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29 January 2015
Issue 174
ABDO gala dinner

ABDO is pleased to announce that it will hold it's 2016 Gala Dinner, during Optrafair, on Sunday 10 April at the Kings Suite, Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

The event will commence at 7.15pm with a drinks reception, followed by the gala dinner at 8.00pm, which will feature the presidential handover and awards.

Tickets are £80.00 per person and include pre-dinner drinks, a three course meal, wine with the meal and dancing to a live band.

Click here to book your tickets online
Next ABDO Vice President elected

Yesterday (28 January) the ABDO Board elected Clive Merchant as the next Vice President of the Association.

Clive will assume office on Sunday 10 April at the ABDO Gala Dinner to be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, when the current Vice President, Fiona Anderson, steps into the presidency.

Paediatric dispensing poster

ABDO has produced a poster that highlights the requirements and skills relating to paediatric dispensing.

Commenting on the poster, Barry Duncan, ABDO's head of policy and development said "It's vitally important that parents are aware of the essential requirements, as well as the responsibilities of registered practitioners, when it comes to dispensing spectacles to children. It's my hope that this new poster will assist our members in promoting the need for high quality paediatric dispensing and that it will also assist them in promoting their skills.

The A3 poster is available to ABDO members free-of-charge; to order the poster email

Use the poster in your practice to promote the role of the registered dispensing optician
Hamblin Memorial Prize Nominations
An award made to an individual member of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians for exceptional service to the advancement of opticians and consequently their professional organisation.

ABDO is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Hamblin Memorial Prize. This year the prize will be awarded on Sunday 10 April 2016. The award is made to the individual who, in the view of the Hamblin Memorial sub-committee, has contributed the most to ophthalmic dispensing in the preceding year and indeed over many years.

This is a prestigious award worth £250 to the winner. It is important that those colleagues who have done a great deal for the profession should be considered. The award does not relate simply to the work that the individual has carried out in a given year, but also for continuous service to the Association and the profession.

Any ABDO member wishing to submit a nomination should do so by Wednesday 17 February 2016, together with a note of about fifty words as to why the individual should receive the award.

Please send your nomination by email to Jane Burnand at
New booking system for ABDO CET events

ABDO has introduced a new look booking system for its CET events. You are now able to register immediately from your invitation email. Once an event is fully booked there will be an option to register for a reserve list via

All events should be available for booking 4-6 weeks in advance and you will receive an email confirmation and printable ticket.

CET events are provided free of charge exclusively to ABDO members; however, if room allows, non-members may attend for a fee.

Your new contact details for booking enquiries for ABDO CET events is Sue Bennett: / 01206 734 155
ABDO CET – Headingley - Sunday 21 February 2016 Read More
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ABDO CET – Antrim - Thursday 25 February 2016 Read More
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Study shows myopia prevalence in children has more than doubled

New research, jointly funded by the College of Optometrists and Ulster University, has shown that myopia is more than twice as prevalent among children in the UK now than in the 1960s.

The Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) study, conducted by researchers at Ulster University and published in PLOS ONE, is the largest longitudinal research undertaken in the UK to examine changes in children’s vision and cycloplegic refractive error over time. The latest findings, using data gathered from more than 1,000 children over six years, provides vital information on how children’s eyes grow and change in the 21st century.

The study has found that nearly one in five teenagers in the UK are now myopic, or short-sighted, and that children with one parent with myopia are at least three times more likely to be myopic than those without a myopic parent. This increases to over seven times more likely when both parents are myopes. It has also shown that myopia is most likely to occur between the ages of six and 13 years.

Click here to read more

Sight loss patients with depression are “routinely overlooked” Read More
Working time directive guidance update

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has recently ruled that time spent travelling between home and the location of the first and last appointments of the day must be considered ‘working time’ for those who do not have a fixed or habitual place of work.

The Judgment placed particular relevance on the fact that during the first and last journeys to customers, workers were ‘at their employer’s disposal’ (because they were not able to use their time freely or pursue personal interests during that time).

