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Ørgreen Optics announces 5 new additions to its evergrowing range of high-quality acetate styles.

Orgreen new colour models

A substantial part of Ørgreen Optics’ identity has always been to develop truly unique color combinations to set them apart from the rest of the pack.

Look–made in Italia presents materika pure acetate

Materika News models in Acetate

A return to the past, the 1960s and 1970s in particular, is the inspiration behind the new MATERIKA PURE ACETATE models

Real people in EYE RESPECT designs from the TROIS III COLLECTION:

Alex by Eye Respect Trois lll

The ophthalmic collection fuses vintage-inspired shapes, wearable colours and a supreme lightness and comfort

Huvitz launch new hi-tech dry eye analyser specialising in the ocular surface

Huvitz Dry Eye HDA-100

The Huvitz HDA-100 features 16 different measurements and tests to diagnose Dry Eye Disease.

Essilor builds extra personalisation into Varilux entry range

Max F 360 from Essilor

Essilor Ltd has introduced frame personalisation f-360˚ into its varifocal lens, Varilux Comfort Max, to bring improved visual performance to more patients.

The Eye Doctor Antibacterial Stye Relief Compress

Eye Doctor Compress

The Body Doctor company has just launched The Eye Doctor Antibacterial Stye Relief Compress, a microwaveable eye patch

LDNR by GLBL Eyewear Group: A strong tailored and versatile style since 2013

Highlines from LDNr

Inspired by the modernist tribes, the heritage dwellers and the infinite detail of our surroundings. Like our city, accessible to all.

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GOC erases Manchester based student dispensing optician

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

Getting back to work with a Visual Impairment

"I knew I could still do my job and just needed some support to get back to where I was"

Health Bill must give primary care a seat at the table on commissioning

Partners across primary care to call on government to ensure wider primary care has a voice at all levels of the new NHS system starting with Integrated Care Boards

BCLA Presidential Address to look at how ECPs can adapt in a post pandemic world

Neil Retallic President BCLA
The President elect of the British Contact Lens Association will use his inaugural address to look at how eye care professionals can best use the experience of COVID-19

Creation of OSA Sustainability Committee

Conversations about the environment and what we can each individually do to combat climate change has formed part of national discourse for some time now.

CATS Tonometer Receives FDA Clearance for Disposable Tonometer Prism

News from accross the pond announces that the CATS-D Disposable Prism, designed to deliver improved IOP measurement accuracy

Luneau Technology and Optovue announce merger

The two companies are perfectly matched to create a complete offering for eyecare physicians and transform access to visual health for patients

College and ABDO reflections on Freedom Day for Primary Care

Easement of COVID-19 Restrictions : Delivering Safe Eye Care

GOS to decommission Exeter SystemGOS to decommission Exeter System

PCSE says NHS Digital will decommission the Open Exeter system used for processing old-style paper GOS claims at the end of July 2021.

Impressive annual results from WMAHSN reveals improvement to the West Midlands’ health throughout pandemic

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has released its annual impact report

Healthcare organisations call for mandatory facemasks

Healthcare organisations from across England have written a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for face masks to be mandatory in healthcare settings.

College of Optometrists announces new accreditation of Professional Certificate in Glaucoma at University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire has been accredited as a provider of the Professional Certificate in Glaucoma by the College of Optometrists. This is the first higher qualification that the University of Hertfordshire has been accredited to offer.

News from the General Optical Council meeting held yesterday 14 July 2021

(GOC) held its second Council meeting of the year, which considered three qualifications for approval, progress against the GOC’s fitness to practise (FtP) performance projections, Optical Consumer Complaints Service (OCCS) annual report for 2020-21, and the annual monitoring report (AMR) for sector education providers.

Health Bill must give primary care a seat at the table on commissioning

ABDO,FODO and AOP have joined with partners across primary care to call on government to ensure wider primary care has a voice at all levels of the new NHS system starting with Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) 

COVID-19 guidance for primary eye care services in England, Keep Calm and Carry On

Optical sector bodies support the need to maintain robust IPC measures.

iDay has been rescheduled to late October

The Independents Day (iDay) business symposium has been rescheduled for Sunday October 24 

Ocuco receives €40m finance boost to its R&D

Leo MacCanna
Ocuco Ltd, the leading provider of software to the eyecare industry worldwide, has announced today a €40m refinancing 

LV Commissioning and review long overdue

CCEHC survey highlights need to review commissioning and provision of low vision services to deliver more accessible and

GOC launches vital consultation on new requirements for independent prescribing qualifications

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a consultation, on extensive proposals to update requirements that underpin the approval of qualifications for specialist entry

Opchat News finds out more answers on the new MDA regulations

Following some questions you sent in to Opchat News we have further inquired about the status of ce marked stock after July 1st 2023.

Film Fans with VI press for audio description

A film fan from Anstruther in Fife with vision impairment has embarked on a campaign to urge television and film producers to release all of their titles with audio-description (AD).

GOC shares insights from 2021 registrant survey

GOC has published the findings from its 2021 registrant survey, which asked registrants about their views and perceptions of the GOC and their experiences

AOP response to Government NHS reform plans

The AOP and the other members of the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) are in discussion with NHS England on what the plans will mean

Health and Care Bill introduced to Parliament today

New proposals to build a modern health and care system that delivers better care for our communities are being introduced in Parliament today

Nominations open ahead of BCLA Council election

The BCLA is looking for “committed” and “passionate” members to put themselves forward to represent their peers and shape the future of the global organisation.

IACLE announces Ophtecs as a new sponsor

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) has a new Bronze Sponsor – Ophtecs Corporation

Cantor & Nissel to close artificial eyes division.

Cantor & Nissel have announced that they have closed their Hemel Hempstead unit, which made artificial eyes, shells, and various animation projects.

GOC appoints Frank Munro as new registrant Council member

Frank Munro
The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Frank Munro as the new Scottish registrant Council member beginning today.

 

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upcoming events

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

02/08/2021 - Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham LOC - London
All optical professionals are welcome to attend the open part of the LOC meeting provided that they practice in one of the three areas covered by the LOC

01/09/2021 - Heidleberg Academy - Home Counties
Monitoring papilloedema with OCT Speaker: Susan Mollan, Consultant Neuro-Ophthalmologist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT

14/09/2021 - KENT & MEDWAY LOC MEETING - Home Counties
All optical professionals are welcome to attend the open part of the LOC meeting

15/09/2021 - East Sussex LOC - Home Counties
LOC Meeting

15/09/2021 - East London, City & Islington LOC - London
All optical professionals are welcome to attend the open part of the LOC meeting

17/09/2021 - East Sussex LOC - Home Counties
LOC Meeting

17/11/2021 - East London, City & Islington LOC - London
All optical professionals are welcome to attend the open part of the LOC meeting

01/12/2021 - Heidleberg Academy - Home Counties
Neuroinflammatory disease and OCT Speaker: Susan Mollan, Consultant Neuro-Ophthalmologist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT

19/01/2022 - East Sussex LOC - Home Counties
LOC Meeting

19/01/2022 - East London, City & Islington LOC - London
All optical professionals are welcome to attend the open part of the LOC meeting

16/03/2022 - East Sussex LOC - Home Counties
LOC Meeting

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