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Association News
14 April 2017
Issue 203
Optrafair attracts 7,122 visitors
7,122 visitors attended Optrafair at Birmingham NEC (1-3 April). The show was a great success for ABDO with its CET sessions being very well attended. As well as the ABDO CET Theatre, the Association Lounge and ABDO College / ABDO College Bookshop stand were also busy throughout the show.

Optrafair has been running since 1978, it's owned by the FMO (Federation of Manufacturing Opticians), the trade body for the optical industry, and has been managed since 2016 by Mark Allen Exhibitions. This year's show featured a bar celebrating the FMO's centenary. 76 per cent of exhibitors have already rebooked for next year's show.

Bryony Pawinska, FMO chief executive, said “This was the first Optrafair show for which Mark Allen Exhibitions had a full year's planning cycle, having taken on the event management mid-way through planning for the 2016 show, and I am delighted at the vibrancy of the new show format. The centenary bar area worked particularly well as a busy central focus and comments from exhibitors and visitors alike have been overwhelmingly positive, with huge loyalty to Optrafair as the sector's own show and praise for the professionalism of the Mark Allen team. The exceptional rebooking numbers reflect exhibitors' satisfaction with the revolutionised Optrafair."

Optrafair 2018 will be held 14-16 April
Special awards
John Pugh is awarded Life Membership
Jennifer Brower is awarded Life Membership
Angela McNamee is awarded The Hamblin Memorial Prize
Richard Campbell is awarded The Medal of Excellence

At the 2017 ABDO gala dinner, held in Birmingham on Sunday 2 April, John Pugh and Jennifer Brower were both awarded Life Membership.

Angela McNamee was awarded The Hamblin Memorial Prize for 2016 and Richard Campbell received The Medal of Excellence.

These special awards were presented by ABDO President, Fiona Anderson.

Boots Opticians communication to optometrists – delisting of Protect Plus Blue

ABDO was approached by members immediately after Boots Opticians issued its advice to optometrists regarding the delisting of Protect Plus Blue.

The issue was discussed at length at the ABDO board meeting on Thursday 6 April. Subsequently Mrs Fiona Anderson, President of ABDO, wrote to Boots Opticians outlining our concerns about the contents of that advice.

We are awaiting a response to our concerns and it would not be appropriate to comment further until a reply has been received.

However, members should be reassured that the ABDO board takes its responsibilities very seriously indeed in the question of protecting the professional integrity and the legal status of our members.

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BSc (Hons) Vision Science

Provided by ABDO College working in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), the new BSc (Hons) in Vision Science course is designed for fully qualified dispensing opticians who wish to gain a profession specific degree and acquire graduate skills that can be applied to the workplace.

Applicants should have the ABDO Level 6 Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing (FBDO) qualification and have current ABDO membership.

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What's new in EyecareFAQ?

New in EyecareFAQ, you’ll find an infographic to share on the subject of 'do your specs fit?'

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 STUDENT REVISION EVENT - 3 & 4 May, Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre Read More
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Ophthalmic Lenses Availability - New 2017 Edition


The definitive guide to spectacle lenses, coatings and tints available in the UK

Ophthalmic Lenses Availability collates information from leading lens manufacturers enabling you to rapidly locate the most suitable lenses for your patients. A valuable dispensing aid, the guide includes:

  • Manufacturers’ data
  • Lens data files
  • An availability index
  • PPL corridor length and fitting heights
  • Materials, tints and coatings
  • Lens engravings list

Simply known as 'The Lens Bible’!

Click here to order online
Become a dispensing optician and get a degree

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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Get your running shoes on and join Team Fight for Sight

Every step, every mile will help stop sight loss. Fight for Sight is the UK charity leading the way in pioneering eye research. Get involved and do something amazing in 2017:

  • Vitality London 10,000 - 29 May
  • Bear Grylls 5 or 10K Survival Race London - 30 September
  • Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon - 8 October

Or try a walk, trek, cycle or skydive. Fight for Sight will support you every step of the way. Contact Jo for more information: or call 020 7264 3919.

Click here for more events, details and to register
Here's a message to share on social media with your patients this Easter
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