Checking it twice

OT ’s senior reporter considers the power of lists as the year-end draws nearer

Christmas list

I’ve started receiving Christmas wish lists from family members young and old, as well as being asked to share mine. It’s time to get organised for Christmas and that, of course, requires its own list.

This year (to save me from tears) I’ve even managed to obtain a list from my dad, who, had he not provided one, would have ended up with another shirt or slippers.

It is not just Christmas wish lists or food shopping lists that are currently being written. As the end of the year, and the decade, draws nearer ‘best of’ lists for music, film and TV have started to be published.

These lists are always contentious given their subjective nature, yet despite being aware of this I still experience mild outrage when they don’t correlate to my own end of year lists.

What makes these lists so enticing is the strange vindication experienced when one of these lists matches with your favourites and is declared The Best.

In order to make sure your favourites don’t miss out on the recognition they deserve, make sure you vote in the AOP Awards 2020 before 5pm on 18 December.

OT has published the December issue and the cover is inspired by our people management theme, which takes a look at why optometry needs to invest in its most valuable asset – you. Share a photo on Instagram of you with your favourite OT cover of the year and don’t forget to tag @Optometry_Today.

Next year, the theme of 20/20 vision and the opportunity to promote eye health seems to be one that cannot be missed and will start at 100% Optical at ExCeL London on 25–27 January.

In OT’s latest preview of the event, equipment and audiology exhibitors share what they will be showcasing and the opportunities for attendees to gain CET points.

OT has also spoken to Peek’s Dr Andrew Bastawrous, who will be presenting one of three keynote lectures on the Main Stage as part of the AOP’s education programme at 100% Optical. Watch our interview with Dr Bastawrous on the OT website.

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