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ABDO renews tie-up with ITN Productions The Association of British Dispensing Opticians has announced it will team up with ITN Productions for the third year running to produce promotional programmes introduced by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.

The aim was to provide a greater understanding of the role of dispensing opticians, with particular focus on paediatric dispensing, lens technology and spectacle frames, a statement said.

The first part of ABDO Insight 2016 will be premiered at Optrafair on April 10. The second will coincide with National Eye Health Week in September 2016.

No7 event tackles corneal CL options Irregular corneas are increasing in prevalence bringing the opportunity for treatment specialisation, a CET event told delegates this week.

No7’s contact lens event earlier this month looked at the incidence of injury, infection, disease and post-lasik problems, which it said were all contributing to an increasing incidence of patients needing specialist contact lens care.

Danny Pepper, No7 sales and marketing manager, said: ‘The day provided the confidence to assess and fit a range of contact lenses to patients with irregular corneas. We also looked at the well-being of these patients and psychological impact of realising this is normally a life-long condition.’

Doug Perkins to address Optrafair Specsavers joint group CEO Doug Perkins has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for Optrafair in April – to deliver his vision for the future of the profession.

Perkins will address visitors on

Doug Perkins: Optrafair speaker the opening Saturday of the exhibition, being held at the Birmingham NEC from April 9-11.

Alarm over sight loss depression rates Almost half of people attending NHS low vision clinics for help with sight loss suffer from symptoms of clinical depression, a new study has shown.

According to the Depression in Visual Impairment trial at Cardiff university, 43% of people who lose their sight go on to fight depression.

Jenny Cook, head of strategy and research at Guide Dogs, said: ‘Adjusting to life with sight loss can be extremely challenging. Many people struggle with feelings of isolation, find activities they used to enjoy more difficult and can feel reliant on their family and friends.’

GOC writes the book on continuing education A booklet providing guidance for the 2016-18 Continuing Education and Training (CET) cycle has been produced by the General Optical Council.

Changes included the new Standards of Practice competency for optometrists and dispensing opticians, with the GOC’s new Standards of Practice coming into force from April.

GOC acting head of education and standards Marcus Dye said: ‘This guide is intended to help registrants get the most out of their CET, and I encourage all registrants

Luxottica denies Channel 4 documentary claims

A Channel 4 documentary has claimed that Luxottica controls 80% of ‘designer’ sunglass brands on sale in the UK and that some of its frames cost just £10 to manufacture.

Aired earlier this week (February 22), the programme on the Italian eyewear giant appeared on consumer retail programme Supershoppers, which Channel 4 said uncovered the tricks of the retail trade.

In the feature, the presenters explained how Luxottica controlled the design, production and retailing of the sunglasses through Sunglass Hut. ‘It’s the stuff of dreams for big business,’ said presenter Andi Osho. ‘Luxottica control the whole process from design studio to shop floor.’

Responding to the programme, a Luxottica spokesperson rebutted the claim it controlled 80% of the designer sunglass market, because its portfolio totalled only 30 licensed and proprietary brands in a market of thousands. It said data provided by market research firm Euromonitor International showed that of the 954 million frames produced worldwide in 2015, 93 million were manufactured by Luxottica – less than 10% of market volumes.

The company said the issue of manufacturing costs was complex and industry-related.

4 OPTICIAN 26 February 2016

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