Business as unusual
The polarised spectrum of practitioner views on pandemic issues such as vaccines and face masks is something that will stay with me for a long time. The sector really came together early in the pandemic, but it wasn’t long before members of the profession were going out of their way to question everything: regulator actions; government decisions; efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines and mandatory vaccinations. There were times in 2020 where the profession was as fractious as I had ever seen it during more than a decade on this journal.
The College’s proposed move to green phase early this month (News, page 4) represents an opportunity for a fresh start. The College is quick to point out that the start of the green phase doesn’t mean a return to business and practice as it was before the pandemic. Instead, adapting to the ‘new normal’ will be focus for optometry practices up and down the home nations.
That new normal is going to look very different depending on whether you’re a patient or practitioner, and whether one feels the pandemic is over. College guidance says a fluid resistant surgical face mask should be worn when ‘there is a public health requirement to wear one, such as during a pandemic,’ and patients and visitors should use a face covering.
Adherence to mask and covering use is clearly dropping like a stone among the public, but from scouring forums, it seems that there are optometrists averse to the idea as well, which seems counter-intuitive given the requirement to maintain a physical distancing of a one metre minimum will be dropped too.
Covid-19 is still a threat and will be for quite some time. It would be nice if the optical profession could put one last shift of Kumbaya in until the virus really goes away. Then everyone can get back to moaning about multinationals and apprenticeships again.
12 CLs at 100% Optical
NEWS 4 7 Days News from the past week 6 In Focus Call for closer collaboration 7 In Focus The complete experience
OPINION 8 Moneo
Embracing our own future
PRACTICE 11 Informed
Updates from inside the industry
CONTACT LENSES 12 Closing in on the latest CLs CL exhibitors at 100% Optical 16 Not a dry eye in the house All things dry eye at the Excel
18 The end of the stranglehold Daysoft’s Ron Hamilton talks innovation 20 Informed by experience Johnson & Johnson Vision Care’s
Jacqueline Henderson talks CL trends
CLINICAL 22 Clinical comment
Are you experienced? 24 CPD: Clear 2
Contact lens complications 34 Force student awards 2
This year’s runners up 36 CL handling feedback
Your responses to the CPD exercise
CLASSIFIED 38 Recruitment 40 Services
Editorial enquiries 020 7501 6660 firstname.lastname@example.org Display advertisements 020 7501 6668 Classified advertisements 020 7501 6686 email@example.com Subscriber enquiries 01722 716997 firstname.lastname@example.org opticianonline.net
Optician is the weekly, paid-for information source for optometrists, dispensing opticians and the optical industry. For 130 years Optician has been the independent voice for eye care professionals, students and business owners offering breaking news, analysis and education. In print and online, Optician provides an array of clinical, business and technology articles, comprehensive CPD coverage along with the very latest in contact lenses, frame fashion trends and spectacle lens technology. Optician offers advice on careers and carries hundreds of job opportunities every week. Optician provides its readers with essential business help and offers a forum for eye care professionals and others in the market.
6 May 2022 OPTICIAN 3