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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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Ebola advice published for profession

Optics has followed in the footsteps of other health gateways and airports in preparing for the arrival of an Ebola case on British shores. The guidance can be found on the College of Optometrists and AOP websites, but the risk was still described as low. Nonetheless, it’s encouraging to see optical bodies looking out for […]

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Dancing through the hospital ward

For those who haven’t seen it already there is an inspirational video doing the rounds on social media today. It shows the moment that a 69-year old patient from Malawi had his sight restored by a surgeon in the country’s first ever live cataract operation. The event, also featured in today’s edition of Optician, certainly […]

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On your marks for National Eye Health Week

With the UK’s major eye care awareness campaign arriving it is worth familiarising yourself with this year’s daily schedule. The new format dedicates one day to a different aspect of eye health and promises to offer an extra level of structure to the awareness campaign. Each of the days provides the opportunity to promote local […]

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