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10 February 2017
Issue 199
A busy time at 100% Optical
Thanks to everyone who attended ABDO CET sessions and came to say hello to ABDO board members and staff at 100% Optical.

100% Optical 2017 attracted 8051 vistors across the three days (4 - 6 February).

The ABDO Arms, now a well established feature at the show, continued to grow in popularity and many people said "it always looked busy" - and indeed it was with visitors expressing interest in ABDO’s activities, ABDO College courses and Dispensing Optics.

The Dispensing Workshop, specially designed to accommodate discussion workshops and managed by Paula Stevens, ABDO's Head of CET, was a great success. Demand was so high that a number of additional sessions were added to the programme to accommodate the overflow of delegates wishing to participate in the ABDO CET on offer.

Next year 100% Optical will be held at ExCel London on 27 - 29 January 2018
Paula Stevens
Fiona Anderson and Nick Walsh
Peter Black
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Sophie Johnson wins DO of the year award

Sophie Johnson was announced as the Dispensing Optician of the Year at the AOP Awards 2017, which took place in London on Sunday 5 February.

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ABDO Corporate items

ABDO’s Membership Services department offers a range of practical and stylish corporate items that will promote and enhance your membership. Each of the items features ABDO corporate branding and is now available to order.

New items include a gents silk tie and ladies rectangular and square silk scarfs, all featuring the ABDO crest.

Top selling items are the ABDO personalised name badge and desk name plate.

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• 1 - 3 APRIL 2017

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• 3 - 4 MAY 2017

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BCLA Awards

The first ever BCLA Awards will be handed out at the organisation’s forthcoming Clinical Conference and Exhibition as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations.

Categories will include Dry Eye Practitioner of the Year, Young Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year and the BCLA President’s Award - awarded to an individual or individuals for their contribution to contact lens and anterior eye profession.

Further details of the awards will be available on the BCLA website shortly, with eye care practitioners able to apply themselves. The closing date for applications is Friday 7 April 2017.

What's new in EyecareFAQ?

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

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
Love your eyes

Here's an image with a message for ABDO members to share with their patients on Valentine's Day.

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Call for Hamblin Memorial Prize nominations

ABDO is currently seeking nominations for the 2016 Hamblin Memorial Prize - an award made to an individual ABDO member for exceptional service to the advancement of opticians and consequently their professional organisation.

Please send your nomination by email to Jane Burnand at by Wednesday 15 February 2017, together with a note of about fifty words as to why the individual should receive the award.

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Foundation Degree / BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing

Working in partnership, ABDO College and Canterbury Christ Church University are proud to offer a comprehensive blended learning degree course for prospective dispensing opticians:

  • The only blended learning degree course in ophthalmic dispensing available in the UK
  • Leads to a BSc (Hons) degree and the registerable FBDO qualification
  • Equips students with the ability to problem-solve within the practice, benefiting both students and their employers
  • Establishes a platform to build further career advancement
  • In most cases, student finance is available
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