The Isle of Wight Optical Society (IWOS) was formed after the IW Local Optical Committee (LOC) was subsumed into the Southampton, Hampshire, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight LOC some years ago. The idea was to draw together all parties interested in Optics, Optometry and Ophthalmology on the IW into one social and educational body for the furtherance of the profession.

For many years previously we had the Isle of Wight Group of Ophthalmic Opticians (IGIWOO), but the new IWOS became more all-embracing of people who worked in the optical sector.