Friends Q&A

Who can subscribe as a friend of the Eyecare Trust?
The friends scheme is open to all ophthalmic practitioners and other healthcare providers.
What are the benefits of subscribing as a friend of the Eyecare Trust?
In addition to making a charitable contribution to help fund the Trustís fund public information campaign Friends of the Trust can enjoy a range of exclusive benefits designed to help support and enhance patient care and assist in the promotion of eye health issues to your local community.
Key benefits for subscribers include:
Free patient information leaflet (plus additional copies at a discounted rate) There are thirteen titles in the current portfolio of leaflets covering topics such as Eye Examination, Contact Lenses, Your Eyes and VDUs, Your Childís Eyesight and the ABC of AMD.
A wide-range of downloadable clinical fact sheets
An annually updated marketing toolkit supplied on CD-ROM. Includes royalty free photo library, template press releases, events guide, posters, POS material and other marketing resources.
Regularly updated template press releases to help promote your practice as an authority on eyecare. These press releases cover seasonal events such as the importance of adequate UV protection as well as topical eye health issues. The press releases are available on the annual CD-ROM and can be downloaded direct from the membersí zone on the website.
Optics in the News. Keep up to date with current news and events surrounding the optics industry with our daily news alerts highlighting optical stories in the national press.
Free email address. Five MB storage, Advanced Anti-virus and Anti-spam service, Folders to help you organise your mailbox, User preferences that allow you to customise your own mailbox, Online address book, Email signature.
Subscription to Vista - the Trustís e-magazine.
Opportunity to participate in the Trustís high profile public information campaigns including National Eye Week. Opportunities include acting as a regional spokesperson of eye health issues.
How much does it cost to subscribe as a friend?
The annual contribution to become a friend of the Eyecare Trust is £250 to include all free benefits, while the cost for each additional practice in the same ownership is £175 per annum. All prices include VAT.
How do I join?
Click here to subscribe online or contact our membership and administration secretary for more information. Telephone 0845 129 5001 or email
What methods of payment do you accept?
Credit / debit cards (online subscription only), cheque, cash or monthly standing order.
Where can I go to find out more information about the work of the Trust and the benefits of membership?
Please contact our membership and administration secretary for more information. Telephone 0845 129 5001 or email
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