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Isla’s Polycythemia is inspiration for dispensing assistant to raise thousands for clinic

18 July 2018

Llanelli opticians raised £4500 in one week for the local children’s ward. They fundraised after dispensing assistant Sher Lewis’ six-year-old daughter, Isla, was diagnosed with Polycythemia, a rare disorder where a high concentration of red blood cells causes difficulties in her blood getting to her organs. Isla is being regularly treated at the Cilgerran ward; 10% of her blood is being replaced with saline. | more

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Scottish opticians sign for success

17 July 2018

15 staff from Specsavers stores across Scotland have joined forces to learn sign language so they can communicate more effectively with hearing impaired customers.They enrolled on an official Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) ‘Introduction to Sign Language’ and have received a full accreditation after completing the 12-week course. This was supported by Glasgow Clyde College and funded via the Scottish Apprenticeship Levy. | more

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AOP Awards – nominations close 20 July

10 July 2018

With 14 different categories open for public nomination, plus the Lifetime Achievement Award, the awards celebrate outstanding talent and innovation in the profession, recognising exceptional contributions made by individuals and teams across the country. For | more

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CET – Colour vision – Part 1: the meaning of colour

30 May 2018

Patients with colour vision deficiencies will expect their eye care practitioners to be able to provide advice on both the cause and impact of their conditions. This article explains the physical and physiological basis of normal colour vision as well the congenital and acquired colour vision deficiencies which can occur. | more

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Thinking of becoming a dispensing optician? Read Nicola’s story

13 July 2018

Dispensing optician Nicola Stokoe stumbled into the world of optics but found she really liked the fashion and paediatric sides of dispensing best and tries all the frames on first to be able to advise customers how they will look on them, and reassuring parents who don’t wear glasses who need to find glasses for their child for the first time. | more

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Are smartphones Display Screen Equipment?

12 July 2018

Introduced in 1992 and amended in 2002, the DSE regulations do in fact include smartphones. For clarification, within the regulations ‘display screen equipment’ means any alphanumeric or graphic display screen, regardless of the display process | more

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