Issue 8, July 2011
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Cosmetic contact lenses: a buyer's guide

We have produced a new leaflet ‘Buying cosmetic contact lenses’Plano lens email aimed at public and patient representative groups, and members of the public.


The leaflet, which is also endorsed by the British Contact Lens Association, has two key messages:

- Only buy them from a legal source. You can risk serious damage to your eyes if you don’t.

- The GOC will take action against unregistered retailers selling these lenses illegally.

Read more information and download the booklet



Introducing Samantha Peters

Samantha email

Samantha Peters has been Chief Executive and Registrar of the GOC since February. We asked her to share some of her thoughts about the challenges facing optics and regulation.


Read the full article here

Guidance for students with disabilities

Student guidance emailWe have published new guidance for students, or potential students, with disabilities who wish to become an optometrist or dispensing optician .


It provides information on what students can expect during their application and studies, the role and responsibilities of their training institution and the role of the GOC.

Read the full story and download the guidance


Fight for Sight's Carrots Nightwalk

CarrotsOn 23 September Fight for Sight's Carrots Nightwalk takes place in London. The 15 mile walk takes in some of London's most spectacular night-time sights and will raise money for research into conditions which cause sight loss.


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News in brief

GOC recognised as 'effective regulator'


Registrants back online retention in GOC survey



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