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Anglia Ruskin University
Anglia Ruskin University's Department of Optometry & Ophthalmic Dispensing is one of eight higher education institutions offering optometry degrees.
Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)
Representing more than 5,000 qualified dispensing opticians in the UK.
Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers
Represents the manufacturers of over 95 per cent of all prescription contact lenses and lens care products in the UK with the prime objective of growing the contact lens market.
Association of Optometrists (AOP)
Representing individual optometrists, whatever their mode of practice.
Aston University's School of Life and Health Sciences is one of eight UK institutions offering optometry degrees.
British Contact Lens Association
The BCLA is the UK’s leading supplier of information and education on contact lenses and the anterior eye, which aims to promote excellence in research, manufacture and clinical practice of contact lenses and related areas.
British Journal of Ophthalmology
A peer review journal for health professionals and researchers in ophthalmology.
Cardiff University's school of optometry and vision sciences is one of eight UK higher education institutions offering optonmetry degrees.
This is the website that contains the CET records of everyone on the General Optical Council register. Administered by Vantage Technologies, you can confirm the CET points that have been registered in your name.
City University, London
City University's department of optometry and visual science is one of eight UK higher education institutions offering optometry degrees.
College of Optometrists
The professional, scientific and examining body for optometry in the UK.
Department of Health
The UK Government department responsible for eye health.
Digital Journal of Ophthalmology
A peer-reviewed electronic journal dedicated to the dissemination of ophthalmic information over the web
Online CE for Optometrists and Opticians in the USA.
Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO)
Representing ophthalmic optical companies involved in all aspects of manufacturing, importing and wholesaling spectacles.
Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FODO)
Representing the business interests of registered opticians.
General Optical Council (GOC)
The statutory body which regulates dispensing opticians and optometrists and corporate bodies running businesses as optometrists or dispensing opticians.
Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University's department of vision sciences is one of eight UK higher education institutions offering optometry degrees.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
MHRA is the regulator of medical devices in the UK, including contact lenses, spectacles, intraocular lenses and ophthalmic instruments.
The Optometry page of our sister company Elsevier where you will find books on all elements of optometric practice.
OptomCPD offers continuing professional development for Australian optometrists by distance learning. It offers 40 points - accredited to the Optometrists Association Australia - per year in partnership with Optician.
Primary Health Net
PHN is an open forum for all those interested in sharing ideas, fact finding and communicating with others that have an interest in optics. Features of the site include an optical Calendar for those in optics, groups or optical body wishing to publicise or locate meetings. The site also provides free CET - just click on the CET tab once logged in. PHN provides information about many companies, products and services within optics, links to their sites and the latest news. This portal is also the platform for many LOCs whose secure sites are not visible to free registrants. If you are registered already through your LOC you will gain automatic entrance to all the above and will benefit from special discounts and offers.
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Publishers of Optician and www.opticianonline.net.
A UK optometry forum. Free to join and participate.
University of Manchester
The University of Manchester's Faculty of Sciences includes it school of optometry, one of eight higher education insitutions in the UK offering optometry degrees.
University of Ulster, Coleraine
The University of Ulster at Coleraine's faculty life and health sciences is one of eight UK higher education institutions offering optometry degrees.