Understanding the cause of irreversible blindness in East Africa

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10 April 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Research into a common eye condition in East Africa which causes irreversible vision loss is receiving vital funding from the eye research charity Fight for Sight, in partnership with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth). Researchers aim to develop effective treatments for a condition known as Tanzanian Endemic Optic Neuropathy (TEON) based on the results from this study. Forty thousand

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GOC publishes new ‘Standards for Optical Businesses’

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10 April 2019
Source: General Optical Council

Today the General Optical Council (GOC) has published its new ‘Standards for Optical Businesses’, which will come into effect on 1 October 2019. Marcus Dye, Head of Standards and CET, said, “The new Standards will replace the current Code of Conduct for Businesses and set out our expectations of business registrants more clearly. They have been updated to maintain consistency

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Guide Dogs’ podcast – I See What You’re Saying

9 April 2019
Source: Guide Dogs

This humorous and insightful new four-part series delves deeper into what life is really like for people with sight loss. Celebrity hosts Alex Jones, Adrian Chiles, Sophie Thompson and Jeff Brazier each discuss one of life’s everyday aspects: love, family, friendship and parenting. They are joined by inspirational guests with varying degrees of vision impairment who talk honestly about the

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Visualise Training and Consultancy would like feedback from ‘Seeing Beyond the Eyes’ course delegates

Peter Black at Optrafair 2019

9 April 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

Following the release our ‘Seeing Beyond the Eyes’ report findings, I’d be very interested to hear of any changes you’ve made that are having a positive impact at visualisetrainingandconsultancy@outlook.com (please advise if you are happy for us to share on our website and social media and feel free to send photos). Here’s a link to the report – https://www.visualisetrainingandconsultancy.com/resources/sbe-project-findings/ We

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RNIB is raising concerns with Public Health England because their new report fails to highlight eye health.

9 April 2019
Source: NHS Networks

RNIB is raising concerns with Public Health England because their new report: A Menu of Interventions for Productive Healthy Ageing For pharmacy teams working in different settings makes no mention of eye health. Helen Lee, Policy and Campaigns Manager, is calling on the eye health sector to raise their concerns. Vision UK support this call and is very concerned about

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Royal Blind, Vacancy: Policy and Research Officer

8 April 2019
Source: Royal Blind

Services: Scottish War Blinded, Royal Blind Week Job Type: Marketing and Fundraising Location: Royal Blind, 50 Gillespie Crescent, Edinburgh EH10 4JB Salary: £25,948 – £28,725FTE Position: Part Time Hours: 21 hours per week Contact Phone: 0131 229 1456 (Option 1 then Option 2) Closing Date: 14/04/2019 Proposed Interview Date: 22/04/2019 Job Summary Scotland’s largest vision impairment organisation is seeking to

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College of Optometrists: Optical Workforce Survey

8 April 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists led stakeholders from across the sector to undertake a survey of the optical workforce. The Optical Workforce Survey gathered key information about optometrists and dispensing opticians to build a picture of current workforce levels and the issues that will impact on its future. This important work provided evidence to answer questions on the current and future

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Consultant ophthalmologist Sobha Sivaprasad wins 2019 Nettleship Medal for study highlighting superior alternative to established diabetic retinopathy treatment

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5 April 2019
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) is pleased to announce Sobha Sivaprasad, Consultant Opthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital and Editor of RCOphth’s scientific journal, Eye, as the winner of the 2019 Nettleship Medal after a decade long hiatus for the award. Mr Edward Nettleship was a renowned ophthalmologist known for his work with hereditary eye diseases. In 1901 a fund was

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AOP highlights 15.5% like-for-like pay gap between male and female optometrists

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4 April 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

To coincide with nationwide gender pay gap reporting, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is highlighting recent research which shows that on average women optometrists earn 15.5% less than men. The findings have come from the Association’s 2018 Optometrists’ Futures survey, conducted by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). Analysis of the survey data shows that when factors such as experience,

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ABDO College launch new Optical Assistant Course

4 April 2019
Source: ABDO

If you want a flexible way to train your support team, giving them a vital induction to the world of optics, you will want to know more about the new Optical Assistant course from ABDO College. Suitable for people who have just started working in optics, as well as those who have been in practice for some time and want

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