ABDO at 100 Optical

The varied and skilled roles of dispensing opticians (DOs) and contact lens opticians (CLOs) are highlighted to existing and potential employers in a new social media campaign from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). The campaign showcases the role of the DO and CLO, encompassing all aspects of their professional and clinical skills – from paediatrics and low vision to practice management and leadership, as well as those roles such as treating acute eye conditions which can be done with further training. The campaign is based on an ABDO research project with employers, which took place last summer. A range of practice owners were interviewed, including optometrists and DOs, about the benefits of working with a DO or CLO, the challenges around recruitment and other pertinent factors. The research found that DOs are valued for their expertise and the wide-ranging role they can play within practices. Their involvement is recognised to deliver a number of benefits:

  • better clinical outcomes and customer service
  • commercial benefits
  • a natural fit for practice manager

Over the course of this year, ABDO will also be meeting with stakeholders and developing the campaign materials, to ensure that all ABDO members are valued and that their roles are better understood in the wider context of primary eyecare. Employers will be encouraged to invest in FBDO training, to better understand the reach of ABDO members’ skills and to support them in developing their careers even further by training as a CLO or through management and leadership training. Find out more about the campaign by following ABDO on Linked In.

Looking to improve your clinical skills?

Live foreign body removal and axial length measurement demonstrations.

Talk to ABDO Clinical Lead Max Halford and ask your questions about myopia management, MECS and more.


Foreign body removal demonstrations:

  • Saturday 10am/12.00noon/3pm
  • Sunday 10am & 12noon

Discover the essential kit and techniques for foreign body removal and have a go with expert guidance.

The conversation you must have – DOs and myopia management

  • Saturday 11am/1pm/4pm
  • Sunday 11am & 12.45pm

An informal drop-in session to talk about how myopia management could work in your practice and learn about axial length measurement.

Are you Thinking Green?

NEW for 100% Optical: Download Sustainability for Practices and Recycling for Your Practice leaflets here.

Visit ABDO’s SEE Hub. You can …

ABDO is carbon neutral.

Visit the SEE Hub at www.abdo.org.uk

Meet the ABDO President and Vice President

Members can talk to ABDO President Daryl Newsome who will be available Saturday and Sunday 2-4pm. ABDO Vice President Kevin Gutsell will also be available on the stand from 10-12noon Saturday and Sunday.

ABDO Examinations and Registration

Meet a representative of the examinations team Saturday and Sunday 10-3pm to discuss any questions you have, whether you are a student or supervisor.

ABDO Membership

Want to know about your membership benefits? Ask your membership queries to members of the ABDO team throughout the event.

ABDO Communications and Sustainability

Ask ABDO head of communications Antonia Chitty about ABDO’s work on sustainability. Antonia will also be available to discuss the Careers in Eyecare campaign Saturday 4-6pm, Sunday 3-6pm and all-day Monday.


You can meet a member of the CPD team between 11.45 and 12.45 Saturday, 12 and 1pm on Sunday and between 11 and 12 noon on Monday.

Dispensing Optics

If you would like to contribute to or advertise with Dispensing Optics, you can meet members of the team on Saturday from 11-1pm and Sunday 11-2pm. Whether you would like to share your personal view in Jottings, or have news we should know about, you’ll be able to speak to the editorial team.

Find our media kit here and the latest issue of Dispensing Optics here.

More staff to meet

ABDO’s Nick Walsh will be on the stand all day Saturday, Sunday 2-6pm and all day Monday to discuss management and leadership training.

Catch up with Alicia Thompson about ABDO’s new plans for research on Saturday and Sunday morning 10-1pm.

Head of Professional Services and International Development, Elaine Grisdale will be on the stand on Saturday from 1-6pm and Sunday from 10am-1pm

Strategy for 2022-2026

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ (ABDO) Strategic Plan will guide its work for the five years from 2022 to 2026.

You can read more about ABDO’s purpose, vision and values and download the strategic plan here.

Ophthalmic Lens Availability

Ophthalmic Lens Availability (OLA) Online brings together data found in manufacturers’ catalogues. OLA Online is exclusively available to all members of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. Explore the database here, along with useful and educational information.


ABDO offers members an ongoing social media campaign packed with expert information aimed at the general public for you to use on your own social media. Find out more about EyecareFAQ here.

ABDO and BCLA team up for 100%

When you visit the Association of British Dispensing Opticians stand at 100% Optical, you can also meet members of the BCLA team and council.

Luke Stevens-Burt, Chief Executive Officer of the BLCA says, “We will be talking about BCLA membership and the two online BCLA courses in Dry Eye and Myopia Management. We will also have information on the early bird offer for the upcoming BCLA clinical conference in June.”

Visit the BCLA on stand B210 on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 February from 10am -4pm.

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