Specsavers partners with road safety charity Brake to sponsor UK Road Safety Week 2019

2 August 2019
Source: Brake

This year, Road Safety Week will take place between 18-24 November and will focus on the theme of ‘Step up for Safe Streets’. Brake and Specsavers will be urging everyone to ‘step up’ and do their bit for road safety, with a focus on encouraging people to learn about, shout about and celebrate the design solutions that can enable everyone

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RNIB Scotland: Edinburgh Restaurant Introduces Revolutionary Audio-Menu for diners with sight loss

1 August 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

Edinburgh restaurant, The Huxley, has launched an audio-menu for blind and partially sighted customers in partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland. The idea for the audio-menu was initiated by a Signature Pubs employee, Kirsty Cameron. Whilst volunteering with RNIB Scotland, Kirsty learned that dining out can often be an intimidating experience for those with sight loss.

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Galloways, Vacancy: Sight Loss Advisor

1 August 2019
Source: Galloways

Salary: £21,000 (FTE) Reports to: Service Manager Responsible for: Volunteers Location: Preston, Howick House Hours: Full Time Contract Type: Permanent Closing date for applications: 19th August at 10am Interview Date: Wednesday 28th August (Preston) Overall Purpose of Job To provide a person-centred service to people affected by sight loss through the provision of supportive and empowering services. This includes impartial

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The Macular Society’s professional conference aims to reduce fear and isolation in newly-diagnosed patients

31 July 2019
Source: Macular Society

The Macular Society’s fourth annual professional conference, Experts in Macular Disease, is set to take place in October. The event aims to encourage those in the sector to work together in order to reduce feelings of fear and isolation in patients by improving their experience upon diagnosis. At the event, a patient panel will share their stories and discuss the

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The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has launched an on-going series of CET webinars for members.

31 July 2019
Source: ABDO

ABDO’s head of CET Alex Webster says, “We are excited to be able to offer interactive CET that members can access in a new way, without having the expense and time associated with travel to and from an event. Each month we will host a new CET-approved webinar enabling members who complete the session to gain 1 interactive CET point.”

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Visionary’s Annual Conference Exhibition

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27 July 2019
Source: Visionary

Exhibiting at Visionary’s Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity to network with Visionary members and to showcase your organisation’s work across the sight loss sector. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to interact with delegates, discuss the work they are doing, and how their work and products could be of use locally to sight loss organisations and/or blind and partially sighted

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GOC erases Surrey based dispensing optician

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27 July 2019
Source: General Optical Council

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Michael Bowles, a dispensing optician based in Surrey, from its register. He will now be unable to practise as a dispensing optician in the UK. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct relating to

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Researchers use artificial intelligence to improve diagnosis and treatment of birdshot uveitis

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25 July 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is funding research by scientists from universities and hospitals in Birmingham and London using artificial intelligence to extract ‘hidden’ information from retinal images of patients with a rare eye condition called birdshot uveitis. Their goal is to enable earlier diagnosis and more precise monitoring of changes in the eye linked with the condition – helping to protect

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Dept of Health and Social Care: Open consultation Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s

24 July 2019
Source: The Dept. of Health and Social Care

The Dept. of Health and Social Care want your views on proposals to help people live healthier, happier lives for longer. This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 14 October 2019 Consultation description DOHSC seeking your views on proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England. We know that our health is shaped by the environment in which

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Eye: Failing to plan and planning to fail. Can we predict the future growth of demand on UK Eye Care Services?

24 July 2019
Source: Eye

John Cameron Buchan, Paul Norman, Darren Shickle, Andrew Cassels-Brown & Carrie MacEwen The major ophthalmic diseases of public health concern in the UK are cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy (DR) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Older age is a major risk factor for each of these conditions, and expansion of treatment options has increased the resource allocation necessary per case. Hence

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