Holden Humanitarian Award.

The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to announce a $5,000 donation has been made to Fuji Vision Aid Mission in honor of Akio Kanai, OD, the 2018 recipient of the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award. 

Essilor supports these "No Ordinary Women" for the Everest Expedition.

Everest adventure
Six Nepalese women ascended the highest summit in the world, Mount Everest, in order to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality in Nepal, and to fight against human trafficking.

Dame Rosie Winterton highlights growing demand for eyecare.

Dame Rosie Winterton visited Bell Brothers Opticians in Doncaster as part of ongoing campaigning work by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) to highlight the importance of eye health care and utilising the highly skilled teams that are working in optical practices. 

CQC publishes annual report on the state of health and social care in England.

The annual assessment of health and social care in England is available to download on line.

World Sight Day shines light on Poor Road Vision

Essilor is shining a light on road safety on World Sight Day, on October 11 2018.

Blackfin at FlorenceIt is calling on drivers to “put vision first” and improve their vision habits before driving to cut the risks of collisions and deaths.

It's World Sight Day TODAY (11th October)

World Sight Day sees new easy read resource launched to help change lives for people with learning disabilities

Record Attendance at 6th Optometry Bitesize.

The College of Optometrists held the sixth Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize conference at the weekend. The conference, held at the Hilton London Wembley, had its highest attendance yet, attracting over 280 attendees from across the UK.

Optos; Platinum Sponsors at next year's Optrafair Exchange

Optos are proud to return as Platinum sponsor and head back to the 3-day exhibition with strong momentum having won ‘Optical Supplier of the Year’.

SILMO 2018, Organiser's full report.

The 52nd edition of the International Optical Fair demonstrated its appeal on this rather dynamic global market with a satisfying turnover. 

Travel Fellowships announced by AAO

The AAO congratulates the recipients of the 2018 Resident Travel Fellowship Awards. 

GOC appoints Interim Director of Education.

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that Dr Subo Shanmuganathan has joined as its Interim Director of Education.

WORLD SIGHT DAY (11th October) Shines Light on poor Road Vision.

Essilor is shining a light on road safety on World Sight Day, on October 11 2018.

Annual report on State of Health published by CQC.

The annual assessment of health and social care in England is available to download on line.

NEHW wants your feedback on this years week (Sept 24th)

NEHWwould like to say a massive THANK YOU to those taking part in National Eye Health Week 2018. Your support helped make this year's campaign the most successful yet as we threw the spotlight on eye health and the importance of having regular eye tests.

ABDO highlights dangers of unprescribed Cosmetic CLs

As we approach Halloween, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is encouraging consumers to take more care when using cosmetic lenses as part of their Halloween costume. New research from ABDO reveals Brits have a concerning lack of knowledge when it comes to looking after their eyes.

New appointment, proof of Further Expansion at Positive Impact.

Tony WhyattMr Whyatt has extensive experience in key and national account management with industry giant Bausch & Lomb (B&L) and more recently a number of leading dry eye and pharmaceutical companies, including Thea Pharmaceuticals.

Voting opens in AOP Awards 2019

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is inviting patients and practitioners to support excellence in the optical profession by casting their vote in the AOP Awards 2019.

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Practice Management Software

A series of briefings revised in May 2013 on the uses of practice management software:

Practice Management Software: Introduction

Practice Management Software: The Basics

Practice Management Software: Advanced Briefing

Practice Management Software: The Paperless Practice

Improving Business Strengths

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Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum

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Contact Lens Report

EUROMCONTACT Contact Lens Report

Report on Drivers' Vision

Report on Drivers' Vision: A report published by The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)

The Bribery Act

The Bribery Act: Optical Confederation Guidance


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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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