david blunkett to chair charity collaborations

David Blunkett To Chair Charity Union To Help Prevent Blindess

Following the decision of three charities involved in working towards preventing blindness, David Blunkett, the former Labour home secretary, has agreed to work for the organisations as an independent chairman.
contact lens warnings

Warning On Illegal Contact Lens Sales

Warnings are being spread regarding the sale and purchase of contact lenses from illegal and unregulated suppliers and stores. Trading standards offices from around the UK are attempting to make this warning common knowledge to consumers who may not realise that this form of cosmetic eye wear may in fact cause problems with their sight by wearing them
optical confederation the voice of uk optics

Optical Confederation Releases Document On NHS Choices Website

Following the recent upgrade to the NHS Choices website which allows patients and eye care practitioners to interact regarding their experience and treatment, the Optical Conf
age related macular drug avastin withdrawn

Macular Degeneration Drug Avastin Pulled

Following an investigation into Avastin due to reports of eye infections in Florida, the US Department of Veterans Affairs has ceased the use of the drug which has been commonly used to treat age-related macular degeneration.
youtube clip filmed by the clinical skills centre

Dust Video Clip Available On YouTube

Thanks to the Clinical Skills Centre in Dundee, practitioners can now watch a video clip showing how to discover tobacco dust during an eye examination that was previously reserved only for course material.
optrafair 2012

Beware Of Rogue Exhibition Company Posing As Organisers Of Optrafair

The Association of Event Organisers are attempting to make all potential exhibitors to the optical show Optrafair to be on guard, as a rogue company, trading from Mexico, is beginning to tie in customers to contracts in the guise of the actual shows organisers.
retinal blinding conditions studies into stem cell treatment

New Study Into Treating Retinal Blinding Diseases

A new study has begun into stem cell treatments for retinal blindness diseases like Stargardt and Age Related Macular Degeneration. Following approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority, the Moorfields research centres around the use of retinal cells to safely treat theses conditions.
chicago world council of optometry

Date Set For WCO 2012 Conference in Chicago

The World Council of Optometry has announced that 24-26 June 2012 will see their next conference, "Advancing Optometry Worldwide" take place in Chicago, parallel to "Optometry's Meeting" by the American Optometric Association.
optrafair 2013 dates announced

2013 Dates Confirmed For Optrafair

After a fantastic 2011 show, Optrafair has announced that it will opening it's doors once again by confirming the dates for 2013. The optical exhibition will be held at Birmingham's NEC for companies of all shapes and sizes in the eye care world from the 13-15 April 2013. The popular event will again span over 3 days.
optometry courses popular proving popular in 2011

Optometry Courses Packed For New Term

With the new term in full swing and clearing completed, students up and down the country are getting themselves ready for the next 3-5 years of lectures, studying and essays as they begin the university year. It seems optometry has already struck a chord with latest intake with courses jam packed and oversubscribed everywhere.
sauflon contact lenses

Contact Lens Manufacturer Launches Silicone Hydrogel Lenses

The world's first silicone hydrogel contact lenses have been launched to much fanfare in London by Sauflon. The contact lens manufacturer was proud to show off it's new range of daily disposable lenses designed made from this substance which lists being highly permeable to oxygen as it's main selling point.
optical retail sees service as its main let down

Optical Consumer Complaints Service Cites Poor Service As Opticians Big Down Fall

The Optical Consumer Complaints Service has released it's annual report on the high and lows of optical retailers over the past 12 months and where local eye care specialists are doing well and the sectors that are under-performing. It seems the biggest bugbear the high street consumer has is over opticians' customer service and after care.