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Contact lens cameras – a step too far?

Sony has excited the technology world this week by revealing details of contact lenses capable of recording our every movement. Their possible uses mirror those flouted for Google Glass a few years ago – think live sport, interactive learning, news reports. However, the main difference here is the wearer has no extra ‘baggage’. Google Glass […]

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Contact lenses enjoy top billing

This week the American Optometric Association (AOA) commented on a robust bill to tighten up internet supply of contact lenses in the US. It follows a proposed voluntary code by the General Optical Council on these shores, which it would be fair to describe as a polite, British version of the Contact Lens Consumer Health […]

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Picking your favourite on Optrafair weekend

There is a strong feeling of calm before the storm on the Optician news desk today – and without a sweepstake in sight. As spring arrives so too does a new CET cycle and the staging of the profession’s best-established gathering. Birmingham NEC plays host to Optrafair on April 9-11, while the neighbouring Vox events […]

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Turning threats into opportunities

Optician turns 125 years next month and plans to dedicate some column inches to how the optical sector has evolved in this time. However, our coverage of a landmark report into the future of eye care also needs full attention. This week the Foresight Project, a sector report looking at the impact of technology to […]

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Don’t forget the optometrists

Renewed fears about overstretched eye clinics are making headlines again this week but the role of the optometrist appears severely downplayed. It is not until 13 paragraphs into a 16 paragraph article by Royal College of Ophthalmologists president Mary Ann Sherratt that the role of the role of the optometrist is actually mentioned. This despite […]

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Optics must be part of patient record link

‘It’s about linking things together,’ Optician heard this week at a high profile practice opening. But cross-sector patient records remain the missing link beyond the control of practitioners. The journal was invited to Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent last week to see the ribbon being cut at the latest John Lewis Opticians outlet. Dozens of […]

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Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp brings in the crowds for optics

Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp helped push eyewear into the public spotlight this week after an exuberant goal celebration with his players ended with his spectacles being damaged. A simple Google search for the term ‘Klopp’s glasses’ this afternoon resulted in 1,550,000 results as the narrative continues and the high profile German makes a name […]

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A sucker for latest technology

A press release landing on the Optician digital doorstep this week speaks of a new optical invention. ‘It completes the puzzle of eliminating the finger use of contact lenses to easily place and remove contact lenses from your eyes without irritation. You can do this without having to tilt your head backwards. It simply focuses […]

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Glaucoma patients in awkward position over yoga

Yoga and exercise might be on the new year’s resolution list for many patients but, as reported this week, it presents a risk for glaucoma sufferers. A latest study in New York reveals that head down positions in particular have been shown to elevate intraocular pressure. It means patients should be advised to avoid such […]

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Taking a glance into the New Year

As 2015 draws to a close, the festive period affords time to reflect on the year gone by and line-up changes for the approaching period. It has been a busy one for Optician, having covered all the latest optical news and analysis, hosted a lively Optrafair and Optician Awards in April, before moving across to […]

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