AOP calls for halt to optometry degree apprenticeships

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13 February 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is calling for a halt on the current proposal for optometry degree apprenticeships until the profession’s serious concerns are addressed. Skills for Health recently released a Q&A document saying the trailblazer group would continue work on the proposal. The AOP contacted the group, Skills for Health and the Institute for Apprenticeships in late January –

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AOP Voice of Optometry survey opens with new charity incentive

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6 February 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has lauched the fourth Voice of Optometry survey – an annual questionnaire that raises the profile of optometry and eye health. Optical professionals are given a unique opportunity to share their views and experiences of working in the sector. Results are then used by the AOP to promote positive stories in the media that increase

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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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Be kind to your eyes – 20/20 is the year to start

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27 December 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

Choose eye health for your New Year’s resolution and make it the one you won’t break    A fifth (21%) have not had a sight test within the last two years[i] but regular checks protect sight by making sure eye conditions are picked up and treated early. Over one million people in the UK are living with avoidable sight loss.[ii]  As

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AOP research shows tougher laws still needed on vision for driving

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18 November 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is encouraging optical professionals across the sector to support this year’s Road Safety Week (18-24 November 2019) by sharing it’s ‘Don’t swerve a sight test’ campaign resources. The call comes in response to the AOP’s most recent Voice of Optometry survey findings which reveal an increase in the number of motorists being asked to stop

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New AOP guidance sheds light on over-referrals

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12 November 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has produced new guidance and a helpful infographic to explain why some eye diseases have high levels of ‘false positive’ referrals of patients to hospital. The guidance, The truth about ‘false positive’ referrals, shows that optometrists in community practice are already very good at identifying low prevalence diseases, such as glaucoma. But they could cut

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GOC pilot of new triage process welcomed

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19 September 2019
Source: General Optical Council

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the latest announcement from the General Optical Council (GOC) launching a four-month pilot of an enhanced triage process. The new process will enable them to close cases earlier, where there is no risk to the public. AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman, said: “It is reassuring to see that the GOC is taking a more

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Optometry Today and AOP launch Optometry student guide

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13 September 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

Insight and advice for students beginning their optometry journey Optometry Today (OT) and the Association of Optometrists (AOP) will be launching a new Optometry student guide outlining the steps from university to qualification, at freshers’ fairs this September. Bringing together helpful advice, resources, career options and tips to practise confidently, the guide is produced to help students make the most

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AOP responds to Fake Britain on counterfeit contact lenses

16 August 2019
Source: AOP

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the report from Fake Britain, broadcast on 14 August 2019, which raised awareness of the risks to consumers who have been unknowingly sold counterfeit contact lenses. In the UK, contact lenses can be supplied only under the supervision of a registered eye care or medical practitioner but we are aware that some online outlets

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AOP: Why an eye examination should make the back to school checklist

15 August 2019

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is urging parents to add an eye test to their back to school checklist. More common ‘to do’s’ such as a new uniform, pencil case, haircut, school shoes may seem enough but an eye test is one vital, but often overlooked, check that can make a lasting impact. More than one in 10 children, in

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