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The Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians is a leading professional membership and insurance organisation that represents primary care eye health providers in the UK and Ireland and offers bespoke and targeted advice to our diverse business and individual membership.

We represent the interests of opticians, optometrists and other optical professionals and businesses at the highest level of national policy debate.

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Free eye examinations to continue in Scotland

Free eye examinations to continue in Scotland

30th August

Free eye examinations are to continue in Scotland, with a review of community optometry services to make further improvements, Health Secretary Shona Robison announced last week.

College publishes first ever study comparing spectacles bought online vs in store

College publishes first ever study comparing spectacles bought online vs in store

24th August

A study commissioned by the College of Optometrists has found that, when comparing spectacles bought online and those bought and fitted in optometric practices, customers preferred shop bought spectacles.

Sir Roger Gale MP visits Kent opticians

Sir Roger Gale MP visits Kent opticians

17th August

MP Sir Roger Gale visited his local opticians earlier this month to find out why regular eye tests are important in preventing avoidable sight loss, and to hear from the Kent and Medway Local Optical Committee (LOC) about the community eye care services available in optical practices across Kent.

Latest OSCE results announced by the College of Optometrists

Latest OSCE results announced by the College of Optometrists

16th August

The results are in for the College of Optometrists’ latest OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).

VISION 2020 UK announce WESC Foundation as a new member organisation

VISION 2020 UK announce WESC Foundation as a new member organisation

11th August

The addition of the WESC Foundation marks an exciting step for VISION 2020 UK as it expands its portfolio of membership organisations.

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