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Optician News Desk

Multiple turns a blind eye to discounting

A story in this week’s edition about a patient with only one eye requesting a half price eye examination raises an interesting debate. The patient, David Rainsford, has received half-price eye exams in the past and says only half the normal number of checks are needed. Specsavers, meanwhile, insists that for a thorough eye exam […]

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Oakley leaves Bubba’s Hover at home

It was an exciting start to golf’s British Open this weekend but one notable absentee has been Oakley’s latest twist on the golf cart. Its land-to-lake Bubba’s Hover vehicle, created for charismatic past Open winner Bubba Watson, would’ve made quite a splash on the fairways of Hoylake Golf Club. Nevertheless, an expected heat wave should ensure […]

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Avoiding wine with dangerously unsubtle hints

Warnings about the visual dangers of drinking bootleg alcohol have been issued by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). It comes as customs seized 33,000 bottles of counterfeit vodka arriving from Latvia, reported The Independent. With further instances involving wine bottles labelled ‘Shardonnay’, there is cause for concern on the high street and a vision risk […]

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CrossEyes goes for Danish Destock approach

A Danish eyewear company has introduced a unique business model to UK optics by taking orders on an individual basis rather than stocking frames. Featured in this week’s news, CrossEyes aims to have 15 practices on British soil by the end of 2015 – certainly making it one to watch. What really stands out about […]

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Making the case for emergency mouthwash

A leading contact lens guru last week praised the industry for its low carbon footprint compared to other consumer goods sectors. Indeed, Professor Nathan Efron told an audience that the waste from 12 months of contact lenses was equivalent to that of 23 cans of fizzy pop. Even still, a contact lens brand has this […]

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Vision UK drives strategy forward

Optician was buoyed yesterday by a visit to the Vision UK 2014 conference in London, where a broad spectrum of lectures, presentations and forums showed UK Vision Strategy 2013-18 has made an impressive start. Eye tests for the homeless, school screening, seeing patients with learning disabilities, dementia and diabetes were all on the agenda and […]

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Waterford workers face anxious times

Restructuring at Bausch+Lomb’s contact lens manufacturing plant in Waterford, Ireland will be resulting in worrying times for members of staff at the moment. As reported by in today’s print issue of Optician, 200 staff face redundancy as the group reviews the operation. B+L notes a fourth position in market share for contact lenses, meaning it […]

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Keep an eye on the children

When childhood vision loss made headlines this week the news desk was a little confused as to why optical professionals were not billed as either the problem or the solution. Indeed, advice to worried parents was to ‘mention it to your health visitor or doctor who is likely to refer you to an ophthalmologist – […]

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A week of news – Confederation reaches out

Last week the Optical Confederation managed to squeeze a vast number of burning issues for the profession into its conference in London. Chair Don Grocott rightly urged ECPs to work together and educate the public. After all, how many high street visitors are really aware of the eye health services available within the four walls […]

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A week of news – time for a coffee?

At last the news all caffeine junkies in the profession have been waiting for – that drinking coffee could be good for your eyesight. A research report released by Cornell University this week showed it was an antioxidant found in coffee called chlorogenic acid, and not caffeine, that could prevent retinal degeneration, meaning there is […]

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