The RCOphth flagship conference is taking place from 24th -27th May 2021 in the ACC in Liverpool. The ACC have been working tirelessly to ensure that they are ready to offer a safe environment for all their visitors.

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The ACC have created a Virtual Tour, to highlight the important changes they have made to their campus in line with a number of government and industry-approved accreditations to assist with event planning and delegate communications. Please click here to view the virtual tour.



As has been seen in all other medical specialities no 'Live' exhibitions have taken place for many months. However, OPTIC (UK) has been working very closely behind the scenes with the AEO (Association of Event Organisers) AEV (Association of Event Venues) and ESSA (Event Supplier and Services Association). They have launched the "All Secure Standard' which is a framework of COVID-19 industry and best practice guidance for business events and consumers shows which take place in conference and exhibition centres. OPTIC (UK) will now be working towards the 'All Secure Standard' more information on the standard can be found here


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OPTIC (UK) is sad to announce the recent death of Michael Ham a key player in OPTIC (UK)’s formation and early years

Mike was a most prominent and influential figure within the industry. He was the highly regarded and respected Sales Director for Keeler Ltd from 1962  until retirement in 1997. With his razor sharp mind and ready wit he was an inspiration and guide to those that worked with him, many have subsequently enjoyed their own successful careers in the Ophthalmic industry.

"OPTIC (UK) was established in 1983 and Michael played a leading role in its formation and setting of its objectives. He was appointed as Chairman during the formative years in 1986 laying the firm foundations and principles on which the association has built."
Michael Bench - previous Chairman OPTIC (UK)

"Mike was one of the most inspirational people in Optics and he was a true leader! I will always be in his debt for the guidance he gave me in my early years in optics. His influence in my career will never be forgotten."    
Andy Yorke - HonFCOptom, Managing Director Topcon

"Occasionally in life one is lucky enough to meet people who end up shaping you’re your life. Mike was one such person. On the surface larger than life; no nonsense sort of guy who always exuded confidence & always drew out the best in others. He was a kind, inspirational guy who I feel honoured to have known and spent hundreds of hours with.  Sleep well Mike.  Tone."
Tony Ellison – previous Vice Chairman OPTIC (UK)
"Mike was a  real inspiration for me hence why I joined the OPTIC(UK) Council. Even from the early years (80’s) and I was typing their minutes, it was clear to me that this group were pioneers of their time and were going to make a huge difference to the industry with all of their support and passion for Ophthalmology."
Laura Haverley – Head of UK Sales Keeler – Current OPTIC (UK) Council Member.
Mike Ham