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Women of Vision survey

In the first of two articles, Alison Ewbank reports on the findings of a major survey into women eye care practitioners in the workplace and their attitudes to their jobs and career.

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Chance of a lifetime

Specsavers' optical revolution is sweeping across Australia and New Zealand. Mike Hale explains how optical professionals in the UK can join it

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Crisis? What crisis?

Manpower and recruitment in optometry has been the subject of much debate over the years. This time it's the quality of new entrants that's at issue, along with a steep decline in the number of applicants, as Alison Ewbank reports

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Optics faces slump in student recruitment

An industry-wide campaign is urgently needed to raise the number and quality of applicants to optometry and dispensing courses, a meeting at London's City University heard this week.

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Starlight memories

Optometrist Susan Cowling performed in musical theatre for 10 years, dancing her way to Mexico and back before finding a calling in optics

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The Midlands

Looking for a job in the Midlands but not sure what kind of salary and benefits you can expect? Optician's salary survey reveals some facts and figures

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The South East

The latest part of the Optician salary survey looks at the South East region

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East Anglia

In the first of the regional breakdowns of the Optician salary survey, released in conjunction with Specsavers, Mike Hale crunches the numbers for East Anglia

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Optics rides the waves of recession

Optrafair 2009 presented an excellent chance for optical staff at all levels looking for new career opportunities to meet the leading recruitment consultancies under one roof. Perry Thakrar reports

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Blood of a Viking

At weekends Dr Glyn Walsh, senior lecturer, programme organiser (dispensing) and registered optometrist at Glasgow University's Department of Vision Sciences, often goes by the more imposing title of Magnus the Viking. Alex Thomas reports

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The only way is up

A new series looking at the after hours activities of optical folk begins with a familiar face from the Optician Ironman team

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The Complete Optometric Assistant

Aspiring assistants take note. Karen Clegg enthuses about a book for frontline staff which should occupy a quite unique place on the bookshelf

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Lost opportunity

Marvyn Slater, who retired from practice in 2003, reflects on his career and gives his opinion of where optometry went wrong

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Escape to the country

Following on from last month's focus on the West Country, Mike Hale puts optical opportunities in East Anglia under the microscope

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Go west, young optom!

For aspiring optometrists and dispensing opticians qualifying is only the start of their lives in optics. Once they have negotiated four years of undergraduate study, a further year pre-registration, passed countless exams and most likely incurred crippling loans, the next step is to successfully apply for a job – and anyone thinking this is the easy part is behind the times.

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Should I go it alone?

Tina Romanay describes the role of the locum optometrist and some points that are worth considering before going down this employment path