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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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Call to Action draws to an integrated close

Earlier this week the great and good of optics met with their colleagues in ophthalmology to discuss the way forward for public eye health. The stakeholder event was organised as part of NHS England’s Call to Action for eye health, which concludes this week after months of sharing ideas and forming conclusions. Speaking to LOCSU […]

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Drivers happy to help

A latest survey in this week’s news showing nine out of ten drivers are willing to prove they had a recent eye test speaks volumes. It means the vast majority of road users want to go the extra mile when renewing licenses if it means making roads safer. Now only administrative burden is holding back […]

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Working the phones without being a nuisance

It is difficult to criticise a charity for going the extra mile to raise funds for a given cause and documentary makers at Dispatches faced just this dilemma when sending undercover reporters into agencies working on behalf of organisations including the RNIB (see news). The openness of scripts used and the amount of pressure exerted […]

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Space experiment off the ground

An experiment launched by NASA in partnership with Heidelberg Engineering has started to feed some results back through the solar system. Impressively, astronauts on the International Space Station have been sending their scans back to the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas for further analysis on the impact of microgravity exposure on the eyes. As […]

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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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