Meet the sponsors

Find out who sponsored the AOP Awards 2019

Meet the sponsors

Cooper Vision

(Headline sponsor)

Coopervision306Here at CooperVision we understand how important contact lenses are to people’s daily lives, recognise that every wearer is unique and appreciate the importance of crafting world-class lenses for both mainstream and challenging vision corrections. Our focus goes beyond product development to true innovation, tackling some of the greatest challenges of our time such as myopia management and the impact of the global transformation to a digital lifestyle. CooperVision is also committed to providing focused practitioner support, through partnership activities and our Cooper Advantage™ programme.

100% Optical

(Sponsor of Frame of the Year)

100pctOptical306Over the course of three days, 100% Optical delivers a comprehensive educational programme of lectures and workshops from leading international experts, along with fashion shows, design hubs and spaces for networking across the sector.
It is the sixth year the event will take place, bringing together over 8900 professionals to learn, network and discover the latest innovations in the optical industry.

Delegates can access specialist advice on career development, marketing, design, financial planning and legal matters, as well as interactive CET and CPD for the entire practice team.


(Sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement Award)

Alcon_NovartisDivision logoThe Alcon® product portfolio includes DAILIES TOTAL1® and DAILIES TOTAL1® MULTIFOCAL the first water gradient contact lenses, the DAILIES® family of daily disposable contact lenses, AIR OPTIX® family of contact lenses, including our first silicone hydrogel coloured lens AIR OPTIX® COLORS (with three new colours added this year), and FreshLook® color contact lenses. Our contact lens care products include OPTI- FREE® PUREMOIST® multi-purpose disinfecting solution and AOSEPT® PLUS with HydraGlyde®. The SYSTANE® eye drop family offers long-lasting dry eye relief through corneal surface restoration, and includes SYSTANE® HYDRATION, SYSTANCE® ULTRA, SYSTANE® GEL DROPS and SYSTANE® BALANCE.


(Sponsor of the Charity of the Year Award)

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Essilor teams worldwide are driven by the vital mission of Improving lives by Improving sight and work alongside partners, supporting non-profit initiatives so we can help the third of the global population with uncorrected poor vision to see well and live well.

From The Centre of Excellence in Thornbury, Essilor Ltd offers a global service at a local level.  The local laboratory manufactures highly innovative products such as Varilux X series and Eyecode lenses. The business has received accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service for seven consecutive years. 

Essilor Ltd employs 370 people who are based throughout the UK.

Johnson & Johnson Vision

(Sponsor of the Locum of the Year Award)

Johnson & Johnson Award Sponsor 2019Johnson & Johnson Vision is committed to improving and restoring sight for patients worldwide. Since debuting the world’s first disposable soft contact lens in 1987, it has been helping patients see better through their world-leading ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses portfolio. In 2017, Johnson & Johnson invested further in eye health by expanding into cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery (LASIK), consumer eye health and the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye. Serving more than 60 million patients a day across 103 countries, Johnson & Johnson Vision is committed to helping more people in more places improve or restore their sight. Dual headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and Santa Ana, California, Johnson & Johnson Vision has more than 8,400 employees worldwide.

Lloyd & Whyte

(Sponsor of the Optical Team of the Year Award)

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Lloyd & Whyte have over 20 years’ experience advising healthcare professionals on financial planning and insurance advice. As the AOP appointed financial planners, they help optometrists focus on what matters to them. From reviewing pension plans to understanding legislation, it always helps to have an adviser with expertise in serving your profession. Not forgetting the great value cover through essential insurance policies to protect you, your family and your business.


(Sponsor of the Dispensing Optician of the Year Award)

Millmead AOP Award Sponsor 2019Founded in Millmead, Guildford in the UK, Millmead Optical Group (formerly Yakira Group) combines over 70 years of industry experience across eyewear, lenses and accessories.  Today the company remains a family run business retaining its independent values. The company is proud to provide our customers with high quality, well designed products with a reputation for reliability and integrity. With operations in London, Liverpool, Stuttgart and Hong Kong, Millmead operates throughout the global market.  The secret to our success is our ability to cross platforms, integrating our dynamic skill set to provide a complete service tailored to our customer’s needs.  Our mission is to provide clear vision and individual eyewear in an ever-changing world, exceeding expectations on ethical standards, customer service and integrity every step of the way. 


(Sponsor of the Optometrist of the Year Award)


OCuSOFT® is most recognized for OCuSOFT® Lid Scrub®, OCuSOFT® Lid Scrub Plus and OCuSOFT® Baby wipes for the treatment of Blepharitis. Additionally, we have the Oust Demodex range, an extra strength cleanser with tea tree oil that helps to control adult Demodex mites and their offspring when used daily.


(Sponsor of the Product of the Year Award)

Optoslogo306Only Optos provides ultra-widefield images of 2000 (82%) of the retina in a single non-contact optomap® image. Our technology provides 3-in-1 Colour Depth Imaging™, including sensory, choroidal and composite colour views, well as autofluorescence imaging with green laser displaying lipofuscin in the RPE. Early signs of many ocular pathologies and diseases may first present in the retinal periphery and can initially go undetected using traditional examination techniques and equipment, optomap can image past the equator helping you find disease sooner and treat it more effectively. Optos has recently launched Monaco, the first and only ultra-widefield retinal imaging device with integrated OCT. Monaco enables a rapid multi-modal capture featuring colour, autofluorescence and OCT scans for both eyes in as little as 90 seconds.


(Sponsor of the Lecturer of the Year Award)

Specsavers logoSpecsavers is a Partnership of nearly 2,000 locally-run businesses, committed to delivering high quality, affordable optical and hearing care in the communities they serve.


Established in 1984 by optometrists Doug and Dame Mary Perkins, we are the world’s largest privately-owned optical group, serving customers across the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Specsavers is committed to the highest standards of clinical excellence and to being a great place to work. With our focus on transforming eye health, we invest heavily in training and accreditation for our own practitioners, and for the profession as a whole.