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15 May 2015
Issue 157
Optimum vision and eye protection in cricket
ABDO has published a guide for coaches, parents, children and young people entitled 'Optimum vision and eye protection in cricket'.
Click here to view/download the guide
What's new in EyecareFAQ?
New in EyecareFAQ, you’ll find FAQs and an infographic to share on Macular Degeneration.

You can use any of the EyecareFAQ answers and images 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.

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 find EyecareFAQ at:

Click here for EyecareFAQ Macular Degeneration
ABDO Pre-Conference Golf Day
The ABDO pre-conference golf day will take place on the 19th September at the Whitefield Golf Club, Manchester. Following on from the success of previous events, it is hoped that this will prove to be another excellent day of golfing and socialising.

There’s no online booking required; you can confirm attendance directly with Barry Duncan by email at or telephone 07896 435 799.

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Paediatric Spectacle Dispensing Questionnaire

As dispensing of spectacles to children is a regulated function, only current full registrants are being invited to take part in this research questionnaire. It is hoped the results will identify and inform any training needs required in the optical sector with regard to dispensing spectacles to children. The intention is to gather useful information on typical behaviour whilst performing this service, and also to identify any issues with both product availability and function.

The questionnaire is delivered online via Bristol Online Surveys and can be found by clicking here.

It will be open from April 15th 2015 to August 15th 2015. There are 34 questions and these are mostly multiple choice in design. The questionnaire will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete. Participation is entirely voluntary and all responses are anonymous.

Please take the time to read carefully the participant information at the beginning of the questionnaire and contact me directly if you should have any queries or require further information.

Thank you in advance.

Alicia Thompson
Aston University PhD student, Life & Health Sciences
Director of Professional Examinations, ABDO

Limited time offer - 25% discount on travel insurance
From 1 May 2015 until 30 June 2015, ABDO members are able to save 25% on all Columbus Direct travel insurance policies if booked through ABDO membership benefits.

You can use this limited time offer for your upcoming summer holidays or even for a trip later in the year, just as long as you purchase your travel insurance between 1 May 2015 and 30 June 2015, you will be eligible for the 25% discount!*

Get a quote online to take advantage of this ‘extra special’ promotion or alternatively call 0800 980 1030 (ABDO25)

*Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Offers subject to change without notice. Insurance is subject to underwriting. The limited time 25% discount applies from 1 May 2015 to the 30 June 2015. Outside these dates the standard discount is 20%. This ABDO membership benefit is managed on behalf of ABDO by Parliament Hill Ltd. ABDO is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Parliament Hill Ltd of 3rd Floor, 127 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6BT who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for non-investment insurance mediation only under registration number 308448. Details can be checked on the Financial Services register by visiting the FCA’s web site at Neither ABDO nor Parliament Hill are part of the same group as the providers.

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Consultation Day with the Areas

The next Consultation Day with the ABDO Areas will be held on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at the AOP Offices, 2 Woodbridge Street, London EC1R 0DG. All ABDO members are invited and welcome to attend.

To confirm your attendance email Jane Burnand at

ABDO COLLEGE - College Technician Post

Are you a qualified dispensing optician with a wide range of practical and technical abilities, and possibly with an SMC Tech qualification too?

ABDO College is offering a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join our team of dedicated staff at Godmersham, Kent.

You could earn a salary of up to £26,000 depending on the skills and experience you offer. The skills we are looking for should include:

  • Maintaining lens sets and equipment
  • Knowledge of the PQE and FQE practical exam requirements
  • Constructing new equipment for lab use
  • Maintaining budget and ordering
  • Setting up and maintaining teaching rooms and labs
  • Maintaining computer network in IT suite
  • Assisting academic staff as needed

Those interested should send a CV and covering letter, including the details of two referees, to:

Jo Underwood, Principal, ABDO College, Godmersham Park, Godmersham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7DT

For any additional information or to discuss the post, telephone Jo on 01227 733906 or email

Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday 29 May 2015
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