Following the Judgment the Optical Conferation has produced a working time directive guidance update, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Pachymeters for Scottish optometrists

The Scottish Government has announced further investment to primary care which includes optometry receiving £1.5 million to purchase pachymeters for optometrists.

For more information click here

LOC Model Constitution

Following feedback from LOCSU that a number of LOCs have suggested that the LOC Model Constitution is out of date, NHS England have agreed to consider a revised Model Constitution for LOCs.

A copy of the current LOC Model Constitution can be found at

LOCs who have any suggestions for changes to the LOC Model Constitution are asked to submit them via by 5pm on Monday 1 February.

LOCSU will collate the suggestions received and produce a draft revised LOC Model Constitution for consultation with all LOCs. We will then meet with NHS England to discuss the changes that are proposed.

Suggestions that LOCs have made in the past regarding changes that should be made to the current LOC Model Constitution are listed in Appendix 1 for your information. The anticipated timetable for the process can be found in Appendix 2.

If you have any questions regarding this email, please contact

LOCSU News - January 2016 issue Read More
ABDO at 100% Optical

ABDO will be participating at 100% Optical and has a range of activities planned, including CET approved workshops.

Click here for more information
Membership subcription renewal

ABDO membership subscription renewal notices were sent to members in December. If you haven't already done so, your membership subsription fee can now be paid online at by logging into the Members' Area.

If you have not received a renewal notice, please look online for the amount outstanding. If there are any problems or changes please email

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 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
  • A successful partnership committed to the furtherance of dispensing optics
  • Equips students with the ability to problem-solve within the practice, benefiting both students and their employers
  • A proven track record of success through consistently high theory and practical examination results
  • Establishes a platform to build further career advancement
  • In most cases, student finance is available
Click here to find out more
Re:View - the ABDO College newsletter

Featured in the February 2016 issue of Re:View there's report on the college’s latest Employers’ Liaison Meeting. Every year optical employers are invited to Godmersham to be updated on developments and to enable us to obtain their feedback regarding courses and educational needs for their staff. Also on the topic of practice staff, the article on team inspiration tips provides some ideas to help you motivate your colleagues.

Gemma Rae’s research on the effects of cigarette smoking outlines some of the reasons why we should be sure to advise our patients to quit the habit.

There’s now an opportunity for dispensing opticians to work towards
an MSc in Health and Wellbeing, details of which are outlined in the interview with Jeannette Head of Canterbury Christ Church University

Click here to view this latest issue
Student and supervisor revision and refresher days

8.30am – 5.30pm, Sunday 28 February 2016
ABDO, 199, Gloucester Terrace, London W2 6LD

8.30am – 5.30pm, Sunday 20 March 2016
The Gipsy Hill Hotel, Gipsy Hill Lane, Pinhoe, Exeter EX1 3RN

Students and supervisors are invited to attend a ‘Revision and refresher day’ in preparation for the forthcoming ABDO examinations.

The revision day for ABDO PQE and FQE examinations day has been developed for everyone to enjoy and learn/refresh their skills. The extensive agenda will cover as much of the ophthalmic dispensing syllabus as we can possibly fit in.

The days will be held in London and Exeter and will be run by ABDO examiners who will be on hand to deliver the revision training and to answer all your questions.

Supervisors will also find this day invaluable, not only will we be going through the structure of the exams, but there will also be the opportunity to gain some CET points too! We have opened this day to supervisors as well so they can refresh their skills as professional people. ABDO examiners can bring you right up to date with current exam requirements alongside meeting colleagues and revisiting some areas which we don’t always have the opportunity to do in every day practice.

  • Students and supervisors only
  • Students please encourage your supervisors to join us for this fun packed day
  • 8 CET points applied for
  • There is a charge of £50 for whole day including lunch and refreshments
  • Please bring rulers and facial gauges with you, as well as a notebook and pens to take notes
  • To book online click in either LONDON or EXETER
Optrafair 2016
To register to attend click here
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