The glitz and glamour of the prestigious Optician Awards this Christmas will be just the tonic for the UK optical industry after this most challenging of years.

After Covid-19 related postponements in April and September, the leading lights of the profession will gather for the rescheduled ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel London on Saturday, December 12.

Optician has once again pulled out all of the stops this year to secure a very special host whose identity will be revealed in the run up to the event. The Optician Awards is the biggest party night of the optical calendar with the names of the winners revealed at a glittering black-tie bash in front of over 500 guests. Tickets are open
to all and can be purchased at www.opticianawards.com.

Groups of judges gathered in London earlier this year to deliberate over the 16 categories up for grabs. This year’s incarnation includes new supporters and new categories, with the first ever outing for the Social Media Practice of the Year Award. The 2020 event also includes new sponsors in the shape of Optos for the Technology Practice of the Year Award and Midland Eyecare for the Family Practice of the Year. They join longer term sponsors Alcon, Asda Opticians, CooperVision Hoya, Johnson & Johnson and Vivid Optical who Optician thanks for their continued support.

Optician would like to thank the 200 plus entrants who embarked on the awards journey with us this year and completed the 1,000-word entry and provided supporting material. This also created a hefty workload for our judging panels. Optician would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work.

This year’s black-tie presentation ceremony will be themed around the 1990s and include a range of entertainment, plus the special host. The evening will start with a reception before the 500 plus guests enjoy a sumptuous three course dinner. The presentation of the trophies will follow the theme of the night. Once the trophies have been presented there will be dancing to some of the best 1990s tunes and the chance to enjoy some other 1990s fun.

The Optician Awards presentation night is a celebration of optics and you do not need to be on a shortlist to attend. To secure your ticket at the event go to www.opticianawards.com.

Roll of Honour: Optician Awards nominee shortlists 2020

Contact Lens Practice of the Year sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision

  • Hammond and Dummer
  • Specsavers, Worcester
  • Tompkins Knight & Son
  • Specsavers, Derby

Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year sponsored by Alcon

  • Mark Darling, Mark Darling Eyecare
  • Iain Johnson, Maloney Opticians
  • Lisa Pipe, Parley Optometrists
  • Bhavin Shah, Central Vision Opticians

Contact Lens Product of the Year

  • Mark’ennovy, MYLO
  • Visioneering Technologies, NaturalVue Multifocal 1 Day
  • Menicon, Miru 1 day Flat Pack
  • Johnson & Johnson Vision, Accuvue Oasys with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology

Dispensing Optician of the Year sponsored by Asda Opticians

  • Zoe Anderson, Eden Eyecare
  • Lynsey Arguello, Broadhurst Optometrists
  • Jane Carol Cohen, G&G Optometrists
  • Suzana Gorda, Taylor-West and Co Opticians
  • Russel Ham, Specsavers Newport

Enhanced Optical Service Award

  • Probert and Williams Eyecare
  • Robert Frith Optometrists, Yeovil
  • Appleson Optometrists
  • Parley Optometrists

Fashion Practice of the Year

  • Park Vision
  • Station Road Opticians
  • Rachel Murray Eyecare
  • Style Optique (formerly Mincher-Lockett & Co Opticians)
  • Broadhurst Optometrists

Independent Practice of the Year sponsored by Hoya

  • Benjamin Opticians
  • Liverton Opticians
  • Davies & Jones Optometrists
  • Robinson Optometrists
  • Linklaters Optometrists
  • Barnham Opticians

Frame of the Year

  • Gotti, DC06 Space
  • ASDA Opticians, Bioeyes
  • Bird, Luna
  • l.a. Eyeworks, Garcia
  • Cutler and Gross, 1355
  • Sea2See, Positano (Henry Beaumont Eyewear)
  • Aspinal of London, Deauville
  • (Eyespace Eywear)

Lens Product of the Year

  • Carl Zeiss, a Vision SmartLife
  • Essilor, AVA
  • Hoya, MySelf
  • Hoya, visuReal Master Mirror

Multiple Practice of the Year

  • Specsavers, Melton Mowbray
  • Boots Opticians, Exmouth
  • Specsavers, Bicester

Optical Assistant Team of the Year

  • Allegro Optical
  • Robinson Optometrists
  • Henshaws Patient Support Service, Henshaws Society for Blind People
  • Glass & Glass Optometrists
  • BBR Optometry
  • Specsavers, Bicester

Optical Supplier of the Year

  • BIB Ophthalmic Instruments
  • Optos
  • Eyewear Styling Academy
  • Eyespace Eyewear
  • Bondeye Optical

Optometrist of the Year sponsored
by CooperVision

  • Mark Simpson, Allister and Simpson Opticians
  • Dr Keyur Patel, Tompkins Knight and Son Optometrists
  • Dr Rohit Narayan, Anstee & Proctor Opticians, Aston Univeristy
  • Munirali Haji, Dickens Eye Clinic
  • Pretty Basra, Edwards and Walker Opticians

Social Media Practice of the Year

  • Urquhart Opticians, Kilmarnock
  • Tompkins Knight and Son Optometrists
  • Station Road Opticians
  • The Eye Establishment
  • BBR Optometry

Technology Practice of the Year sponsored by Optos

  • Tenterden Opticians, Hearing & Eye Clinic
  • Central Vision Opticians
  • Hammond and Dummer Bespoke Opticians
  • Parley Optometrists
  • Buchanan Optometrists

The Family Optician of the Year sponsored by Midland Eyecare

  • Barnham Opticians
  • Valli Opticians
  • Planit Opticians
  • Clear View Opticians
  • Observatory the Opticians
  • Romsey Eyecare