The best Varilux progressive lens ever* Powered by artificial intelligence, for instant sharpness even in motion.** * As reported in Essilor R&D simulations – 2022 – calculation based on lenses measurements weighted by the level of importance of each criteria for progressive lenses declared by users (Quantitative Consumer study - Ipsos - Q1 2022 - BR/FR/IT/UK/US - n=4000 progressive lens wearers). ** Varilux® XR series™ – in-life consumer study - Eurosyn – 2022 – France (n=73 progressive lens wearers). © Essilor International – July 2023 – Essilor® and Varilux® XR Series™, are trademarks of Essilor International. Frames: Persol®, Oliver Peoples®
Vision Now November 2023 1
THE LENS TO START IN AND STAY IN
Contact your Alcon® representative to find out more.
LONG-LASTING COMFORT 1
EASE OF HANDLING1
Reference: 1. Cummings S, Giedd B, Pearson C. Clinical performance of a new daily disposable spherical contact lens. Optom Vis Sci. 2019;96:E-abstract 195375.
See instructions for use for wear, care, precautions, warnings, contraindications and adverse effects. 08/22 UKIE-PR1-2200026 2 Vision Now November 2023
15043 © 2022 Alcon Inc
PRE- AND POST-FIT SUPPORT
Vision Now magazine is published by Peekay Publishing Ltd for The PK National Eyecare Group Ltd, the UK’s largest purchasing group for independent opticians. Edito r: Nicky Collinson BA (Hons) firstname.lastname@example.org Features Contributor: Joan Grady email@example.com Business Editor: Philip Mullins FBDO firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Editor: Stacey Potter BA (Hons) www.spottcreative.co.uk
NEWS 4 Next generation smart glasses 7 New soft contact lens range 9 Myopia study results shared 11 Joint statement on bullying 13 10th anniversary celebrations 14 New chair for BCLA
As Vision Now went to press, the General Optical Council (GOC) released a joint statement pledging to tackle the significant levels of bullying, harassment and discrimination that exist in the profession – as unearthed by its 2023 Registrant Workforce and Perceptions Survey.
23 100% Optical preview Show plans afoot 24 Net Zero Optics Inaction “the greatest threat of all” 27 Members in focus A progressive partnership
f the 3,932 professionals to respond to the survey, a shocking 41 per cent had experienced harassment, bullying or abuse at work from patients and service users, their relatives, or other members of the public within the preceding 12 months. This compares with (just) 28 per cent in a 2022 NHS Staff Survey. While it’s good to see the sector leads coming together on the issue, it will be interesting to hear precisely what measures they plan to put in place to action their new “zero-tolerance approach” – and promote a safer and more positive working environment for all.
Turning to the environment, we have some strong messages this month for those yet to ramp up their sustainability journey in business. In his column, Phil Mullins reminds us that ‘every little helps’ and even small changes can make a difference when done collectively. Having now joined the Net Zero Optics Programme, NEG is leading by example – and encouraging its members to do the same.
14 An independent view 19 Developing thoughts 28 Style spotlight 30 Suppliers’ directory
You will have read about the Net Zero Optics Programme in Vision Now before, but we are here to refresh you in the ways it can support your practice to achieve sustainability through carbon accounting and off-setting, whilst making the most of the marketing and PR opportunities that certification will bring to the business. Turn to page 24 to hear from the Net Zero Optics team – and from some of the practitioners who have joined the programme already.
Nicky Collinson Editor
www.nationaleyecare.co.uk VISION NOW is published by Peekay Publishing Ltd for The PK National Eyecare Group Limited, Clermont House, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3DN VISION NOW is printed by CFH Docmail Ltd. St Peter’s Park, Wells Road, Radstock BA3 3UP
The Editor welcomes letters, articles and other contributions for publication in the magazine and reserves the right to amend them. Any such contribution, whether it bears the author’s name, initials or pseudonym, is accepted on the understanding that its author is responsible for the opinions expressed in it and that its publication does not imply that such opinions are those of The PK National Eyecare Group Ltd. Articles submitted for publication should be original, unpublished work and are accepted on the basis that they will not be published in any other journal. Acceptance of material for publication is not a guarantee that it will be included in any particular issue. Copyright © 2023 for Peekay Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying and recording, without the written permission of the publishers. Such written permission should also be obtained before any part of this publication is stored in a retrieval system of any nature.
Vision Now November 2023 3
Want to feature in VN?
Email the editor at: email@example.com
Next generation Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses
EssilorLuxottica and Meta Platforms have introduced their next generation of Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses featuring 21 styles, colours and lens variations. The first eyewear to offer live-streaming and Meta AI built-in, the frames have a higher quality camera and improved audio and microphone systems – all paired with a more intuitive app and charging case. Exclusive to the US at launch, the Meta AI feature enables wearers to use the voice prompt ‘Hey Meta’ to receive general information such as directions or playlist suggestions and control features on the glasses. The camera has gone from 5MP to an ultrawide 12MP – and discreet open-ear speakers now have increased bass response and noise suppression. Each pair has five built-in microphones to support seamless switching between music and calls, while still allowing the wearer to hear the ambient sound of their surroundings. “We’re incredibly proud to collaborate with Meta to build this nascent category from the ground up,” said Rocco Basilico, chief wearables officer for EssilorLuxottica. “The new Ray-Ban Meta collection is in a league of its own with features that have never fit inside a pair of glasses before.” They are available in Wayfarer, Wayfarer Large and a new Headliner style in prescription, sun, clear, polarised or Transitions lenses.
British Contact Lens Association Sponsored by Menicon, a British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) webinar on 15 November will review the various indications for medical use of contact lenses and how different lens modalities work. Titled ‘Medical use of contact lenses’, the webinar will be delivered by Dr Karen Carrasquillo and Kellen Riccobono, who will examine when and how to fit
contact lenses for medical lenses, and the importance of patient education and compliance. Dr Carrasquillo is senior vice president of clinical and professional affairs at BostonSight, and an adjunct clinical professor at the New England College of Optometry and was named Most Influential
Woman in Optical, as an Innovator in Vision Monday 2021. Kellen Riccobono is a fellowship-trained therapeutic optometrist. Prior to working in private practice in Texas, she was a clinical professor at the New England College of Optometry and at the BostonSight PROSE clinic. The session is open to all, with one CPD point available to BCLA members. Register at www.bcla.org.uk
Optical Centre Supplies Now available from Optical Centre Supplies, the Eyerising Myopia Management Device uses repeated low-level red light therapy to stimulate blood flow in the ocular fundus to alleviate sclera hypoxia and control axial lengthening. Approved as a medical device by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority, the non-invasive, simple touchscreen device is designed for use at home with children aged from three to 16 years. Therapy involves looking into the device for three minutes twice a day, five days per week, with a minimum of four hours between sessions.
4 Vision Now November 2023
Eyerising Myopia Management Device
In a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial in China (Jiang Yu et al. Effect of repeated low-level red-light therapy for
myopia control in children: a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Ophthalmology 2022. 129.5:509-519), the device showed up to 87 per cent treatment efficacy. “The Eyerising Myopia Management Device is a powerful addition to the clinician’s myopia toolkit and now available in the UK,” said Kevin Gutsell of Optical Centre Supplies. “It enables earlier, proactive interventions and offers diverse treatment options. Standing as a potent adjunct therapy in the fight against myopia, it opens avenues for safer and more controlled management.”
