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FBDO (Hons) CL

Advanced Contact Lens Diploma FBDO (Hons) CL qualification
If you have already attained the Certificate in Contact Lens Practice why not use the experience you have gained to develop to the next level – and start the process by taking one of the units which relates to everyday practice like toric lenses or presbyopic correction?

The syllabus is in five units:

  • Unit A – Toric lenses
    The first part of the unit involves designing an RGP toric lens empirically, assessing the fit of a RGP toric lens and carrying out an over-refraction on a toric patient. The second part then involves the assessment of toric soft fittings using media technology.
  • Unit B – Presbyopic correction
    This unit requires the selection and assessment of a pair of multi-focal lenses including the choice of final powers – and discussion of the principles related to presbyopic correction.
  • Unit C – Remedial fittings
    The format in this unit is one dissertation and one viva section – discussing the etiology, topography, CL options, challenges, management and aftercare involved in [i] refractive treatment and orthokeratology and [ii] medical/therapeutic indications including such as keratoconus, keratoplasty and bandage lenses.
  • Unit D – Current knowledge
    This unit is a short answer questions examination paper with open and closed questions on current contact lens materials, lens designs and care products.
  • Unit E – Case records
    12 case records are presented before the examination, to meet a specified list of cases which includes high prescriptions, extended/continuous wear, RGP and soft torics, multi-focal correction of presbyopia, and problem solving – plus an interesting case of the candidate’s choice. The examination is a viva on the presented records.

Candidates can choose the order in which the five units are taken and if singly, small groups or in total. The only requirement is that they are all sat within a three year period and passed within five years of the first unit examination. Successful completion of the assessments will result in the award of the Advanced Diploma in Contact Lens Practice,  permitting the use of the letters FBDO (Hons) CL.

Copies of the syllabus are available from:
ABDO Examinations and Registration, The Old Dairy, Godmersham Park, Godmersham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7DT

Telephone 01227 732 920
Email mchandler@abdo.org.uk