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Association News
10 March 2017
Issue 200
Love Your Lenses Week set for 25-31 March
The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced that from 25-31 March it will be promoting Love Your Lenses Week in collaboration with a wide range of industry stakeholders and patient groups.

The week will aim to encourage patients to look after their eyes after GOC research showed that many people are not looking after their contact lenses properly – such as by not having regular eye checks with their optician or by allowing their lenses to come into contact with water. For example, 44 per cent of wearers are not complying with advice to avoid showering in their contact lenses.

The Love Your Lenses campaign provides patient-friendly information and ideas to help optometrists, contact lens opticians, contact lens manufacturers and retailers, and industry partners to celebrate the many benefits of contact lenses while reminding wearers of the need to treat contact lenses with love and respect.

The GOC has a campaign toolkit which provides content and ideas to help organisations get involved with the week, for example by holding an event, putting up posters or reminding contact lens wearers how to treat lenses with love and respect via a newsletter or social media.

The campaign website is now live at where practitioners and organisations can sign up to get involved in the week.

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GOC publishes guidance on professional duty of candour Read More
GOC announces appointment of four new Council members Read More
College of Optometrists launches a rebrand and new website
The College of Optometrists has launched a rebrand, which sees a reworking of the College crest and new strap line, and a new website which includes a range of features for members.

As part of the rebrand, the College’s logo, including its crest, has been refreshed and modernised. College members will receive a new window sticker to display in their practice to give greater prominence to their membership or fellowship with patients. Members will also be able to download a new member logo for use on their practice websites and stationery. The College branding is complemented by a new strap line; ‘Professional Excellence in Eye Health’.

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What's new in EyecareFAQ?

New in EyecareFAQ, you’ll find an infographic to share on the subject of laser surgery.

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
T.M. Lewin - Corporate Discount

With a real passion for design and focus fixed on quality, this Great British business wear retailer continues to create fresh, stylish and versatile collections for today’s professional men and women, over 116 years after the very first store opened on London's Jermyn Street.

As an ABDO member, you’re invited to take advantage of special discounts through ABDO membership benefits. To access these offers, simply download your exclusive discount voucher *.

*Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Offers subject to change without notice. Cannot be redeemed against previous purchases or used in conjunction with any other offer, voucher, discount code or gift card purchases. This ABDO membership benefit is managed on behalf of ABDO by Parliament Hill Ltd.

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 degree 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
  • Equips students with the ability to problem-solve within the practice, benefiting both students and their employers
  • Establishes a platform to build further career advancement
  • In most cases, student finance is available
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ABDO College Revision Courses Summer 2017 Read More
New WCSM Courses Prospectus

A new 2017/18 prospectus featuring the full range of the WCSM courses available through ABDO College has now been published. The WCSM courses range from Level 2 Optical Support to Level 4 Optical Technicians and lead to examination based qualifications awarded by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.

The WCSM Courses currently available through ABDO College are:

  • Level 2 Optical Support
  • Level 3 Optical Support
  • Level 4 Diploma for Optical Assistants*
  • Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians
  • Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs

Qualifications Accredited in Scotland

  • SCQF Level 5 Certificate in Optical Care
  • SCQF Level 7 Certificate in Optical Care

*Course starts in September 2017, subject to accreditation

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Optical Technicians course
Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians (SMC Tech)


The Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians course offered by ABDO College is tailored to the needs of those who aspire to become senior technicians and supervisors within a lab, either in an optical practice or a manufacturing environment. This is a two-year blended learning course, which starts in September each year. Students are assigned a personal tutor, and work through a series of assignments at their own pace (in general, at least six to eight hours of work per week is required).

On passing the examinations, the Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians qualification will be awarded by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. This qualification is regarded by many as the ‘Gold Standard’ for the industry and will entitle qualified technicians to use the letters ‘SMC (Tech)’ after their name.

For an information pack with details of the next intake, fees, deadline and an application form please call the courses team at ABDO College on 01227 738 829 (Option 1) or email

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Optical Care courses for Scotland: SCQF Level 5 & Level7 Certificate in Optical Care Read More
Work based assessment qualifications - available through WCSM
  • WCSM Level 2 Diploma in Optical Retail Skills
  • WCSM Level 3 Diploma in Optical Retail Skills
  • WCSM Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing Spectacles
  • WCSM Level 3 Diploma in Manufacturing Spectacles

In addition to examination based qualifications, the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM) offers Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in Optical Retail Skills and Manufacturing Spectacles which are assessed in the workplace, and quality-assured by external verifiers, rather than through external examinations. These qualifications are typically suited to larger employers providing in-house training to a group of people and covering the learning outcomes required by the diplomas in day-to-day, supervised, working. There are no training courses associated with these qualifications and no set time period when participants can start and finish.

The full specifications for these qualifications can be viewed on the WCSM website, or for further information contact the Administrator on 020 7236 2932, or email:

Please note that ABDO College does not provide any training or support for these qualifications
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