About Optrafair

The UK's leading optical exhibition

Optrafair is the premier event to be seen at, where you'll meet a dedicated and informed audience of eye care professionals. For leading brands, and for newer companies aiming to get a foothold on the market, Optrafair is the leading exhibition for the UK optical industry.

Optrafair has united the British optical industry since 1978, continually building on our heritage to support every sector across the industry. Optrafair is trusted by everyone who works in the industry – manufacturers, laboratories, suppliers and distributors, eye care professionals and their representative and professional bodies, and educators. This well-established brand ensures that exhibitors and visitors from all parts of the sector have opportunities to develop their businesses, expand their knowledge, grow their awareness of new products and services and participate in a wide range of education and training activities.

Optrafair is brought to you by two of the most respected organisations serving the optical market in the UK. FMO first introduced Optrafair as a show ‘by the sector, for the sector’ and those values remain. They are a non-profit organisation and surpluses from Optrafair are ploughed back for the benefit of the sector. We work in partnership with MA Exhibitions and Optician magazine, combining some of the most respected organisations serving the optical market.


“Great way to source new products and technology in one place. Great location and transport links, and the odd glass of free prosecco (that's the main reason I came!)” - Lisa Sariwee, Optometrist/Director, Lakeland Optical.

“The oldest and still the best exhibition, set in the heart of the country at the NEC with good travel links to the whole of Britain” - Elaine Yorwarth, Optometrist, Elaine M Yorwarth.

“If you've never visited an optical fair, this is the place to start. If you're already in the profession, there is lots to do and see to keep up to date with the fashion and equipment in the industry” - Chris Pepper, Trainee Contact Lens Optician, Vision Express.

“There is simply no better way to see such a wide variety of products and services” - Julian Wiles, Revenue Generator, Performance Lenses Ltd.

“You will always find something new and useful and catch up with suppliers. I wouldn't miss it” - Nick Carson, Optometrist, Davis Optometrists.

“Optrafair is important to see and experience the whole industry. It is easy to become insular” - Liz Whitmore, Optometrist/Director, Thomas Bond and Partners Ltd.

“Optrafair is a place to meet and talk to all sectors of the Optical profession and it gives the visitor an insight into what the market has to offer in all aspects of eyecare from the sight test, the supply of spectacles or contact lenses, low vision aids, vitamin supplements or even referrals to your G.P. or hospital” - Ian Martin, Dispensing Optician, Colin Lee Opticians.

“Ideal place to look at various new equipment under one roof. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere with helpful advice at hand” - Lisa Gunning, Do Clo, Sproston & Bowden.

“This very well organised event, is easy to access and provides attendees with a wealth of information on one trip. There is always something to suit all in the optical business, whether it be purchasing, or education. Purely attending for new ideas is definitely enough of an excuse to attend” - Vivienne Starr, Dispensing and Contact Lens Optician, V.C. Starr Opticians.

“Optrafair is the only fair you need to visit in 2018. All the CET you need, industry favourites, lots of new products to see, and use it as an opportunity to network and become more passionate about your career and our industry” - Simone Mason, Dispensing Optician, Perspective Opticians.

All testimonials taken from the Optrafair 2017 Visitors survey.