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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

Next Generation Chic from Mykita

Mykita new Chic

Defined by modern silhouettes and pure constructions, the LITE collection introduces the next generation of optical chic:

Komono Spring/Summer 2019 Sunglasses Collection unveiled

Komono Sunglasses SS19

For Spring/Summer 2019, KOMONO explores the art of care-free living through its eyewear pieces.

Heidelberg launches Anterion in the UK

Anterion by Heidelberg

Heidelberg Engineering, known for the internationally-acclaimed SPECTRALIS® retina and glaucoma platform, launches ANTERION®– an innovative platform designed to transform anterior segment diagnostics 

Dibble Optical introduces Milo & Me

LMilo & Me from Dibble Optical

Award-winning supplier Dibble Optical has increased its range of quality children’s eyewear with its newest collection, Milo & Me from the quality German supplier B&S.

Louis Stone brings their own ICY start to November

Louis Stone AW 2018

With the release of Louis Stone's latest spectacle catalogue, came the introduction of over 100 new frames comprised of numerous new metals (such as their Scandi 'hygge' collection), acetates and plastics.

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

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Visualise Training add "encouraging podcast"

A podcast has been added to our Clinical Briefing Section demonstrating the need to continue with the presentaion of "Beyond Seeing" You can also locate the free resource training pack on our clinical pages. Click Here

New Chair for Clinical Advisory Board for Doctor Care Anywhere

Nicholas Peters
Doctor Care Anywhere, is the online primary care provider owned by Synergix Health, and has appointed Professor Nicholas Peters to Chair of Doctor Care Anywhere’s Clinical Advisory Board, signalling the company’s commitment to further enhance its online clinical and care services.

UWE visited by FODO team

Last week members of the FODO team and Board were shown around the new school of optometry at UWE by senior members of the UWE faculty.

End of Road for OW Road Show

The Optometry Wales ‘Question Time’ roadshows on the future of eye care in Wales reached their climax on 7 November, at a final event in the cathedral city of St Asaph in North Wales. 

Barbara Caffery to head up AAO

Barbara Caffery
The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to announce Dr. Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO, as the incoming President of the American Academy of Optometry.

AOP responds to GOC plan change on CET

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has welcomed the General Optical Council’s (GOC) decision to change its plans for ongoing professional training in 2019, while warning that the regulator must raise its game on planning and delivering major projects.

GOC appoints Dionne Spence as Dir. of Casework and Resolutions

Dionne will begin her role at the GOC on 28 January 2019. She replaces Lisa Davis, who left as Director of Fitness to Practise earlier this year to take up a Chief Executive role.

Spectacle Makers at the Lord Mayor's Show

It’s the first time since 2007 that the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers have been invited to take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show and this is a special year for the Company as this year the SMC has a Spectacle Maker Liveryman in the Aldermanic  Sheriff of the City of London, so this was an ideal opportunity to get publicity for eye health.

College of Optometrists celebrate at Diploma Ceremony

The College of Optometrists recognised the achievements of some of the sector’s leading researchers in the field at its annual Diploma Ceremony at Central Hall Westminster in London last Tuesday. 

Social Media campaign to be a highlight for ABDO at 100% Optical

The “Not Just a DO” social media campaign from ABDO, a key part of ABDO’s strategy to raise the profile of the wide scope of practice of the dispensing optician, will feature strongly on ABDO’s new look exhibition stand at 100% Optical. 

GOC consults on new Education Standards and Learning Outcomes

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a consultation on new draft standards for education providers and learning outcomes for students as part of its Education Strategic Review (ESR).

GOC announces Acceptance Criteria Policy

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published its new fitness to practise Acceptance Criteria.

Essilor announces new MD.

Tim Precious
Essilor Ltd has announced the appointment of Tim Precious as managing director.

Heidelberg announced as Gold Sponsors at Optrafair Exchange

Heidelberg Engineering will join Optrafair Exchange as Gold Sponsor for the 2019 show. Heidelberg Engineering have been long time supporters of the UK’s leading Optical exhibition and will continue their commitment into next year.

Rallying call made at House by VCFP

Reaching almost half of the UK’s homeless and dispossessed was the rallying call of Vision Care for Homeless People this week.

Further Growth at Positive Impact

Ellie Jarman
Positive Impact has announced further expansion with three staff changes. The company has promoted Ellie Jarman (pictured) to the role of Marketing Co-Ordinator to take its marketing initiatives to the next level

Daniel Williams produces a further Clinical Briefing for OPCHAT News on LV services

Entitled “Seven Tips to make providing a Low Vision Service profitable” it joins his series now making five short educational and interesting blogs on living with sight loss and how practitioners can make a difference.

Dyslexics gain benefit from Vista Mesh Lenses

Dyslexics and those with visual processing challenges are experiencing positive results with Vista Mesh spectacle lenses, opticians around the country report.

Opchat News backs the campaign for better eye sight when driving and wants YOUR signature.

Only another 6000 signatures needed to obtain the necessary 10,000 for Government to act on Driving Blind.We ask why as an Optical Sector we havent provided this number already?


Optical Assistant joining the campaign
The National Campaign to stop UK motorists ‘driving blind’ and save lives is winning support from optical, road safety and political leaders and media, but opticians are being urged to sign the petition before the December 12 cut-off deadline. Read the full story here

AOP calls for tighter vision regulations on drivers

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is inviting practitioners to get involved in its second Don’t swerve a sight test driving and vision campaign ahead of Road Safety Week (19-25 November). 

VE drives awareness of Dangers in Driving with poor sight.

VE Campaign Win
An eye health initiative has beaten off stiff competition at this year’s CIPR PRide awards for best Transport or Automotive Campaign, as Vision Express sets its sights on political change around sight standards for drivers.

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