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It’s Not All About Beauty – But it Helps

Stepper 30161

At first glance the STEPPER SI-30161 is a thing of beauty.

Villa Eyewear announce distribution of uniquedesignmilano (UDM)

UDM by Villa Eyewear

UDM is a brand that is based on a completely handmade product in Italy and that, through great attention to detail, conveys the values of uniqueness,

Lightbird's new Collection SP/Summer 2021

Lightbird Spring Summer Collection

The new Light_SOCIAL collection features a special feeling guaranteed by the tested structure and marked design

New MATERIKA COMBI – Avant-Garde Materials and Designs

Look Materika

LOOK–made in Italia launches the new COMBI by MATERIKA.

NIRVAN JAVAN presents exclusive acetate collection inspired by Paris


Inspired by the unmistakable charm and artistic bohemian spirit of the metropolis by the Seine, NIRVAN JAVAN presents the new PARIS collection.


Komano Avery Aurora

A collection that requires a second reading with subtle details blurring the boundaries

Grafton Optical announce the launch of the Novaerus Protect 200 and Protect 800

Protect 200 & 800 from Grafton

Air Disinfection Systems - the first line of protection against airborne viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2

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CooperVision announced its acquisition of No7 Contact Lenses.

The company will operate within the CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Group.

Contact lens and dry eye support for independents

Phil Thompson
Positive Impact is introducing weekly edrop-inf surgeries for contact lens and dry eye queries. 

Essilor Group to complete acquisition of Lenstec

The Essilor Group in the UK have announced their intention to complete the acquisition of the remainder of the Lenstec Optical Group shareholding from owners Nigel Castle and Gerard Donovan

New milestone for the Eye Doctor

A patent has been granted for Sterileyes, an antibacterial shield on the Eye Doctor hot and cold compresses used to treat dry eye, Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and blepharitis.

Key Webinar by Westminster Health on future regulation of Healthcare

The future of professional healthcare regulation reform - efficiency, scope, safety, and the impact of the pandemic on the future regulatory landscape

Join us at SEE,Summit on the Environment.

On Earth Day, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is calling on everyone across the optical professions and industry to save the 4th of October 2021 for the inaugural SEE Summit on the Environment.

Extra CET opportunities with Fresh Content from Essilor E-Academy

Essilor E Academy on Blure Light
Essilor Ltd has introduced new CET content on its E-Academy platform to provide registered ECPs extra opportunities to gain points across a wide range of competencies.

Covid antiviral taskforce for the Autumn

Government launches COVID-19 Antivirals Taskforce to roll out innovative home treatments this autumn

The International Opticians Association (IOA) has opened applications for the 2021 IOA Silmo International Optician of the Year Award

The event, recognises the importance of the optician in the optical business.

Programme announced for business symposium iDay21

Early-bird booking has opened for the popular Independents Day business symposium and the full programme has been announced. 

GOC suspends Glasgow based optometrist

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

College Update on Chloramphenicol

The College has produced an update to the summary of product characteristics (SPC) for the Prescription Only Medicine (POM) form of chloramphenicol 0.5% multi-dose eye drops.

HEIW says the "Future approach for optometry services“ paper suggests major change in Wales

Health Education and Improvement Wales heralds the biggest change in primary care optometry in Wales in a generation”.

GOC suspends Cheltenham based optometrist

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

One more sign of emerging "normality".SILMO 2021

The attractiveness of SILMO Paris is reinforced with each edition. Save the date.

ABDO College, first day back!

ABDO College has welcomed back its first group of students today after a year of online teaching.

Essilor to Present New Results for its Stellest Lens for Children With Myopia

Essilor will unveil pivotal 2-year clinical trial results of its Stellest lens for myopia. 

AAO Urges Ophthalmic Equipment Manufacturers to Standardize Digital Imaging

The American Academy of Ophthalmology, this week published a report urging ophthalmic imaging device manufacturers to standardize image formats 

NHS funded PPE extended until end of March 2022

In England, the Department of Health and Social Care will continue to fund PPE for opticians until

GOC erases Cardiff based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase a dispensing optician based in Cardiff, Wales, from its register.

@Théa the new 2021 " let's open our eyes" Campaign

Thealoz@ Duo Dry Eye drops, Thea's leading dry eye brand is repeating its successful TV advertising campaign.

Innovations, Ocuco's Lab Management Software, is awarded Best Optical Lab Software Vertical for 2021

Innovations, Ocuco's Lab Management Software (LMS), has been awarded Best Optical Lab Software Vertical for 2021 by HealthCare Insights Magazine, which annually recognizes leading companies in the healthcare sector.

General Optical Council ( GOC) shares insights from public perceptions research

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published its 2021 public perceptions research, which seeks to understand the public’s views and experiences of opticians across the UK.

Join an interactive CET webinar addressing data security needs in sight care

Ocuco supports an interactive session centred on addressing data security in optometry on Wednesday 28 April, at 6 p.m. BST.

DANSHARI inaugurates the new Logistics Centre in Montebelluna

The warehouse based in Italy will handle shipments to Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America

OSA and ABDO to share benefits

The Optical Suppliers Association (OSA) joins forces with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) to increase the benefits for its members.

New OFNC Chair confirms course for the coming year.

The incoming Chair of the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee, Gordon Ilett, has thanked outgoing Chair Paul Carroll for the leadership he has provided throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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