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PHN's Opchat News Update
18th November 2015

PHN Opchat News Update

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As the year end rapidly closes in on 2015 it is a time for tying up loose ends and the closing of the CET cycle is of great importance to the professional worker.

That is why the College is reminding members that any optometrist who hasn’t met the GOC’s minimum requirements will be automatically removed from the register after 1 January, and will need to go through a restoration process to be reinstated. There is no grace period!

Another “Mission Accomplished” is the move from Harley Street to Farringdon for the GOC which held its first Council meeting there this month. See below for Council Report Headlines.

General News

The grand opening of optometrist Jude Edwards’ new practice in Bedford was an opportunity to share his excitement with the local community along with his new equipment arrival.

The twelve winners of the AOP Awards 2015 were announced on 5 November at a national awards ceremony in Birmingham. Run by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Professional Matters

The Optical Confederation has joined a worldwide call against the danger of unnecessary use of antibiotics.

DOCET launches The Ageing Eye: Refractive Correction for Older Patients

The College of Optometrists has recognised the achievements of the most talented researchers working in the field at its annual Diploma Ceremony at the Central Hall in Westminster, London

Optometrist David Parkins has been appointed as the newest member of the General Optical Council (GOC).

The College of Optometrists is inviting members to join its Council and help shape the future of the College and the profession.

GOC Council meeting includes: Fee rise for registration, CET Update, Changes to CET 2016 cycle requirements, CL Sellers voluntary code, whistle-blowing consultation period, and new GOC Standards. Full Report.

LOCs and AOCs

Somerset LOC still has places for its Study Day at the end of the month. Two well-known experts in the field of myopia, Prof Jez Guggenheim and Dr Nicola Logan will be presenting on “Myopia and Outdoor Play”, and “Myopia Control: the evidence for Optical Intervention”. 

RCOO President, Carrie MacEwen, led the way in the opening address to conference. Professor MacEwen presented an overview of the different models of eyecare in the UK.
We provide the full report and headlines on all speakers’ contributions.

New Products and services

For a special pair of spectacles that are perfect for the party season, look no further than the Stepper Exclusive 30015.

Following the remarkable success achieved in less than one year from the launch of its new eyewear collection in wood,

Essilor Sun Solution, the Essilor Group division dedicated to sun plano lenses, presents KOLOR UP™, a new brand and technology of sun lenses.

The highly acclaimed Miraflex range of children’s frames has been extended to include two new collections; Flexible & Fashion and Flexible & Light.

New addition to the range of glazed packages available from Southampton based Waterside Labs is the comprehensive Zips collection from multi-award winning British eyewear company Eyespace.

WestGroupe proudly introduce the FYSH UK fall 2015 collection; 6 new styles that encapsulate the effortlessly chic styling of FYSH.

This month, Silhouette eyewear introduced the impressive Crystal collections, a range of four beautifully crafted rimless eyewear collections, perfect for the festive season. The four collections are made up of three women’s collections and one for men.

Forthcoming Conferences, Exhibitions & Education 

With less than 20% of floor space left at 100% Optical next year and with new exhibitors and brands signing daily. It could be the right time for new exhibitors to throw their hat in the ring. Some of the new exhibitors to be seen next year are

Interest in the Student Eye Opener Conference, run by the Association of Optometrists (AOP), has demonstrated a thirst for knowledge amongst young optometrists, with 190 of the 210 places now taken. Still time to sign up.

Contact Lenses

The College of Optometrists and the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) have teamed up to offer dedicated contact lens sessions at Optometry Tomorrow 2016, the College’s two-day annual conference.

The BCLA announces a new event for 2016 - BCLA UK. Taking place on 12-13 June at the Belfry Hotel in the Midlands, this meeting will bring together UK eye care practitioners (ECP).


The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has launched a new website and identity to deliver greater value to members and subscribers of the AOP’s journal, Optometry Today (OT). 

Charity News

The Wiseman Memorial Fund has helped a group of Cardiff Optometry students to expand their horizons with a “Returning Vision To Moldova” trip.


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