OPTOPOL AND MEDMONT PACKAGE Combined Package price:
only £39,830 ex VAT
OCT Posterior and anterior
Biometry Axial length Topography Limbus to limbus, extensive CL database with new ‘click & fit’ software Dry Eye Analysis Meibography, TMH, TBUT, Scotopic and
Photopic Pupil Measurement, Limbal redness, Fluorescein Imaging and Video, Dry eye screening reports and more
Package includes: 1 x Revo FC, 1 x Biometry, 1 x Medmont Meridia Professional, 1 x Motorised Table, 1 x PC and Monitor
Optopol Revo FC OCT with Biometry FAST & ACCURATE – AS SIMPLE AS THE PRESSING THE START BUTTON
Medmont Meridia Professional TAKING AWAY THE GUESS WORK – FOR THE BEST FIT EVERY TIME When investing in a corneal topographer consider your biggest return on investment is specialist bespoke contact lenses including Ortho-k. So take the guess work out and provide your patients the best fit every time and minimise your non tolerances. Medmont Topographers, widely accepted as the gold standard. The only Placido Ring Topographer that measures from Limbus to Limbus providing far more real coverage and a standard deviation of less than 2μm providing unsurpassed accuracy.
Contact BiB on: 01438 740 823
www.bibonline.co.uk 8 x 6mm Open Placido type
Medmont Closed cone
Placido 13 x 11mm Vision Now November 2023 5
SOFT CONTACT LENSES FOR KERATOCONUS & IRREGULAR CORNEAS 6 Vision Now November 2023
publishing, product support and education outreach.
CooperVision has created a new Global Professional Affairs team headed up by Karen Walsh, who has been promoted to senior director. “ECPs are central to patient prescribing choices and influential advocates whose views and decisions shape the contact lens category,” said Simon Seshadri, senior vice president, Global Marketing and Life Cycle Management at CooperVision. “Establishing a singular, ECP-led Global Professional Affairs team will better inform our product development, commercialisation strategies, scientific
New division headed by Karen Walsh
“Working hand-in-hand with their regional professional affairs colleagues, Karen’s group will help CooperVision colleagues and our customers thrive as the eyecare and ocular health sectors evolve,” Simon added. Prior to joining CooperVision in 2021, Karen was an educator, researcher and author at the Centre for Ocular Research and Education at the University of Waterloo. After a decade working in clinical contact lens-focused practice, she also served with Johnson & Johnson Vision as professional affairs manager for the UK and Ireland.
Paul Smith’s Howitt sunglasses in Avio blue
Marchon The Paul Smith autumn/winter 2023 eyewear collection blends timelessness and versatility with the creativity the British designer is known for. Crafted in Italy from the highest-quality materials, each frame is designed to be unique, wearable and prescription-ready. Classic with a twist, the designer’s shapes boast unexpected details, while an Artist Stripe appears on every model as an iconic yet subtle mark of brand identity.
Unconventional soft contact lens range
Launching this autumn, Mencon’s new Niji soft contact lens range will support all patients, especially those with more complex corneal shapes and prescriptions. Rather than considering corneal curvature and diameter separately, the lens design considers the two parameters together to achieve a more suitable fit. Championing healthy, safe and comfortable lens wear, the silicone hydrogel lens has a high Dk, a low modulus and a water content of 74 per cent. It can also be fitted without using a topographer. It will be available in three different radius-diameter combinations, offering multiple sizes with six pairs of monthly lenses per pack.
Pictured is model PS23601S Howitt, a timeless square-shaped sunglass frame crafted in premium acetate. The Howitt features a new integrated metal hinge bearing the Paul Smith logo on the outer side and an enamelled Artist Stripe in low relief on the inner. The model is also available in transparent brown, and Havana hues.
BIB Ophthalmic Instruments The first of many planned CPD roadshows took place at Knebworth House and Barns on 17 October. “Organised with support from the Herts Local Optical Committee, the event was very well attended and provided a relaxed atmosphere in which to network, see the latest product innovations and receive CPD education courtesy of Jason Higginbotham,” said BIB’s Tim
Inaugural CPD roadshow success
Baker. Delegates engaged with all the partner companies represented including BIB, Bondeye, Optinet, FYEye Consulting, Eyerising and Abacus Finance. Due to
the event’s great success, BIB is planning further CPD roadshow events across the country, with dates and venues to follow soon. Vision Now November 2023 7
STEPPER (UK) Limited firstname.lastname@example.org steppereyewear.com 8 Vision Now November 2023 For UK frame availability, please consult website.
News Essilor Essilor’s Varilux XR series took home the Silmo d’Or award in the Vision category at the 2023 edition of Silmo Paris. This latest generation of progressive lenses goes beyond prescription and responds to the wearer’s visual behaviour predicted by artificial intelligence (AI) based on exclusive real-life data. The group’s researchers studied more than 6,500 consumers to enrich its understanding of presbyopes’ lifestyles and their visual challenges to create the lens that is said to provide instant sharpness even in motion. The company is currently staging a £1m consumer media campaign for the Varilux XR series lens – its biggest ever. The digital ad campaign runs until mid-November and takes in 46 high profile billboard sites across the UK – including London’s Piccadilly Circus. It’s also being shown on trains nationwide with 6,800 adverts spread along 15 different routes – as well as on YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn
Positive Impact Available in the UK from Positive Impact, NaturalVue Multifocal 1 Day Contact Lenses have been shown to be safe and effective in slowing down myopia progression in children. Visioneering Technologies, producer of the lens, recently presented one-year interim retrospective data of its threeyear PROTECT (PROgressive Myopia Treatment Evaluation for NaturalVue Multifocal Contact Lens Trial) which has participating investigators in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Varilux XR digital marketing asset
and Spotify. The target is for the ad to be seen more than 350 million times and to attract 700,000 visits to essilor.com/
Based on preliminary analysis of the one-year follow-up from 93 per cent of enrolled subjects in the trial, the treatment effect with NaturalVue Multifocal 1 Day Contact Lenses was 0.41D, or 69 per cent for refractive error, versus the control group. For axial length, the treatment effect was 0.17mm, or 59 per cent, versus the control group. VTI chief medical officer, Dr Ashley Tuan, commented: “It’s exciting to see that the preliminary one-year data validates our expectations of the safety and effectiveness of NaturalVue Multifocal Contact Lenses for
uk. It will highlight the key benefits of the lens, and signpost presbyopes to their local independent optician to try it.
Positive preliminary one-year results
paediatric patients. NaturalVue Multifocal 1 Day also provides clear vision for myopia correction and effectively slows myopia.” Download a factsheet summarising the findings to date at https://global.vtivision. com/practitioner/protect
Charmant The autumn/winter 2023 Art Deco-inspired Elle collection offers “a frame to match every occasion” – with vintage vibes and designer accents. The striking, high-quality acetate, TR90, metal and mixed material styles come in shades of rich brown, vibrant red rose tones and cool purple blues. Model EL13548 has unisex appeal and boasts several design highlights. The bold square front is made of TR90, while the metal temples, in contrast, are thin and feature an Art Deco-inspired stepped metal decoration. The style is available in new autumn tones of rose, purple and tortoise.
Elle model EL13548
Vision Now November 2023 9
HS T LO D C D tinLgISE ting N A priNnA le Rprin le E S UKSO ilabOUKU iGlaOb A C seER vaHseY loLvthOa oth l a a c c u u P T eAc&TkE o end& o I o o k h h c W tso e log rincgaas e log aR In- d sto In- d s c O r uP rat roinut erat o n n R y o e py n rpbol a n sCeOacorp lU sK ao i ila ! l ! a a i d oc do n our sounse uonuarv ces unon c! es o s r rhoocyk t pri aurnod t cperis -hrrona Pe ith y IPne t t ari w u wsi rea tnuarnro re p t t ick nd g ukictkur ngdrega u Q rs a uQic ea rsnad e Q rdrs e ord o d or
4, Bedwas Centre, Bedwas, Caerphilly, CF83 CF83 8DU 8DU UnitUnit 4, Bedwas BusinessBusiness Centre, Unit 4, Bedwas Bedwas, Business Caerphilly, Centre, CF83 Bedwas, 8DU Caerphilly, T: 02920 857| 122 F: 02920 580 | 860 E: email@example.com T: 02920 857 122 F: 02920 T:|02920 860 857 580 122 | 860 E:|firstname.lastname@example.org F: 02920 580 | E: email@example.com 10 Vision Now November 2023
News Menicon Menicon has been shortlisted in the 2023 Optician Awards for its Rose K family of contact lenses. Having won the Contact Lens Award last year for its Menicon Bloom treatment plan for childhood myopia, and Contact Lens Supplier of the Year in 2021, the company is hoping for another win when the awards take place in London next month. Menicon’s Rose K family offers an extensive range of customisable contact lens solutions with more than 180 designs to choose from. First developed by Dr Paul Rose in 1987, the range is now distributed in some 90 countries.
