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1 July 2016
Issue 185
Optical Confederation comment on UK exit from the EU

Over the next few months as the UK negotiates the terms of exit from the EU, the Optical Confederation will continue to monitor the situation, emerging legislation and trade deals closely and seek to influence any changes for the benefit of the professions, sector and patients.

OC members will continue in the years ahead to participate in ECOO, Eurom1 and EuromContact and the ECV for the benefits these bring, just as Switzerland, Norway and other non-EU countries do and will continue to share expertise across borders for the eye health of all.

ABDO Scotland social evening, CET event and exhibition
Saturday 17 / Sunday 18 September 2016 - DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro, Perth Road, Dunblane FK15 0HG

ABDO Scotland social evening
6.45pm, Saturday 17 September 2016

ABDO invite you to attend an evening of merriment on Saturday 17 September 2016 (followed by an ABDO CET event on Sunday 18 September) to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro.

The Motown inspired social evening will start with a cocktail reception at 6.45pm, followed at 7.30pm by dinner and the tribute act Men of Motown. The cost for the evening to include two course meal with wine, live band and disco is £32.50 per person.


ABDO CET event and exhibition
10.00am, Sunday 18 September 2016

  • Up to 17 interactive CET points available through skills and discussion workshops, visual recognition test and peer discussion
  • 10.00am registration / 5.00pm close
  • Lunch and refreshments included
  • This event is provided free of charge for ABDO members


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ACLM Contact Lens Year Book 2016 now available

The 2016 edition of the product manual of the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM) has now been published. It lists technical details for all the contact lenses, solutions and materials produced by ACLM member companies, and covers the overwhelming bulk of products available in the UK. It has become an essential product guide and handy reference for contact lens practitioners.

As is the case every year, there are plenty of new products and changes to parameters (of nearly 200 entries), and many older technology items have been removed. There are several articles designed to help practitioners improve the business aspects of running a successful contact lens practice, as well as handy reference tables.

Practitioners can download the order form from the home page of the ACLM website at  Alternatively, join the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and receive a free copy of the Year Book as part of the membership package. Visit or call 020 7580 6661 to join.

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Shamir acquires minority shares of Lenstec

Shamir has announced the acquisition of a minority of Lenstec shares in UK. Both companies will now enjoy the benefit of operational synergies while integrating their UK based service network with Lenstec Rx laboratories nationwide.

The acquisition provides Lenstec access to the full portfolio of Shamir premium products and services, thereby enhancing its wide-ranging choice of technology, products and services.

Both sales, production and marketing teams offer continued support, coupled with personal and professional relationships and will remain separate. The Lenstec Optical Group will continue to offer its full portfolio of branded lenses and own label products across key suppliers.

Last minute summer hotel deals with SuperBreak - Save 10% with SuperBreak mini-holidays

SuperBreak’s last minute breaks UK destinations not only include vibrant cities like London, Edinburgh and Manchester – ideal for fine dining and fab shopping – but also rural escapes to the likes of the Lakes, the Peak District and the pretty New Forest, perfect for enjoying the great outdoors!

ABDO members have access to a 10% discount on hotel accommodation with optional rail travel including Eurostar, flights, concert & events, theatre & dining, group bookings and much more!*

View more information to book your next break or call 01904 436 002 and quote HB937

*Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Offers subject to change without notice. This ABDO membership benefit is managed on behalf of ABDO by Parliament Hill Ltd.
Your chance to win a trip for two to SILMO in Paris

Here’s a chance for an ABDO member to win a trip for two to Paris by entering the SILMO prize draw.

SILMO is described as the essential trade show for professionals in the optics/eyewear sector. Organised by optics manufacturers belonging to the SILMO Association, the SILMO trade show features exceptional
know-how made available to optics professionals.

To enter the prize draw all you have to do is email your name, ABDO membership and mobile number to by 23:59 on Friday 19 August 2016.

The prize includes two economy flights from a UK airport to Paris and nights two accommodation, including breakfast, at the Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile on 23 & 24 September 2016.

The winner will be notified by Friday 26 August 2016.

Entrants into the Prize Draw shall be deemed to have accepted the Terms and Conditions

Click here to enter the SILMO prize draw
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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