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Komono: The Don and the Sonny

Don by Komono

Providing expansive coverage over the face, these oversized mask-style glasses are sure to make a statement.

New Cape May Sun Styles

Cape May by Blackfin

Slightly elongated, sinuously shaped. A sophisticated array of colors. Blackfin introduces Cape May sunglasses.

Heroes of Futurism

Mykita Mylon 2019

The 2019 campaign shows the MYKITA MYLON collection in the digital world from where it came: the wireframe motif signifies the 3D production process used for both the MYLON material and the campaign imagery.

Essilor reinvents the measurement experience

VisiofficeX from Essilor
Essilor Ltd launches Visioffice X at Optrafair this year, a new generation of optical measuring solutions to reinvent the customer experience.

Beautiful Lines do all the talking

Stepper new lines

Those who are a fan of clean lines will take an instant liking to STEPPER EYEWEAR’s SI-50205. With this frame the elegant shape holds its own with little need for embellishment.

Echo Collection from Belvie

Echo by Belvie

Belvie was created for sophisticated individuals who are eager to exude a refined yet dynamic look. 

Leader Sports and Leisurewear

Dibbles Sportswear

The Dibble Optical Accessories catalogue offers a large range of dedicated sports prescription goggles, masks and spectacles suitable for a very wide range of sports. 

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

Suppliers guide and optical directory

The Latest News

Ocuco announced as one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies!

Leo Mac Canna
Ocuco has been named as one of Ireland’s Best Managed companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards programme, in association with Bank of Ireland. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance for the second year, was recognised at a gala awards dinner in Dublin on 1 March 2019.

Ocuco iPad proving an irresistible app for growing practices

iPad App Image
Ocuco’s iPad App is the latest technology to come from the software leaders and boasts the key advantage of engaging patients.

GOC encourages eligible optical businesses to register

Limited companies operating as optical businesses which use protected titles such as optometrist or optician, must register with the GOC by law. However, the GOC urge all eligible optical businesses for which business registration is not mandatory to register their business to take advantage of the benefits registration affords.

The Business Case for Low Vision

When you’re in business, it’s often tempting to think only in the majority, dismissing those who may not fit into the ‘most people’ bracket as too expensive to cater for....

GOC Registrants demonstrate continued fitness to practise

New figures released by the General Optical Council (GOC) today show that the vast majority of optical practitioners have maintained their commitment to their profession by meeting their Continuing Education Training (CET) requirements.

Exciting New Partnerships in Australia and New Zealand

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians has announced new opportunities for aspiring dispensing opticians in Australia and New Zealand. 

Alcon and Novartis complete company structure split

Medical devices company Alcon has completed its separation from Novartis under the new strap line ‘See Brilliantly’. 

NHS England Open Ophthalmology Webinar details (EyeWise)

NHS England’s Elective Care Transformation Programme (ECTP) has set up EyesWise a project to encourage new ways of working by eye services, primarily through the ECTP’s High Impact Interventions for Ophthalmology.

New ABDO Clinical Lead

Max Halford has been announced as the new Clinical Lead at the Association of British Dispensing Opticians ABDO). Max brings a wealth of experience to the role and will commence work activity in shortly after Easter. 

New Public Health Minister for Eyes follows resignation.

Seemer Kennedy MP

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced on 8 April that Seema Kennedy MP will take over the role.

Chloramphenicol Leaflet and Packaging Alert

Practitioners should have been alerted by the MHRA, and Martindale Pharmaceuticals have advised of two issues 

Heidelberg Engineering launches new practice marketing campaign at Optrafair

Heidelberg Engineering launched a new practice marketing campaign at Optrafair to support their new and existing customers with advertising the benefits of an extended eye health check to their patients.

Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry Education Program Announced

The World Council of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry have partnered to present an impressive education program taking place at Academy 2019 Orlando and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry, October 23-27, 2019. 

Team building challenges ..set to make money for the homeless

VCHP mudders
Bungee jumping, tough mudders, 10k runs, sportives and endurance cycles are great ways to build optical teams and Vision Care for Homeless People is urging every business to get involved this summer.

It's just not Cricket!

RNIB Scotland
Except it is. A special visually impaired cricket match between a team of Glasgow City Councillors - wearing 'sim-specs' that simulate different sight loss conditions - 

FODO replies on GOC Business Standards

FODO welcomes the new standards because they are proportionate, pragmatic and sensible, and good for patients, good for businesses and good for practitioners. 

Open letter – IT connectivity for primary optical care to:

We are writing to you urgently on behalf of the representative bodies for the community optical sector. 

Impressive Demonstration of Anterion at Optrafair

PHN's Editor visits Heidelberg Engineering Stand for a demonstration of the ANTERION – the multimodal imaging platform optimized for the anterior segment at Optrafair for the first time.

Optrafair Exchange..The Post Show pages are published

Following a highly successful Co-Media role at Optrafair Exchange 2019, PHN has published an Optrafair Post Show Page which has retained many of the highlights and contributions provided by exhibiting companies before and after the event.

LOFTxTEF Awards – And the winners are...

The first edition of the LOFTxTEF Awards (a collaboration between LOFT Eyewear Shows and TEF Magazine) was held on the 22nd of March, at the LOFT Independence Party. 

2019 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

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

New Gel from Positive Impact at BCLA Conference

Positive Impact will be launching the new formulation HydraMed Night gel at the BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition (May 30-June 1, Manchester Central). The improved lanolin-free formulation is for more sensitive eyes.

GOC publishes New Standards for Optical Businesses

This week the GOC has published its new Standards for Optical Businesses, which will come into effect on 1 October 2019.

FODO reports considerable interest at Optrafair Exchange

Over 300 people visited the FODO stand at this year’s Optrafair to learn more about FODO membership, seek advice and enter our prize draw. 

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Latest Briefings

Our latest business briefings:


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

VAT Briefings Introduction


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


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.

24/04/2019 - Heidelber Operation and Interpretation Course - Home Counties
A comprehensive course covering OCT image acquisition and interpretation. 7 CET points for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

21/05/2019 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Jane Pullum Memorial Lecture Lecture presented by Mr Westlake on the subject of Glaucoma.

22/05/2019 - Somerset LOC - South West
Somerset LOC - AGM & Lecture.

11/07/2019 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - AGM. Peer Discussion Workshop presented by Alcon focusing on DEWSII approach to Dry Eye Diagnosis and Management

16/07/2019 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture & ACES Peer Review. Lecture ' Prem babies retinopathy & dodgy discs'

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

Company Rayner & Taylor Brighton. Category Optometrist
Date To Start ASAP Employment Locum
Location South East Salary 250-275 a day.
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