Contender for Optician Award
The latest addition, Rose K2 XL, was launched earlier this year to improve the vision of patients with oblate corneas. The contact lens manufacturer’s Rose K School provides a gateway to comprehensive training sessions, webinars and a likeminded community where eyecare practitioners can connect. Kevin Mitchell, managing director at Menicon UK, said: “We’re extremely honoured to be shortlisted for this award following our successful wins in 2021 and 2022. The future of the Menicon’s Rose K range is filled with exciting possibilities, and we look forward to introducing new advancements to our lenses in the near future.”
Marchon The new season eyewear designs from Marchon house-brand Skaga are the epitome of modern minimalism and Swedish functionality. With a history dating back to 1948, the brand originated from Småland among sparkling lakes and deep forests. Form and function are inextricably linked in the whole collection, featuring premium titanium, beta-titanium, 45 per cent plant-based resin, and responsible acetate. A rich colour palette made up of refined natural shades echoes the Scandinavian landscapes, while the iconic ‘S’ emblem is a symbol of style and quality. Our photograph shows SK3035 model Wilhelmina – a
General Optical Council The General Optical Council (GOC) has published a joint statement committing to a zero-tolerance approach to bullying, harassment, abuse and discrimination across all working environments. The signatories, including professional and membership bodies, agreed the statement in response to a meeting convened by the GOC to address its recently commissioned registrant survey, which showed significant levels of bullying, harassment, abuse and discrimination at work. Forty-one per cent of survey respondents reported having experienced harassment, bullying or abuse at work from patients and service users, their relatives, or other members of the public in the last 12 months; 18 per cent had experienced harassment, bullying or abuse from managers, and 16 per cent had experienced
Swedish minimalism designed by Skaga
minimalist, ultra-light style for women. Part of the Lab collection, it features an elegant, squared titanium front and temples with a rubber insert made of Flexon memory
metal. Silicone sleeves on the end tips add extra comfort to this model, available in an array of matte colourations, including black, light grey and mint.
this treatment from other colleagues; 24 per cent of respondents had experienced discrimination from patients and service users, their relatives, or members of the public. The most common form of discrimination was racial (44 per cent), followed by sex and age-based discrimination (both 32 per cent).
“The survey data shows that registrants with one or more protected characteristics were more likely to report experiencing bullying, harassment, abuse, and discrimination at work. In response to these findings, we will all work together to promote a safe and positive working environment for all members of the optical team. Discriminatory and unacceptable behaviours can have damaging effects on the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and teams, which in turn can impact on patient care.
The statement reads as follows: “Organisations from across the optical sector, including employers and professional and membership bodies, attended a meeting on 3 October to discuss the GOC’s survey findings on bullying, harassment, abuse, and discrimination at work. Findings from the GOC’s registrant survey show a worrying level of GOC registrants reporting negative and damaging behaviours in the workplace, from patients, colleagues and managers, with many feeling unable to report their experiences.
“As a sector we are committed to a zerotolerance approach to bullying, harassment, abuse, and discrimination across all working environments. We all commit to promoting and embedding a positive working environment that is based on respect, civility, compassion, and inclusion. We will be working together to support all team members with the support and tools they need to help achieve this.” Vision Now November 2023 11
USA’s No.1 Compress Available Exclusively to UK Optometry
Exclusive NEG Offer
Get 10 Eyeleve Compresses for £69.50 Includes dispenser box | RRP £299.50
Is your choice of compress backed by science?
Bruder has taken moist heat treatment to a whole new level of effectiveness with patented MediBeads® Technology. MediBeads® are silver-infused, ensuring pure, clean, moist heat with every use. Antibacterial
Uniform moist heat
12 Vision Now November 2023
Read MGD white paper here
Telephone: 01424 851375 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Web: positiveimpact.co.uk
News Aston University Aston University head of optometry, Professor James Wolffsohn, has led the development of a new, research-based digital health app for eyecare clinicians to manage childhood myopia. The Predicting Myopia Onset and Progression Risk Indicator (PreMO) app was developed in collaboration with researchers at Ulster University, led by optometry division head, Professor Kathryn Saunders. PreMO uses a datadriven approach to guide clinicians, patients and their caregivers through the process to manage myopia, including before it occurs. Clinicians can add a child’s details to the app, including age, sex, family history, refractive error and biometry (axial length
Eyespace To mark its 10th anniversary, Eyespace has been organising months of celebratory events for customers and staff. Founded by Jayne and Julie Abel, the Eyespace business model was created “around a kitchen table, with great aspirations and commitments to being the most trusted partner for contemporary opticians”. This notion quickly saw them grow into their Worcestershire headquarters, which now houses their product, design, marketing, sales and customer service functions. Distribution recently expanded to include a
British Contact Lens Association Eyecare professionals have been invited to register for a conference that is being held for the first time in China. BCLA Asia, organised by the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) in conjunction with the West China International Myopia Control and Eye Care Symposium, will cover topics including myopia control, dry eye management, contact lens care and specialty lenses. It will take place on 8 and 9 March 2024 at Chengdu New Exhibition International Conference Centre, with sessions in English and Chinese. BCLA chief executive, Luke Stevens-Burt, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this event in China for the first time and looking forward to delivering an engaging and relevant programme that covers some of the most important topics in our field. The conference is an opportunity to continue the growth of the eye health industry in the
that minimise the risk, and explain the treatments available. Clinicians can store patient data to review the progression of myopia over time and following treatment.
New app aims to predict myopia onset (photo from stock)
or k-values) – and the app will generate individual reports to support conversations around managing myopia risks. The app can also identify younger patients at risk of myopia, even when they are not yet myopic. Once identified, clinicians can use the app as an education tool to encourage lifestyles
Professor Wolffsohn said: “After many years of research into the impact of myopia, we now have treatments to slow its progression and even decrease how often it occurs. The app will support clinicians in predicting those children who will go myopic, to track their progress with myopia control treatments, to provide better communication to the child and their parents and guardians, and to personalise their eye health.” PreMO is available free to eyecare clinicians at https://premo-live.web.app
new EU Hub in Austria, servicing opticians that have experienced supply issues since the UK left Europe. Managing director, Julie Abel, said: “We are immensely grateful for the belief and trust our customers have shown us over the past 10 years. Your loyalty has been our driving force, and we are excited to continue serving you with even more exceptional product launches and innovative solutions tailored to your varying business needs.” The team undertook a series of charitable and wellness events throughout the summer of 2023 – with promotions and
Celebrating a decade in eyewear supply
discounts, including a luxury golden-ticket giveaway. Opticians are invited to contact their regional sales manager for details on how to participate.
