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Association News
7 July 2017
Issue 207
ABDO annual report and accounts 2016
ABDO has published its annual report and accounts for 2016.
Click here to view/download the annual report
Occupational dispensing guide

ABDO has produced an updated version of its ‘Occupational dispensing’ guide.

The guide is a useful reference for professional advice and solutions for the workplace.

Click here to view the guide online
GOC appoints three new members to committees Read More
BCLA Fellowship - Engaging the next generation of clinicians and researchers Read More
Certificate in Dry Eye - A new education programme launched by the BCLA Read More
Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning appoints new chair Read More
Magnetic implants used to treat nystagmus Read More
ABDO membership benefits – Middlesex CCC membership

Enjoy a summer of cricket at Lord’s Cricket Ground for less than half price! For just £100, reduced from £265, join as a full member of Middlesex County Cricket Club and watch every Middlesex match for free, sit in the Lord’s Pavilion and Long Room and get priority access to Lord’s international tickets. If you live more than 50 miles from Lords, County membership is just £80*.

*Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Offers and prices subject to change without notice. This is a special introductory offer for new members of Middlesex County Cricket Club. This ABDO membership benefit is managed on behalf of ABDO by Parliament Hill Ltd.

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Free access to Eyecare 2018 for ABDO members

The Eyecare Conference & Exhibition will be held on 21 & 22 January 2018. ABDO members are offered free access by booking online and using the promotional code GO195AB

To up this offer, select the 'Registration Partner' option in the booking section of, and add this to the basket, the total will be £195. Adding GO195AB to the promotional code box will reduce this to £0.

What's new in EyecareFAQ?

New in EyecareFAQ, you’ll find an infographic to share on the subject of 'dry eye'

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
Win a trip to SILMO

ABDO members are being offered the chance to win a trip for two to SILMO in Paris this October by entering an exclusive prize draw.

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Become a contact lens optician

If you have qualified as a dispensing optician you might be wondering about your next step, or if you have been working in optics for a number of years you may want a new challenge, so why not become a contact lens optician?

The ABDO College Contact Lens Certificate course provides an ideal opportunity for opticians to further their career by specialising in contact lenses. The course leads to the ABDO Level 6 Certificate in Contact Lens Practice qualification, enabling registration on the General Optical Council specialty register for contact lens dispensing.

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

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A choice of two distance learning courses to become a dispensing optician Read More
BSc (Hons) Vision Science • COURSE STARTS IN SEPTEMBER 2017 Read More
Contact Lens Practical Preparation Course • 24-25 AUGUST 2017 Read More
Level 4 Diploma for Optical Assistants • COURSE STARTS IN SEPTEMBER 2017 Read More
Low Vision Honours / PQE Theory (re-take) Revision Courses Read More
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