13 March 2020

Podcast: Back to the future of eyewear trends

"I think there will be renaissance of people going back to glasses that are quality pieces of eyewear, pieces that they can keep for a very long time.’ – Rebecca, design student.

Following London Fashion Week, our Curator, Neil Handley, discusses the history and future of eyewear. Together with Clinical Adviser, Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, Senior Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Flora McLean and design students, Rebecca and Ely, Neil explores the unique status of spectacles as a medical device and fashion accessory.

Our podcast series covers the latest in eye care, including gene therapy, ocular allergy and AMD. Download and listen now, just search ‘The College of Optometrists’ wherever you get your podcasts.

Related further reading

A panel of College members grapple with a controversial question

Neil Handley, Curator of the BOA Museum at the College, shares some interesting facts on the evolution of spectacles.