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21 October 2016
Issue 192
‘Spooky’ Halloween contact lenses pose eyesight risk
Adding spooky contact lenses to your fancy dress outfit this Halloween could trigger a real-life horror show and put your sight at risk, eye experts have warned.

Novelty contact lenses form a key part of the costume for thousands of revellers celebrating Halloween, but they could pose a ghoulish threat to eye health. The lenses, which alter eye colour and have been made popular by smash hit TV series and films including Twilight, are often shared around amongst friends - increasing the risk of corneal ulcers and infections.

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Chris Hunt to step down as Optical Confederation chairman Read More
European Coalition for Vision backs Marrakesh Treaty Read More
Optical practices should be high street health hubs Read More
Don Grocott installed as new Master of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers Read More
LOCSU annual report shows sector building for breakthrough

The increased number of primary care practices delivering care close to patient’s homes and so tackling capacity problems in the Hospital Eye Service is highlighted in the LOCSU Annual Report.

Activity through the LOC Company model has doubled and annual service revenue has risen to £8.5 million, according to the 2015-16 Annual Report.

There are now 552 services being delivered by optical practices in the community, with 109 rolled out since April 2015. Similarly, there are 133 services being delivered through Primary Eyecare Companies with 101 going live since April 2014.

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Consultation Day with the Areas

The next Consultation Day with the ABDO Areas will be held on Wednesday 16 November 2016 at The Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9EB. All ABDO members are invited and welcome to attend.

Registration and coffee will be from 10.00am – 10.30am and the Consultation Day will finish at 3.30pm.

To confirm your attendance email Jane Burnand at

What's new in EyecareFAQ?

New in EyecareFAQ, you’ll find an infographic to share on the subject of 'retinal detachment'.

Get involved with EyecareFAQ, ABDO’s campaign to help consumers learn more about looking after their eyes, and the role of the registered dispensing optician.

You can use any of the EyecareFAQ answers, images and infographics on your own blog or website. Follow, like and share these useful resources on your practice and personal social media channels, to help the public learn about eyecare and promote the role of the registered dispensing optician.

You can find EyecareFAQ at:

or visit the EyecareFAQ section of the ABDO website and promote the role of the registered dispensing optician.

Click here to access the infographic and the embedded code
ABDO Fun Kids videos

The new Hallux’s i-Guide educational video series is now in the process of being released on the Fun Kids website.

Click here to view the latest videos
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.

Access a pathway to become a DO
An opportunity towards a career as a dispensing optician

ABDO College’s Access Courses are designed to help prospective dispensing optician students to meet the necessary entry requirements. They are also a useful refresher for those who have been out of education for a while. The entry requirements for the ABDO College Level 6 Fellowship Dispensing Diploma (FBDO) and Foundation Degree/BSc (Hons) courses are five GCSEs at grade c or above, which must include English, mathematics and a science subject. Each Access course is considered the equivalent of one GCSE. The Access Courses are available in the five key subjects of English, Mathematics, Optics and Dispensing, Human Biology and General Science.

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ABDO College Low Vision Honours Course Read More
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
  • SCQF 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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The Principles of Ophthalmic Lenses (5th Edition)

Now available in three different formats:

  • Hard copy
  • ePub (compatible with most ereaders)
  • Mobi (for Kindle users)

The new 5th edition of The Principles of Ophthalmic Lenses, by Professor Mo Jalie, is now available to purchase from the ABDO College Bookshop.

The new 5th edition includes four new chapters, plus five appendices and all other chapters have been updated and modernised with the latest technology being described in detail.

Click here to read more and to order online
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