Entries by Finola Carey

Welcome Amanda!

ODMA is very pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda to the position of General Manager for O=MEGA21, the major industry event that is a joint venture between ODMA and Optometry Victoria South Australia (OV/SA). 2021 marks the return of Face to Face Events in Australasia with O=MEGA21 Amanda says “I plan to ensure the […]

From the ODMA CEO’s Desk, by Finola Carey

Welcome to the new decade – it starts in 2021! Lets put the last one behind us firmly and look to a bright future. Before we do that it is time to congratulate the industry for the way the crisis was handled and where better to celebrate than at our own industry event O=MEGA21 to be held in […]

Q&A with Dr James Muecke AM

In our final Blog post for 2020, this is a nice way to finish off a tough year with a good news story with the 2020 Australian of the Year, Adelaide eye surgeon Dr James Muecke. He speaks to ODMA CEO, Finola Carey about his life and work in helping to prevent blindness with Sight […]

The TRUTH about Blue Light

One of the most frequently talked about topics in the eyewear industry is currently blue light and blue light blocking lenses. This article focuses on blue light and the products being offered which have been designed to reduce exposure. Although the sun is the main source of blue light, the mounting concerns about exposure to it, […]

New mandatory Sunglass Standard to apply July 2019

Published in 2017, the Consumer Goods (Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles) Safety Standard 2017 sets out the mandatory requirements for sunglasses and fashion spectacles. The mandatory standard is based on sections of the voluntary Australian/New Zealand standard AS?NZS 1067.1:2016 Eye and face protection – sunglasses and fashion spectacles (available from SAI Global) A transitional period allows compliance […]

Frames and Lenses to be removed from TGA register

Last month ODMA and three other like-minded associations – The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the Australian Medical Manufacturers and Distributors Association (AMMDA) and the Assistive Technology Suppliers Australasia (ASTA) combined to form The Medical Devices Small Business Coalition, whose mission is to ensure that the needs of small business in the medical devices sector […]

What have the Romans ever done for us?

Not for Profit Association Members often ask what does my Association do for me? Particularly in the industry group sector. One answer is “provides advocacy”, but how can this be measured? Advocacy is a bit like advertising in this context. It definitely works but what part works best – no one really knows. As the CEO of a small […]

OSHOW – SHOPPING WEEKEND in Melbourne with FREE AFL Tickets

The fashion capital of Australia will not disappoint this July when OSHOW returns to Peninsula at Docklands. Organised and hosted by ODMA, more than 45 ANZ leaders in equipment, sunglasses, frames, and lenses are participating in the event. OSHOW will deliver the latest optical industry technology showcase in the fashion capital of Australia. The line up includes all your […]

Are celebrities normalising wearing glasses?

At the Oscars in early March, many of the Actors on stage were wearing glasses. American social media was abuzz with it, and we optical wholesalers thought – Hallelujah, at last! – But do we now wonder why? Glasses have been around for a long time – Why has everyone not noticed people wearing them? Why was […]