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All roads lead to success

Dividing her time between three practices, mobile contact lens practitioner Jacqui Hay of Duncan and Todd proved to be miles ahead of the competition at this year’s Optician Awards. Luke Haynes reports

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Alconversation review

Last week Alcon hosted a Question Time discussion at which a panel of invited experts debated and discussed questions posed from all sides of the profession, Chris Bennett reports

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Celebrating the stars

Winning an Optician Award is the highlight of many optical careers. The race is now on to find out who will triumph in 2018. Optician editor Chris Bennett explains how the entry process is taking shape

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In focus: Halloween CLs

This Halloween cosmetic contact lenses again ghosted their way onto market stalls and joke shops – posing a challenge to trading standards and eye care professionals alike. Joe Ayling reports

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Contact lens prescribing

Now in its 22nd year, Professor Philip Morgan reports on the 2017 Eurolens Research survey of UK contact lens prescribing

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More lenses on more eyes

What can contact lens educators do to help increase the number of contact lenses around the world? The 2017 Congress on Contact Lens Education, organised by the International Association of Contact Lens Educators held in Hyderabad, India in September, provided some answers

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High performance vision

Scientists and clinicians Xu Cheng, Thomas Maggio, Bart Johnson, Brian Pall and Chantal Coles-Brennan at Johnson & Johnson Vision help us understand what might be happening when a patient tells you things look sharper, brighter or clearer with their new contact lenses

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Finely tuned customer care

Shortlisted in two categories, Hammond and Dummer took home the Contact Lens Patient Engagement Optician Awards, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. Joe Ayling visits the Milton Keynes practice

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Timing is key to success

Optician Award winning contact lenses are often related and so it proved for the multifocal variant of Alcon’s Dailies Total1 lens

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Is campaigning enough?

The General Optical Council discussed the impact of its ‘Love Your Lenses’ contact lens awareness campaign during a quarterly meeting at its 10 Old Bailey headquarters. Joe Ayling reports

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BCLA: Science and celebrations

The 40th anniversary of the BCLA conference and exhibition saw contact lens luminaries and practitioners from around the world come together to shape the future of the sector. Optician reports from the exhibition

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Contact lens dropout

Our interactive CET on contact lens droput (Optician 2 June) was designed to encourage discussion of how to predict possible causes and to consider pre-emptive measures to minimise the risk of it happening. Bill Harvey discusses your responses

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In focus: CL aftercare

An alarming account this week of a 67-year-old patient who arrived for cataract surgery with a total of 27 contact lenses still in her eye, raises new questions about patient aftercare and compliance. Joe Ayling reports

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Event report: A tour de Force

Reaching the final of the CooperVision Force Student of the Year competition can mean a major leap forward towards a career in research. Optician reports on the 2017 final, held at the company’s Centre of Innovation in Budapest

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On top of their game

Communicating with students was on the timetable at a one-day meeting in Liverpool for contact lens educators and there was useful information to apply in practice too. Alison Ewbank reports

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Open door policy

To celebrate 70 years in the eye care business and herald the launch of its optometry scholarship programme Alcon threw open its doors last week