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New FYSH IS Collection.2019


The 2019 “FYSH IS” campaign is a reflection of the brand in many ways. It is an expression of both the collection and the FYSH women through patterns, art, bold colour and fashion. 

Kliik Denmark Spring 2019 Collection

 by Kliik

Rich color combinations, custom design details and innovative materials are some of the elements that highlight the KLiiK denmark collection for Spring 2019. 

A Decade of Evatik celebrated:


Established in 2009, this year marks A Decade of EVATIK, a premium men’s eyewear brand that strikes the perfect balance between comfort & luxury. To mark this occasion, the brand is getting an overhaul in its branding, look and feel with a special event in its honour at Vision Expo East.

Leader Bounce Sports safety eyewear by Dibble

Leader Bounce
Optical accessories supplier Dibble Optical believe that quality sports safety eyewear needn’t cost the Earth, as is evidenced by their latest product, the Leader Bounce and Bounce Jr. sports goggles.

Light Matter: The first Lightbird Collection


LIGHTBIRD is the new brand in the eyewear panorama founded by the Italian designer Corrado Rosson. The 100% Made in Italy brand debuted at MIDO 2019.

OGI's Seraphin Here Comes the "Suns"

Marigold by OGI

Five original Seraphin sunspecs emerge for the OGI spring collection, each with unique, key features and noticeable innovative techniques.

Thea extends Blepha Range

Blepha products from Thea
Thea Pharmaceuticals have extended the leading Blepha range of lid care products with the new launch of BLEPHADEMODEX® Eye Lid Wipes. 

New Barbour Sunwear from Norville

Barbour sunglasses
Norville introduces New polarised sun models BS073 and BS074 both in the aviator style. 

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

Suppliers guide and optical directory

The Latest News

ACLM publish 2018 Contact Lens Stats

The size of the United Kingdom (UK) contact lens market in 2018 was £292 million as reported by the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM). This represents

Ultra Ltd new partners with IUD Turin

Ultra Limited – the eyewear brand owned by the young and growing Italian 450 Srl that has made uniqueness, artisan craftsmanship and color its trademark – recently announced a partnership with IED (European Institute of Design) in Turin. 

College welcomes new Council Members

The College of Optometrists welcomed seven new Council members at its AGM, held during the College’s annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow 2019, in Birmingham 24-25 February. 

Latest publication: Scottish Vouchers and GOS

inc. amendments to legislation requiring the electronic submission, e-ophthalmics, GOS3/4, GOS1 and other clarifications and the links your need.

Blackfin has a new website

Style diversity, exploring new perspectives. A black veil, tossed by the wind, amid the white dunes of a barren, almost ultra-terrestrial, landscape.............

Kliik denmark has a new vibe!

The new 2019 KLiiK denmark campaign visuals portray the lifestyle of the brand. Inspired by the Scandinavian lifestyle, the natural light creates a creative space with a calm vibe. 

ONEPRIMARYCARE wins contract for urgent care centre

Leading medical provider, OnePrimaryCare, part of OneMedicalGroup, has been awarded the urgent care contract at Corby Urgent Care Centre, which will see the group run the Cottingham Road centre from April 2018 until 31st March 2021.

Optoversity Team now running 5 teams

Optoversity - an exciting challenge to test the knowledge and diagnostic skills of the UK’s young optometrists – is taking place on Saturday 23 March at Anglia Ruskin University.

Seeability and National Lottery Community Fund launch new partnership.

Founded in 1799 by a group of philanthropists, SeeAbility is one of the world’s oldest charities dedicated to supporting people with disabilities

Growing numbers of exhibitors pass on their aims for Optrafair Exchange on our preview pages.

From CET on stand and on stage, to demos of the latest Anterion from Heidelberg plus tips on buying and selling your own practice the preview pages provide many reasons you should register now.

Opportunity for optometrists and dispensing opticians involved in teaching and training within the optical sector.

The Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund (IAMF), in partnership with The College of Optometrists, and supported by FODO, is offering a group of optometrists and dispensing opticians the opportunity to undertake a course in Essential Skills in Medical Education for the second year. 

Optometry Tomorrow: full report from College

The College of Optometrists welcomed over 800 attendees to Birmingham last weekend (24-25 February) for its annual conference and AGM. Held at the city’s Hilton Metropole Hotel, Optometry Tomorrow 2019 saw delegates attend cutting-edge lectures, seminars, peer discussion and hands-on skills and discussion workshops

ABDO announces become an "Independent Optician" Event

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is running a Become an independent optician twilight session to help you find out more about what it really means to run your own business. 

Further Clinical Briefings proided by Visualise

Making Optical Services Accessible to Low Vision Patients, the new clinical briefing page found here

Transfer information on services from ACE to PCSE

Contacting PCSE for your primary care support services As part of Primary Care Support England’s (PCSE) commitment to providing national, consistent services for primary care, they are planning to transfer the Ophthalmic Payments service currently delivered by ACE in Clacton to PCSE’s site in Leeds from March. 

Cataract referral deal struck with largest PEC

England’s largest PEC - Primary Eyecare Services, supported by LOCSU, has struck a deal with independent ophthalmology group Optegra Eye Health Care to enable community practices to offer post-operative cataract care to patients in the community.

Time to get your thinking caps on for the BCLA pub quiz

Delegates attending this year’s BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition will have the chance to show they have an ‘eye for CORE knowledge’ by taking part in an interactive pub quiz.

BCLA Conference program now available

The programme for the BCLA Clinical Conference is now available to download

Safilens announces new UK Country Manager

Ian McDermott
Safilens, the Italian optical company whose innovative fusiontechnology™ has transformed the contact lens industry, has appointed Ian McDermott as Country Manager for the UK market.

Kay Pictures Ltd announce discovery of Copyright Infringement

Kay Pictures Ltd have become aware that Apassamy Associates of Chennai 600 106 India have copied our original Kay Picture Test vision testing optotypes from 1984 and displayed them incorrectly in their IChart Lite, IChart HD and Smart HD digital charts for the past 11 years, together with other random pictures.

WESTGROUPE USA names new Western Regional Sales Director

Brad Millar Westgroupe

WestGroupe USA is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Miller to the position of Western Regional Sales Director.

Eye-DNA announces a compact kiosk, two new frame collections, and software update.

The interactive kiosk is now available in a smaller version, which holds 10 frames, and a touchscreen computer running their design app. 

GOC Education Strategic Review to receive domiciliary input

The Optical Confederation Domiciliary Eye Care Committee (DEC) has reminded the GOC’s Education Strategic Review of the growing importance of working with vulnerable older adults in domiciliary and care home settings, 

Changes to GOS form processing in some parts

Primary Care Support England (PCSE) is going to make changes in how GOS forms are processed in certain areas next week when they transfer services currently delivered by ACE in Clacton to PCSE’s strategic site in Leeds. 

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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

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Report on Drivers' Vision

Report on Drivers' Vision: A report published by The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)

The Bribery Act

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upcoming events

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

11/04/2019 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture & ACES Peer Review - Lecture ' Double Vision'

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
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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