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Optician News Desk

Remember the eye health indicator?

Going back nearly four years, the optical profession was celebrating its inclusion of eye health indicators in the government’s Public Health Outcomes Framework. After much initial excitement, the posturing and celebrating has somewhat waned over the years. In the background, Locsu has developed new pathways and recommended an evidence based approach to winning new community […]

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Influx of optometrists welcomed by College

With so many new faces entering the profession and optometry courses seemingly starting up every year it seems competition for jobs in the sector is set to continue rising. This year’s Optician Workplace supplement in October stressed how moving further afield into rural or coastal areas can open doors and even provide higher earnings. However, […]

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Halloween projects scary CLs into public eye

It is the time of year when the dangers of Halloween and Bonfire night are thrust into the public spotlight. The risks of an eye infection after wearing cosmetic contact lenses or being blinded by an out of control firework are communicated far and wide. For example, The Birmingham Mail has today reported the case […]

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Stars out in force for SWOTY spectacle

Celebrities lined up in force to attend last night’s Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year. The event, held in London for the 20th time, seems to be growing in attendance and tabloid column inches each year. A selfie booth at the venue enabled those of lesser fame to fit in with the in-crowd too (see […]

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Tooth decay a sore subject

This week’s news pages include a story on the postcode lottery of healthcare that exists in England. According to the National Children’s Bureau, 18.4 per cent of children living in the 30 richest areas suffer from tooth decay, compared to 31.6 per cent of four to five-year-olds in the 30 most deprived areas. Unfortunately, it […]

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Busy parents forgetting eye care

Following news over the summer that school children were missing out on eye tests (Comment 24.07.15), the spotlight has now fallen on parents. This is because a study released by ABDO this week has found 60 per cent of parents do not know their children should have an eye test every two years. Perhaps even […]

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Bringing an end to the silly season

August usually represents something of a silly season in the news, but Optician seems to have been bombarded with a sequence of must-read stories all month. It began with the new GOC standards, a set of new expectations being imposed on professionals. At the same time, a new code of conduct was unveiled for online […]

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Are online eye exams a threat?

There have been two news stories about online eye tests in as many weeks in Optician journal. In each instance, the provider has faced resistance from the American Optometric Association and it can only be a matter of time before similar services are marketed at UK patients. When they do, who will put up a […]

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Eye tests fall off the timetable

As the schools break up for the summer holidays a new breakdown in child eye screening has been identified. A College of Optometrists investigation in this week’s news shows councils cannot be counted on to provide vision screening at primary schools. But the ‘postcode lottery’ is nothing new and now instead of relying on public […]

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Optical sector ready to work together

It has been a week when London Underground workers and a professional footballer have deemed it necessary to take their own versions of strike action over distinctly different conditions. However, in the optical sector firms are more determined than ever to work together, with the link between independents and the supply chain growing from strength […]

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