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Confusion as services expand

Optical practices in England have this week set out on the road to recovery, but conflicting guidance and position statements have overshadowed the return to work. Simon Jones reports

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GOC to probe Specsavers video

A video leaked on social media appearing to show a Specsavers practice running normally under lockdown has been met with widespread disapproval. Simon Jones reports

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BCLA's new chief executive

Yiannis Kotoulas talks to Luke Stevens-Burt, the BCLA’s recently appointed chief executive, about his plans for the association

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Faking it

Simon Jones looks at the rise of fake optical news and how to combat it when dealing with staff and patients

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In focus: Commissioning Cues

Richard Whittington and Zoe Richmond tell Andrew McClean how Locsu developed Cues to help practitioners deliver emergency and urgent eye care services during Covid-19

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In focus: AIO manifesto

Christian French tells Andrew McClean about the AIO’s manifesto for a national system of eye care provision

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Post-pandemic manifesto

A manifesto for the future of eye care services has been launched in anticipation of a backlog of patients requiring treatment after coronavirus. Andrew McClean reports on how the AIO thinks primary care optometry can help

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Testing times for the OFNC

A letter from the OFNC in response to the government’s decision to freeze GOS sight testing fees shows an increasingly fractious relationship. Simon Jones reports

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In focus: Surviving the crisis

The independent opticians’ business association, SightCare, hosted a webinar to discuss the future of optometry in relation to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Yiannis Kotoulas reports

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Tackling coronavirus together

A network has been set up to provide guidance and support to optometrists during the coronavirus situation. Andrew McClean speaks to Imran Hakim about what strategy practices should adopt

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The Worshipful Company

Ian Davies looks at the history, purpose and function of a livery company that has been at the core of UK eye care for nearly four centuries

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Feedback: Trauma interactive

Bill Harvey and Stanley Keys offer feedback on our recent interactive CET exercise looking at the best approach to managing ocular trauma presenting in primary care practice (C74535)

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Multiple responds to Radio 4

A recent Radio 4 consumer report claimed Optical Express patients felt pressured into having procedures. Andrew McClean looks at the fake news fall out

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In focus: Value for the future

The General Optical Council wants to become more agile in its work. Andrew McClean reports on its plans detailed in the latest public meeting