AOP Issue Solar Eclipse Advice For Patients




A statement from the AOP regarding the upcoming eclipse:




Friday morning will see the most spectacular eclipse of the sun for 15 years, in a rare astronomical alignment as the Moon will pass directly between the sun and the Earth, blocking out most of the light. Viewers in the UK will witness a partial eclipse of at least 80%, depending upon location.

Don’t lose sight of your eyes during the eclipse



Patients and colleagues may ask for advice about how to view the eclipse safely. Here are a few top tips to ensure that the public view the eclipse safely without damaging their eyes:



1. Never look directly at the sun or use any instruments like binoculars, telescopes or cameras to view the sun directly. Doing so can permanently damage your eyesight.

2. The only safe way to view the eclipse is indirectly, through a device such as a pinhole projector. This cheap and easy method projects the sun’s image onto a screen, such as a sheet of white paper or cardboard.

3. Never point an unprotected camera lens at the sun as this can cause permanent damage to the camera and to your eyes. To take photos of the sun without damaging your camera, you will need to use a solar filter recommended by your camera manufacturer.

The only safe way to view the sun is indirectly and perhaps the best way to get a good view is to watch it on television. For more information, watch OT’s interview with Karen Sparrow, Head of Professional Development, and the news update in this week’s edition.

Don’t forget, you can keep up to date with all the latest eye health stories in the news by following us on Twitter and searching our #eyesinthenews hashtag.

Warwickshire Optometrist Shortlisted for AOP Optometrist of the Year

RohitNuneaton Optometrist, Dr. Rohit Narayan, is one the final three Opometrists shortlisted for the 2014 Optometrist of the Year award. Dr. Narayan, a Boots Opticians’ Optometric Practice Manager, states that he is, “thrilled to be deemed worthy of nomination. I have a passion for optometry and I strive to push the boundaries of the care I deliver to my patients in the local community.”


To read Dr. Narayan and the other nominees’ full profiles and to cast your vote click HERE

CET Grant Claim Forms Published

AOPAssociation of Optometrists Policy Director, David Craig, has issued the following information regarding this years CET Grant Claim Form:

The claim form for the CET grant for optometrists in England has been published and is available on the AOP website:

Note the window for making claims runs from 14 July to 14 November. Forms for performers should be sent to the Area Team which manages the performer’s list entry. As in previous years, the grant must be claimed via a contractor.

 The AOP suggests that members should retain a copy of their claim form and should confirm receipt with their Area Team – it is not unknown for forms to have gone astray.

Claim forms for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are expected to be published shortly.

The Optical Confederation will be publishing guidance on claiming the grant in the next few days.

A word copy of the document can be found HERE

Warwickshire AOP’s April Meeting Details Announced


The next Warwickshire AOP meeting is to be held on Monday 28th April and Warwickshire LOC’s Secretary, Francesca Marchetti, will talk on Vision and Driving. There will be 1 interactive CET point available.

The talk starts at 7.30pm at The Venture Centre, University of Warwick Science Park, Sir William Lyons Road, Coventry, CV4 7EZ and a buffet will be available.

AGM 2014 Details