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28 August 2015
Issue 163
RFU goggles trial to continue
In the 2013-14 season, the RFU introduced a trial in England that would enable the wearing of certain sport goggles by players playing contact rugby at the Under 13 age grade and below if certain conditions were satisfied.

This trial was a variation of the RFU’s current regulations which prohibits all types of goggles to be worn in contact rugby.

The trial continued for the 2014-15 season and was further extended to permit U14s and above to wear sports goggles in exceptional circumstances if certain additional conditions are satisfied.

The trial will continue for the 2015-2016 season and players shall be entitled to participate in the trial if the conditions are satisfied

Click here to read the statement issued by the RFU which outlines the conditions of the trial
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More than one in three spectacle wearers willing to pay for designer frames

Designer frames have been increasing in popularity among glasses wearers in recent years. According to Key Note’s consumer survey, the proportion of glass-wearers willing to pay more for designer frames has increased from nearly 30 per cent in 2013 to almost 40 per cent in 2015.

Key Note’s 2015 Market Report Ophthalmic Goods & Services also found of those that wore glasses and/or contact lenses, nearly three quarters keep a spare pair of glasses/contact lenses as back up to the existing ones. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds said they would prefer glasses over contact lenses due to the practicality and costs, compared with a little more than a tenth that prefer contact lenses over glasses because they are more convenient and less obtrusive.

The UK market for ophthalmic goods and services has enjoyed uninterrupted growth over the past five years, supported by an expanding and ageing population, and increased sales of spectacles and contact lenses. In 2014, the market for spectacles and contact lenses is estimated to grow by 3.2 per cent, while value for sight tests (including NHS and private) rose by 2.8 per cent.

The number of people undergoing NHS sight tests in the UK has steadily increased over the past few years. Almost 24,000 out of every 100,000 people had an NHS eye test in England in 2013/2014, compared with 20,500 in 2005/2006. The UK’s ageing population is a key factor driving demand for sight tests — the number of over-60s that had NHS sight tests increased from nearly 42,000 per 100,000 to over 46,000 per 100,000 between 2005/2006 and 2013/2014.

Key Note expects the UK ophthalmic goods and services market will continue to grow over the next five years, rising by an estimated 2.5 per cent in 2015 and 2.4 per cent in 2016. Growth will be driven by the ageing population, increasing popularity of designer frames and new product development in the corrective eyewear field.

ABDO Conference and Exhibition
The 2015 ABDO Conference and Exhibition will be held on 20 & 21 September at Manchester Central - an award winning venue located in the heart of city centre Manchester.

As well as an exciting CET conference programme and unique networking opportunities, the event features an exhibition to showcase the latest developments in fashion, technology and business solutions.

Exhibitors confirmed so far include:

• ABDO • ABDO College • AOP • BCLA • Brulimar • Centro Style • Essilor • Eyes • Eyespace Eyewear • Fabris Lane • Heidelberg Engineering • Hilco • Hoya • ITN Productions • KODAK Lens • Marchon • Maui Jim • Menrad • Mondottica • National Eyecare Group • Nikon • Oakley • Ocuco • Optician • OWP• Performance Finance • Safilo • Shamir • Sight Care Group • Silhouette • Stepper • Stylish Eyewear • The Eyewear Company • Tokai Optical • Topcon • Ultravision • William Morris • Wolf Eyewear • Zeiss

Click here for more information and to register online
Student revision zone at the ABDO conference
ABDO is providing a student and supervisor revision zone at its annual conference in Manchester on 20 & 21 September.

Running parallel to the 2015 ABDO Conference and Exhibition in Manchester, this pilot event will allow students to practice for their practical Preliminary Qualifying Examinations (PQE) and Final Qualifying Examinations (FQE) under the guiding hand of Alicia Thompson, director of professional examinations and her team of experienced ABDO examiners. Rosemary Bailey will be attending with some of the contact lens examining team to provide revision for contact lens students.


• Prepare for all practical sections of the PQE
• Prepare for all practical sections of the FQE
• Obtain advice on portfolio completion
• Choose to attend only the preferred elements of the revision training
• Attend contact lens practical exam revision training
• Attend the main conference and lectures* in between revision sessions

*Subject to availability

Click here to read more and register online
Low Vision Honours Course

Due to changing demographics the demand for specialist low vision services is steadily increasing. By enhancing your low vision skills you can greatly help others, which is both valuable and extremely rewarding.

The ABDO College Low Vision Honours Course includes the theory and practical aspects of low vision consultation and fully prepares candidates for the ABDO Level 6 FBDO (Hons) LVA examinations.

Distance learning assignments are complemented by a short block release at ABDO College to reinforce practical skills and routine.

  • Course commences: January 2016
  • Method: Blended learning
  • Entry requirements: ABDO Level 6 Fellowship Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing (FBDO) and GOC registration
  • Duration: 25 weeks
  • Block release accommodation can be provided
  • Application deadline: December 2015

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

Building a low vision practice

CET accredited LVA training

Eschenbach Optik’s UK VTP partner, Associated Optical has announced dates for their CET accredited training course ‘Building a low vision practice’ – a one day course for optometrists and dispensing opticians focusing upon building a low vision practice.

So often visually impaired patients are poorly managed within optical practice. The series of presentations and discussion workshops are designed to encourage practitioners to manage elderly patients in practice more successfully.

Interactive presentations will cover the essentials of low vision practice from determining magnification, to successfully prescribing the most appropriate low vision devices.

Presentations are illustrated by real patient examples and are followed by hands on practical sessions covering the methods for successfully prescribing low vision devices.

‘Building a low vision practice’ is accredited by the GOC for 11 interactive CET points.

The course fee of £130 + VAT covers the full days training and courseware and all administration. Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are also included in the fee.

Click here to find out more and to book online
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