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Mykita and Helmut Lang, The big reveal:

Helmut Lang and Mykita

MYKITA and HELMUT LANG have collaborated on the design of two new eyewear models, HL001 and HL002, to be released in spring 2020. 

One frame and two looks: Clip-on Sunspecs

Dibble Accessories Clip ons

Clip on eyewear is the perfect way to make the transition from indoor to the outdoors stylishly, practically and affordable.

A Rimless design that Dazzles

ST 97164 from Stepper

It’s easy to see why the new SI-97164 from STEPPER is a star performer. 

Duck & Cover Aviator Lands

Duck and Cover from Norville

New Duck & Cover aviator model has arrived! - eyewear that truly reflects the look, feel and trend of the brand.

Grafton Launch the Phoenix Slit Lamp Imaging System

Pheonix Slit Lamp

Phoenix is the all-in-one slit lamp beam splitter and camera module; instantly bringing digital imaging to any standard slit lamp.


Hanna form Belvie

Belvie is an international eyewear brand born from the passion of Optika, a French optician with a 40-year history in the sector.

Milo and Me Childrens Frames

Milo form Dibble

Award-winning supplier Dibble Optical has extended it’s range of quality children’s eyewear, Milo & Me, to include five new models including a smaller frame for ages 3 to 5.

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

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PHN’s Opchat News and Media Services for the 7th consecutive year is chosen as the Optrafair 20/20 media partner

Optrafair 20/20
Since 2013 PHN has been chosen as Media Partners for Optrafair 20/20 and so it is for next year’s 20/20 in April.

Optometry Today and AOP launch Optometry student guide

Optometry Today (OT) and the Association of Optometrists (AOP) will be launching a new Optometry student guide outlining the steps from university to qualification, at freshers’ fairs this September.

Want to be a Guiding Star for people with sight loss?

Poclington Trust
If you interact with people with visual impairments (VI) in your work or social life, here’s your chance to learn how to assist them more effectively.

CCEHC and its member organisations call for the inclusion of Eye Health within the NHS LTP

The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) and its member organisations, including LOCSU, is calling for the inclusion of eye health within the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP). CCEHC has presented priorities for how the LTP can be delivered for eye health and care through the collaborative efforts of commissioners, service providers and clinicians.

AIO and BCLA team up to work with the GOC to tackle illegal practice

The Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (AIO) and the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) have joined together in an initiative to work closely with the GOC to drive out the illegal sale of contact lenses across the UK.

Call for Papers for NCC/BCLA 2020

A call for papers has been issued ahead of an eagerly anticipated collaborative research symposium to be held in the Netherlands next year.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation announces the 2019 Fredric Rosemore Low Vision educational grant recipient

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), in collaboration with the Fredric and Marion Rosemore Family Foundation, are pleased to announce the 2019 recipient of the Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant.

New Board Member for ABDO

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has a new board member after the results of the latest election were announced. Daryl Newsome has been re-elected for a further term while Lorraine Bleasdale is new to the board.

GOC pilots enhanced triage process for FTP complaints

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced the launch of a four-month pilot of an enhanced triage process that will give the GOC greater discretion to close cases at an earlier stage, where there is no ongoing risk to the public.

AOP response to Channel 4 Supershoppers

Rebuttal of consumer advice to buy online

AAO Foundation announces 2019 AAOF Student Travel Fellowship

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 AAOF Student Travel Fellowships. 

College highlights role of Optometrist

College of Optometrists launches new animation and poster explaining the role of the optometrist

AOP responds to Fake Britain on counterfeit contact lenses

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the report from Fake Britain, broadcast on 14 August 2019, which raised awareness of the risks to consumers who have been unknowingly sold counterfeit contact lenses.

NHS England’s EyesWise calls for patients to share their experiences of hospital eye clinics to help improve care

EyesWise is an NHS project that aims to save sight and improve lives. Since April 2018, work has been underway in hospital eye services across the country to streamline and speed up outpatient treatment for patients at highest risk of sight loss

Scots Pre -reg Training Allowance announced

The Scottish Government has announced that the grant to trainers of pre-registration optometrists is to increase by 2 percent

CET window open in Scotland until 1 November

The Scottish Government has opened the claims window for CET undertaken by optometrists in Scotland between 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. There are two levels of payment:

ABDO's response to Which magazine

The magazine found that a quarter of glasses failed the tests for the following reasons: because the actual measurements were too far off what was supplied; they didn’t conform to British Standards; or the lenses were loose and could fall out or be easily rotated.

College responds to "Which" Report

Daniel Hardiman-mccartney fcoptom, Clinical Adviser for The College of Optometrists, said:

ABDO celebrates drive to Enviromental Friendly Management

ABDO College is celebrating the success of a major boost to its ongoing campaign to be more environmentally friendly. By moving as much of its work online as possible, the College is saving over 475,000 sheets of paper each year.

Celebrity glasses wearer, Prue Leith chooses Booth&Bruce for Bread Week!

Prue Leith (coutesy OT)
Prue Leith is known for her bold frame choices...and her first show of the season makes no exception.

2019 American Academy of Optometry Resident Travel Fellowship Recipients Announced

The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2019 Resident Travel Fellowship Awards. 

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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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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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23/09/2019 - Heidelber Operation and Interpretation Course - Home Counties
A comprehensive course covering OCT image acquisition and interpretation. 7 CET points for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

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