News archive for 2020
An ear, nose and throat consultant has become the first UK doctor confirmed to have died of coronavirus.
The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has announced a 20% reduction in membership fees for UK practising members, which is the equivalent of two monthly direct debit payments.
Haag-Streit has offered users a free downloadable breath shield template for its slit lamps.
NHS England’s failure to act is forcing hundreds of optical practices to close, with a direct and dangerous impact on the eye healthcare of patients in England during the COVID-19 crisis, the Optical Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) has warned.
Ophthalmic device manufacturer BVI has redirected its efforts and supply toward the COVID-19 response.
Johnson & Johnson has announced the selection of a lead COVID-19 vaccine candidate and the rapid scaling of its manufacturing capacity with the goal of providing global supply of more than one billion doses.
The Kay iSight Test Pro visual acuity test is now available with a free six month introductory subscription for Apple devices only.
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The UK Government has now published further guidance clarifying that opticians are exempt from the general requirement for retail businesses and premises to close. Optical practices may therefore continue to provide urgent and essential eye care to the extent that they can, including remote care, while managing COVID-19 risk to keep patients, staff and the public as safe as possible.
The following is a joint statement from the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC), Optometry Scotland, Optometry Wales and Optometry Northern Ireland.
A joint statement was released by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and College of Optometrists on 19 March.