BCLA Asia heads to China for first time
region and enhance delegates’ knowledge and skills to benefit eye health. Along with the sharing of best practice, there will be plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues and the wider contact lens and anterior eye community.” There are plans for a three/six-night tour following the conference if enough delegates are interested, with a tailored package available. The tour will include
the opportunity to explore the cultured, artistic and culinary city of Chengdu in Sichuan province; discover the markets, traditional courtyards, crafts and cuisine of Chengdu; and view ancient Buddhist monasteries, stunning mountain scenery and China’s famous pandas. There will also be an option for a basic package, which includes the conference, transfers and accommodation only. For more details visit www.bcla.org.uk Vision Now November 2023 13
News British Contact Lens Association Dave Webley, senior marketing manager for one-day EMEA at CooperVision, is the new chair of the British Dave Webley, new BCLA chair Contact Lens Association (BCLA) council. Dave is a member of the College of Optometrists and a BCLA fellow. He qualified as an optometrist in 2003, graduating from Aston University and has worked in primary care practice, academia, learning and development, and industry. Dave said: “Being named chair of an Association I am proud to be a member of is a huge honour and one that I aim to fully embrace. The BCLA has a truly global reach and the coming years present a major opportunity to introduce the Association to new territories while continuing to grow our membership base here in the UK.” * Rakesh Kapoor will deliver the BCLA Presidential Address on 29 November at the Royal College of Physicians in London. The title of his talk is ‘Insights and visions: a practitioner’s perspective on the future of the contact lens industry in the UK’, and this will be followed by a threecourse dinner. For costs and booking, visit www.bcla.org.uk
General Optical Council The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation on removing information about a registrant’s gender from the public register. It follows the findings of an earlier consultation on the process for registrants to update their gender on the register. Some respondents, including the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), questioned the need for the GOC to provide information on gender. Key arguments for removing this information include: only information needed to deliver public protection should be on the register; removing gender information would better align the GOC’s register with the PSA’s pared down approach; and the public can ask about gender when making an appointment, if this is important to them; the GOC is in a minority of regulators by publishing this information. The GOC has said it will continue to collect information about gender (and other protected characteristics) for the purposes of monitoring equality, diversity and inclusion in the professions. Stakeholders can respond to the consultation on the GOC’s Consultation Hub until 22 December 2023. Subject to volume and content of responses, the findings will be brought to the GOC’s March 2024 council meeting.
14 Vision Now November 2023
AN INDEPENDENT VIEW DVLA contract: let’s bid together It has long frustrated many independents that government funding for eye exams, required by the DVLA, is subject to a single contract with a multiple. Long-standing patients of independent practices are directed to Specsavers with the wording of the letter they receive from the DVLA suggesting – wrongly – that there is no alternative. The DVLA must better communicate that those requiring a sight test have the option to be tested by their own independent optometrist, provided the practice has the right equipment and follows the correct reporting process – which the AIO has encapsulated in a guidance document for members. The proviso is that the government will not pay for the test if the patient chooses this option; though in many instances AIO members have undertaken the test for free. Looking to improve this process for patients, the AIO, alongside Smart Employee Eyecare (SEE), helped to orchestrate a bid for the last tender in 2019, that included not only some 700 independents, but also Vision Express, the Hakim Group, Leightons, Bayfields Opticians and the Duncan and Todd Group in Scotland. With the aim of making the bid as inclusive as possible for patients and opticians, the intention was to provide patients with choice and ensure that there was excellent geographic coverage so that patient journeys were minimised. The joint tender, if successful, would also have allowed drivers requiring DVLA-approved sight tests the option to visit independent practices, as well as national opticians. Led by SEE, we narrowly lost the contract to Specsavers, once again limiting choice for patients. As we approach the next tender in 2024, the AIO and SEE are combining forces once again – inviting all independent practices to become part of the tender. By partnering with other optical organisations, the bid will allow independents to access the DVLA contract without having to sign up individually. Collaborating together to benefit patients enables optical organisations to build rapport and trust with the public, while constructing a bid that is patient-centric and as inclusive as it can be. The process and technology that SEE offers is class-leading and can cope with multiple service providers with ease. Any independent practice that is not an AIO member, and has an interest in being part of the bid, should contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bausch + Lomb ULTRA Silicone Hydrogel Monthly Replacement Contact Lenses
with MoistureSeal® Technology
Vision Now November 2023 15
16 HOURS OF COMFORT WITH HIGH PERFORMANCE CONTACT LENSES 1,2
• Breakthrough MoistureSeal® Technology delivering unsurpassed comfort all day long, for up to 16 hours† 1,2,3,4,5 • Precision Optics delivering crisp vision – even in low light, so wearers never miss a thing† 1,6,7,8
An improved contact lens wearing experience: Comfort
90% said their Bausch + Lomb ULTRA® lenses were comfortable even after a full month of wear9
High patient satisfaction
85% agreed Bausch + Lomb ULTRA® Spherical can reduce halos and glare, even in low light conditions1
92% agreed Bausch + Lomb ULTRA® Spherical provides clear vision throughout the day1
† Vs other leading reusable silicone hydrogel contact lenses
16 Vision Now November 2023
BAUSCH + LOMB ULTRA
Monthly Family Parameters
And now you can fit more of your presbyopic astigmats with the expanded range of Bausch + Lomb ULTRA® Multifocal for Astigmatism expanded range and fulfil their vision needs sooner with lenses that are in stock, ready to ship.
(FOR DAILY WEAR OR UP TO 7 DAYS EXTENDED WEAR*)
MULTIFOCAL FOR ASTIGMATISM
LENS MATERIAL TECHNOLOGIES
LENS DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES
High Definition Optics
3-Zone Progressive™ Design
3-Zone Progressive™ Design OpticAlign™ Design
163 Dk/t @ -3.00D
163 Dk/t @ -3.00D
114 Dk/t @ -3.00D
104 Dk/t @ -3.00D
0.07 mm @ -3.00D
0.07mm @ -3.00D
0.10 mm @ -3.00D
0.11mm @ -3.00D
+6.00D to -12.00D in 0.25D steps (in 0.50D steps above -6.00D)
+6.00D to -10.00D in 0.25D steps including plano
+6.00D to -9.00D in 0.25D steps (in 0.50D steps above -6.00D)
+4.00D to -6.00D (0.25D steps)
SPECTACLE ADD POWERS
Low: Up to +1.50D • High: From +1.75D
SPECTACLE CYLINDERS SPECTACLE AXES VISIBILITY TINT
Low: Up to +1.50D • High: From +1.75D -0.75D, -1.25D, -1.75D, -2.25D, -2.75D
-0.75D, -1.25D, -1.75D, -2.25D
10° to 180° (in 10° steps)
10°, 20°, 70°, 80°, 90°, 100°, 110°, 160°, 170°, 180°
3 and 6 packs
3 and 6 packs
3 and 6 packs
* BAUSCH + LOMB ULTRA® contact lenses are indicated for daily wear or extended wear of up to seven days. Meaning that you can wear the lenses for 6 nights, 7 days without removing them. On the 7th day the lenses should be removed and cleaned/disinfected for one night. The following morning, the same lenses can be reinserted for another 7 days. This can be repeated for 30 days at which time the lenses should be discarded. As with any contact lens, problems can result in serious injury to the eye, including loss of vision, and clinical studies have shown that the risk of serious adverse reactions is increased when lenses are worn overnight. It is essential that patients follow the eye care practitioner’s direction and all labeling instructions for proper use of lenses and lens care products. Consult the package insert for complete information.
Bausch + Lomb ULTRA® and Biotrue® Multi-Purpose Solution
THE ULTIMATE COMFORT COMBINATION1,10
Call now for your Fitting Guide or to order Trial Lenses and Starter Packs.
N UK: 0845 602 2350 N Ireland: 1800 409 077 E email@example.com
Photos from stock.
Vision Now October 2023 17
Our web-based learning tool offers GOC CPD-accredited materials consisting of e-learning, videos, in-practice resources and news updates. You can also access the new Bausch + Lomb FitBetter™ App which offers a suite of tools to facilitate the ease of fitting contact lenses in practice.
