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Komono Dawn till dusk campaign

Lulu by Komono

For its new summer campaign, KOMONO explores further the theme of Dawn till Dusk.

Polarised sunglasses from Blackfin

Ventura from Blackfin

Blackfin pushes the bounds in sun lenses with the introduction of Luminar - the lightest polarized lenses in the world, but with the visual quality of glass.

Essilor launches fashionable Mirrored Adaptive Lenses

d from Essilor Assisi from Ultra

Essilor has widened its adaptive lens collection with a choice of cool coloured mirrors to tailor any frame.

Ultra launch a new Memory Flex Collection

Assisi from Ultra

Ultra Limited - the eyewear brand that turned uniqueness, artisan craftsmanship and colour into its own design philosophy – presents 

Simply the best sunglasses that go over glasses!

Fitovers from Dibble

Award-winning supplier Dibble Optical has increased its product offering in sun protection with a new selection of Fit Over Sunglasses

Shades 19 from Nirvan Javan

Shades 19 from  Nirvan

NIRVAN JAVAN, the Swiss brand with a creative soul and a puristic design, introduces the collection SHADES 19: five unisex models, inspired by the most successful NIRVAN JAVAN EYEWEAR optical frames and equipped with high quality lenses.

Generously lightweight from Stepper

New lightweight frame for Stepper

With its bold proportions and thicker-than-average profile it projects a confident and robust appearance.

Many more exciting new products on our New Products Pages.

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The Latest News

Time to act to develop your career with ABDO College

If you want to develop your career, now is the time to act as ABDO College has opened online applications. 

ABDO resource centre adds a fully fitted glazing lab

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ National Resource Centre in Birmingham now has a fully fitted optical glazing laboratory to offer to course attendees and those hiring the venue. 

Practioners urged to hug tree planting.

Glasklar Tree Hugging
Positive Impact is building on its green mission with a charity campaign for Glasklar which starts on World Environmental Day.

SeeAbility celebrates its roots from 220 years ago

Sir John Major
UK charity SeeAbility challenges society to rethink disability as it celebrates 220th birthday with The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

Dad of two takes on grueling charity challenge

Tim Inness

CHECT County Durham resident, Tim Inness, is digging deep for two bucket-list challenges in a bid to raise vital funds for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) as World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week 2019 (12th-18th May) is in full swing.

New Post Grad certificate at ARU.

The GOC has granted provisional approval for the new Postgraduate Certificate .....

SynergEyes are having their cake and eating it!

EyesSir John Major
SynergEyes UK has launched a new promotion on its whole Duette range of hybrid contact lenses as part of the celebrations for Duette Progressive being named Contact Lens Product of the Year in a recent

FODO holds AGM and gains 2 new Directors

The FODO AGM took place on 14 May at 199 Gloucester Terrace. Addressing the meeting, FODO chair Lynda Oliver explained that FODO was committed to standing up for eye health and ensuring that eye health services were protected and enhanced during the next phase of NHS reforms. 

86% overdue for a sight test- results from VE Vision Van

Matt Stringer RNIB

Visitors to the Commercial Vehicle Show at NEC urged to take advantage of free eye tests

New Website for ABDO now online

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has launched a new website, providing members with additional and improved online resources to support them in practice. 

GOS Contract in Scotland reports significant NHS Savings

Optometry Scotland has published a new report GOS Works highlighting the benefits of the Scottish GOS model and the substantial savings it has delivered for the NHS in 2016-17.

Search begins for AOP Awards Winners 2020

Nominations for the AOP Awards 2020 are now open, with organisations and individuals able to nominate themselves in 15 categories.

New Optical Assistants course fro ABDO College now open for entries

Suitable for anyone who has just started working in optics, as well as those who have been in practice for some time and want to formalise their knowledge, this new Optical Assistant course is a great way to learn

Fancy "running your own practice"

Book now: last few places available for ‘start your own practice’ event


Matt Stringer RNIB
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has appointed Matt Stringer as Chief Executive, succeeding Eliot Lyne who was interim Chief Executive.

Teambuilding Challenges set to raise funds for Homeless

Bungee jumping, tough mudders, 10k runs, sportives and endurance cycles are great ways to build optical teams and Vision Care for Homeless People is urging every business to get involved this summer.

Dealing with Autism, some tips from

In the wake of Autism Awareness Month [April} Wondermoms have reached out to PHN for some help.

IACLE to mark 40 years of Exceptional Education at BCLA

IACLE will be celebrating 40 years of ‘Exceptional Education. Exponential Impact’ with special events at the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester, UK this month (30 May-1 June)

Abstracts required for Orlando Academy meeting

The Scientific Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts for Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry, to be held Wednesday, October 23 through Sunday, October 27

AOP announces new Council Members

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is pleased to announce its new designated Council members, following the appointment process in March 2019.

ABDO's England regional team meets up at National Resource Centre

Along with members of the ABDO Board and staff, the Regional Leads for England were accompanied by Local Leads to discuss on-going and future activity within NHS England relating to eyecare services. 

Heidelberg Engineering provides Xtreme Research Awards

Heidelberg Marketing
Dr. Chantal Dysli (Inselspital University Hospital Bern, Switzerland) and Dr. Lydia Sauer (Moran Eye Center of the University of Utah, USA) are the joint winners of this year’s Xtreme Research Award

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Advantages of Stock Modules for VAT

Practice Management Software

A series of briefings revised in May 2013 on the uses of practice management software:

Practice Management Software: Introduction

Practice Management Software: The Basics

Practice Management Software: Advanced Briefing

Practice Management Software: The Paperless Practice

Improving Business Strengths

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Keeping Stock Levels to a Minimum

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Contact Lens Report

EUROMCONTACT Contact Lens Report

Report on Drivers' Vision

Report on Drivers' Vision: A report published by The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)

The Bribery Act

The Bribery Act: Optical Confederation Guidance


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upcoming events

For further information on any of the events listed below please go to our events page.

11/07/2019 - Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - South West
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC - AGM. Peer Discussion Workshop presented by Alcon focusing on DEWSII approach to Dry Eye Diagnosis and Management

16/07/2019 - Somerset LOC - South West
Lecture & ACES Peer Review. Lecture ' Prem babies retinopathy & dodgy discs'

23/09/2019 - Heidelber Operation and Interpretation Course - Home Counties
A comprehensive course covering OCT image acquisition and interpretation. 7 CET points for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

03/09/2107 - ABDO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 6LD - South East
Shamir on Lens Design


For further information on any of the jobs listed below please go to our recruitment page.

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