Macular Society receives £120,000 Lottery grant for Scotland

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17 January 2020
Source: Macular Society

Leading sight loss charity the Macular Society is set to expand its services in Scotland after receiving a £120,000 grant from the National Lottery. The Society has been awarded the funding from The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland to help it provide practical and emotional support to people with macular disease all over the country for the next three years.

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GOC issues withdrawal notice to University of Portsmouth Master of Optometry programme

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16 January 2020
Source: General Optical Council

The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced the withdrawal of provisional approval from the University of Portsmouth’s Master of Optometry programme from 10 January 2020. Education institutions require approval for their qualifications to be recognised for the purposes of GOC registration. This follows on from a notice of intention to withdraw, which was issued on 9 December 2019. The university

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Fight for Sight Launches ‘20 Voices’ Campaign to Highlight Personal Impact of Sight Loss

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14 January 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Eye research charity Fight for Sight is today launching the ’20 voices for 2020′ campaign, sharing the stories of 20 people whose lives have been impacted by sight loss. The campaign hopes to raise awareness of the personal impact of sight loss in the UK and the possibilities of science to make a difference. Fifteen-year-old Rose Roberts is lending her

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GOC Draft Strategic Plan 2020-2027 Consultation

14 January 2020
Source: GOC

The General Optical Council is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Our purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians. This consultation seeks stakeholder views on their draft strategic plan, which describes what they plan to do over the next six years from April 2020. In developing the

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100% Optical 2020, Secure Your Points Over The Weekend

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14 January 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

Taking place on 25-27 January 2020, at London ExCeL, this year’s 100% Optical will offer a comprehensive educational programme, delivered by the Association of Optometrists (AOP). Over the three-day event, delegates will have access to a wide range of education, exhibitors and thought-provoking talks from leading industry speakers. A series of CET-accredited sessions will also take place in the AOP

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WCSM: Travel Award Scheme 2019/20

13 January 2020
Source: Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers

The Travel Award Scheme for ophthalmologists in training was launched in 2017, offering awards of up to £1,000 each to help with the costs of presenting research findings at national and international conferences and extending the Trust’s reach to ophthalmology. The 2019/20 Travel Award Scheme is now open for applications. Payments will be made in late April/May 2020.  The guidance

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Which?: Disabled passengers failed by poor airport accessibility services

13 January 2020
Source: Which?

A survey of disabled people commissioned by Which? Travel found that lack of confidence in accessibility services has left almost half feeling that their disability has restricted their ability to fly in the last two years. Those who do fly are often enduring long waits for special assistance and, in some cases, are even at risk of harm because of

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Vision Foundation, Vacancy: Interim Chief Executive

10 January 2020
Source: Vision Foundation

Could you be the one to lead Vision Foundation through the next 10 months? The past year has seen a huge amount of change at the Vision Foundation, with the launch of a new strategy, new name and brand and review of funding priorities. With our current CEO heading off on maternity leave very soon we are looking to recruit

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Latest HSIB report highlights ‘devastating’ impact of delays and pressure on national glaucoma services

10 January 2020

Delays to follow-up appointments for glaucoma patients leaves them at risk of sight loss, warns our new report. The report highlights the case of a 34-year old woman who lost her sight as a result of 13 months of delays to follow-up appointments. National issue Lack of timely follow-up for glaucoma patients is a recognised national issue across the NHS.

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RNIB Seeking Research Participants: Developing enjoyable and engaging Audio Description (AD) for Virtual Reality and 360 Videos

8 January 2020
Source: RNIB

RNIB Seeking Research Participants: Developing enjoyable and engaging Audio Description (AD) for Virtual Reality and 360 Videos Are you a blind or partially sighted person who would like to help make virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree videos more accessible? If so, we would love to hear from you! What is the study about? A growing number of formats are now

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