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The Giving Season from Ogi Eyewear

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It’s holiday season so that means it’s time to start spreading a little joy and cheer with brand new frames!

New VAVA Eyewear with Clip On

VAVA Eyewear

Vava presents a new model for next season: an ophthalmic frame with an innovative clip on system!

Limited Edition Damir Doma from Mykita

Damir Doma from Mykita

Introduced at a special presentation during Paris Fashion Week, the MYKITA / DAMIR DOMA limited edition set marks five years of creative collaboration. 

Komono: Elementary Sunglass Collection Update

Komono Alec Black
KOMONO’S new Elementary sunglasses take classic shapes and redefine them with exaggerated proportions.

Miraflex® children’s eyewear from Dibble Optical has new models

Miraflec from Dibble

Award-winning supplier Dibble Optical has extended the Miraflex® range of quality children’s eyewear with the launch of several new models.

New November Selections from OGI

Cahill by OGI
Ogi Eyewear welcomes brand new additions to both the Red Rose and Seraphin family with exclusive frames made for a fashion forward state of mind.

Grafton announce new Frey AP-50 Perimeter

Frey AP-50

A compact, powerful and comprehensive perimeter; the AP-50 is the perfect solution for busy mobile clinicians and pre-screen areas that are low on space

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Academy 2018 in San Antonio shatters attendance records

The Academy 2018 at San Antonio, held November 7-10, was the 97th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. It was the largest meeting in the Academy’s history with a total of 7,948 registrants (a 3% increase over 2017), including 4,625 optometrists and vision scientists and 1,168 students.

Last Chance invitation for 10 suppliers to boost sales in 2019

Kickstart your sales in 2019 and book your place at 100% Optical. 

MEI: Excellent feedback obtained following ITALY’S IRSOO on the EZFIT Compact Solution.


The partnership entered into six months ago between MEI and IRSOO – the Institute for Research and Studies in Optics and Optometry in Vinci (Florence) – for the educational evaluation of EzFit, the all-in-one edger designed to bring milling technology into retail outlets and small labs, ends on a positive note.

Charles Bonnet Syndrome. What is this mysterious undereported condition?

Vision Direct have invited Judith Potts, the founder of Charles Bonnet Syndrome campaign Esme’s Umbrella, to talk about what Charles Bonnet Syndrome is, as well as how it directly affected her life.

SILMO Istanbul 2018 expands the sphere of influence.

The International Silmo Istanbul 2018 Optical Fair, which is organized for the sixth edition this year, will be held on December 13-16 at Istanbul Expo Center Yeþilköy.

New research reveals live probiotics can re-balance the gut microbiome and modify immune system responses

New research published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics demonstrates that ‘good’ bacteria in the live probiotic SymproveTM can successfully reach and colonise the gut, where they go on to change the existing gut flora. They are also capable of modifying immune response.

Optician’s sought-after apprenticeship featured in new ITN programme

Esther Slade at VE
An in-demand apprenticeship scheme by Vision Express continues to accept ambitious youngsters – and has now joined forces with ITN Productions and the Association of Colleges (AoC) for a programme championing the benefits of skillsbased learning. 

CET Consultation shows appetite for change, says GOC Spokesperson.

GOC registrants have a strong appetite for increased control over their learning and development, according to the results of the regulator’s recent Fit for the Future Continuing Education and Training (CET) consultation

Blackfin supports Andrea Bocelli Foundation

Andrea Bocelli
Since 2015 the Blackfin eyewear brand has supported the maestro’s foundation to give the most vulnerable members of society a voice and new opportunities

MIDO Exhibition Registration now LIVE

MIDO's annual show in Milan is to be held on the 23rd to the 25th February 2019 next year.

Fiona Bruce makes appeal on behalf of VAO

Fiona Bruce
Fiona Bruce, Vision Aid Overseas' Ambassador said, “If a child cannot see clearly, their world and opportunities are limited. I have seen first-hand the incredible work of Vision Aid Overseas 

NOC hears powerful case for change

Alan Tinger
At a packed one day meeting of the NOC delegates were moved to tears as documentary photographer defies death to work again in war zones. Allan Tinger retires

IACLE salutes award winners for 2018

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators presented the prestigious IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and IACLE Travel Award at the American Academy of Optometry’s Academy 2018 meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA (7-10 November 2018).

Mondottica announces Investment

Mondottica International Group and Ferdinand Menrad Group have announced an investment by Menrad in Mondottica, leading to a minority but substantial shareholding of Mondottica’s shares. 

AOP highlights the need for improved eye health services for patients with learning disabilities

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has issued a new position statement setting out how patients with learning disabilities are being failed by current NHS services and where improvements can be made, particularly in England.

Equipment Galore at 100% Optical in January

The 100% Optical Equipment Hub will be the biggest and best yet as it represents a particular area of growth and interest for the industry. 00% Optical event director Nathan Garnett said: “The Equipment Hub will be our largest yet with over 20 suppliers present and Topcon, Mainline Instruments, Hanson Instruments, Visionix, Eyoto and Diopsys new for 2019. Read about all the companies attending on the new preview pages

College Funded research reports on Glaucoma Referrals

Research resulting from the College of Optometrists' Enhanced Scheme Evaluation Project (ESEP) demonstrates that a glaucoma filtering scheme in Manchester has been highly successful in filtering patients, with low false positive (FP) and false negative (FN) rates. The results should provide reassurance to commissioners considering implementing glaucoma pathways.

Relocation at Essilor Academy

Essilor Academy
Essilor’s Optical Academy has relocated “closer to home” to the new world class ABDO National Resource centre in Birmingham, from Paris.

GOC appoints Chairs and Deputy Chairs of CET approvers

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed a new Chair and Deputy Chairs to oversee its CET (Continuing Education and Training) panel of approvers. 

Eight weeks to go and Opchat's 100% Optical 2019 Preview Pages open

With just under 8 weeks to go for the opening of the Sixth 100% Optical exhibition and conference PHN’s Opchat News Preview pages go live today and await information from all the exhibitors signed for the event. 

GOC 14th November Meeting Report

CET, Busuiness Standards, and Registration Fees

ABDO response to GOC new 3-year cycle plan for CET

In response to the announcement by the GOC of a new 3-year CET cycle, Sir Antony Sir Anthony Garrett CBE HonFBDO, ABDO General Secretary said, “We welcome the decision by the GOC to start a new 3 year CET cycle from January.

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