No doubt about it, 2020 has been awful. Describing it as ‘a year to forget,’ wouldn’t be right, but it shouldn’t be a year to dwell on either. As we go into 2021, there is reason for optimism and the sterling work optometry has done in the past 10 months should stand it in good stead for when the slightly different version of normality returns.

It’s about this time of year when Optician likes to consider the industry news and events of the past 12 months, but given the reality of 2020, we wanted to do something different.

Back in January 2000, a time when the millennium bug was the most pressing concern of the time, Optician took some time to consider what the industry might look like in 2020. A brave selection of writers opined on how the next two decades would unfold. Optician has made the Vision 2020 supplement available via the following link: https://bit.ly/384YFRz.

Overall, the predictions weren’t too bad, but in a similar way to how the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II depicted the year 2015 as a time filled with hoverboards and flying cars, things didn’t quite pan out as expected. Nobody called a global pandemic, either.

So instead of dwelling on 2020, Optician is looking to the next 20 years with a Future of Optics special issue, reviewing the same sectors as 2000 and gazing into our crystal balls to the year 2040.

The impact of Covid-19 is hard to predict and equally difficult to ignore. It can’t be dismissed as a blip, with everything falling back into place again once everyone is vaccinated. So much has changed in just a few months, but every single part of the industry has the same thing – opportunity. Make 2021 and beyond the time when you realise your potential.

On behalf of the entire Optician team, I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy festive season.