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New Fall Winter 18/19 Ultra Collection announced

Regina from Ultra

Ultra Limited – the eyewear brand that has made uniqueness, artisan craftsmanship and color its trademark philosophy – launches the new Fall/Winter 2018-19 styles in its Profili Edition collection.
The Ultra brand in Sun and Optical is distributed in the UK through TIGER VISION EUROPE LTD.

Heidelberg "Love your OCT" guarantee returns

Spectralis Sprit OCT

Heidelberg Engineering has reintroduced their unique “Love Your OCT Guarantee”, first launched at Optrafair 2018, due to popular demand. 

INVU launches 90's Retro Styles


Today’s latest fashion is drawing on several trends from the 1990s. Cargo pants, platform sneakers, overalls and bandanas are all making a comeback.

Experience the magical world of Wonderland

Wonderland 1 by OKIA

OKIA is pleased to announce the launch of their “Wonderland” collection, a surprising mix of high technology and fashion that once again highlights the company’s ongoing commitment to unconventional design and innovation.

KliiK Fall 2018

K 622

Rich color combinations, laser cut detailing and innovative materials are some of the elements that highlight the KLiiK denmark collection for Fall 2018. Inspired by Scandinavian design and key fashion influences, the new styles offer unique and custom design elements

FYSH Fall 2018

FYSH 3613

FYSH, the international eyewear brand that is designed for the women who embrace their individual style, reveals its new collection for Fall 2018. Combining the latest runway looks with the color trends of the season, the new styles feature a vast array of bold colors and intricate detailing for a unique look.

Blackfin Fall 2018 Collection

Blackfin 845
The new Blackfin eyewear collection is studded with stylistic features, characteristic elements that embody the brand’s vision. One where titanium responds to a new concept of sophisticated technology that is eloquently expressed in the styles for the coming season.

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College announces program for Optometry Tomorrow 2019

The conference, taking place from 24-25 February 2019, will include a keynote speech by Professor Pete Coffey, Theme Lead for Development, Ageing and Disease at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

UCLan announces first appointments

UCLan announces first key appointments made this week:

100% Optical Top Ten Launches.

The UK's largest optical event, 100% Optical, taking place 12-14 January 2019 at London ExCeL, offers a sneak preview into some of the hottest eyewear trends and product premieres not to be missed.

Mondottica announces 3 products nominated at SILMO

This year, it’s the PANDA that highlights unique and fun styling, typical of ZOOBUG LONDON. The round shape converts to a cute animal silhouette with ears – bringing fun and enjoyment to wearing sunglasses, read on:

Surviving Practice Change ~ BCLA Asia


A “seismic shift” in the way practices do business should be embraced rather than feared – with new technology offering practitioners the opportunity to be eye care pioneers.

BCLA Presidential Address, a glimpse into the life of an ophthalmologist

Ever wondered what really goes on in the life of an ophthalmologist? New British Contact Lens Association president Sunil Shah is preparing to give an exclusive insight as part of his Presidential Address since taking over the role.

New Distance Learning program from IACLE

Nilesh Thite

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) has fully revised and updated its Distance Learning Program (DLP) in line with the New IACLE Contact Lens Course (New ICLC). The program is now available to IACLE members via its website.

GOC warns "Still thousands of CET points, pending"

The GOC is today reminding registrants to log into their MyGOC account and accept any ‘pending’ CET points. Currently, there are 55,764 CET points that have yet to be accepted.

Perkins warns nation about eye health risks to workforce ahead of NEHW

Doug Perkins
The record number of older people in employment in Britain are being urged by a Specsavers and RNIB campaign to make their eye health a priority as pension entitlement ages increase.

Silmo D'Or awards announced. Going to Paris?

SILMO 2018
Are you taking the Euro to SILMO 2018 starting the 28th September, just over 2 weeks away?

GOC appoints interim CE and Registrar

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that Lesley Longstone will replace Adam Sampson as its Interim Chief Executive and Registrar, following Adam’s appointment to a permanent CEO role.

Optical Educators provide lectures at RSM Primary Update.

Optical sector leaders played a part in providing education to over 85 primary care and general practice workers at the RSM.

Julian Jackson entertains Primary Care members at RSM Annual Dinner

Following his successful challenge of the Big Blind Walk this year walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats Julian explained his passion to improve the flow of money into eye research.

Myopia Education Program to re-run plus the promise of a new complex Case course to follow.

Myopia Confernce
The Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy will launch a new myopia management course, ‘Complex Cases’, in November 2018. It will follow the original ‘Managing Myopia’ course, which, due to popular demand, will run again in October 2018.

ABDO/WOPEC collaboration a great success

On the 29th August, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) in collaboration with WOPEC held the inaugural Objective Structured Clinical Examination in Minor Eye Condition Services (MECS) and Goldmann Applanation Tonometry for Contact Lens Opticians, at the ABDO National Resource Centre. ABDO is delighted to report that all 22 participating successfully passed.

The iDay Conference announces programme for 2018.

Dean Waugh at iDay Conference

The theme of next month’s Independents Day conference has been announced as Balancing Eyecare and Eyewear, focussing on the tightrope that independents walk between being clinicians and retailers. 

Frames, frames and more frames!!! at 100% Optical

100% Optical 2019 will engage your senses and provide inspiration and knowledge for the year ahead!

WOPEC launches Optical Assistants Course

WOPEC is to launch the first course aimed at Optical Assistants.

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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
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03/09/2107 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - South East
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Company Rayner & Taylor Brighton. Category Optometrist
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Location South East Salary 250-275 a day.
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