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11 April 2014
Issue 140
2013 ABDO annual report and accounts

ABDO has produced its annual report and accounts for 2013.

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Goggles for playing rugby

Shortly before the turn of the year, ABDO was contacted by the England Rugby Union (RFU) to discuss proposals made by the International Rugby Board (IRB) which would allow players participating in rugby matches to wear goggles. After lengthy discussions involving both the RFU and the IRB we offered opinion on the proposals and the goggles that were approved for wear.

It should be noted that ABDO was extremely uncomfortable with the proposed goggle in that there were several concerns. Primarily this centred on the parameters of the frame which we deemed unsatisfactory for young children.

The RFU have now decided to conduct a national trial (click here for details) having taken on board the comments we have made. Consequently there is now provision for goggles to be worn for u13s. Clearly ABDO would expect all members to use professional judgement when dispensing a product for this purpose.

During discussions, we felt beyond any doubt that a sports goggle incorporating the prescription (non-insert) with a band from the frame front would potentially be the most suitable. Many suppliers will provide various sizes relevant to fitting requirements. Additionally the safety element of lenses was discussed and it was unanimously agreed that a lens inherent of greater impact resistance properties would be most appropriate.

It should be noted that other rugby unions will be participating in the global trial. ABDO strongly suggests that professional judgement should be used if the need to dispense the approved goggles arises.

Barry Duncan FBDO
Members' Support Manager
Mobile 07896 435 799

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Vouchers at a glance

Following the announcement this March of the proposed NHS voucher values increase across the UK, the Optical Confederation has now released its annual Vouchers at a glance card for optical professionals.

The card shows a 2 per cent rise in voucher values across the range of NHS optical vouchers available to children, people on low incomes and individuals with complex sight problems.

To view download a PDF version of the card click here; a hard copy of the card will be inserted with the May issue of Dispensing Optics.

ABDO membership benefits
ABDO membership benefits are pleased to offer members an exclusive fixed fee self-employed and employee tax return service.

Why waste your valuable leisure time doing something that clearly requires a significant amount of time and effort to get right, when for just £110  (employee returns) in the first year you can have it done for you?

Offered through our association with TWD Tax Services, the UK’s leading provider of fixed fee tax returns, the fee covers preparation of your return and all relevant schedules (including capital gains tax and rental income from one property), all tax calculations and liaising with HM Revenue. The service is easy to use and comes with a free helpline to answer your self-assessment questions*.

Employees tax return service is £110 including VAT
Self-employed tax return service is £185 + VAT

View more information or call 0845 129 7017 (quote ABDO)

* Terms and conditions apply. See website for further details. Offer and prices subject to change without notice.
Do you hold the ABDO ‘Contact Lens Certificate’?

Have you thought about continuing your studies to achieve the advanced contact lens diploma – and use the suffix FBDO (Hons) CL – but are unsure of just where and how to start?

ABDO College is introducing an Advanced Contact Lens Diploma Preparation Course to guide and support those interested in attaining the higher qualification.

The ABDO College Advanced CL Preparation Course will take place on 28 and 29 May 2014 at ABDO College in Kent. This will be followed by a series of distance learning projects to provide structured revision, in readiness for the winter 2014 examinations.

The sections of the examination are as follows:

A Toric lens fitting
B Presbyopia correction
C Remedial fitting, such as keratoconus, post refractive treatment and orthokeratology
D Current knowledge, to include materials, designs, care products and current practice
E Case records

The units may be attempted in any order within a three-year period but all units must be achieved within five years.

Full costs for the two days of tuition plus distance learning modules are £700 but there is generous sponsorship of £300 per delegate from Contamac and No 7 Contact Lenses for the first six delegates enrolled, so the cost to these delegates will be £400. Course information and application forms are available from Rachel Blazyca at ABDO College on 01227 733 921 or email her  at

Re:View - the ABDO College newsletter

In the April 2014 issue of Re:View, we find why Contamac sees DOs as key influencers in the world of contact lenses, there’s a profile feature on Daniel Smithard and his research into UV-blocking contact lenses, as well as an interview with CCCU’s Debra Teasdale and a photo-review of the recent Foundation Degree awards event.

Click here to read more
ABDO College 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.

The following revision courses are available:

Tuesday 27 May

  • 9am to 12noon - Year 1: PQE Optics Theory
  • 1pm to 4pm - Year 1: PQE  Ophthalmic Lenses Theory
  • 9am to 12noon - Contact Lenses: CL Anatomy Theory
  • 1pm to 4pm - Contact Lenses: CL Visual Optics Theory

Wednesday 28 May

  • 9am to 4pm - Year 1: PQE Practical
  • 9am to 11am - Year 3: Contact Lens Dispensing Theory
  • 11am to 3pm - Year 3: Refractive Management Theory
  • 3pm to 6pm - Year 3: Low Vision Theory
  • 9am to 12noon - Contact Lenses: CL Practice Theory

Thursday 29 May

  1. 9am to 12noon - Year 2: Advanced OL & Dispensing Theory
  2. 1pm to 4pm - Year 2: Professional Conduct Theory
  3. 4pm to 6pm - Year 2: Communications Theory
  4. 9am to 12noon - Year 3: FQE Practical Section B
  5. 1pm to 4pm - Year 3: FQE Practical Section C/F

Friday 30 May

  • 9am to 12noon - Year 3: FQE Practical Section D/E
  • 1pm to 4pm Year 3: FQE Practical Section A

Monday 2 June

  • 10am to 5pm - Contact Lenses: Practical

Wednesday 27 August

  • 9am to 4pm - Contact Lenses: Getting Started

Thursday 28 August

  • 9am to 4pm - Contact Lenses: Getting Started
  • 9am to 4pm - Low Vision: LV (Hons) Theory

Sunday 31 August

  • 9am to 12noon - Year 1: PQE Optics Theory
  • 1pm to 4pm - Year 1: PQE Ophthalmic Lenses Theory

For further information and application forms, please contact the Courses Team on 01227 738 829 option 1 or email

ABDO College Prospectus 2014/15

ABDO College has produced its new 2014/15 Prospectus.

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