Find out more at: www.academyofvisioncare.com or simply scan the QR code
References: 1. Bausch + Lomb; 2013. A study to evaluate the product performance of a new silicone hydrogel contact lens. 2. Bausch + Lomb, 2013. 16 Hour bilateral dispensing evaluation of methacrylamide lenses as compared to Air Optix® Aqua, Acuvue® Oasys® and Biofinity® lenses. 3. Rah, M., Reindel, W., et al., 2015. Interest and acceptance of a new contact lens technology in today’s practice. Poster presentation AOA Annual Meeting. 4. Merchea, M., Steffen, R., et al., 2014. Clinical performance of Bausch + Lomb ULTRA® contact lenses with MoistureSeal® technology silicone hydrogel. 5. Reindel, W.,at al,. 2016. Performance Of A Unique Silicone Hydrogel Lens Across The Recommended Wear Cycle Poster presented at AAO. 6. Bausch + Lomb., 2016. A study to evaluate the product performance of two designs of soft toric lenses [(#ROC2- 16-016).]. 7. Micromass; 2017. Bausch + Lomb ULTRA Comfort Experience for Presbyopia Final Results Report. 2017. 8. Bausch + Lomb; 2020. Bausch + Lomb Ultra Multifocal for Astigmatism Patient Evaluation. (n=435). 9. Reindel, W., Mosehauer, G., et al., 2018. Patient comfort, vision and cleanliness over 12-months of Samfilcon A Lens Wear. Poster presented at AAO. 10. Millward Brown., 2010. Biotrue® Product Test (#640). Please read the Instructions for Use (IFU) for important product use and safety information with Bausch + Lomb contact lenses and lens care solutions. Bausch + Lomb ULTRA , MoistureSeal and 3-Zone Progressive are trademarks of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated or its affiliates. All other product/brand names and/or logos are trademarks of their respective owners. ©2023 Bausch & Lomb Incorporated.
18 Vision Now November 2023
P R AC T I C E M AT T E R S
Developing thoughts If we all reduce our workplace carbon footprint – we can make a difference, writes Phil Mullins
Elephant in the room
day doesn’t go by when climate change isn’t mentioned in the news – be it marches and protests, frightening UN reports, devastating floods in one part of the world and raging wildfires in another. It can sometimes feel that the problem is so mind-blowingly massive that anything we do just won’t make a difference. However, this is one issue that humanity does have to sort and fast. You know the old joke: “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time”. Climate change is just like that elephant; it can be tackled – one small, collective step at a time. That’s not to say global governments don’t have to play their part, but it’s us individuals who vote those politicians into power. We can decide whether to buy from companies who ethically source their products or not, and we can reduce our air travel, insulate our homes, recycle and so on. I’m no expert in all matters green, but like you I read articles and watch documentaries. As a family, we try to do our bit to lower our carbon footprint, be it recycling, using a renewable energy and reducing the number of miles we travel each year. But reducing our personal carbon output is only a small part of the issue; what can we do in our workplace? Fortunately, like many of you, NEG is not a supplier with manufacturing facilities where achieving carbon neutral status is much more challenging. Reducing the group’s carbon footprint, and endeavouring to be carbon neutral, was therefore a really achievable option and an important step to take as a company. LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP Once we decided we wanted to achieve carbon neutral status, we began looking for a partner with specialist knowledge in the field to help us reach our goal. After taking some initial steps independently, including moving to a full electronic invoicing system, changing all company cars to hybrids, and
Tackling climate change: one bite at a time
converting to LED lighting in our Malvern office, we decided to join the Net Zero Optics Programme to take our actions further. Because the Net Zero Optics Programme is run by the team at Practice Building, we already had a trusted partnership in place. And with their specialist knowledge of the sector, we felt that as well as helping NEG to go carbon neutral they could help our members to as well. To get the ball rolling, the team sat down with us and analysed all aspects of the business, how we operated and where we had a carbon impact. This led to advice on where we could easily reduce our carbon footprint – before moving on to a calculation of our actual carbon footprint. From there, they calculated our off-setting requirements, and we are delighted so say that we are now carbon neutral.
But it doesn’t stop there: we know that off-setting is only part of the solution and that we need to continue to work hard to decrease our carbon output. This is where the Net Zero Optics Programme comes into its own. Not only will they continue to review our output each year and adapt our off-setting, but they will continue to work with us and advise us on where we can make carbon savings as a company into the future. This is what will make the difference in the long-term. We all know that we need to reduce, reuse and recycle far more – but knowing that and doing it are two different things. By joining the Net Zero Optics Programme, we know that our good intentions will become actions that – collectively – will be critical to the saving of our planet. To find out more about the Net Zero Optics Programme, turn to page 24. ■ Vision Now November 2023 19
Making the same profit you were 3 years ago Norville can help you with that.
Norville (20/20) Limited, Waterwells Drive, Gloucester GL2 2AA 20 Vision Now November 2023
For 80% of your everyday lens dispensing
Our most competitive prices on your core lens products
20% Discount NEG Member Loyalty bonus
Tel: 01452 510321 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.norville.co.uk Vision Now November 2023 21
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS
T H E U K ’S L A R G E S T O P T I C A L E V E N T INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS | CPD POINTS | FASHION CATWALKS | 300+ EXHIBITORS
2426 FEBRUARY 2024 EXCEL LONDON
www.100percentoptical.com Official UK Partner
Official Media Partner
22 Vision Now November 2023
100% OPTICAL PREVIEW
Education programme bookings will open in January
Show plans afoot
It’s time to start planning your visit to 100% Optical 2024, writes Nicky Collinson
he exhibitor list for 100% Optical 2024 is now live – with more than 250 companies exhibiting, some new and returning faces and around 1,000 brands to browse. Taking place at London's ExCeL from 24-26 February, the 10th anniversary show is expected to attract over 10,000 optical professionals from across the globe. Bringing together optometrists, ophthalmologists, dispensing opticians, distributors and wholesalers, the free-toattend event will provide an extensive CPD programme, a unique area for makers and crafters, dispensing workshops, a line-up of key industry speakers, the Studio and daily live catwalk shows. Now in their fourth year, the Love Eyewear Awards will see a new category for Best Innovation, open to eyewear designers, manufacturers and retailers. They will also include New Designer, Sustainable Frame of the Year, Eyewear Retailer of the Year, and Most Engaging Practice Window. The latter award, open for nominations as well as direct entries, is designed for an optical practice that has shown how to drive sales of eyewear through a thoughtful and interactive approach to window design. The winning practice will be able to demonstrate an increase in sales as a result of their window displays. The closing date for award nominations is 3 December 2023, and the shortlisted nominees will be announced on 22 January
Entries open for Love Eyewear Awards
2024. The awards will be announced on the catwalk on the Saturday of the show during an evening of fun and celebrations. PROFESSIONS CONNECT Featuring as a co-located event within the show for the first time, 100% Ophthalmology will offer a number of opportunities to network and connect with other sectors of the optical community. The exhibition will feature the latest equipment and instruments and a tailored education programme, interactive sessions and workshops for ophthalmologists and related specialists. The aim is for delegates to foster connections and collaborations with optometrists, dispensing opticians and the wider optical industry. The Ophthalmology Hub will be designed as a lecture space on the show floor, walled
off for privacy, to accommodate 25 people per session. The programme will unite renowned experts and thought leaders in ophthalmology to share insights, learnings and experiences – and each day will be themed to cover topics such as glaucoma, cataract, presbyopia, retina, refractive, paediatrics and the cornea. Nathan Garnett, 100% Optical show director, said: “100% Optical 2024 marks a decade of the show and to be able to introduce and include this important area to our exhibition is a significant enhancement to the offering. We've worked directly with ophthalmologists to create a show specifically tailored to their needs and interests bringing cutting-edge technology, innovation and discovery.” POPULAR FEATURES RETURN Backed by the industry’s professional organisations, including the Association of Optometrists (AOP), Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO), Optical Suppliers Association and Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians, the show has also secured sponsorship from the likes of CooperVision and Hoya – with many of NEG's preferred suppliers taking part in the exhibition. Back by popular demand, the Future Practice will host rooms dedicated to delivering content in: ■ Consulting: clinical skills and discussions plus CPD workshops ■ Diagnostics: Hands-on skills and CPD workshops with access to the latest technology ■ Dispensing: CPD sessions focusing on front-of-house team tasks ■ Industry hot topics: discussion workshops and lectures on 2024’s most sought-after trends and topics The Dispensing Workshop is a popular feature of the show, providing a space for visitors to join highly skilled professionals and experience making and fitting frames first-hand. Visitors will be able to get hands on with frames and tools, and learn how some of the highest quality frames are produced and the processes involved. Content for these workshops is provided by both ABDO and the AOP, and will be pre-bookable via the website. Bookings for all CPD sessions will open to AOP members first on 3 January and then to everyone from 10 January. Next month, we'll be focusing on what NEG's preferred suppliers are highlighting at the show. In the meantime, register for your free place at www.100percentoptical.com ■ Vision Now November 2023 23
NET ZERO OPTICS
Inaction is the greatest threat of all By Andy Clark
24 Vision Now November 2023
CERT CARBON EYEW
National Eyecare Group
G Hill E
3rd July 2023
Examples of personalised certification badges
he climate crisis is upon us and far too many people are waiting for somebody else to fix it. Many others sit, overwhelmed by difficult choices and uncertain objectives. Most don’t think that there’s anything they can do to change things for the better. This inaction is the greatest threat of all, and the situation will only be resolved when everyone does their bit. At Practice Building, we spent 2022 creating a new division – Net Zero Optics – to provide support on sustainability. We also started a not-for-profit company, Net Zero Eyecare, which awards certifications against rigorous standards and facilitates verified off-setting. Since its launch in January 2023, the Net Zero Optics Programme has been changing attitudes, proving that individual actions do matter, and that collectively our impact is greater than the sum of our parts. We’ve proved that sustainability is achievable, and we’re empowering everyone in the industry to lead the charge. NET ZERO OPTICS PROGRAMME The programme leader is Andrew Clark, who has an MSc in Environmental Management and 10 years’ experience working on sustainability projects worldwide. Andrew is experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about his mission. Members of the programme have access to: ■ An online portal containing a wealth of resources and step-by-step instructions on how to achieve certifications, and then integrate broader sustainability into the heart of a business. ■ Four drop-in Zoom sessions a week where Andrew answers questions and clients enjoy peer support.
