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MIC-Made in Cadore launches limited edition dedicated to TIZIANO VECELLIO

Titian from MIC

MIC-Made in Cadore, a collection envisioned by Immagine98 as a tribute to the birthplace of Italian eyewear, announces the launch of a limited-edition style dedicated to Tiziano Vecellio

FYSH Winter 2019 collection

FYSH F3643

Bold designs and custom design elements define the FYSH collection for Winter 2019.

EVATIK Winter 2019 collection

Mykita eyewear

Handcrafted details and lightweight constructions define the EVATIK collection for Winter 2019.

Modern Eyewear Archetypes from Mykita

Mykita eyewear

Aviator, round, panto or butterfly glasses – the archetypal styles from the Twentieth century continue to influence eyewear today.

Leader Peleton Sports Eyewear from Dibble Optical

Leader P_eleton Sports Eyewear

Vision, both in terms of clarity and safety eye protection is a vital component and good wrap style glasses are a very worthwhile investment for a wide range of lifestyle sports.

Essilor® sun solution™ signs a new collaboration with the cycling brand Ekoi

Persoevo Ekoi from Essilor

ESSILOR® SUN SOLUTION™, the Essilor® Group Division dedicated to sun plano lenses, and EKOI, one of the major players in the European market for cycling equipment, are pleased to present the new EKOI PERSOEVO 10 sunglasses.

Ready to enjoy the winter season with Essilor® sun solution™

Essilor Sun Solutions

High performance and fashion trends on the ski slopes! ESSILOR® SUN SOLUTION™, the Essilor® Group division dedicated to sun plano lenses, is the premium leader in sport. 

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The College of Optometrists recognises outstanding contributions to optometry with Life and Honorary Fellowships

The College of Optometrists has announced it is awarding six new Life Fellowships, and one Honorary Fellowship, to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession or to the College.

Outstanding specialist team and special schools win coveted special educational needs and disabilities award

SeeAbility Awards
An eye care project representing a partnership between 7 special schools and the UK charity SeeAbility, has won nasen’s 2019 Provision of the Year Award.

IACLE to play a crucial role in educating tomorrow’s practitioners

WHO Report at IACLE
The expansion of optometric education worldwide will open up major opportunities for the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE), which celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

Optinet rolls out eGOS in England

Optinet eGOS Integration
Optinet has supported five independent practices in England this month to become early adopters of electronic General Ophthalmic Services (eGOS) GOS1 and GOS3 form submissions – with full integration 

Principles for good practice issued to protect patients online

Healthcare organisations including regulators, royal colleges and faculties, are today Friday 8 November issuing a set of principles to help protect patient safety and welfare when accessing potentially-harmful medication online or over the phone.

GOC suspends Manchester based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend an optometrist based in Manchester, from its register for six months.

New AOP guidance sheds light on over-referrals

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has produced new guidance and a helpful infographic to explain why some eye diseases have high levels of ‘false positive’ referrals of patients to hospital.

Health Matters recent Edition re: Rough Sleeping

A recent edition of Health Matters focuses on the scale of rough sleeping in England, the causes and consequences of rough sleeping (including the links with poor physical and mental health, prevention and effective interventions) and relevant calls to action.

New Edinburgh art exhibition highlights Progressive Sight Loss in Artist

Alan McIntyre
A new exhibition by an artist who is progressively losing his sight has opened in Edinburgh.

University of Herts looks forward to prize giving evening

Louis Stone
Louis Stone held an optical exhibition at the University of Hertfordshire on Wednesday October 30th.

Report on Forward View: Vision and Eye health: the main points from the joint Vision UK and RSM October Conference

The Forward View: Eye health and sight loss conference held on 9 October 2019 was a joint venture between the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) GP with Primary Health Care Section, Vision UK and in association with the RSM Ophthalmology Section and Digital Health Section for everyone involved in eye health and associated care.

Insight Optical Training announces partnership with SightCare.

Insight Optical Training will be running one-day workshops at venues across the UK at a discounted rate for SightCare members.

Have you booked your place at the NOC?

This year’s National Optical Conference (NOC) on 13-14 November is proving extremely popular with places filling fast.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation announces 2019 JOHNSON & JOHNSON VISION J. PAT CUMMINGS SCHOLARSHIPS

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision is pleased to announce the 2019 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship recipients.

GOC launches New Standards website

To help optical businesses implement the new Standards for Optical Businesses that came into effect 1 October, the GOC has launched a new Standards website.

First reported at the Forward View conference at the RSM last month comes further confirmation on a contract for Special Schools lobbied for by SeeAbility

The first steps towards new GOS contract for Special Schools is currently being negotiated at the OFNC.

GOC publishes it findings on the 3 year CET cycle ending Dec 2018.

CPD has been mandatory since 2005. In response to a Government white paper in 2007, ensuring registrants’ continuing fitness to practise (revalidation), we carried out research into risks associated with optical practice in 2010


The American Academy of Optometry Foundation announces the recipients of the 2019 Vincent Salierno Scholarships.

New Lookkino Red-Dot Campaign, because creativity is child’s play!

Inspired by International Dot Day, celebrated every year on September 15th, LOOK made in Italia launches Red-Dot, the new marketing campaign to promote the Lookkino line.

Nirvan Javan are: CALLING EUROPE.

After a successful start in Switzerland, NIRVAN JAVAN is now searching for partners within the European market.


Matthew McConaughey

Oscar-award-winning actor, Matthew McConaughey was photographed wearing Blackfin on September 7th while attending a Texas Longhorns vs. LSU Tigers football game

World Health Organization Challenges Optometrists to Address Global Vision Care Deficiencies

Giving their first presentation on the World vision report, the organization addressed thousands at the joint meeting of the American Academy of Optometry and World Council of Optometry.

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