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Blackfin introduces the new rimless AERO WIRE family

ero by BlackfinMiraflex Kids Frames

After the launch of the line last Spring, Blackfin now introduces the new Aero WIRE family of frames where design purity and functionality combine in an all-new way

Miraflex children’s eyewear widen product offering

Miraflex Kids Frames

The highly commended Miraflex range of children’s frames has continued to succeed with the launch of four additional frames 

Skugga smart glasses tech platform designed for fashion and design brands

Skugga Smart eyewear

SKUGGA Technology AB, the Stockholm-based tech company, has created an industry leading smart miniaturised eyewear module,

Profilo: the graphic make-up by LOOK

LOOK Profilo

Another breakthrough in artisan craftsmanship by LOOK-made in Italia: PROFILO,

Materika Piuma by Look–made in Italia:

Piuma from Look

The exceptional light weight of magnesium!

PEOPLES from Barbados (Pfb) In London

Pfb Peoples collection

Seasonal colour palette presented in chic new imagery Bridgetown, Barbados 

Blackfin One – New FW 2021-22 Optical Collection

Rose Hall by Blackfin

A masterful exercise in style that reinvents itself from one season to the next. Blackfin introduces the Fall/Winter 2021-22

Many more exciting products on our new products and services pages

Suppliers guide and optical directory

The Latest News

Join Ocuco’s Free Social Media Webinar

Aashni Shah
Ocuco hosts a free Social Media Webinar on Tuesday, September 28, at 10 am BST.

Scottish RNIB warns of post covid neglect

National charity RNIB Scotland has expressed concern that the recent covid crisis may lead to a rise in preventable sight loss if people neglect eye-treatment or regular check-ups.

Luneau Technology and Optovue Announce Merger

France-based Luneau Technology Group, a provider of wavefront-based diagnostic and finishing solutions, announced it is merging with Optovue.

GOC launches consultation on new requirements for Contact Lens Opticians

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a consultation on proposals to update its requirements, 

New Chair for Optometry Wales

Optometry Wales (OW) has announced the appointment of its new Chair, Sarah Schumm

College adds weight to this week's National Eye Health Week

College of Optometrists encourages the public to consider visiting their optometrist, if needed, during National Eye Health Week

Eye-care waiting lists in Ireland now unacceptable at 49,000

Optometrists can unlock delays in public eye-care

Obituary : Maureen Hunter

Maureen Hunter It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Maureen Hunter, nee Callender, former editor of OT from 1990-2006. 

Celebration of the work and forthcoming retirement of Jo Underwood

An event was held at ABDO College on 14 September to mark the retirement of ABDO College’s founding principal, Jo Underwood, who has stepped down after 21 years.

AOP says" Optics poised to reduce pressure on NHS this winter "

AOP responds to Government’s Winter Plan for England

Number 1 spot for Ocuco

Leo MacCanna
Ocuco included as one of Ireland's Best Managed Companies for 2021

The Specialist Club is back

Prof Jonathon Moore
The Specialist Club is next month holding its first live, face-to-face CET meeting for two years. 

SEE Summit announces Key Note Speaker

The keynote speaker for the SEE Summit on the Environment will be Nick Bridge.

New BCLA President - ‘ECPs can adapt and thrive in a post-pandemic world’

President of BCLA

The new President of the British Contact Lens Association has highlighted the opportunities that exist for eye care professionals in a post-pandemic world,

College push for better funding in vision care

Royal College welcomes extra NHS funding and warns of workforce pressures

Mandatory vaccinations for frontline health and care staff

Consultation about frontline health staff vaccination policy must include optometry

AOP says "Primary care sets out ‘asks’ for Health and Care Bill "

AOP calls for essential primary care representation in Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs)

AOP Locum logbook now available online

An online version of the Association of Optometrists’ (AOP) Locum logbook is now available

Think tanks calls for Government to continue momentum from COVID-19 vaccination programme

A policy briefing published today calls for the UK Government to learn the lessons of the COVID-19 vaccination programme 

Millmead to continue ABDO College funding

Students at ABDO College will be learning all things optical in the Jai Kudo Optics lab,

FREE entry to deafblind virtual convention

Join deafblind UK for the UK’s first virtual deafblind convention on 7th October 2021

23° EYEWEAR _ A natural inclination The media campaign

Following the brand's launch last April, 23° Eyewear now presents its media campaign,

Welsh Sight Test Fee rise confirmed

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the GOS sight test fee will increase 

New AOP mentoring programme launched

AOP Mentoring Programme for newly-qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians.

WLC Celebrates 30 Years

WLC Anniversary
Stock lens supplier, WLC, celebrates its 30th anniversary this September

College messages for "Back to School" signs to look for

Back to school: The College of Optometrists highlights key signs to detect potential issues in your child’s vision


Preparations are intensifying and the 2021 edition of the international rendezvous for optics and eyewear is looking optimistic:

GOC commissions Sector Partnership for Optical Knowledge and Education

The General Optical Council (GOC) is delighted to announce that it has commissioned Sector Partnership for Optical Knowledge and Education (SPOKE)

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We have a series of briefings revised in May 2013 on VAT:

VAT Briefings Introduction


Paying Too Much VAT Out of Net Profits?

Advantages of Stock Modules for VAT

Practice Management Software

A series of briefings revised in May 2013 on the uses of practice management software:

Practice Management Software: Introduction

Practice Management Software: The Basics

Practice Management Software: Advanced Briefing

Practice Management Software: The Paperless Practice

Improving Business Strengths

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Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum

Go to our Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum Briefing

Contact Lens Report

EUROMCONTACT Contact Lens Report

Report on Drivers' Vision

Report on Drivers' Vision: A report published by The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)

The Bribery Act

The Bribery Act: Optical Confederation Guidance


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upcoming events

For further information on any of the events listed below please go to our events page.

02/10/2021 - BABO - London
Prior attendance at OVT1 and OVT2 courses is essential, and attendance for all three days of this course is mandatory.

24/10/2021 - BABO - London
jam packed day, with guest and member speakers. The event offers a great chance to network and share ideas and experiences. For those staying into the evening there will be a relaxed meal to round off the day.

25/10/2021 - BABO - London
Lens prescribing will be discussed in detail and case histories will be used to illustrate the important principles for effective lens prescribing. The format of this seminar has been reviewed with greater emphasis on therapy

17/11/2021 - East London, City & Islington LOC - London
All optical professionals are welcome to attend the open part of the LOC meeting

01/12/2021 - Heidleberg Academy - Home Counties
Neuroinflammatory disease and OCT Speaker: Susan Mollan, Consultant Neuro-Ophthalmologist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT

19/01/2022 - East Sussex LOC - Home Counties
LOC Meeting

19/01/2022 - East London, City & Islington LOC - London
All optical professionals are welcome to attend the open part of the LOC meeting

16/03/2022 - East Sussex LOC - Home Counties
LOC Meeting


For further information on any of the jobs listed below please go to our recruitment page.

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