Overseas projects the programme supports
NET ZERO EYECARE Net Zero Eyecare is a not-for-profit company that sets the standards, issues certificates and manages carbon and plastic off-setting. To combat the climate crisis there are three certifications: ■ Carbon Neutral Eyewear ■ Carbon Neutral Audiology ■ Net Zero Carbon
Andrew Clark, Net Zero Optics manager
■M arketing assets to promote their achievements. ■A s many certification audits (for the four certifications) as a business wants to pursue.
Each certificate represents a standard built around the Green House Gas Protocol’s carbon accounting methodology, tailored for the optical industry. To combat plastic pollution, businesses can become Optical Recycling Centres and achieve Net Zero Plastic certification – based on an innovative standard of Plastic
NET ZERO OPTICS Accounting. Net Zero Eyecare’s operating expenses are funded by sponsors, so every penny taken from clients for off-setting is spent on off-setting. We’re proud to have dismantled the two big roadblocks that prevent people from getting involved with sustainability: Roadblock 1: “Sustainability is difficult, I don’t know what to do.” The Net Zero Optics Programme has broken sustainability down into a logical step-by-step process that makes achieving Net Zero remarkably easy. Roadblock 2: “Sustainability is expensive, I won’t be able to afford it.” We’re determined that no-one will be able to use cost as an excuse for not doing their bit; most practices can cover the costs of achieving Net Zero by adding just £1 to every pair of spectacles they sell. We’ve established a 'sweet spot' price for carbon and plastic off-setting that any business can afford and, where applicable, we purchase off-setting in bulk and pass on the savings. SETTING AND MATCHING STANDARDS The Net Zero Optics programme adheres to science-based, ambitious standards. The Net Zero Eyecare standards are published and available to download from the website and show the detail and integrity behind our certifications. With reference to existing global standards in carbon accounting and off-setting, as well as industry-related programmes like the NHS’s carbon reduction strategy, our clients are discovering that they can easily go above-and-beyond the call of duty, implementing key principles of sustainability and shaping the future into one we’ll be proud to inhabit. OFF-SETTING THAT WORKS We use only the most highly accredited international off-setting programmes for carbon and plastic (supporting Gold Standard and CleanHub projects, respectively). Our actions in this regard are fully transparent; we don’t pretend to be managing such off-setting projects ourselves; we support these trusted third parties; and we educate and inform our certificate holders of how these programmes work and why they can be trusted. As well as reducing emissions and plastic pollution globally, these off-setting programmes create sustainable development benefits for communities around the world. NO GREENWASHING Many businesses are rightly worried about being accused of greenwashing – a form of PR and marketing spin used to
deceptively persuade the public that an organisation's products, aims and policies are environmentally-friendly. We work hard to ensure that what we are doing will pass any scrutiny, and we actively encourage it. We are also empowering our certificate holders to communicate with clarity and confidence, championing ASA standards on carbon claims, so that they can rise above any criticism, and appropriately welcome and respond to scrutiny. CONSTANT INNOVATION We are always looking for ways to improve. For example, we have recently recruited a specialist recycler to process the huge amount of swarf that lens manufacturers currently either burn or dump in landfill. ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE Our clients include optical groups and independents, lens manufacturers, frame manufacturers, instrument makers and importers, software providers, nonmanufacturing suppliers, and sales agents. There is even a Net Zero Carbon locum optometrist.
year for just £50 a month. STRONG BUSINESS CASE Certified practices are reporting that they are recruiting new patients and team members because of their Net Zero Eyecare certifications. We actively encourage our certificate holders to make the most of the marketing and PR opportunities. Our certifications are awarded with a variety of marketing collateral and guidance on communication; enabling certificate holders to celebrate and promote their achievements. Net Zero Eyecare also promotes its members and their achievements to the public on its website and social media channels. FORCE FOR GOOD We have started a movement. Our members are delightedly shouting about how satisfying it is to become increasingly sustainable – and this is catalysing a transformation in optics to make sustainability the new normal. Visit www.netzerooptics.com to join the programme and start taking action today.
PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT Clients really appreciate the level of customer support that they receive. Net Zero Eyecare is a professionally guided programme not a to-do list. SUPER LOW PRICING Other companies would charge about £800 for single carbon audit at the same level of detail as ours without any support. Our clients are enjoying constant support, marketing packs, and usually three audits a
Andy Clark is the founder of Practice Building.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Ocean Optometry: “The work that has gone into this programme is colossal. I am in awe of what they have created and how easy they have made it to follow and participate in.” Bowen Opticians: “We were desperate to take action but lacked the time and know-how. They have the passion and the knowledge and have lit a fire in our bellies, expertly guiding us through the process of attaining Net Zero status.” Loxley Eyecare: “We started our carbon neutral journey independently and found it to be a maze. But you made it easy, breaking down the process into bite sized actions.” David Gould Opticians: “We are so proud to be able to offer a Net Zero Carbon service for our customers. The work you are doing is so important, not just for the optical community but for our planet as a whole.” Mainline Instruments: “We are proud to have joined forces with Net Zero Optics, an initiative that mirrors our steadfast commitment to advancing sustainability in the optical sector.” Claire Hayden: “I wanted to do my part to ensure that my work, which involves a lot of travel, does not impact life on earth, now and for the many generations to come. You made the process easy.”
Vision Now November 2023 25
combat the climate crisis by becoming a certified NET ZERO CARBON practice, AND reduce plastic polution by becoming a certified NET ZERO PLASTIC practice, AND achieve this quickly and easily without affecting your profitability.
