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10 June 2016
Issue 183
ABDO Insight 2016 expanded to include Heidelberg Engineering feature
ABDO Insight 2016, the news and current affairs-style programme launched by ABDO and ITN Prosuctions in April, has now been expanded to include a Heidelberg Engineering feature.

Advances in optical technology have allowed many health conditions to be diagnosed through a simple eye test. Heidelberg Engineering has been working with dispensing opticians and optometrists as well as the NHS to better diagnose conditions and improve patient care.

To watch the Heidelberg Engineering feature click here.

Click here to watch the full programme
FMO announces plans for Optrafair to 2020
FMO has announced that it has contracted with the Mark Allen Group (MAG) to manage Optrafair to 2020.

Since taking on ownership of Optician magazine, FMO's media partner, in October 2015, MAG have ensured the delivery of a successful show at the NEC in April. MAG were already contracted to manage FMO's Optrafair 2017 which will incorporate its centenary celebrations.

FMO chief executive, Bryony Pawinska, said: "We have been very impressed with the fresh approach that MAG have brought to Optrafair, and want to build on our successful relationship not just next year, but in the years ahead when we believe that the sector's own trade show will go from strength to strength."

MAG's chief executive, Ben Allen, emphasised his company's commitment to the FMO and Optrafair: "MAG's Exhibitions Division, headed by Ed Tranter, works internationally on many trade fairs in a wide range of industry sectors, but Optrafair is a very special event, with FMO's members and other stakeholders passionate about a very British show that is run by the sector, for the sector. We share that passion and are proud to have our association with FMO consolidated for the next four years, which will enable us to work with FMO on their plans for 2018 and 2019, leading to a sector-wide event to celebrate the turn of the decade in 2020."

The next Optrafair will take place 1 - 3 April 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham
David Hewlett announced as Chair of the European Coalition for Vision Read More
Optical Confederation backs community optics during National Glaucoma Awareness Week Read More
Health minister to attend as a headline speaker at NOC 2016 Read More
Report calls for increased awareness of optometry services and a review of access initiatives Read More
Taking the sting out of eye drops Read More
New study shows a third of Brits are risking sight loss by picking sun style over safety Read More
College of Optometrists conducts report into Scheme for Registration Read More
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Important notice to all ABDO theory examination candidates

If you are attending ABDO theory examinations at the Pavilion or Doug Ellis Sports Centre in Birmingham, please make your own arrangements for providing refreshments and sustenance throughout the day.

ABDO wish you success with your examinations this summer.

Foundation Degree /BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing and Fellowship Dispensing Diploma

ABDO College offers a choice of two distance learning courses on the route to becoming a qualified dispensing optician:

Option 1
A two-year Foundation Degree course followed by a third year BSc Degree course in Ophthalmic Dispensing – leading to BSc (Hons) and the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualifications.

Option 2
A three-year diploma course in Ophthalmic Dispensing – leading to the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualification.

Course features

  • Combines academic and work-based learning
  • 32 weekly distance learning units in each academic year
  • Four weeks block release at Godmersham in each academic year
  • Block release accommodation can be provided
  • Year 1 courses will commence in September 2016

Entry requirements

  • Grade C or above GCSE in English, mathematics, science and two other subjects, including evidence of recent learning
  • Applicants must be working in practice as a trainee dispensing optician for a minimum of 30 hours per week and have the support of their employer

For further information and application forms please contact the ABDO College Courses Team on 01227 738 829 (Option 1) or email

Click here to email ABDO College
WCSM Courses - available through ABDO College

A comprehensive education programme focused on driving up skill levels among the non-regulated workforce within the optical sector

WCSM courses range from Level 2 Optical Support to Level 4 Optical Technicians (and soon to be available a Level 4 Diploma for Optical Assistants). The programme also includes Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs.

WCSM courses now available from ABDO College:

  • Level 2 & Level 3 Optical Support
  • Level 2 & Level 3 Diploma in Optical Retail Skills
  • Level 2 & Level 3 Diploma in Manufacturing Spectacles
  • Level 4 Diploma for Optical Assistants*
  • Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians
  • Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs

Qualifications Accredited in Scotland

  • Level 5 & Level 7 Certificate in Optical Care

For further information and application forms, or to request a copy of the WCSM Courses Prospectus, please call the courses team at ABDO College 01227 738 829 (Option 1) or email

*New course soon to be available

Click here to email ABDO College
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