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Association News
16 June 2017
Issue 206
Win a trip to SILMO Paris
ABDO members are being offered the chance to win a trip for two to SILMO Paris in Paris this October by entering an exclusive prize draw.

The prize includes two economy flights from a UK airport to Paris and two nights’ accommodation in a double room, including breakfast, at 'Le Collectionneur' on 6 and 7 October. Prize winners will also gain special VIP access to the Silmo d’Or evening gala to be held at an exclusive location in the centre of Paris on Saturday 7th October, to celebrate Silmo’s 50th anniversary and reward the best products of 2017.

To enter the draw, email your name, ABDO membership number and mobile phone number to by 23:59 on Friday 25 August. The winner will be notified by Friday 1 September, and full terms and conditions can be found on the ABDO website.

SILMO Paris takes place from 6 to 9 October 2017
ABDO CET event programme July - Dec 2017

An ABDO CET events brochure for the second half of 2017 will be included with the July issue of Dispensing Optics.

This is the middle year of the current CET cycle, so we’re halfway through. Many of you will have gained the majority of your interactive points already, but don’t forget that the GOC expect you to gain 6 points every year, even if you’ve reached your 36.

By the end of 2017, ABDO CET will have provided more than 120 events in this cycle. We have planned locations well ahead for the brochure, but with Go Local events and addressing CET ‘dry spots’, there will be more added as the year progresses.

Click here to view the CET events brochure online
Many people unaware smoking causes blindness Read More
GOC Notice: Annual renewal of student registration Read More
Essilor and VAO announce 3-year extension of partnership programme Read More
National Optical Conference • THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2017 • KENILWORTH Read More
Performers List videos for pre-reg optometrists launched Read More
Professional Certificate in Medical Retina recognised by NHS National Diabetic Eye Screening Programme Read More
ABDO membership benefits - 20% discount on Virgin Experience Days
Treat your father this Father’s Day, or even yourself with an indulgent treat, fantastic day out, or once-in-a-lifetime experience!

We have teamed up with Virgin Experiences Days to offer you a 20% discount on all full priced experiences – that’s all 2000 of them!

It’s a memory to make at your own convenience, packed stylishly in a Virgin gift pack so you know you’re receiving quality.

View experiences or call 0844 504 0844 and quote AFF-ABDO20

*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.
FQE Manufacturing Visits - for ABDO students on the 2015 syllabus

Students are responsible for booking themselves on FQE Manufacturing Visits and all bookings are handled on a first come first served basis.

Case record 51
The manufacturer will sign an attendance sheet which must be included as a second page for case record 51. Case record 51 will be in the form of a written report with a minimum of 800 words. The report should be based on the production techniques of the manufacturer you have visited, to demonstrate your level of understanding. Your supervisor will need to sign your report. Case record 51 forms part of the portfolio case records and students will not be able to qualify if any of the required case records are missing.

FQE Manufacturing Visits are listed in the Events sections of the ABDO wesbite and a list of forthcoming dates can be viewed by clicking here.

Become a contact lens optician

If you have qualified as a dispensing optician you might be wondering about your next step, or if you have been working in optics for a number of years you may want a new challenge, so why not become a contact lens optician?

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

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A choice of two distance learning courses to become a dispensing optician Read More
BSc (Hons) Vision Science • COURSE STARTS IN SEPTEMBER 2017 Read More
Contact Lens Practical Preparation Course • 24-25 AUGUST 2017 Read More
Low Vision Honours / PQE Theory (re-take) Revision Courses Read More
Level 4 Diploma for Optical Assistants
September 2017 brings an exciting new course and Level 4 qualification from ABDO College and WCSM…

Supporting our businesses to have sustainable growth, to plan for the future and to thrive, we need to have the right people with the right skills delivering excellence to our patients. For individuals working in our practices, the opportunity to grow and develop is key. In this area ABDO College and WCSM have some great things to offer. There is a lot of change in optics, and one of those exciting changes is a new qualification and course that is commencing mid-September 2017.

The Level 4 Diploma for Optical Assistants (accredited by Ofqual – The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) is a new qualification awarded by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers for optical assistants. It is expected that holders of the qualification will be entitled to use the letters SMC (OA) after their name. It is tailored to the needs of those who aspire to become senior optical assistants and supervisors. The course would also give a great foundation for those who may wish to go on to study for the FBDO qualification at a later date.

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Macular Week

Macular Week will take place 26 June – 2 July, the week aims to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK.

This year the theme is smoking and sight loss. Many people know that smoking causes cancer but a recent survey carried out by the Macular Society revealed 53 per cent of people are not aware of the links between smoking and sight loss. With smokers up to four times more likely to go onto develop AMD than non-smokers, use Macular Week to spread the message.

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Dear ABDO Member

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