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21 March 2014
Issue 139
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Just a week to go to the ABDO Conference & Exhibition!
There's still just a few days left to book a place to join the 400+ attendees at the ABDO gala dinner - this will be a truly splendid occasion, set in the prestigious and opulent surroundings of the brand new IXL Events Centre at Dallas Burston Polo Club (pictured above).

The highlight of the ABDO conference, the gala dinnner sponsored by Transitions Optical will be held on Sunday 30 March - it promises great food, great company and great entertainment, with one or two surprises along the way. For those not wishing to dance until 1.00am there will be regular coaches back to the conference hotels from around 11.00pm onwards.

If you arrive the day before the conference on Saturday 29 March, please make sure you attend the pre-conference drinks reception, which is co-hosted by the FMO, commencing 8.00pm in the Lower Foyer and Kenilworth Bar at Chesford Grange.

If you are a conference delegate, please note it is mandatory to register in advance if you wish to secure a guaranteed place at any given lecture or workshop.

Please note accommodation at Chesford Grange is now fully booked for Sunday 30 March – rooms are still available at the Holiday Inn and Ramada hotels.

Online booking will close at 4.00pm on Thursday 27 March.

Please remember that you can attend as a day delegate and 'pay on the day' if you wish.

See you there!
CLO use of fluorescein

Please note that, due to an error, an incorrect statement was published in the March CET article in Dispensing Optics ‘What are you on? – part 2’. The statement that appeared on page 8 is partially incorrect: ‘Fluorets are and fluorescein in Minims form is classified as a pharmacy medicine (P) which means that both of these products cannot legally be used by dispensing opticians and contact lens opticians’. In fact, CLOs may safely and legally use fluorescein in the course of their practice. The online version on the ABDO website will be updated. The issue of the use of fluorescein by dispensing opticians who are not on the GOC's contact lens specialty register is being addressed by ABDO's advice & guidelines working group, who will issue guidance soon.

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New ABDO College publications
● Low Vision – An inter-professional approach ● Ophthalmic Lenses Availability – 2014 Edition ● British Standards Extracts – 2014 Edition

ABDO College has annouced that three new publications are available to order from the ABDO College Bookshop:

The full range of ABDO College publications and other products currently in stock can be viewed and ordered online via the ABDO College website, or for more personalised service and advice contact Justin Hall, the ABDO College Bookshop Administrator, by telephone on 01227 733 904 or by email at

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Come and see ABDO College in Kenilworth and at Optrafair London

ABDO College and ABDO College Bookshop will be exhibiting at both the ABDO conference in Kenilworth on 30 & 31 March and at Optrafair London (Stand H68) on 11 to 13 April, please come and say hello to the ABDO College team to find out how you can further your career - the team look forward to seeing you on their stands at both these events.

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