26 Vision Now November 2023
A progressive partnership
earce & Blackmore Opticians has been an NEG member since its inception in 2012, and is co-owned by directors Clare Pearce and Francesca Blackmore. Clare’s day-to-day role is as optometrist, while Francesca manages the business side of things. Progressive from the outset, the business is up for Green Practice of the Year in this month's inaugural Optometry Wales Awards. Francesca is an Innovator of the Year finalist in the same awards, for her work promoting optometry via social media. With Clare having won Optometrist of the Year at last year's Optician Awards, the business is a contender for two further accolades this year: Independent Practice of the Year and Social Media Practice of the Year. Francesca and Clare began with one practice in the Pentwyn area of Cardiff, and opened a second in the Llanishen area of the city in January 2022. With their eco-friendly ethos, the partners are passionate about reducing their impact on the environment – having been Sustainable Practice of the Year runners-up at last year's Optician Awards. In addition to the usual recycling points, the business's green initiatives include New To Me, a range of pre-owned and refurbished frames ready to be 'loved and worn by somebody new'. This tends to be frames that Francesca and Clare have owned and worn themselves. Last year, they wrote an open letter to all of their suppliers asking them to consider accepting the plastic packaging back that they send frames in, so that it could be reused. They also actively encourage patients to re-glaze existing frames, if in good condition. This has also benefited them from a business sense, as many local practices refuse to re-glaze frames. The team collects all packaging materials and offers them to the public for reuse. This has been especially popular with local small businesses and online sellers. They only use zero waste where possible, and all food waste is composted. Even the milk they use for their tea is plant based. PROMOTING EYE HEALTH CARE Francesca manages all social media and website output. Earlier this year, she
launched a series of videos to educate the public on the important role of optometry within primary care. Clare is featured in most of the videos, and Francesca posts new video content at least a few times a week in addition to the standard social media output. One recent video has been viewed more than three-quarters of a million times and attracted more than 3,000 new Facebook followers. It was Clare who nominated Francesca for the Optometry Wales Innovator of the Year Award, due to the success of her social media campaigns on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. “Being shortlisted for the Innovator of the Year award was a great surprise and I am really looking forward to the ceremony on 25 November. Last year was very exciting for the business; we opened a second practice, launched our own eyewear range, and Clare won Optometrist of the Year. Our continued successes and further nominations this year have made 2023 just as exciting.”
MEMBERS IN FOCUS
Clare Pearce (left) and Francesca Blackmore
Further to all of this, Clare and Francesca are both passionate about equality in eyecare and accessibility. Both can communicate in British Sign Language and they are certified as Dementia Friendly. "We are truly inspired by NEG members Francesca and Clare – and the enlightened way they are operating their business," said Phil Mullins, NEG managing director. "We wish them every success at the up-coming awards and long into the future." ■ To feature as a member practice, email email@example.com
BIRTHDAY SURPRISE FOR UNDER 11S Pearce & Blackmore recently celebrated its 11th year by sponsoring a new Under 11s division of local children’s football team, AFC Llanedeyrn. “We thought funding kit and equipment for the new team was a much better way to celebrate than having a party or going out for dinner,” said Francesca. The Under 11s train across the road from the Pentwyn practice, which counts the team coach and several of the young players as patients.
Vision Now November 2023 27
ST Y L E S P OT L I G H T
Energy and creativity at Silmo Paris By Joan Grady
Continental Eyewear’s Start Fit Lazer Junior
xhibitors, opticians and visitors welcomed a newly-energised Silmo Paris this autumn – after the upheavals of the past few years. An ambience of optimism and buoyancy prevailed, with an elaborate selection of designs to entice opticians and their customers. Companies are more diligent and aware of sustainability, and realise that customers are too. Choices abounded in shapes, colours and materials; with distinctive attention to details that ensure the designs exuded individuality, quality and durability. Among the international exhibitors was Charmant. Chris Beal, executive vice president and COO, said after the show: “We were delighted to be back at a fullyattended Silmo and were satisfied with the revised hall layouts. We took the opportunity to refresh our stand and emphasise our Japanese roots, whilst cementing our European presence focusing our group as one of the few global suppliers with full supply chain ownership. "We were pleased with our customer flow and met with everyone planned and more," Chris continued. "Our new releases under our house and licensed brands were well received as we continue to enhance our design direction and product portfolio. We were very satisfied with the results both immediate and for the future, and look forward to returning during the Olympic year.” SPECIALIST DESIGNS FOR CHILDREN The children’s eyewear sector saluted an exciting new launch with Continental Eyewear’s Star Fit Lazer Junior. This Special Edition has been developed with Dr Alicia Thompson, an expert in paediatric dispensing. Continental designer, Tom
28 Vision Now November 2023
Charmant Elle model 31516
Mehew, said: “I worked closely with Dr Thompson to analyse data about children’s faces as the key is the fit. It’s also about colour and trendy ‘mini-me’, but everything must work properly.” This charming collection provides just that – with frames in biodegradable acetate and recycled metal. The fun designs include penguin, lion, rocket and tiger detailing. The frame components include ergonomically designed shapes to fit two to six-year-olds, based on facial research by Dr Thompson. The pantoscopic tilt is also created to ensure that the child sees through the lens at the correct angle. Star Fit Lazer Junior is an
inspiring collection that is sure to delight youngsters and their parents. COLOUR IN FOCUS Emphasis on beautiful colourations was highlighted in collections that included clear crystal designs, as well as crystal with hues of blue, grey, green and violet. Colourful patterns are frequently featured on the sides and end-tips – and the colour choices on show varied deliciously, allowing opticians to indulge in favourite selections that will also please their customers. A highlight from Charmant is the Elle Made in France collection, an exclusive
Silmo d’Or winner Nike Flyfree from Marchon
ST Y L E S P OT L I G H T
Chopard VCHG86 by De Rigo
range that reflects the brand's particular French essence and embodies superior eyewear quality and craftsmanship. Each of the eight new frame styles is named after an extraordinary woman in recognition of her contribution to modern society and womanhood. Marilyn is named after Marilyn Monroe, who remains a pop icon more than 60 years after her heyday. Elle 31516 combines a sleek turquoise geometric front making a strong style statement, and the marbled pattern on the temples blends into the laminated front. Ana Hickmann’s commanding frame AH6541 is striking in Forest Green with green and gold embellishments on the side. Distributed by Go Eyewear Group, Ana Hickmann designs include both optical and sunglasses – combining timeless styling with individuality. SPORTY VIBES Whether it’s swimming or skiing, basketball or biking, apparel for active sports infiltrates clothing and accessories, including eyewear. A coveted Silmo d’Or award was awarded to Nike in the Sport Category for Nike Flyfree. The performance sunglasses, distributed by Marchon, offer an interchangeable lens
option that latches securely into the frame. The wearer can effortlessly adapt to any environment, plus the customisable temple tips and nose pads are wrapped in silicone, while ventilated channels at the temples, hinges and top keep vision fog-free. The dynamic design is available in black, plus four additional vivid colour combinations. UK label CentroStyle was at Silmo with its broad range of eyewear and accessories. Swimming is amongst the most popular sporting activities in the UK, and Centrostyle has a variety of goggles with great attributes for comfort in a pool or the sea. Designs are made in soft silicone, with anti-fog lenses, and ventilation systems that offer protection and lightness. Corrective lenses can be inserted into some of the designs.
