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Komono Optical Collection Fall/Winter 21

Komono F/W 2021

For the Fall/Winter 2021 optical collection, KOMONO revisits classic shapes and expands on well-established lines.

A Hand-held autorefractor Grafton...where else!

Quicksee auto refractor

Grafton Optical announce the launch of QuickSee from PlenOptika; the world’s most accurate handheld auto refractor

Join NIRVAN JAVAN on a Journey

Tokyo by Nirvan Javan

NIRVAN JAVAN invites you on a journey of 10 million steps, from the Mediterranean to the land of the rising sun

SynergEyes hybrid contact lens has a new iD

SynergEyes iD

Positive Impact has announced the UK launch of what is seen as the next generation of hybrid contact lenses,

New Frey inspired AP300 Visual fields Analyser

Grafton Frey AP-300

Grafton Optical are excited to announce the launch of the AP-300 Visual Fields Analyser from Frey; an advanced platform with patient-centred functionality

Blackfin introduces the new rimless AERO WIRE family

ero by BlackfinMiraflex Kids Frames

After the launch of the line last Spring, Blackfin now introduces the new Aero WIRE family of frames where design purity and functionality combine in an all-new way

Miraflex children’s eyewear widen product offering

Miraflex Kids Frames

The highly commended Miraflex range of children’s frames has continued to succeed with the launch of four additional frames 

Many more exciting products on our new products and services pages

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The Latest News

Essilor releases new CET

Essilor Ltd has released new educational content on its E-Academy platform with just over two months to go before the end of the three-year CET cycle.

AOP campaign tackles illegal supply online

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is launching a new national campaign – designed to highlight the risks of illegal supply in the UK.

BLACKFIN celebrates its 50th Anniversary 1971-2021

To celebrate it opens black shelter, its new certified Casa Clima Work&Life Headquarters

GOC publishes updated Continuing Education and Training (CET) exceptions policy

The policy replaces the GOC’s ‘Exceptional circumstances in meeting CET requirements policy’.

Consultation on New Clinical Guideline for the Management of Angle-Closure Glaucoma

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) has produced a new draft clinical guideline on the management of Angle-Closure Glaucoma

CET claims window closes soon for England

This is a reminder that the 2021 CET claims window will close at midnight on 31 October.


Occuity seals £2.85million investment to develop revolutionary medical technology with multiple clinical uses

Protect your sight on Fright Night and don't give yourself a fright

College of Optometrists advises the public to consider their health when dressing up

More than 3 Million Pledge to Love Eyes this World Sight Day

More than three million people have pledged to have their eyes tested this World Sight Day! 

Sight and Sound Technology webinar introduces a highly innovative new App called "Voxmate".

Introducing Voxmate - a simple way for VIs to navigate using an Android phone

Manufacturer bags deal with leading practice to give patients the ‘ultimate’ contact lens welcome kit

Brain Tompkins
Contact lens patients at an award-winning optometry practice are being given the “the perfect package” to help them

Ocuco passes ISC standards for security

Ocuco, a leading international optical software company, has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2017 certification for its next-generation, cloud-hosted Practice Management Software

EssilorLuxottica receives approval to complete acquisition of Lenstec

EssilorLuxottica has received approval from the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK to move forward with its proposed acquisition of the Lenstec Optical Group

AOP launches new resources for World Menopause Day

Hot flushes are the one symptom that everyone talks about, but the effects of the menopause are wide ranging

Demand for replacement lenses soars according to The London Ophthalmology Centre

London OC predicts the ‘dream’ treatment, that does not degrade, will outstrip demand for laser

Stepper steps up again for homeless clinic

Peter Reeve
STEPPER EYEWEAR is generously supporting the Leeds Vision Care for Homeless People clinic 

Call for papers ahead of rescheduled NCC conference

Abstracts can now be submitted for an eagerly anticipated collaborative research symposium that had to be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

GOC erases Leeds 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 Leeds, from its register.

Visioncall sponsors FREE CET event

Free Seeing Beyond the Eyes 1 interactive point* CET Webinar sponsored by Visioncall

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers rewards research excellence

Bthany Higgins Medal Award Winner
The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM) this week announced the winners of its annual bronze medal award competitions for research published during the last year.

WM5G to showcase Healthcare innovations at Birmingham Tech Week 2021

West Midlands 5G (WM5G) have recently announced their plans to display and demonstrate healthcare advancements under development at Birmingham Tech Week 2021.

‘Let’s get comfortable talking about contact lens discomfort’

The latest BCLA webinar will urge eye care professionals to proactively address the issue of contact lens discomfort in practice

ESSILOR ‘Ultimate Sharp Vision’ Media Campaign

SILMO Gold Award
A new national “drive to store” digital media campaign has been launched by Essilor Ltd to support independent ECPs participating in its Take Two multi-pair lens promotion.

NHS England – Afghan relocation and resettlement schemes

Guidance for optometry practices on the Afghan relocation and resettlement schemes.

Optometry Scotland calls for 3% increase

Optometry Scotland (OS) reports on its bid for a 3% increase on fees this year. 

Free PPE to the health and care sector (England) could it end by next March?

The DHSC will continue to provide this PPE until 31 March 2022. However, it is now running a consultation on whether to extend access to free PPE after this date.

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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

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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


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upcoming events

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

25/10/2021 - BABO - London
Lens prescribing will be discussed in detail and case histories will be used to illustrate the important principles for effective lens prescribing. The format of this seminar has been reviewed with greater emphasis on therapy

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


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

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