Perspectives of AMD

This episode of Talking Optics looks at age-related macular degeneration from three different angles.


BCLA Neil Retallic: Growth and regulations of contact lenses

Podcast Talking Optics hosts British Contact Lens Association president Neil Retallic to share pandemic challenges, myopia management growth and regulation on sales of contact lenses over the internet


Online refraction with easee

Talking Optics sits down with Yves Prevoo, founder of the online refraction platform, easee


Sustainability: The optical industry response

When it comes to sustainability, the optical industry has been slower than many in mobilising its response. But that's changing. Sustainable production, carbon footprint reduction, environmentally friendly materials are now all part of the landscape.


Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Talking Optics takes a look at how to get the best from social media with specialist consultant Paul Sutton and Urquhart Opticians, back to back winners of the Social Media Practice of the Year at the 2020/2021 Optician Awards

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Founded as Care UK in 1982 and rebranded as Practice Plus Group in 2020, we’re proud to provide a wider range of specialist care than any other private healthcare organisation in the UK.

We treat NHS and private patients, and work out of several specialist locations around the UK. Our services include hospitals and surgical centres, GP practices, NHS walk-in centres, GP out-of-hours, prison healthcare, and diagnostic facilities. We also pride ourselves on delivering one of the country’s leading ophthalmology services and run a number of NHS 111 call centres.

With more than one million patients assessed, diagnosed, and treated by Practice Plus Group every year, we’re proud to count ourselves as one of the leading healthcare providers in the UK.



We opened our first Optical department in ASDA in 2000, since then we have grown to have 156 practices in all 4 nations of the UK.

We employ over 350 Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Contact Lens Opticians and over 1400 Optical advisors. Our mission is to save our patients money, so they can live better by ensuring that we offer affordable and accessible eye care services and products without compromising on quality, care or service.

Our unique single pricing structure means that your patients get everything they clinically need included in the price, whether that be high index lenses, varifocals, tints. anti-reflective or scratch resistant coatings. This means that you can focus on what you do best, looking after your patients, ensuring they have the right vision solution for them and they don’t have to worry about hidden costs.

Our extended opening hours also mean that it is not only convenient for our patients to fit around their busy lifestyles but also means we can offer flexible working arrangements for our colleagues too.

If you are interested in finding our more or want to see what roles we currently have available go to https://www.asda.jobs/roles/optical/


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We are the link between your clinic and frame adaption services. Our role is to assist you in providing exceptional eyecare to individuals that need a little extra help to fully benefit from the frames in your collection.

We are proudly introducing our dedicated go to centre for all your ptosis prop needs. From advice and guidance, through to professional fitting and complete customer aftercare. You and your clients will benefit from our knowledgeable team, on hand to guide you through the options.

Easy to access ordering and complete peace of mind with our non-tolerance exchange policy make us the number one for your adaptive services.

You can find us here https://www.speccareservices.co.uk/ptosis-props



Insight Optical Training offers a range of training options for support staff working in optician/optometry practices, hospital eye departments, and private ophthalmology or laser clinics. These include both face-to-face and online options:

  • Courses
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  • Short-courses
  • Workshops
  • Compliance training (health and safety, GDPR, etc)
  • CET & CPD for professional staff

If you have specific requirements, then you can contact us about bespoke training, as well as Learning and Development (L&D) consultancy.

Why we are different: Most of our courses can be started at any time of the year, with no strict weekly timetable. We offer a range of resources, not just a boring pdf document and you will be supported by experienced personal tutors.

Who we work with – NHS Education for Scotland, SightCare, Optical Suppliers Association, Association of Healthcare Trainers. Our qualifications are endorsed by NCFE.

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Marcolin is a worldwide leading company in the eyewear industry founded in 1961 in the heart of the Veneto district. It stands out for the unique ability to combine craftsmanship with advanced technologies through the constant pursuit of excellence and continuous innovation. The portfolio includes the house brands Web, Marcolin and Viva and the licensed brands, Tom Ford, Guess, adidas Sport, adidas Originals, Bally, Moncler, Max Mara, Sportmax, Ermenegildo Zegna, Longines, OMEGA, GCDS, Barton Perreira, Tod's, Emilio Pucci, BMW, Swarovski, Dsquared2, MAX&Co., Diesel, Covergirl, Kenneth Cole, Timberland, GANT, Harley-Davidson, Marciano, Skechers and Candie’s.

Through its own direct network and global partners, Marcolin distributes its products in more than 125 countries.