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Regulator knowledge hub A new knowledge hub to facilitate closer working within the optical sector to meet new requirements for independent and contact lens opticians has been set up by the Sector Partnership for Optical Knowledge and Education (Spoke) on behalf of the General Optical Council.

The knowledge hub will look at a variety of projects, including the demand for indicative requirements to accompany the Outcomes for Approved Qualifications for the additional supply, supplementary prescribing, and independent prescribing categories, and contact lens optics. It will also undertake further projects in close consultation with the optical sector and academic community.

The hub will have a limited lifespan, beginning in January 2023 and closing in July 2025, when the GOC expects providers of currently approved and provisionally approved qualifications will have adapted to the new education and training requirements.

Opti reports visitor increase Some 15,500 visitors from 67 countries descended on Munich for the first Opti trade show in its regular January slot since before the Covid19 pandemic.

The figures represented a 19.2% increase on 2021 when the event was held in May. A total of 307 exhibitors from 28 countries attended the event, which had

Opti Munich special themes of myopia management and sustainability.

‘I would like to explicitly thank everyone who believed in Opti with us and made the success possible,’ said Klaus Plaschka, managing director of GHM, the event organisers. ‘Seeing the industry united again in such a great atmosphere was my highlight.’

Next year’s event has been scheduled for January 12 to 14.

FODO considers name change A consultation has started on a proposed name change by the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FODO).

The organisation said it had always been a federation of eye care providers but the proposed refresh aimed to modernise and strengthen its message.

It suggested renaming the organisation to the Federation of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (FODO) and maintaining its strapline, the Association for Eye Care Providers. Members of FODO were invited to submit their views on the proposals by February 28, via

CBD eye drops developed Researchers from Aston University have developed cannabidiol (CBD) eye drops that could provide patients with relief from symptoms of dry eye.

The Max Bio+ technology made oil soluble in water and was described as a clear, tasteless, odourless product manufactured without alcohol, surfactants or heat.

Sunil Shah, co-founder of Max Bio+ and professor at Aston University, said: ‘This breakthrough in mixing oil and water is a genuine gamechanger. Just imag-

Sunil Shah co-founder of Max Bio+

ine how it can change the health industry by allowing the oral delivery of many drugs that currently have to be injected.’

Eye health slips as a priority A survey commissioned by Specsavers found patients were reassessing their health priorities in January because of the cost-ofliving crisis.

Research identified 73% of the 2,000 UK adults surveyed were concerned about finances more than usual in January and 34% were unsure if they could afford to prioritise their health and wellbeing.

Specsavers found that 12% who wore vision correction said they would have to cut back on eye care and only 19% intended to spend money on eye care this year.

Additionally, 18% of spectacles wearers and 24% of contact lenses wearers said they would put off changing their eyewear or contact lenses even if their prescription changed.

Duncan and Todd targets product growth Duncan and Todd appointed Gillian Sibeth as product development manager to drive the group’s growth plans as well as support its retail and external manufacturing businesses.

In her new role, Sibeth will travel between practices in Scotland and manage the rollout of frames,

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