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16 October 2015
Issue 167
ABDO Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony
The 2015 ABDO Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 25 November at Canterbury Cathedral.

All eligible graduands wishing to attend need to book their gown hire, photography requirements, ceremony tickets and celebration reception tickets online, via the Ede & Ravenscroft website, before 16 November.

For more information click here
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Edward Middleton installed as the new WCSM Master Read More
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National Optical Conference – book now! Read More
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What's new in EyecareFAQ?
New in EyecareFAQ, you’ll find FAQs and an infographic to share on congenital eye disease

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.

Click here for EyecareFAQ - Congenital eye disease
Consultation Day with the Areas

The next Consultation Day with the ABDO Areas will be held on Wednesday 18 November 2015 at the AOP Offices, 2 Woodbridge Street, London EC1R 0DG. 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

Degree or Diploma?

ABDO College offers a choice of two distance learning courses on the route to becoming a qualified dispensing optician

Degree option
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.

Diploma option
A three-year diploma course in ophthalmic dispensing – leading to the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualification.

Did you know?

  • You can study for the degree course, instead of the diploma course, for an additional cost of less than £100 per month
  • In most cases, student finance is available to those undertaking the degree option
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AIO Conference a resounding success
Roundtable opines that the future is very promising / AIO Code launched

The AIO Conference at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham was the biggest and one of the best conferences in long history of the Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (AIO). The clinical and ‘in-practice’ programmes received excellent feedback from delegates and the opportunity to network and discuss issues with fellow Independents was one of the highlights of the event. The new AIO Code was also launched to the profession.

One of the features of the conference was the roundtable discussion, which was facilitated by conference committee chairman Nigel Burnett Hodd. This featured Chris Hunt, chairman of the Optical Confederation, Lyndon Taylor, immediate past chairman of AOP and current chairman of the AOP IPC, Peter Black, President of ABDO, David Parkins, President of the College of Optometrists, David Hewlett, chief executive of FODO and the AIO’s own chairman Peter Warren.

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