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Komono Bob Snow Collection

Even in winter we can now enjoy the sun! Whether you are planning to do some high altitude activities or are just going out for a city walk, our newly launched SNOW collection provides you with the needed protection for low winter light.

THE New LOOK-made in Italia Models " PLASTIC VISIONS"


Materials that can be moulded and transformed prove their excellence in the new LOOK-made in Italia products: over 40 years of history, continuous research and specific skills allow design frames which can be worn at any age to be created.

MEI Launches new 4RACER TBA SWIFT.

MEI 4Racer TBA Swift

MEI, the global leader of lens edging machines, updates its top of the range, enriched now with new features, to continue to be the state of the art for inspection and edging of prescription lenses.

OKO by OKO Paris present new Collection

ALIX Col C02

Confirming the trend of oversized frames, OKO by OKO has created a new plastic line for women as a revival of the 70s - 


Ryan from Orgreen

Discover our acetate styles RYAN and FEMKE - timeless shapes in daring colour combinations

AUTUMN/WINTER Essentials from Mykita

Mykita AW 2020

Heading into the Autumn Winter 20/21 season, MYKITA is translating timeless styles for the present moment.

“Savoir Vivre” – With the new INVU Classic Release

INVU Savoir Vivre

“Certain classic frame shapes will never go out of style”, says Beat Christ, Head Designer of Swiss Eyewear Group. “It is though the love and attention to small details that reinvents these classics over and over and gives the sunglasses the iconic status they deserve”.

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Breaking News: Tier Regions Decisions released this morning

New Tier Region decisons just released this morning. Most in Tier 2 .

Specsavers Harrogate joins forces with Vision Care for Homeless People

Caroline Clarke
The team from Specsavers in Harrogate donated their time recently to the charity Vision Care for Homeless

#StopTheSteam and make the switch to contact lenses

A new campaign spearheaded by the British Contact Lens Association is aiming to #StopTheSteam and eliminate the dreaded ‘fogging’ experienced by spectacle wearers whilst donning a face covering.

ABDO agrees Membership Charge Freeze

In a move to support members, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) will not increase membership fees for 2021.

'Smile' postcards help the elderly stay connected

Winning Care Card Entry
With loneliness on the increase, Specsavers has partnered with the Royal Voluntary Service to help older people to stay connected.

We hold our breath awaiting news of the Tier1,2,3,Areas but here are the full rules which cover all tiers and distinguish between the tiers

As the Health Secretary will today set out in Parliament the tier which each local authority in England will fall under, in line with the measures set out in the COVID-19 Winter Plan published on Monday, we will bring you news as soon as confirmed on the tier structure but here are the extensive new rules set out yesterday.

Opportunity to join Glaucoma Webinar event at Sussex Hospital

In preparation for the upcoming community-based glaucoma pathways you are invited to join Ms Tahmina Pearsall, Consultant Ophthalmologist at East Surrey Hospital and Nicholas Bradshaw the Local
Eye Health Network Chair for Surrey & Sussex for the second in a series of CET events.

Cantor-Nissel now back at full power following the ups and downs of this year’s pandemic

David Cantor Chairman
Now fully staffed with the need to ramp up increased production to take over the production of CooperVision’s highly successful prescribed lens, Zero 6, Cantor-Nissel look forward to further advances in specialist contact lens production.

Free flu vaccinations rolled out to over 50s from December

People aged 50 to 64 will get free flu vaccine from 1 December as part of expanded flu vaccination programme this winter.

Ophthalmologist seeks pharma support for iodine drops

The use of providone iodine as a substitute for antibiotics has resurfaced as ophthalmologists look to treat Covid-related eye infections as efficiently as possible.

Cantor-Nissel takes on the complete production of much favoured lens

Zero6 by Cantor and Nissel
Since early November CooperVision have cancelled all future production of their Zero 6 soft lens

Celebrate the success of Primary Health Care Teams across all providers by viewing the 2020 Awards Lectures

On December 10th at 17.30 you can attend for free the virtual Awards Meeting run by the Royal Society of Medicine GP with Primary Healthcare Section jointly with the Centre for Advanced Inter-Professional Education (CAIPE). The event is online and free, Celebrates Interprofessional Collaboration!

Virtual Imaging Symposium a shining example in how to conduct events online

Heidelberg Engineering Academy team in Germany delivered the entire 36-hour programme virtually to more than 2000 participants.

ABDO Consultation Day spawns Regional Meetings

Following on from its successful online Consultation Day, ABDO has announced a series of Regional Policy Meetings to take place during December.

College appoints Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom as Clinical Adviser

Dr  Paramdeep Bilkhu
The College of Optometrists has appointed Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom as a Clinical Adviser following the recent departure of Dr Susan Blakeney

SeeAbility partners with Essilor, Vision for Life to run Eye Care Champions programme

A Pioneering scheme to support the eye care needs of people with learning disabilities

Lumenis Launches Digital Duet SLT-YAG Platform

The Digital Duet, which Lumenis describes as the first digital SLT-YAG system on the market, improves glaucoma treatment and posterior capsulotomy with the introduction of advanced digital and connectivity capabilities

ABDO's First Consultation Day online.

Members logged in to ABDO’s first-ever online Consultation Day on Sunday 15 November. As well as the chance to hear an update from ABDO president, Jo Holmes FBDO, and general secretary, Sir Anthony Garrett CBE HonFBDO, members were able to submit questions prior to and during the event.

GOC suspends Leeds based student dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend a student dispensing optician based in Leeds, from its register for twelve months.

CET grants, forms and payments reminders for the Professions

A reminder form the PCSE on key pointers in forms, payments and on

GOC suspends Leicester based optometrist Honey Rose

The General Optical Council (GOC) notes the decision of its independent Fitness to Practise Committee (FtPC) that the factual allegations it found proved against optometrist Honey Rose, of failing to carry out adequate internal eye examinations and record them accurately, amount to misconduct and “on the basis of the wider public interest, the registrant’s fitness to practise is currently impaired.”

B+L: Investigational In Vitro Data Indicates Complete Inactivation Of SARS-CoV-2 With Lumify and Besivance Eye Drops

Bausch Health Companies and Bausch + Lomb announced the results of new investigational in vitro data showing that two benzalkonium chloride (BAK) preserved eye drops

College of Optometrists publishes advice for drivers during this week's Road Safety Week

Vision plays a vital role in driving, and as a driver it’s important that you ensure you have the best vision possible. To mark Road Safety Week, taking place from 16-22 November,

Further reflections from ABDO following GOC ESR Comments

Following the latest Education Strategic Review (ESR) consultation, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has welcomed the General Optical Council (GOC)’s recognition that more detail about clinical knowledge and skills is required in the proposed outcomes for registration.

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