Your voice in the media

Our key campaigns and media coverage highlights

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Through our national and regional media campaigns, we aim to ensure that the voice of our members is heard on important issues impacting the profession.

Set up in 2017, our annual Voice of Optometry insight survey which invites members to share their experiences, has been instrumental in helping us to do this. Using our Voice of Optometry findings we’ve launched public awareness campaigns on a range of topics including driving and vision, children's eye health and lifestyle choices.

Media coverage highlights 2022

We secured national coverage across three headline campaigns alongside an ongoing programme of media activity to promote optometry and eye health. 

2022 saw regular appearances on Radio 4’s In Touch programme including discussing the impact of COVID-19 on eye health and the future of cornea transplantation, according to pioneering research. 

We launched our first long-running campaign for equality, diversity and inclusion in optics, 100% Respect. Our cost of living activity #EyeCareSupportNow supported by MP Marsha de Cordova, secured over 200 pieces of coverage across broadcast, print and online publications with key targets BBC, Channel 4 and the Independent covering our findings.     

Our Don’t swerve a sight test campaign also continued to perform well with the latest data and case examples gaining traction with national outlets such as the Express, Sun and Daily Star

Further 2022 highlights


Media coverage highlights 2021

The shift seen across the media landscape in 2020 continued throughout 2021 – but that didn’t stop us supporting members with crucial COVID-19 related news and campaigns around topical subjects throughout the year.

We secured national coverage in the Telegraph discussing how lockdown has impacted the UK’s eye health, coverage from a range of UK news outlets surrounding the new DVLA proposals for drivers over 70, as well as eye care tips in lifestyle publications like My Weekly, Platinum Magazine and more.   

Our summer consumer campaign SPF for your Eyes secured coverage across national and regional outlets including the Express and Sun. While additional activity included launching our Know your lenses campaign, around the illegal supply of contact lenses online, and winter driving tips as part of our annual Don’t swerve a sight test campaign.   

Further 2021 highlights


Media coverage highlights 2020

The media landscape shifted dramatically in 2020 – curtailing much planned PR activity for the year. Despite that, we supported members with as many as three releases a week on coronavirus-related issues at the height of the pandemic and continued to achieve high profile coverage throughout including calling on the Government for more financial and job support schemes, illegal practice, contact lens advice and returning to practice. Our campaigns included spectacle anti-fogging tips covered by the Daily Mail, The Sun and online portals such as Yahoo!, and our driving in the dark campaign, coinciding with the clocks changing, was picked up by lifestyle publications My Weekly, The People's Friend and regional press. 

Further 2020 highlights


Media coverage highlights 2019

On 2 July 2019, we launched our first national smoking cessation campaign, Stub it out, which included a media launch, digital campaign and outdoor advertising on posters and buses at locations in London, Glasgow and Manchester where there are the highest levels of smoking in the UK. During the first week of the campaign, 22 broadcast interviews took place reaching seven million listeners and over 60 online articles, with a combined reach of 30 million.

Coverage highlights included BBC news, Sky News Radio and STV in Scotland. Sky News Radio reached three million people and BBC News reached 801,000. 

Further 2019 highlights

A B See national media coverage
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Media coverage highlights 2018

A B See

Our first A B See campaign, which launched on 22 August 2018, shone a spotlight on the risks of children missing out on, or delaying, sight tests. Capturing the nation’s attention were the Voice of Optometry findings. These revealed 74% of practising optometrists had seen children in the past year who had vision problems that could have been treated more successfully if they had been diagnosed at an earlier age.

The campaign was featured extensively on both national and local TV and radio, including an interview on BBC Breakfast. Our message was widely covered online and in the printed press, with the importance of children’s sight tests discussed in the Huffington Post, Daily Mail and ITV News among others. 

Don't swerve a sight test

Our second Don’t swerve a sight test campaign was also widely reported when it launched on 7 November. During the first week of the campaign 27 radio interviews, six articles in the printed press and 185 online articles helped to promote our message about the importance of regular sight tests for drivers, to millions of members of the public.

Highlights included coverage in the Daily Mail, Metro and Telegraph and interviews on Capital FM, BBC Radio 2 and TalkSport.

Our Don’t swerve a sight test message and member survey findings also gained attention in September 2018, when a police initiative saw four forces carry out roadside sight checks on all drivers stopped. In total our campaign was included in over 250 media outlets.

Further 2018 highlights

Media coverage highlights 2017

In 2017, we increased our media coverage by 174% on 2016 using statistics from the Voice of Optometry survey. Through the thoughts, opinions and experiences of our panel members, on eye health topics, we achieved coverage across national, international, online and trade media. 

Don’t swerve a sight test  

Our primary campaign in 2017 related to vision standards for driving. Our inaugural Don’t swerve a sight test campaign achieved 159 broadcast hits, reaching over 111 million listeners when it launched on 14 November.

The BBC Breakfast and BBC News programmes reached a combined total of over 2.5 million. It was also covered by national newspapers, including The Telegraph and The Times, online by BBC News, Huffington Post and Yahoo!, and on the radio by Sky News and LBC.

Further 2017 highlights