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Optician News Desk

Nikon zooms in on Optos potential

Shareholders of Optos have this morning woken up to news that lenses, imaging and instrument firm Nikon Corporation has agreed to buy the Scottish retinal imaging company for around £260m. Booming sales of the Optos’ distinctive Daytona device no doubt caught the eye of the Tokyo-based group. Indeed, during a press briefing hosted by Optos […]

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Alcon hits bullseye with Birmingham shoppers

As the busy half-term holiday period draws to a close, so too does a month-long initiative by Alcon in Birmingham to get shoppers at the Bullring excited about coloured contact lenses. Optician was invited along to experience the Air Optix Colors initiative this week. Although the idea of coloured contact lenses is not necessarily a […]

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VAO plans next steps at 30

This week Optician was invited to a drinks reception to mark the 30 year anniversary of Vision Aid Overseas. Volunteers and key backers from the optical profession lined up to view a gallery of photos from the charity’s work in Africa, with the majority provided by optometrist-turned photographer Graham Coates. His efforts helped capture the […]

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Standing up for eye health in Parliament

It was standing room only at the House of Commons yesterday where AMD Alliance International held a reception on how health services are coping with the leading cause of vision loss. There was a chilly opening to affairs, as hosts at the Thames Pavilion venue at first tackled an over-active air conditioning system and a […]

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The plight of the fictional start-up

There is a new addition to the editorial team this year, gracing us with his bearded presence and enthusiastic approach to high street optics. So welcome to cartoon characters Rob and Rita, who have opened up See-Saw Opticians on page six of each issue. They have taken their first booking and looked into starting a […]

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Rodenstock rewards high street partners

Rodenstock held its annual Club Awards at a hotel reception in London this week, where a host of independent customers were rewarded for their loyalty and impressive sales figures. One practitioner told how he had been a member of the club for twenty years, setting the German company apart from other lens and frame companies […]

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New optometry course turns heads

As expected the major talking point arising from this week’s edition of Optician has been the arrival of a new optometry course at the University of Hertfordshire. Concerns of an oversupply of professionals were aired months ago, before the GOC decided to give its provisional approval this week. As further details emerge about the course, […]

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New eyewear range looks to tip the ‘scales’

Optician joined hordes of fashion bloggers at the launch of Julien MacDonald eyewear at the Vision Express’ flagship store on Oxford Street last night. A few slippery customers also made an appearance on the glasses themselves. The venue was packed to the rafters with guests trying to uphold the ‘gorgeous and glamorous’ dress code. MacDonald’s […]

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Avoiding the hard sell

Luxottica invited Optician along to a press day for its spring/summer 2015 collections this week. The crystals of Versace, tints of Ray-Ban, studs of Prada plus use of felt, denim, wood, textures and even scarves within the group’s portfolio of brands demonstrated how the evolution of frame design is not lacking in variation. Indeed, although […]

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Social spirit on show at SMC

Being an onlooker at Apothecaries Hall this week opened the news desks’ eyes to the social side of joining optics’ oldest establishment. As its name would suggest, the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers exudes the very highest level of prestige and also serves as an important education provider for the profession. But it’s not all […]

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