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4 OPTICIAN 24 June 2022
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Window smashed but nothing stolen
Cuckfield I Wear opticians damaged
Optometrists, said: ‘The College is once again delighted to work alongside fellow non-medical prescribing professions to produce guidance on safely expanding prescribing scope of practice. The resulting document provides a structured approach to support IP optometrists who are seeking to increase the range of therapeutic treatments they can prescribe to improve the care offered to their patients.’
A police appeal has been launched after West Sussex optical practice, Cuckfield I Wear, had its store front window broken on June 15.
Cuckfield I Wear commented on June 17 on Instagram: ‘Apologies for any delay in service today we have had our window smashed, nothing [has been] taken, thank goodness! But a bit of a clean up job required! Thanks for your patience.’
Sussex Police said: ‘Police received a report of a damaged window at a commercial property on Cuckfield High Street overnight on Wednesday, June 15. ‘Anyone with any information or CCTV footage is urged to contact police online, or via dialling 101, quoting serial 480 of 16/06.’
The practice has appealed for witnesses.
New IP guidance expands scope of practice Optometrists with independent prescribing (IP) qualifications can expand their scope of practice after the Royal Pharmaceutical Society published new national guidance.
The guidance was commissioned by the Welsh Government and developed collaboratively with professional bodies in the UK, including the College of Optometrists.
Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu, clinical adviser at the College of
Commonwealth urged to commit to eye health Commonwealth leaders have been sent a letter urging them to prioritise sight screenings and affordable treatment for all children ahead of a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.
Eye health charities signed the letter and called for a pledge that would build on progress to eliminate trachoma and the commitment to ‘quality eye care for all’ made in 2018.
The letter stated that school eye health was of the utmost importance to ensure that all the children in the Commonwealth have access to a world class education. It noted: ‘For example, a study of almost one million children across 30 low-income and middle-income countries found that children with vision impairment were two to five times less likely to be included in formal education.’
Peter Holland, chair of the Vision for the Commonwealth Coalition and chief executive of International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, said: ‘Eye health has long been a neglected public health issue, and with evidence to suggest that by 2050 half the world’s population will have myopia we are on the verge of a global crisis, which world leaders must step in to prevent.’
Ian Lee-Bennett and NY Senator Patrick M Gallivan
Celebrating phoropter’s 100th anniversary Reichert Technologies celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first phoroptor refracting instrument model in New York.
New York State Senator Patrick M Gallivan came to commemorate the company, and tours were given of its facilities to show the production process, as well as Vision to Learn’s mobile eye care clinic – a fleet that uses Reichert devices to provide free eye exams and glasses to children in under-served communities across more than 400 US cities.
Ian Lee-Bennett, Ametek UPT division vice president and Reichert business unit manager, said: ‘We are truly grateful to everyone who has joined us in our celebration today and to all the hardworking individuals who’ve made the achievements over the last century possible.
‘From the moment the very first phoroptor was developed, the eye care industry was forever changed. As we look to the future, our mission remains clear: addressing the evolving demands of eye care through continuous innovation.’
Vice chair appointed by Optometry Scotland Optometry Scotland has appointed Eilidh Thomson as a new vice chair, along with four representatives to serve as voices for opticianonline.net