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3 April 2015
Issue 155
ABDO CET timetable at Optrafair
ABDO is hosting a three-day CET event in the specially designed ABDO CET Theatre (T60) at Optrafair and there’s an opportunity to gain up to 8 interactive CET points from ABDO while attending the show - click here to view the timetable.

Optrafair, the leading UK optical trade show, will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, 18-20 April 2015.

Click here to register for Optrafair now!
ABDO and FMO networking party - book online by 12 April

The ABDO and FMO networking party will be held from 6.15pm to 7.45pm at The Gallery, NEC Birmingham, during Optrafair.

This is a unique opportunity for professionals from across the sector to get together. There will be live music, drinks and canapés and the party is free for ABDO members to attend.

Admission is limited and strictly by ticket only, but please book your party ticket as soon as possible as online booking will close on 12th April.

To book your party ticket click here

ABDO announce new policy role

Barry Duncan has been appointed to the newly created role of ABDO head of policy and development.

A past president of ABDO, Barry has served the Association as members’ support manager since October 2011. Since that time, Barry has played a leading role in assisting Area members in the regions and developing the profession at a local level, engaging with LOCSU and liaising with Optometry Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

ABDO general secretary, Tony Garrett, commented: “This new appointment reflects Barry’s enhanced role following on from the introduction of the new CET scheme. In particular, Barry will take the lead on policy and new projects affecting members in everyday practice. This is an exciting and challenging time within optics and I am sure everyone will want wish Barry every success in the future.”

Vouchers at a Glance 2015

To view Vouchers at a glance 2015 click here.

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Consultation Day with the Areas

The next Consultation Day with the ABDO Areas will be held on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at the AOP Offices, 2 Woodbridge Street, London EC1R 0DG. All ABDO members are invited and welcome to attend.

To confirm your attendance email Jane Burnand at

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Re:View - the ABDO College newsletter

The April 2015 issue of Re:View contains features pre-school vision screening and why returning to study is great.

There's also an interview with Lyndsay Keefe, which outlines how she interacts with ABDO College in her role as placement lead for occupational therapy in the School of Allied Health Professions within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University.

To view this latest issue click here
ABDO College 2015/16 prospectus

ABDO College specialises in distance and blended learning education for the optical profession. It is the only college in the UK devoted solely to the teaching of ophthalmic dispensing and its related specialist areas.

Offering a range of courses including access, foundation degree, diploma, degree, advanced and honours, ABDO College provides quality programmes leading to ABDO examinations and qualifications.

To obtain a hard copy of the prospectus, please contact the Courses Team at ABDO College on 01227 738 829 (Option 1), or email

To view the prospectus click here
2015 ABDO College summer revision courses

ABDO College is now taking applications for its popular dispensing and contact lens revision courses, to be held at the College in Godmersham.

For more information click here
Contact lens certificate course

The ABDO College Contact Lens Certificate course provides an ideal opportunity for opticians to further their career by specialising in contact lenses. The course leads to the ABDO Level 6 Certificate in Contact Lens Practice qualification, enabling registration on the General Optical Council specialty register for contact lens dispensing.

For more information click here
See ABDO College at Optrafair - stand H17

Come and visit the ABDO College team on stand H17 at Optrafair 2015 to discuss and find more about the benefits of ABDO College courses - especially the foundation degree and BSc (Hons) ophthalmic dispensing programmes run in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University.

ABDO College Bookshop will be exhibiting a selection of its best-selling publications, including the new 2015 edition of Ophthalmic Lenses Availability. The Bookshop also offers a range of optical rulers and gauges.

Whether you are potential student or an employer, the ABDO College team will be on hand to discuss exciting new developments in optical education.

Save sight through organ donation promotion

Every year in the UK, the miracle of cornea transplantation helps to restore the sight of more than 2,500 blind and partially sighted people. Cornea transplants are needed because of disease or injury, which can lead to blindness. New corneas as you know will restore sight something profoundly special to the receiver. The shortage of donated eyes means that if there were more donors, many more people could be given the chance to see again with all the opportunities that brings.

Posters and leaflets explain how the donation of your organs and eyes will save someone's sight so they can see a loved one again or appreciate a sunrise things we take for granted. We all need to see how precious our sight is in life and to protect yours and others, the leaflets explain this in detail. There is a vision one day everyone will see no exceptions and if everyone joined the organ donor register and included their eyes in their donation none would go without.

Please encourage more donors to join the register and donate their eyes as a gift of life by displaying eye organ donation leaflets and posters at your practice. The poster is new and specific to the eye organ donor campaign from NHS Blood And Transplant. Encourage your customers to see the truth that people are living un necessarily blind when they need not be because many people have not registered as a eye organ donor, we need more promotion. Do you have the vision of saving every ones sight in the future? - promoting eye organ donation is a step closer.
Contact Dale Sencier at for posters and leaflets to be delivered.

Optrafair to focus on increasing demand for children’s frames

International eyewear brands are reporting a large increase in demand for fashionable frames for children and young teens. The leading UK optical trade show, Optrafair (NEC, Birmingham 18-20 April), will see the debut of many exciting new ranges destined for the UK high street.

Click here to read more

To register for Optrafair click here
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