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The Best for Purpose by Stepper

Beldona and Nirvan Javan

With the recent trend for more round eye shapes, the STEPPER SI-60166 presents a great option for those wanting to look fashionable in a high quality frame 

Nirvan Javan & Beldona

Beldona and Nirvan Javan

Good summer vibes with NIRVAN JAVAN purist and elegant sunglasses and BELDONA swimwear, leading Swiss company in the lingerie and swimwear sector.

Power of Understatement from Mykita


Displaying remarkable design freedom, the reduced LESSRIM construction accentuates small design details and colour accents to demonstrate the power of understatement: 

Belvie: Welcome Summer


Belvie, is a new brand suited for the sophisticated who are eager to rediscover a refined yet dynamic look. 

Lightbird launches Light_Matter Sun


The first sun collection of the new Bellunese brand by Corrado Rosson

Superflex New Campaign for Kids


Fit and function without compromising style, introducing the new Superflex® KIDS campaign for 2019!

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

Suppliers guide and optical directory

The Latest News

Visionbridge and BigBlindWalk publish their bi-annual Report 2019 entitled “Eye Research – an equal partner”

The report features contributions from leading academic researchers, clinicians and technology providers from the UK and abroad.

Webinar to give BCLA members online access to expert views

An exclusive webinar will give BCLA members across the world the chance to discover different perspectives on the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease, from the comfort of their own sofa.

KOMONO x Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp capsule

Komono at Antwerp
KOMONO is proud to introduce its collaboration with the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. 

Improve your people skills with those with challenges: Find out about Heritage to Health Training Days

Heritage to Health
If you really care about treating people equally in Primary Care you need to understand how “heritage to health” can assist.

ABDO issues new range of Patient Leaflets

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has issued a new range of leaflets for practitioners to offer to patients.

Join the family at BCLA says Bench

Jonathon Bench

Become part of the family’ – new BCLA President opens arms to a new generation of eye care experts

IACLE makes its mark at BCLA 2019 to celebrate 40th year

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators celebrated 40 years of ‘Exceptional Education. Exponential Impact’ at the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference in Manchester

OKIA goes greener with dedicated website and materials

OKIA Green Materials
OKIA - the Hong Kong-based eyewear company recognized worldwide for its patented HDA® Technology – keeps up its effort to build a more sustainable future of the eyewear industry.

ACLM Contact Lens Year book available now

The 2019 edition of the product manual of the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers has now been published. It lists technical details for all the contact lenses, solutions and materials produced by ACLM member companies, 

Mondottica Int. announces senior management changes

Heidelberg Grand Rounds
Mondottica’s Founder and CEO Michael Jardine is pleased to announce the following management changes. The purpose of the appointments is to strengthen the senior managemen

NHS commissioners continue to ignore cataract surgery evidence says FODO

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) reported this week that NHS commissioners in England have continued to ignore the NICE evidence-based guideline on cataract surgery.

GOC welcomes ASA ruling on illegal sales

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today welcomed the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) ruling that iSpyEyes should remove adverts incorrectly implying that they could legally supply zero-powered (cosmetic) contacts lenses to the UK without the involvement of a registered optician.

ABDO issues a paper on Myopia

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)’s National Clinical Committee (NCC) has issued a paper for members...

ABDO College Decathlon for VCHPABDO College Decathlon

ABDO College students and staff came together last week for a fun and energetic Decathlon, which has raised £2,846 for Vision Care for Homeless People, enough to fund a clinic for 5 months.

Heidelberg announces Grand Rounds education series

Heidelberg Grand Rounds
The Heidelberg Engineering Academy has launched Grand Rounds, a new series of educational events, which will spotlight the role of multi-modal ophthalmic imaging hospitals nationwide. 

Sight and Sound Sponsor 12 CET Interactive Day on raising Awareness of Sight Loss

Sight and Sound
Gain an insight into the sight loss journey from the patient perspective to empower and support patients with sight loss. 

BBC Radio 2 appeal about to profile VCHP

BBC Radio 4

Comic, poet and musician, John Hegley, has given voice to Vision Care for Homeless People with a Radio 4 appeal to be broadcast on 16 June.

Dealing with sight loss and employment

What do you do if one of your employees is losing their sight? Lose them and all the skills, knowledge, experience and relationships they have built up?

Finalists unveiled for 2019 BCLA conference for this weekend

The shortlist has been announced for the 2019 BCLA Awards, with the nation’s leading eye care practitioners vying for some of the profession’s most coveted crowns.

IACLE moves to regular updates of its flagship course with ICLC 2020

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators has announced today that it will introduce rolling updates to its flagship educational resource, the New IACLE Contact Lens Course, from 2020.

Synergy between No7 and SwissLens

No7 and SwissLens have a product portfolio and a market presence that complement each other in a significant manner.

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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

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Practice Management Software: The Paperless Practice

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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)

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upcoming events

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

22/06/2019 - Heidelberg Engineering Grand Rounds - London
To infinity & beyond - introducing! Review of capabilities at Moorfields New developments in imaging, Macular Glaucoma,OCT angiography -

28/06/2019 - Heritage to Health - Home Counties
Primary Care Workers who want to learn better interaction with those with challenges, health, physical or mental

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
Shamir on Lens Design


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

Company Rayner & Taylor Brighton. Category Optometrist
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Location South East Salary 250-275 a day.
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