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Just this week left to apply for popular courses at ABDO College
Christophe Pillet, announced as Chairman of the Jury for the SILMO D’OR 2019 awards
London's 2019 largest Vision Conference to be held at RSM October 9th
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Just this week left to apply for popular courses at ABDO College

July 2019

Applications close on the 26th July for a number of the most popular courses at ABDO College, the only college in the UK dedicated to the teaching of the theoretical and practical aspects of ophthalmic dispensing and related specialist areas. Potential students should act now to develop their skills, improve their career prospects and learn while they earn.

• BSc Hons Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing This course is for people who want to train and work as a Dispensing Optician, are interested in advancing their optical knowledge and want to achieve the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualification and gain a degree at the same time.

• Fellowship Dispensing Diploma The diploma course is for people if you want to train and work as a Dispensing Optician, are interested in advancing their optical knowledge and want to achieve the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualification.

• Contact Lens Certificate Becoming a contact lens optician is the next step for any qualified DO who loves the clinical side of their work and wants to continue to provide great eyecare for patients.

Applications also close on the 27th July for ABDO College’s popular Distance Learning Revision Courses. Students who are sitting exams in the Winter 2019/20 session are advised to apply to receive weekly online assignments over 6 or 12 weeks, plus support from a personal tutor who will mark work and give feedback. No College attendance is required.

For DOs with the FBDO qualification who want gain a profession-specific degree and acquire graduate skills that can be applied to the workplace, the BSc(Hons) in Vision Science course is also currently open for applications until 23rd August.

ABDO College’s new Optical Assistant Course is proving popular but there are still limited spaces available: designed for all support staff working in optics, from entry level to those with a desire to reinforce their skills and broaden the knowledge gained in practice, applications for this course must be submitted by 30th August.

To find out more about any of these courses and apply now for a September start visit

Christophe Pillet, announced as Chairman of the Jury for the SILMO D’OR 2019 awards

July 2019

A French designer and interior architect of international renown, Christophe PILLET is appreciated for his “clear expression, pursuit of simplicity and essential design.” After graduating from l'École nationale supérieure d'art of Nice in 1985, Christophe PILLET joined the Domus Academy in Milan to study with the greatest talents in the field. He received his degree there in 1986.

While living in the capital of Lombardy, for four years he collaborated with Michele De Lucchi, Carlotta de Bevilacqua and Martine Bedin. He then joined Philippe Starck in Paris, where he worked from 1989 to 1993. Following these diverse experiences, he founded his own agency in Paris in 1993.

“I am not seeking the extraordinary, but rather to reveal what is beautiful and moving in the ordinary,” he explains.

This true stylistic signature has earned him a number of prizes and awards, and brought him to work for a variety of clients in furniture and product design as well as the interior architecture of hotels, restaurants, office buildings and mansions..

His elegant, contemporary style is always a delight, whatever the project. Moreover, he never ceases to expand his territories of application. Nothing can stop this workaholic: he loves a good challenge and is buoyed by a natural curiosity of dealing with reality and adding his “French touch”, his understated, humanised aesthetic – never minimalist or cold – without compromising on an interest in innovation and technology.

Christophe PILLET does not promote the narcissistic flourishes of a designer seeking to impress. His approach is sensitive and restrained; he is always inclined to first consider the value of an object or place in terms of use before getting involved, never rushing into a project.

Which automatically makes him the ideal chairman for the SILMO d’OR jury. He accepted this challenge with enthusiastic interest, especially since he has already had some initial experiences in the world of eyewear: in 2008, he designed a sunglasses line for the 75th anniversary of Lacoste, and in 2017, Vuarnet requested his services for its sports and lifestyle collections.

His point of view promises to be fascinating and committed, like all the projects with which he has been involved...

Don't forget to book the date September 27th - 30th 2019

London's 2019 largest Vision Conference to be held at RSM October 9th

July 2019

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Royal Society of Medicine and Vision UK team up to provide one of the largest combined Annual Optical Conferences at Wimpole Street on October 9th

Forward View, Vision and Eye Health
October 9th, 2019 at the RSM, 1, Wimpole Street London

Forward View: Vision and Eye Health has been arranged by the RSM Primary Care section and Vision UK to provide large enough facilities to allow multi choice workshop selections for those from the Optical and Medical Vision sectors and from those involved in Vision and Sight Loss Charities as well as those involved in commissioning in the 4 countries and the CCGs.

This unique interactive learning is combined with keynote speakers throughout the day pulling the knowledge together in front of the combined 300 strong Audience.

The joint conference aims to provide an interactive platform for professionals and all allied health groups to learn, discuss and create positive strategies for the Vision Sector.

The National Conference will be themed around these four strategic aims.

• Evidence and statistics
• Research, cures and treatments
• Services, support and care
• Public perception of Sight Loss

The RSM, 1 Wimpole Street building is a significant beacon for Health Care in the UK and is providing considerable resources for this jointly run conference. This will allow for an expected 300 delegates from professional healthcare, NHS decision makers, primary care workers, vision care professionals, social workers and charity workers to select the specific workshops whilst regularly combining during the day as one.

With a single aim to learn, create and promote ideas in strategy to combat the problems the Vision Sector brings in the future.

The day will be followed by an evening soiree where Awards including the David Burt Vision Award and The Astbury Award will be made.

Many of the lectures and workshops will be of specific interest to individual optometrists, LOCs and Commissioning leads.

Optometrists will be charged the lower rate of £70 for the whole day including the evening soiree and catering.

Among the 60 speakers for the days event will be Richard Whittington for LOCSU, the Optometry leads from all 4 countries, David Parkin Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, Prof. Rupert Bourne Anglia Ruskin, and Carol Reece Head of Dental and Optical Commissioning to name just a few.

We hope as many Optometrists will attend to demonstrate the profession's commitment to Vision Care and the fight against sight loss. (CET is being applied for)

This is also an opportunity to network with those who are managing the purse strings and balances the services they need to supply at Commissioning Level and the Department..

And vision and sight loss charities will be able to emphasize the importance of working across the whole spectrum through to and including social care.

The full agenda and registration is now available to view on the RSM website here (

If you are not an RSM member please choose the Non Member Allied Health Professional ticket price of £70.


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