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Optician News Desk

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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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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