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NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES


MIC-MADE in Cadore:

Dirupo by MIC

A sophisticated, environmentally responsible collection where nature and artisan tradition meet.

ProGear inner SnowGuard from Norville

Snowguard from Norville

The highly popular EG sports model is now available with upgraded inner protection.

More Modern Minimalism from Ørgreen

Orgreen

For Spring 2020 Ørgreen is pleased to reveal their latest optical collection in acetate. In keeping with Ørgreen’s commitment to innovation, the new collection celebrates Modern Minimalism, with a touch of boldness and surprising new elements.

Have More Fun in the Sun!

Stepper Fun in the Sun

Sun lovers and STEPPER fans can now enjoy the two, simultaneously.

New x-ide collection: Experimental shapes, construction and craftsmanship

X-ide Techno

For an urban look with just the right dash of sparkle; ongoing experimentation is embedded in the X-IDE DNA

Komono - Light Blue Capsule Collection

Komino Blue

During the late seventies and early eighties, one of the worst droughts in L.A.’s history occurred which drained hundreds of backyard pools all dotted around the city.

“Sono le mani” (It’s in the hands): LOOK made in Italia presents the new 2020 communication campaign

Look Sono le Mani

“Made in Italia”, one of the brand’s internationally distinguishing features – a decisive practical, aesthetic and philosophical choice – is showcased in the new LOOK made in Italia campaign. 

any more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

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The Latest News

Visualise T & C publish: "I can't see you;can you see me?"

More help and factual information provided on our clinical pages here and this story can be read here

Cardiff OpSoc plan Malawi Trip fundraiser

Cardiff OpSoc Malawi Tripe planning
How the Malawi project has been planned:

“Wondermoms” contact PHN with key messages: for those with and caring for, those with Vision Loss

Jackie Nunes from www.wondermoms.org supplied us with some additional links for support to vision loss communities to add to our Clinical Briefing pages.

Further BCLA Webinar announced today.

Scleral lenses are growing in popularity, with an ever-growing number of practitioners turning to them as a go-to solution for certain contact lens patients.

Register today for the BCLA Webinar, next week!

The Webinar next week will discuss the topic of soft lenses, examining drop-out rates and putting forward suggestions for how eye care practitioners can ‘get control’ over their fitting.

ABDO makes calls on Governments against Postcode Lottery

Governments in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland (NI) need to act now on the eyecare postcode lottery and have the same routine and emergency eye health care for people across the UK according to the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). ABDO is calling for action on the 21st anniversary of the launch of Vision 2020

Urgent Advice received from NHS England-Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for PMS providers

NHS England has asked the Optical Confederation to distribute the following alert to all optical practices, clinicians and staff to communicate to their patients and the public via booking systems and patient facing media.

Cardiff pop-up clinic sees 23 homeless patients, many for the first time!

VCHP needs help in Wales
Some 23 homeless people in South Wales felt cared for last week when they had their eyes examined.

LOOK – made in Italia: For over 40 years providing independent choice to protect customers

Look Production Centre
Certified to guarantee a product totally Italian in every respect


College responds to proposed National Tariff Payment Scheme and recommends that ending of the current front-loaded tariffs.

The College of Optometrists welcomes the priority given to ophthalmology to improve patient care and efficiency from changing the way ophthalmology services are delivered and paid for across primary and secondary care.

Approval for a further 74 CCGs to merge

NHS England (NHSE) has approved the merger of 74 existing CCGs to establish 18 new ones, reports the HSJ.

ICSs told by NHS England to streamline commissioning arangements by September this year

NHS England guidance has reiterated that all developing Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) should be actively “streamlining commissioning arrangements, including typically one CCG per system” with applications made no later than 30 September 2020 for a merger proposed for 1 April 2021.

FMO welcomes two more new members to Optrafair 20/20

As FMO gears up for Optrafair 20/20 exhibition and conference, two new members have been announced and six more have applied for membership.

FMO provides the perfect platform for optical companies to expand operations and achieve growth in 2020.

Membership of the FMO provides many benefits to Optical services and manufacturing companies over and above significant reductions in exhibiting at the UK's oldest and most prodigious conference and exhibition, demonstrating 60 years of support to the UK Vision Sector.

Eye health sector continues to respond to glaucoma investigation

The eye health sector has continued to respond to the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch’s final report

Public Health England has issued a guide about eye care and treatment for eye problems for people with learning disabilities.

People with learning disabilities are more likely to have serious sight problems but less likely to be able to successfully access eye care services than the general population. Good eye care helps people to live healthier, more active and independent lives.

Two New Committee members for ABDO NCC

ABDO Vice President Jo Holmes FBDO, chair of the National Clinical Committee, has welcomed two new members to the committee.

Increases announced in Scottish budget 20/21 for eyecare

The GOS budget will increase from £108.4m (2019-20) to £109.5m (2020-21), representing a one percent increase according to the draft Scottish budget,

AOP calls for halt to optometry degree apprenticeships

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is calling for a halt on the current proposal for optometry degree apprenticeships until the profession’s serious concerns are addressed.

SILMO’s New Baby

Since the very first eyewear trade fair almost 7 years ago, the ambition of CEO/Funder behind the eyewear fair concept, copenhagen specs, Morten Gammelmark has always been to support and promote independent eyewear.

Safilens: New Partnership with Dutch firm Ote’

Safilens, the Italian company that has transformed the contact lens industry with its innovative fusiontechnology™, announces a new partnership

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Latest Briefings

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VAT

We have a series of briefings revised in May 2013 on VAT:

VAT Briefings Introduction

VAT FAQs

Paying Too Much VAT Out of Net Profits?

Advantages of Stock Modules for VAT

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

Go to our Improving Business Strengths Briefing

Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum

Go to our Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum Briefing

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

LOC BRIEFINGS AND INFORMATION

Check out our LOC information and LOCSU secure pages:

LOC Briefing home

LOCSU (LOC Support Unit)

LOCSU Secure Entry Page

A guide to your LOC on the web

Ophthalmology Outpatient Tariffs 2013/14

 

upcoming events

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

03/03/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering Roadshow - North West
OCT LIVE This course is suitable for optometrists and dispensing opticians. FREE

18/03/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

16/04/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

11/05/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

20/05/2020 - Somerset LOC - South West
Registration from 6.30pm - AGM from 7.00pm and Lecture by Alcon from 7.30pm

27/05/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Retina Imaging Interpretation Course: 09:30 – 17:00

09/06/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

16/06/2020 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture & ACES Peer Review. Lecture presented by Mr Ed Herbert, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon. Lecture: Retinal Updates & Peripheral Examining Techniques

18/06/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Glaucoma Imaging Interpretation Course: Course: 10.00 – 17:00 at optometrists and doctors. Medical photographers, technicians and ophthalmic nurses

18/06/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Glaucoma Imaging Interpretation Course: Course: 10.00 – 17:00 at optometrists and doctors. Medical photographers, technicians and ophthalmic nurses

19/06/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Non-Invasive Vascular Imaging Course:Course: 10.00 – 17:00 optometrists and doctors. Medical photographers, technicians and ophthalmic nurses

02/07/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

29/07/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

02/09/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

14/09/2020 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture and ACES Peer Review Lecture title - Rust Ring Removal and ACES Protocols ACES Peer Review

15/09/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

16/09/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Retina Imaging Interpretation Course: 09:30 – 17:00

15/10/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

23/10/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Non-Invasive Vascular Imaging Course:Course: 10.00 – 17:00 optometrists and doctors. Medical photographers, technicians and ophthalmic nurses

05/11/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

03/12/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

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

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

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