The IOA is grateful for the support of the following partner organisations


The Association of British Dispensing Opticians represents over 6000 professionals. ABDO has provided the secretariat to the IOA for a number of years.


For over 60 years, CHARMANT Group has been renowned worldwide for its pioneering work in the research and development of new technologies in the optical industry. By striving for perfection and its uncompromising high product quality, the Japanese company has developed into one of the most important producers and suppliers in the highly competitive international ophthalmic optics market. With its goal to unreservedly fulfil the wishes and demands of its customers, CHARMANT can always be depended upon for premium quality and outstanding service.

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Essilor International

Essilor International has been working with the IOA from the initial stages of the project, as well as through Points de Vue, the online magazine for optical professionals which is read in over 100 countries and available in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.

Younger Optics

For more than 60 years, Younger Optics has established itself as a leader in the optical industry by developing new and innovative lens solutions. From polarized sun lenses that block blinding glare to lenses designed specifically for the driving task -Younger provides a wide array of lens options, materials and treatments to meet virtually every eyewear need: quality products that help people to see better.

The Younger® brands are: NuPolar®, NuPolar® Infinite Grey®, Trilogy®, DriveWear®, Camber® Technology®, Younger Transitions® and Younger Transitions® XTRActive®.


Stepper Eyewear

Redefining frame manufacture since 1970

STEPPER has always been changing eyewear for the better. Challenging convention to beat a new path. Delivering effortless vision by utilising new materials and processes.

Advanced Plastics

TX5 allows STEPPER to create eyewear that would not be possible using conventional materials. Manufactured in its ‘final form’ (so it fits first and fits last) in a material that is 25% lighter than acetate, has endless colouring possibilities, is durable, flexible and is skin friendly.

Masters of Metal

Titanium is one of the newest and most advanced metals for frame manufacture with its routes in aerospace. STEPPER utilises the intrinsic qualities of Titanium; lightness, strength, flexibility, durability and hypoallergenic qualities to produce high performance, attractive eyewear.

Better for Business

Find out how STEPPER innovation can add value to your business by contacting one or distributors. Website link.


Hoya has been with the IOA from day one encouraging the new mission to represent the 600,000 opticians around the world

Silmo Paris

Le salon incontournable des professionnels de l’optique et de la lunetterie.

Silmo has always been an avid supporter of the optical profession and, like the IOA, is expanding its reach on several continents

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The National Eyecare Group

The National Eyecare Group are proud to partner the IOA and work with them to support the Optical profession where ever we can. With 1100 members, the National Eyecare Group ( NEG) is the UK’s largest purchasing group dedicated to supporting UK Independent practices. Established in 1979, NEG offers preferential terms with the UK’s leading optical suppliers, simplified administration and unique incentive schemes. But we’re not just a purchasing group, NEG offers a range of business services including direct debit collection, general banking, including merchant card services, practice design, equipment supply and marketing support. However our most widely used business service is our practice management software, provided by our IT division Optinet.

Optinet FLEX is one of the UK’s leading PMS’ and offers a comprehensive solution to running a practice, regardless of size. It covers all areas from reception to consulting room, from dispensing to marketing and is seen by an increasing number of practices across the UK, as the go to solution for running a practice. With a tried and test conversation process, in store training and ongoing support, Optinet can quickly become a valued member of your team .

We would be delighted to show you what a difference we can make to your business, so please visit , for Optinet information please visit



PPG has been generous financially, supporting the IOA with educational content


Optical stores need new and exciting ways to engage the modern consumer.

Smart Mirror is the optical industry’s expert in providing effective digital technologies to redefine the eyewear shopping experience. We offer online to in-store experiences such as Virtual Try-on, Lens Simulator, Digital Centration, Frame Advisor, interactive kiosks and more.

Our augmented and virtual reality applications will help your patient’s see and understand eyewear possibilities.

Chain stores and ECP all over the world have been using our technology to bring the customer journey to the next level.