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29 May 2015
Issue 158
ABDO annual report and accounts 2014
ABDO has published its annual report and accounts for 2014.

To view/download the annual report click on the picture above or select the link below.

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FMO chief executive resigns

The FMO has announced that chief executive Kevin Gutsell is to step down from the organisation for personal reasons.

Barry Dibble, FMO chairman, said: "It is with sadness that I have accepted Kevin's resignation after eight months in the role. His reasons for doing so are entirely honourable and I respect this. Kevin has had a long and distinguished career in the optical industry and the FMO board of directors and I wish him well for the future."

Public perceptions research

New research commissioned by the General Optical Council (GOC) has shown high levels of confidence in, and satisfaction with, opticians among the public. However it also showed that opticians are seen as playing a narrow role in testing sight and improving vision rather than improving eye health more generally.

The independent research found that 96 per cent of those who had been to the opticians in the past two years were either very satisfied or fairly satisfied with their overall experience of opticians. A further 92 per cent of respondents were confident of receiving a high standard of care from opticians. This was higher than for GPs (88 per cent) and dentists (87 per cent), but slightly lower than for pharmacists (94 per cent).

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CET: six months to go…

GOC registrants now have just six months to complete their requirement for the 2013 – 2015 period to ensure that they are not removed from the GOC register at the end of 2015.

Please note if you have already achieved or exceeded your overall points total by the end of 2014, you will still have the attain a minimum of 6 CET in 2015.

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DOs awarded European Academy of Optometry and Optics Fellowship

Congratulations to Kevin Milsom, James Russell and Jo Underwood who were recently admitted to the European Academy of Optometry and Optics as Fellows. They are the first dispensing opticians to be awarded Academy Fellowship and they are now entitled to the prestigious FEAOO suffix.

Fellowships are awarded to Academy members - following a robust application and interview process - in recognition of their contribution to optometry and optics at a local, national and/or international level.

What's new in EyecareFAQ?
New in EyecareFAQ, you’ll find FAQs and an infographic to share on Diabetic eye disease.

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 EyecareFAQ at:

Click here for EyecareFAQ Diabetic eye disease
Re:View - the ABDO College newsletter

The June 2015 issue of Re:View features an interview with Debbie Gigg who has joined the ABDO College team as course coordinator for optical support programmes, as a result of the changeover in administration to the College of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers courses.

Also in this issue of Re:View there’s a profile feature on Scott McCallum and you can read his research relating to patient compliance with daily disposable and re-useable soft contact lenses.

ABDO College is attracting a steady increase in mature students and the ‘Top tips for study success as a mature student’ article, as well as providing useful information, highlights some truly inspirational stories.

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City & Islington College 50th Anniversary

You are warmly invited to join in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of City & Islington College (Formerly City & East London)

  • 5.00–7.30pm, Thursday 9 July 2015
  • The Centre for Applied Sciences, The Angel, 311-321 Goswell Road, EC1V 7DD
  • Keynote speaker: Professor Mo Jalie
  • Meet old friends and new colleagues
  • Please feel free to invite other alumni and new colleagues
  • RSVP to Gloria Sayers at, or call 020 7520 066
ACLM Contact Lens Year Book 2015 - now available
The 2015 edition of the product manual of the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM) has now been published.

It lists technical details for all the contact lenses, solutions and materials produced by ACLM member companies, and covers the overwhelming bulk of products available in the UK. It has become an essential product guide and handy reference for contact lens practitioners.

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