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8 August 2014
Issue 145
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ABDO Area 12: Scotland gala dinner, CET event and exhibition
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September 2014

All ABDO members are invited to attend the Area 12 gala dinner, CET event and exhibition.

  • Up to 15 CET points available - a CET programme covering a varied range of topics
  • The CET event is free to ABDO members and includes a two-course Sunday lunch!
  • A special gala dinner at Edinburgh Castle
  • A chance to network with your fellow professionals
  • Ensure you book online as soon as possible as places are strictly limited

For details of the CET event and exhibition click here

For details of the gala dinner click here

Book online now
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President’s Consultation Day - 19 November, Birmingham

The next ABDO President’s Consultation Day will be held at the Aston Business School, The Aston Triangle, Birmingham, West Midlands B4 7ET, on Wednesday 19 November 2014. All members are invited and welcome to attend.

To confirm your attendance email Jane Burnand at by Friday 31 October.

National Eye Health Week

Organisers of National Eye Health Week (NEHW) are urging eye health intermediaries and practitioners to get involved in this year’s campaign, which runs from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 September.

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Free grading scale app

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care has released a free grading scale app which grades a number of ocular presentations and evaluates progression. The app is available to download from the iTunes store.

CLAE IF rating rises again Read More
ABDO membership benefits – Top UK Attractions
Treat yourself, friends or family to a fantastic day out with great savings from Merlin Entertainment.

Discounts are available on popular attractions such as Thorpe Park, Alton Towers, The London Dungeons, LEGOLAND and many more*.

View more information or alternatively call 0871 222 4001 and quote REWARDS.

*Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Offers subject to change without notice. Saving based on individual walk up admission price. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, is subject to availability and tickets must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of visit.

Ophthalmic Dispensing courses

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.

For application forms please contact the ABDO College Courses Team on 01227 738 829 (Option 1) or email

For more information click here
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Ophthalmic Lenses Availability

The new 2014 edition of the extremely popular ABDO College publication Ophthalmic Lenses Availability has increased in size to over 400 pages of essential lens information that will be invaluable to anyone dealing with spectacle lenses, whether they are in the optical profession, a student or within the industry. No other publication or service brings together this amount of lens information into one place.

At around £1 per week each year this popular and informative publication represents very good value for any practice or optical laboratory.

The 2014 edition of Ophthalmic Lenses Availability is available to order online or call Justin Hall, the ABDO College Bookshop Administrator, on 01227 733 904.

Click here to order online
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