Winning an Optician Award is one of the highest accolades optical professionals, practices and companies can achieve and now is your chance to enter.
For over twenty years Optician has put together a programme of awards that seek to recognise and reward excellence across the profession, business and industry. This year our practice awards encompass, technology, family values, contact lenses, window dressing and fashion. Special awards also recognise the achievements of multiples and independents.
Optics is a people business so Optician has devised a set of awards dedicated to the optometrists, dispensing opticians and assistants teams that make practices tick.
Products are the lifeblood of the retail optical business and each year Optician casts its net far and wide to find the favourite frames, lenses and contact lenses on the market.
Many people, practices and products count an Optician Award among their most treasured possessions and this year you could join their ranks. Our winners are just like you; dedicated, hardworking and caring players in the optical scene.
Our winners are chosen by expert panels of judges. They want to see your passion for optics as well as hard facts and will deliberate long and hard to devise the shortlists and announce the victor. Our winners are not chosen by an online popularity vote.
Choose which categories you would like to enter.
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A practice can only enter a maximum of THREE of the practice awards. This does not include the individual awards.
The core component of your entry is the 1000 word ‘Entry document’, which should be based on the category criteria for the category you are entering. Please click here to read about the categories.
Your entry document should include:
Your entry document should follow the formatting requirements below:
Your entry also requires an entry photo which represents your entry (eg product/practice/team). Please upload this with your entry.
In addition to the entry document, you may include supporting material. Supporting material does not contribute to the 1000 word limit of the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to:
Lucy Allen - Optician Awards - St Jude’s Church - Dulwich Road - London - SE24 0PB
Please note that all essential information should go into your entry document. Supporting material should only back up what is in the main entry document.
If you are submitting an entry for either of the above categories please send us ONE example of your product to support your entry.
Please send it to:
Lucy Allen - Optician Awards - St Jude’s Church - Dulwich Road - London - SE24 0PB
The Optician Awards have been established for over 20 years and offer a unique opportunity for the industry to gather together to celebrate the success of Opticians, optical practices and suppliers from around the UK.
Entries for the Awards are encouraged from both independent opticians and multiples throughout the UK and Ireland.
The event attracts between 500-600 guests from the optical industry and is recognised as the event of the year for Optical practices around the UK.
Please get in touch with our sponsorship team to discuss how we can help your organisation maximise its exposure by becoming identified with the most prestigious awards in the industry.
To discuss your options contact:
Alcon® has a heritage of innovation which has improved the lives of millions of contact lens wearers and providing valuable support to Eye Care Practitioners helping them develop their clinical skills, understanding of contact lens wearers’ needs and their eye care business.
Innovative products such as DAILIES TOTAL1® water gradient contact lenses, DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus™ with moisture release technology, AIR OPTIX® with Permanent Plasma Surface Technology and OPTIFREE® PureMoist® Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution with HydraGlyde® Moisture Matrix enhances wearers’ experience with improved comfort and reduced deposition from application to removal.
Under the umbrella of the Academy for EyeCare Excellence, Alcon® supports eye care practitioners, students, support staff and business owners with education and training developed in association with independent experts.
Hoya Lens has had a presence in the UK for over 30 years. In that time, they have brought to the UK optical market the best quality lens materials, the most advanced lens designs and the most innovative treatments; all matched to the evolving needs of consumers and trade partners in the optical field.
Hoya’s ophthalmic lenses are manufactured with the greatest care and precision and correspond to the strictest optical, aesthetic and cosmetic quality standards. Thanks to an extensive investment in R&D and the latest manufacturing methods, the Hoya lens design range offers a solution perfectly suited for every spectacle wearer.
Grafton Optical is one of the UK's leading suppliers of ophthalmic instruments, equipping and servicing independent and larger chain opticians as well as Britain's hospitals.
Grafton's reputation is based on our ability to source and supply the finest ophthalmic equipment at the best possible value for our customers. As an independent company we can choose the best instruments from across the world, including the USA, Europe, Japan and China, without pressure or compromise.
Our Technical Services Department comprises a talented team of individuals who are highly specialised in their individual engineering fields.
At Grafton we are proud of our level of customer service. Our dedicated team is here to help serve your needs.
Over twenty seven years ago Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies changed contact lenses forever when the world’s first disposable contact lenses, ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, were launched. Since then the ACUVUE® revolution has continued, right up to today with a revolutionary design for correcting presbyopia, 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL and the upcoming 2016 launch of ACUVUE OASYS® 1-Day with HydraLuxe™ Technology. The #1 selling contact lens in the world1 unbeaten on comfort, now available in a daily lens.
At Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies, we are committed to supporting your success by delivering innovative technologies that address your patients’ needs. ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses offer more than just vision correction. The unique EYE-INSPIRED™ Design addresses different needs and offers patients an exceptional experience that truly impacts the way they see, the way they are seen and the way they live their lives.
We are also committed to delivering best in class professional education aimed at Eye Care Practitioners, support staff and students. This is to help further develop the clinical, technical and communication skills that make a real difference to the service you deliver to your patients. We have a large professional team to support you with your learning and we are all passionate about education.
Starting with a wide range of hands-on interactive courses at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE®, we aim to enhance clinical skills and inspire learning for over 1600 practitioners each year. In 2015 we launched our exciting new industry leading initiative STEP® (Step Through Education Program) which supports optometry students as they transition through to becoming newly qualified practitioners.
The Optician Awards has been established for over 20 years and is the highlight of the year for Optical practices, attracting the UK’s most talented Opticians, teams and companies. By attending the awards in Birmingham you will have the opportunity to network with over 500 fellow Opticians.
The gala dinner and awards ceremony for the annual Optician Awards will take place on Saturday 9th April, at the brand new cutting-edge Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham.
Your ticket prices includes champagne on arrival, an excellent three course meal including half a bottle of wine per person and live entertainment from a top class host, as well as attendance at the most prestigious awards in the optical industry.
Book now: Please use our online booking facility to book your table.
Date: Saturday 9th April 2016
Dress code: Black tie/ cocktail and evening dresses
Venue: The Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham B40 1PU
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Please note all prices exclude VAT.
Grafton Optical and its technology partner Visionix
Birmingham Optical and technology partners Nidek
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on 020 7501 6782, who will be happy to help.
A: You must submit your entry/entries by midnight Friday 22nd January 2016.
A: It is FREE to enter the Optician Awards.
A: A practice can only enter a maximum of THREE of the practice awards. This does not include the individual awards.
A: The main component of your entry is the entry document. The entry document should be no more than 1000 words. All key information listed in the criteria for the category needs to be in the entry document.
Supporting material is optional and does not contribute to the 1000 word limit of the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to photographs, testimonials, graphs, pdfs of any printed material (adverts, brochures, news articles etc).
A: You should submit no more than 5 supporting documents. Each supporting document can have a maximum of 10 pages per file.
A: Once you have submitted your entries they will be processed by the awards team, ready for judging. Judging takes place in early February and the shortlist will be announced shortly after.
A: The Optician Awards will be judged by a panel of experts specialising in different areas of optometry and the optical industry.
A: The full shortlist will be published on this website in early February. You will also receive confirmation by email at this time.
A: The announcement of the winners will be made at the Optician Awards on Saturday 9th April at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham.
A: Bookings will be open shortly for you to buy tickets to attend the ceremony on the 9th April
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