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30 October 2015
Issue 167
Warning against cosmetic contact lenses

People choosing to wear cosmetic contact lenses this Halloween, after they were made popular by TV programmes such as Vampire Diaries and Twilight, are putting their sight at risk, experts warn. Cosmetic lenses are readily available online and often in novelty shops and market stalls but the law states they must be dispensed in the presence of an optician or medical practitioner. The General Optical Council warns that wearers are putting their health at risk in TS Today, the magazine of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, published next week.

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GOC publishes new Standards of Practice

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published its new Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians, and separate new Standards for Optical Students, which will come into effect from 1 April 2016. The new Standards will replace the existing Code of Conduct for Individual Registrants which apply to both fully qualified practitioners and students.

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FMO appoints Bryony Pawinska as chief executive Read More
Building RGP knowledge with new BCLA course Read More
Eye Drops Database - A unique free to use professional resource Read More
Sheffield University gets £10K for nystagmus training Read More
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Consultation Day with the Areas

The next Consultation Day with the ABDO Areas will be held on Wednesday 18 November 2015 at the AOP Offices, 2 Woodbridge Street, London EC1R 0DG. All ABDO members are invited and welcome to attend.

Registration and coffee will be from 10.00am – 10.30am and the Consultation Day will finish at 3.30pm.

To confirm your attendance email Jane Burnand at

To view the agenda click here.

ABDO CET in Meriden

A day of CET - up to 15 interactive CET points available

9.00am, Monday 2 November 2015

The Manor Hotel, 127 Main Road, Meriden, Coventry, West Midlands CV7 7NH

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ABDO CET in Headingley

A day of ABDO CET - up to 15 interactive CET points available

9.30am, Sunday 8 November 2015

Village Hotel, 186 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS16 5PR

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ABDO CET in Bristol

A day of CET - up to 15 interactive CET points available

8.30am, Thursday 12 November 2015

Aztec Hotel, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4TS

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ABDO CET in Stansted

 A day of ABDO CET - up to 15 interactive CET points available

9.30am, Sunday 22 November 2015

Radisson Blu Hotel, Waltham Way, Stansted Airport, Essex CM24 1PP

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ABDO CET in Brighton

A day of CET - up to 18 interactive CET points available

10.30am, Sunday 29 November 2015

The Bridge Education Centre, Lucraft Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 4PN

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ABDO CET in Wigan

An evening of CET - up to 8 interactive CET points available

6.30pm, Wednesday 2 December 2015

Wrightington Hotel, Moss Lane, Wrightington, Wigan, Lancashire WN6 9PB

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Two Lecturer Posts

ABDO College is offering a fantastic opportunity for two highly motivated individuals to join their team of dedicated teaching staff at Godmersham, Kent.

ABDO College offer a range of courses through Access, Diploma, Degree, Advanced and Honours, providing quality programmes leading to ABDO examinations.

ABDO College specialises in the provision of blended and distance learning education for the optical profession. Devotion and care are coupled with extensive professional knowledge to equip students with the understanding and skills for their chosen progression. ABDO College has an impressive reputation for high standards and exemplary pass rates.

The two available posts are as follows:

  1. A full time teaching post to assist with teaching in all areas of the ophthalmic dispensing programme. The applicant must have excellent IT skills and a knowledge of learning platforms, as part of this role will be to transfer and maintain all teaching materials onto a suitable platform.
  2. A 0.50FT post (2.5 days per week) to assist with the teaching of all theory subjects.

The people ABDO College are looking for will:

  • be qualified and registered dispensing opticians or optometrists and hold a degree in the field
  • have the ability to teach a wide range of theory and practical subjects
  • have excellent interpersonal skills
  • have the ability to work within a group and be self-motivated
  • be required to relocate if not living locally

A teaching qualification and/or specialist qualification in contact lenses would be an advantage, but not essential.

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter detailing their suitability for the role, with details of two referees to:

Jo Underwood, College Principal
ABDO College
Godmersham Park
Kent CT4 7DT

For any additional information or to discuss the post, telephone Jo on 01227 733 906 or email

Closing date: Thursday 12th November 2015
To register for free click here
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