Travelling Blind

20 February 2019
Source: Traveleyes

We are proud to announce that Traveleyes Founder and Director Amar Latif will be presenting a brand-new travel documentary for the BBC. The BBC Two show – ‘Travelling Blind’ – is due to air at 8pm on 7 March 2019 and will be available on the BBC iPlayer shortly after. As a blind world traveller, Amar Latif has a thirst

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College of Optometrists: Consensus Statement Myopia Management

20 February 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

Myopia is a global problem. The rising prevalence and the risks of sight-threatening ocular pathology associated with myopia are well documented. On 15 June 2018, The College of Optometrists held a roundtable meeting to bring together clinicians, researchers and lead organisations across eye health, to consider the current evidence on childhood and adult myopia management. This consensus statement represents an

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BBC News: Gene therapy first to ‘halt’ AMD the most common cause of blindness

19 February 2019
Source: BBC News

A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt the most common form of blindness in the Western world. Surgeons injected a synthetic gene into the back of Janet Osborne’s eye in a bid to prevent more cells from dying. It is the first treatment to target the underlying

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Help shape future campaigns for Guide Dogs

18 February 2019
Source: Gudie Dogs

Guide Dogs are currently running a survey to find out what’s important to people with sight loss, their friends, families and anyone who supports them, so that together we can campaign for what matters most. Taking part in the survey gives you the opportunity to be part of shaping future campaigns that will support the way people experience and live

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Lesley Longstone appointed as permanent GOC Chief Executive and Registrar

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18 February 2019
Source: General Optical Council

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that its interim Chief Executive and Registrar, Lesley Longstone, has been appointed to the role permanently. Lesley, who joined the GOC on 17 September 2018, said, “I have really enjoyed my six months in the role and am delighted to be staying on a permanent basis. I will continue the work I

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Metro Blind Sport Physical Activity Survey 2019

18 February 2019
Source: Metro Blind Sport

London charity, Metro Blind Sport, is seeking to understand the levels of sport and physical activity participation of blind and partially sighted people in the UK. In addition, Metro Blind Sport is trying to identify the current barriers to participation and will use this insight to work with and advise key providers on how they can deliver more appealing, accessible

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HFT: New report “a red flag for the future of social care”, as providers warn cuts could soon be felt by vulnerable adults

18 February 2019
Source: HFT

The financial pressures crippling the social care sector could start to directly impact the vulnerable adults it supports, according to a newly published report, which shows the number of providers handing back contracts in the past 12 months has more than doubled. Independent research commissioned by Hft found that in 2018 more than half (59%) of providers had been forced

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Business Standards

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18 February 2019
Source: General Optical Council

Council approved publication of the new Standards for Optical Businesses, following the amendment to the standards to address feedback received from stakeholders during the consultation. The new Standards for Optical Businesses make clearer GOC expectations of business registrants and are necessary to reflect changes in  optical practice, recommendations from recent health enquiries, emerging technologies and the increased prevalence of multidisciplinary

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GOC suspends Hounslow based dispensing optician

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18 February 2019
Source: General Optical Council

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Jatinder Bhamra, a dispensing optician based in Heston, Hounslow from its register for a period of nine months. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found her fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct relating to the Registrant adding points to her personal

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College of Optometrists: Vacancy: Director of Policy and Strategy

18 February 2019
Source: The College of Optometrists

£80k (plus generous benefits package)   Contract:  Permanent Full- part-time: Full-time Closing date: 4 March 2019 The College of Optometrists has an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and skilled professional to deliver impact and change across eye care. This role will lead the College’s strategic planning, shape the thinking of opinion-formers and support our 16,000 members through guidance to deliver

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