CentroStyle swim goggle
ARTISAN LUXURY For more than 160 years, Chopard has been acclaimed for its jewellery and accessories with superior quality noble materials, and
exquisite characteristics. The Swiss eyewear brand, distributed by De Rigo, features styles for both men and women, incorporating into the designs jewellery concepts that radiate natural elegance. Style VCHG86, with its wafer thin rimless lenses and premium metals, is understated and effortlessly sophisticated. Italian brand Trussardi is another company with a long history and storied heritage of accessories. Over the years, the company expanded into eyewear and now the designs feature strong, bold affirmations of Italian style, craftsmanship and daring. New season eyewear designs by Trussardi, distributed by Go Eyewear, include the stunning style TSW6019 in smooth acetate and gold embellishments on the sides. British label Eyespace has much to celebrate this year, with its 10th anniversary, and the opening of a new European distribution hub in Austria. The dynamic company launched stunning new designs at Silmo with streamlined silhouettes in glamorous understated colours. Aspinal of London from Eyespace heralds British craftsmanship with a distinguished collection of accessories including optical and sunglass designs. Sunglasses launched at Silmo included Sunup, a luxuriously graceful and refined acetate shape in creamy beige with metal detailing at the temples. This stunning frame would be equally at home on a mountaintop terrace after skiing, or on a sun-kissed beach this winter. Silmo Paris is an oasis of fine eyewear and expertly showcases the diverse potential available in imaginative frame design. The show is an opportunity for opticians to find new designers and brands, and reconnect with established suppliers. Independent opticians, and ultimately their customers, are keen for creative eyewear with distinction, creativity, durability and style – and Silmo Paris is the ideal conduit for these discoveries. Silmo Paris 2024 takes place from 20-23 September. ■
Trussardi model TSW6019 from Go Eyewear
Ana Hickmann model AH6541 from Go Eyewear
Aspinal of London Sunup from Eyespace
Vision Now November 2023 29
Preferred Suppliers’ directory tel: 01580 713698 | web: www.nationaleyecare.co.uk ALCON UK
tel: 0371 376 0017 | fax: 0871 351 1005 | web: www.uk.alcon.com
tel: 01628 600410 | fax: 01628 666495 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.associatedoptical.com
SUPPLIER – OPTICIAN – PATIENT
ATLANTIC OPTICAL UK LTD
tel: 02920 362 136 | fax: 02920 362 137 | email: email@example.com | web: www.atlanticoptical.co.uk
BAUSCH + LOMB
tel: 020 8781 2900 | web: www.bausch.co.uk
T: 01132 883094 E: RawdonCC@rawdonoptical.co.uk
BIB OPHTHALMIC INSTRUMENTS
tel: 01438 740823 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.bibonline.co.uk
T: 02920 883 009 E: LenstecCC@lenstec.co.uk
tel: 0121 7723888 | fax: 0808 2801865 | email: email@example.com | web: www.bondeyeoptical.co.uk
CALEDONIAN OPTICAL LTD
T: 01279 653785 E: TantCC@tantlabs.com
tel: 01224 596 006 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.caledonianoptical.com
tel: 0345 604 2491 Option 2
T: 02920 857 122 E: Eyewear@lenstec.co.uk
CENTROSTYLE OPTICAL CENTRE SUPPLIES LTD
tel: 01923 239267 | fax: 01923 253951 | email: email@example.com | web: www.centrostyleproducts.com
tel: 07834 173 288 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.cfhdocmail.com
CHARMANT UK CO LTD
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SIMPLIFIED
tel: 020 8992 9222 | fax: 020 8896 0287 | email: email@example.com | web: www.charmant.co.uk
tel: 0161 464 6731 I email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.citation.co.uk
tel: 0151 426 3907 | fax: 0151 426 9340 | email: email@example.com | web: www.continental-eyewear.com
tel: 0870 9000 055 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.coopervision.co.uk
DE RIGO UK LTD
tel: 01923 249491 | email: email@example.com | web: www.derigo.com/en
Optinet Flex, the innovative software that keeps your optometry business at the cutting edge.
tel: 01388 420420 | fax: 01388 810101 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.dunelmoptical.com
0845 313 0233
tel: 01454 281281 | fax: 01454 28128 | email: email@example.com | web: www.essilor.co.uk
tel: 01527 870550 | fax: 01527 837012 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.eyespace-eyewear.co.uk
GO EYEWEAR UK LTD
OPTINET DIRECTORY AD - FEB 21_AW.indd 01/03/2021 109:47
tel: 0800 9178270 | web: www.goeyeweargroup.com
tel: 0800 591150 | email: email@example.com | web: www.hilcovision.co.uk
HOYA LENS UK
tel: 0845 330 0984 | fax: 0845 330 0977 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | email: email@example.com web: www.hoyavision.com/uk
tel: 0113 5211071 | email: Info@Lab3Sixty.co.uk | web: www.lab3sixty.co.uk
tel: 02920 857122 | fax: 02920 920480 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.lensteceyewear.co.uk
LENSTEC OPTICAL tel: 02920 883009 | fax: 02920 889798 | email: LenstecCC@lenstec.co.uk | web: www.lenstecopticalgroup.co.uk
LOUIS STONE OPTICAL LTD
tel: 029 2073 5293 | fax: 029 2073 1446 | email: email@example.com | web: www.louisstone.co.uk
30 Vision Now November 2023
LUXOTTICA (UK) LTD tel: 0808 1658 8555 | web: www.luxottica.com/en
MARCHON tel: 0800 72 2020 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.marchon.com
MARK’ENNOVY tel: 0800 3280610 | fax: 0800 3280649 | email: email@example.com | web: www.markennovy.com
MENICON UK LTD (FORMERLY DAVID THOMAS) tel: 01604 646216 | fax: 01604 790366 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.menicon.co.uk
tel: 01332 295001 | fax: 01332 295158 | email: email@example.com | web: www.midoptic.com
When you prescribe contact lenses, you prescribe freedom. We’re stepping up to do more, supporting you to Prescribe Freedom for more people than ever.
tel: 01452 510321 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.norville.co.uk
No7 CONTACT LENSES tel: 01424 850620 | fax: 01424 850650 | email: email@example.com | web: www.no7contactlenses.com
OPTINET LTD tel: 0845 313 0233 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.optinetuk.com
PERFORMANCE FINANCE tel: 01536 529696 | fax: 01536 310033 | email: email@example.com | web: www.performancefinance.co.uk
POSITIVE IMPACT tel: 08446 696907 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.positiveimpact.co.uk
PRACTICE BUILDING tel: 0800 840 3988 | email: email@example.com | web: www.practicebuilding.co.uk
RETAIL EXPERIENCE DESIGN (RED) tel: 024 7710 3494 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.retailexperiencedesign.co.uk
RODENSTOCK tel: 01474 325555 | email: email@example.com | web: www.rodenstock.co.uk
SAFILO UK LTD tel: 0800 7234 5600 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.youandsafilo.com
SEIKO OPTICAL UK tel: 01452 610033 | fax: 01452 638250 | email: email@example.com | email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.seikovision.com/uk
STEPPER (UK) Limited 11 Tannery Road, Tonbridge Kent - TN9 1RF 01732 375975 www.stepper.co.uk
SILHOUETTE UK LTD tel: 020 8987 8899 | fax: 020 8987 2430 | email: email@example.com | web: www.silhouette.com
SPEC-CARE LTD tel: 01392 460806 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.speccareservices.co.uk
STEPPER UK tel: 01732 375975 | email: email@example.com | web: www.steppereyewear.com
TANT LABORATORIES tel: 01279 653785 | fax: 01279 658308 | email: TantCC@tantlabs.com | web: www.lenstecopticalgroup.co.uk
THEA PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED tel: 01782 381698 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.thea-pharmaceuticals.co.uk
ULTRAVISION tel: 01525 381112 | fax: 01525 370091 | email: email@example.com | web: www.ultravision.co.uk
WINDCAVE LTD tel: 0800 088 6040 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.windcave.com
20 20 OPTICAL SERVICES LTD tel: 01460 929 690 | email: email@example.com | web: www.2020opticalservices.co.uk Vision Now November 2023 31
Preferred Suppliers are suppliers who, by prior arrangement, offer members of the PK National Eyecare Group preferential terms. For full details and terms offered to the membership, please call 01580 713698.
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SIMPLIFIED @
Take control with Optinet Flex, the innovative software with intuitive dashboards and intelligent reporting that keeps your optometry business at the cutting edge. Call us today to book your no obligation, demonstration.
0800 310 2400
firstname.lastname@example.org • www.optinetuk.com 32 Vision Now November 2023