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27 February 2015
Issue 153
ABDO at 100% Optical video
ABDO teamed up with 100% Optical to help provide content for a CET-accredited Frames Workshop programme at the event.

OT spoke to ABDO president, Peter Black, and its general secretary, Sir Anthony Garrett, about its presence at the show.

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ABDO to provide CET at Optrafair
As an official event partner, ABDO is pleased to announce that it will be conducting CET lectures and workshops at Optrafair.

On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April ABDO will be hosting a lecture programme featuring internationally acclaimed speakers, including special guest Bernard Maitenaz, the inventor of Varilux lenses. The lectures will be held in the specially designed ‘ABDO Theatre’ (T60), situated within the Optrafair exhibition hall. The programme will provide opticians with the opportunity to hear from some of the leading figures in the fields of R&D, vision science and manufacturing optics. Each lecture is approved for 1 interactive CET point and they are free to attend.

In addition, ABDO will be conducting paediatric dispensing workshops on Monday 20 April at 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm. The workshop is approved for 3 interactive CET points and will be conducted by ABDO’s Joanne Abbott, Barry Duncan and Paula Stevens. Admission is strictly limited with no advanced booking, places will be available on the day on a first-come, first served basis. So remember to arrive promptly to ensure you secure a place!

All ABDO CET at Optrafair is approved for both dispensing opticians and optometrists. Practitioners attending each of the ABDO CET events on offer can acquire a total of 8 interactive CET points.

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ABDO CET events in March - places still available
Exeter - Student Refresher Day - Sunday 1 March 2015 Read More
Port Sunlight - Sunday 8 March 2015 Read More
Castleford - Wednesday 11 March 2015 Read More
Gateshead - Thursday 19 March 2015 Read More
Hereford - Thursday 19 March 2015 Read More
Arundel - Thursday 19 March 2015 Read More
Bromley - Monday 23 March 2015 Read More
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What's new in Eyecare FAQ?
New this month on Eyecare FAQ, you’ll find an infographic to share on contact lenses as well as an optical lingo bingo card full of contact lens related words. How many are you using every day, and do patients know what you mean?

You can use any of the FAQ 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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ABDO Credit Card

By choosing to use the ABDO Credit Card, MBNA, the card issuer, will make contributions to the ABDO Benevolent Fund when you use the card for the first time and also every time you use the card, at no extra cost to you.

  • £20 when you use your card within 90 days of the account opening
  • 15p for every £100 you spend on card purchases
  • £2 for each year the account remains open and active

To apply for the ABDO credit card or for further information call MBNA on 0800 028 2440.

Representative 16.9% APR (variable)

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ABDO Annual Meeting and President’s Consultation Day

The 2015 ABDO Annual Meeting and the President’s Consultation Day will be held on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at the AOP conference suite, 2 Woodbridge Street, London EC1R 0DG. All members are invited and welcome to attend.

To confirm your attendance email Jane Burnand at

The Great Ethiopian Run
Vision Aid Overseas would like to invite you to join a team of runners in the 2015 Great Ethiopian Run – a 10km race at 8,200 feet in Africa’s highest city, Addis Ababa.

The Great Ethiopian Run will take place on Sunday 22 November 2015.

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Dispensing optician vacancy - Coleraien

Coleraien Specsavers is looking for a full time dispensing optician. The position is open to all levels of experience and will include working beside other DOs in a busy expanding practice.

All applicants should send their CV to the store:

FAO Lynn Mackey, 11 Kingsgate Street, Coleraine BT521LQ


Dispensing Manager - Eglinton, Londonderry

Eglinton Eyecare
Dispensing Manager
Salary Scale £20,000-£28,000

Eglinton Eyecare is an award-winning, proactive independent opticians practice with active community involvement and they are seeking to recruit a full time dispensing manager to join their friendly, close-knit team. Eglinton Eyecare specialise in helping children with reading challenges and sports eyewear solutions.

If you’re an enthusiastic and experienced dispensing optician with excellent commercial awareness and would enjoy the rewards of working in a supportive environment they would love to hear from you. There will be the potential of progression to practice manager for the successful candidate.

It is desirable to have the FBDO qualification.

Essential criteria:

  1. A minimum of two years’ experience in optical dispensing and minor lab/repair work.
  2. A proven ability to provide exceptional patient experience and improve business performance.
  3. Computer literacy

For an application pack please contact Jean Kelly, Practice Owner, on 028 7181 4991 or email

Leading optical retailers confirm presence at Optrafair 2015

Leading optical retailers including Boots Opticians, Tesco and Specsavers have confirmed their presence at Optrafair 2015. As well as being the essential show for frame fashion and style advice; the latest technology, and inspirational education, Optrafair is also the best UK show for new job opportunities. The major high street retailers at the three-day show this April will all be providing valuable career advice for optical professionals.

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To register for Optrafair click here
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