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BLACKFIN Fall/Winter 20-21 Optical Collections

Greenport from Blackfin 20/21 collection

Vitality, design, tradition: these keywords define the Blackfin Fall/Winter 20-21 collection and epitomize the brand’s distinctive elements featured in previous releases, now updated to meet the demand of numerous markets.

ESSILOR offers HD Dry Eye Diagnosis

IDRA from Essilor

Essilor Ltd has taken on the sole distribution of IDRA by SBM Sistemi to offer ECPs advanced high definition testing for dry eye.


Nirvan Javan

Together with fashion photographer Parinya Wongwannawat, NIRVAN JAVAN presents a collaborative photoseries dedicated to the reinterpretation of cosmopolitan expression.

New MATERIKA TITANIUM – Material Becomes ART

Look 70622

LOOK–made in Italia presents the new Materika Titanium models, made from fine Japanese titanium and exclusive Italian Mazzucchelli acetate.

A Breath of Clean Air from Norville 20/20 and Frame Steriliser

Fusion Frame Cleaner

UV-C Surgically Clean Air™ the Medical Grade JADE Air Purifier has excellent performance in Hospitals, Medical Labs Ophthalmic and Dental Clinics to clean and sterilize the indoor air. And more the Fusion Frame Cleaner (shown)

INVU Premium Readers – Swiss Material and Blue Light Protection

INVU Readers

Customers who purchase reading glasses in optical retail frequently generate additional business when they return to purchase custom prescription readers or progressive lenses.

New designs and new colours freshen up the Progear Action EG range.

Progear EG New Protection Goggles

The ever-popular Progear EG range of action protection frames has just been updated with four new colours

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Measure what you could save on Measuring IOPs

Grafton ORA G3
Grafton Optical launch the ORA® G3 Business Case Calculator and invite you to TAKE THE TONOMETRY CHALLENGE to see what you could save if you made the switch

Ocuco repeats highly successful webinar on Paediatric Optometry, by popular demand.

Ocuco Webinar
Back by popular demand: CET accredited clinical lecture on Paediatric Optometry brought to you by Ocuco

IACLE reports success of TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators’ TLC Initiative to support educators, their students and the contact lens industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, has been a major success since it launched three months ago today.

New BCLA webinar will give tips on growing your contact lens business

Helping eye care professionals to grow their contact lens business will be the subject of the next BCLA webinar, with the session giving a series of top tips and advice.

CHECT warns of ignorance of Childhood eye cancers

Nancy Smith
One third of parents say a squint is NOT a symptom of childhood eye cancer

Cegedim Rx, company providing OptoManager withdraws services.

Following Cegedim's announcement LOCSU states it is supporting LOCs and PECs as Cegedim Rx withdraws from UK market

Paskal 3d simulates night driving vision

The end of British Summer Time on 25th October is set to throw thousands of motorists into darker driving conditions and many turning to their optometrist for help.

The GOC have published a statement on the service of registration notices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this statement the GOC set out how they will serve notices under the GOC Registration Rules 2005 (‘Rules’) during the COVID-19 emergency.

New BCLA President urges members to ‘do things differently’ if they want to be the best

Indie Grewal
The new President of the BCLA, Indie Grewal, has urged eye care practitioners to focus on how they can “do things differently” in order to provide patients with the best possible service.

Vision Aid Overseas to close recycling scheme

Vision Aid Overseas has ended its recycling scheme in the UK and will no longer accept used spectacles

RCOphth disagrees with latest NICE guideline on Cataract Services

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is responding to the NICE rapid guideline on Covid-19 testing and the potential adverse effect on the return to routine cataract surgery.

The College has modified and continues to adapt its Pandemic Guidance

Further modifications to its Pandemic Guidance have been made by the College of Optometrists

RNIB Scotland warns of E-Scooter dangers

Sight loss charity RNIB Scotland has welcomed news that moves to trial the use of rented e-scooters north of the border have been put on hold.

ABDO takes another look at the GOC ESR Consultation

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has set out fresh analysis to contribute to the debate about the GOC’s proposals for education reform.

LOOK-made in Italia produces new company video

An off-screen voice, emotional and captivating background music. Then the images one after another, clear and strong.

General Optical Council (GOC) statement on use of technology during COVID-19 emergency

In these extraordinary times, we are fortunate that in all four countries of the United Kingdom we have a group of exceptionally well qualified eye care
professionals on whom the general public and fellow healthcare professionals can rely. 

Scotland issues plans for testing in Residential and Care Homes from today (7th Sept)

The Directorate of Primary Care Scotland issued PCA(O)2020(15), which confirms that routine eye care services can be provided within day centres and residential centres (including care homes) from 7 September 2020.

OFNC UPDATE: Mounting concern over delays in Covid-19 Funding Information by Optical Practices in England

The OFNC has kept the sector up to date while waiting for NHS England to publish its guidance on ongoing COVID-19 support for optical practices.

Three Optical Bodies announce they are leaving their London Headquarters

Optical sector organisations unveil plans to sell headquarters

New state-of-the-art eye health clinic and surgical centre opens in Ipswich to help cut waiting times for patients

A new eye health clinic and surgical centre which is set to significantly reduce waiting times for eye surgery in Ipswich and the wider county has just opened.

ABDO Announces Board Election Results

The results of the election to the Board of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) are as follows:

"64% of people unaware of blue light impact on skin" says Unilever Research.

Two in three (64%) people are unaware of the effect that blue light can have on their skin, Unilever has found[1]. We want to help people “beat the screen blues” by raising awareness of the negative impact that blue light has on skin – not just on our faces, but on the rest of the body too.

GOC approves temporary changes to the Optometry Handbook and Supervision Policy

From 23 July to 6 August 2020, the GOC ran a short consultation on proposed temporary changes to our Optometry Handbook and Supervision policy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Domiciliary eyecare begins in Northern Ireland for those in their own homes

The HSC has written to all GOS contractors in Northern Ireland to confirm that Phase 3a of the strategic plan for primary care ophthalmic services during Covid-19 will start on 1 September.

PHN’s Monthly review of & 7-Day rolling average Covid infection Rates in UK

On the week that School Children return to school in England, the UK has seen as continuing rise in infection rates.

Boost for FMO current members by refund of subscriptions

Today the FMO Board announced a 50% or 100% refund of all of their members 2020 subscriptions.

In the AAO Awards season they announce further deserving recipients

Nicky Lai
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), in collaboration with the Fredric and Marion Rosemore Family Foundation and  the Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin Contact Lens Residency award announce

Access to free PPE for GOS contractors and how to make NHS mail applications

Practitioners in England should note that NHS England and Improvement (NHSE-I) has now published further advice and guidance on setting up an NHS mail account and ordering NHS-funded PPE.

J&J (USA) Looking to Enroll 60,000 Participants in Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

First Word published news of a phase 3 trial Johnson & Johnson is planning to get under way in September to test its coronavirus vaccine candidate Ad26.COV2.S is looking to recruit up to 60,000 participants globally, the company confirmed Thursday.

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Report on Drivers' Vision

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15/10/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

23/10/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
Non-Invasive Vascular Imaging Course:Course: 10.00 – 17:00 optometrists and doctors. Medical photographers, technicians and ophthalmic nurses

05/11/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

03/12/2020 - Heidelberg Engineering - Home Counties
SPECTRALIS Hands-On Operator Course: 10.00 – 16:00 All who use Spectralis; medical photographers, nurses and techs

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