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Association News
13 March 2015
Issue 154
The ABDO and FMO Networking Party
Sunday 19 April 2015, The Gallery, NEC Birmingham

ABDO would like to invite its members to attend the ABDO and FMO networking party. The event will be held from 6.15pm to 7.45pm at The Gallery, NEC Birmingham, during Optrafair.

Jointly with the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO), ABDO is hosting this unique opportunity for professionals across the sector to get together. There will be live music, drinks and canapés and the party is free for ABDO members to attend.

There will also be addresses from ABDO President, Peter Black and FMO Chief Executive, Kevin Gutsell. So come and hear a brief overview about some of the latest initiatives from each organisation.

Admission is limited and strictly by ticket only, so please book your party ticket online by clicking here.

As well as a valuable networking experience, we are confident that the event will be enjoyable and hopefully there will also be a few surprises in store. We therefore look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to book your ticket now!
ABDO interactive CET at Optrafair - 18-20 April 2015

As an official event partner, ABDO is offering CET lectures and workshops at Optrafair.

For further details click here

What's new in Eyecare FAQ?
New in Eyecare FAQ, you’ll find FAQs and an infographic to share on glaucoma.

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.

You can find Eyecare FAQ at:
• or visit the website and promote the role of the registered dispensing optician

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The Foresight Project

The Optical Confederation and the College of Optometrists have set up the Foresight Project with funding from the Central (LOC) Fund.

The project is designed to look at the impact of technology on the entire optical sector - to read more click here.

New 2015 Optical Voucher Values Read More
College of Optometrists CEO announces retirement Read More
People with impaired vision may ‘miss out’ on vital support entitlement Read More
Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning supports call for Avastin review Read More
Treat yourself to a 2015 Oscar Winning Film!
Save an average of 40% at the Cinema!

Want to catch the latest blockbusters on the big screen, and save money on tickets? ABDO members can save an average of 40% on cinema tickets at major cinema chains like Cineworld, Showcase and Empire as well as many independent cinemas including Hollywood Cinemas and Picturehouse*.

Order Tickets

*Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Offers subject to change without notice. Discounts vary between cinema venues. Please check when booking. This ABDO membership benefit is managed on behalf of ABDO by Parliament Hill Ltd.
Have a staff vacancy? Have services or products to promote?
Classified advertisements in Dispensing Optics offer a solution!
  • To place an advert, telephone 0781 273 4717 or email
  • Special rate for ABDO members
Consultation Day with the Areas

The next Consultation Day with the ABDO Areas will be held on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at the AOP Offices, 2 Woodbridge Street, London EC1R 0DG. All ABDO members are invited and welcome to attend.

To confirm your attendance email Jane Burnand at

ABDO College 2015 summer revision courses

ABDO College is now taking applications for its popular dispensing and contact lens revision courses, to be held at the College in Godmersham.

For further details click here

Optical advisor required - Buckley and Caergwrle

A busy independent practice is seeking an optical advisor for a range of dispensing and glazing duties, experience in either preferred but not essential, to work across our two practices in Buckley and Caergwrle. The position is full time permanent. Any enquiries to Tim Morgan at or 01244 545001.

121 CET points on offer at Optrafair

With 121 CET points on offer, Optrafair 2015 is the best opportunity for practitioners to earn valuable points and complete the current three year cycle. Early booking is advised for a wide range of inspirational seminars, panel led discussions, hands-on equipment workshops and peer discussions.

To register for Optrafair click here
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