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30 September 2016
Issue 191
ABDO online with digital radio
ABDO is continuing its partnership with Fun Kids, the digital radio station, to raise awareness of eye care and the role of opticians with children and their parents.

ABDO is building engagement with children and families through a re-broadcast of the Hallux’s i-Guide educational audio series, which commenced on 19 September. A new video series will go live next week.

Click here to visit the i-Guide section of the Fun Kids website
Optical Confederation meets with new primary care minister Read More
Cataract patients face postcode lottery of waiting times for NHS cataract treatment Read More
College of Optometrists launches amazing eye facts video Read More
Report finds millions are putting their eyesight at risk Read More
Sinead Burns appointed to GOC Council Read More
World Sight Day - 13 October 2016 Read More
1 in 7 tested referred from Vision Van
The Vision Express Vision Van, back on the road last week for a UK tour for National Eye Health Week 2016, has helped boost the eye health outlook of the nation – with 1 in 7 tested referred for further medical attention.

This represents the largest referral rate per test in the three years the Vision Van has been commissioned, underpinning why the initiative is so crucial. Referrals were made throughout the week for eye health issues such as suspected glaucoma and keratoconus, visual field defects, squints and nevus requiring further investigation.

Over half of those tested on the Vision Van from 19 to 23 September had an out of date prescription, with a similar number confessing to not having had an eye test in the past five years.

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Are you in joint partnership with an optometrist?

ABDO is seeking to hear from all members, who have an independent practice, as to whether they are in a joint partnership with an optometrist. This will assist the Association in advising you of some important insurance information in the future.

So please take a minute to check and if necessary update your details in My Profile within the Members' Area of the ABDO website.

Members' Area login

If you have never logged in to the Members' Area, if you haven't already done so, you will need to register for a PIN number.

Once you have clicked on the 'Member Login' link on the ABDO website home page you will see the ABDO Member Area login page with the text: ‘If you are not registered for a PIN please click here if a member’. You will need to enter your name, membership number and date of birth; you will then receive an email with your PIN number.

If you think you have registered before and have forgotten your PIN, just click on the 'Forgotten your PIN?' option and the system will send you your PIN number.

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Become a professional member

Free professional membership

The Macular Society has over 6,000 professional members who are essential in helping them achieve their mission. The Society produces patient information that professionals can give to patients and carers. Professional members also receive the quarterly Sideview magazine, Digest annual research review and a quarterly eNewsletter.

To register as a professional member click here
WCSM courses available through ABDO College

The WCSM courses available through ABDO College range from Level 2 Optical Support to Level 4 Optical Technicians. The programme also includes Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs. WCSM courses currently available from ABDO College include:

  • 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 Technicians
  • Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs
  • Qualifications accredited in Scotland: Level 5 & Level 7 Certificate in Optical Care

All of these courses lead to qualifications awarded by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.

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ABDO College Low Vision Honours Course
An opportunity to develop your professional skills and help others

Due to changing demographics the demand for specialist low vision services is steadily increasing. By enhancing your low vision skills you can greatly help others, which is both valuable and extremely rewarding.

The ABDO College Low Vision Honours Course includes the theory and practical aspects of low vision consultation and fully prepares candidates for the ABDO Level 6 FBDO (Hons) LVA examinations.

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Advanced Contact Lens Diploma Preparation Course

Do you hold the ABDO Level 6 Certificate in Contact Lens Practice and would you be interested in attaining the ABDO Level 7 Diploma in Advanced Contact Lens Practice?

ABDO College is to hold an Advanced Contact Lens Diploma Preparation Course in mid-November 2016 to provide guidance and support, followed by structured revision in the form of a series of distance learning projects, in readiness for the ABDO summer examinations in 2017.

For further details, contact the ABDO College Courses Team on 01227 738 829 (Option 1) or email

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