Media Centre

Welcome to ABDO’s Media Centre where you can find out more about the Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ activities and events, and access news and analysis, expert opinion, press releases, annual reports and other media resources.

Our press team is happy to help you with your enquiries and provides you with information on eye care, eye wear and issues affecting the optical industry.

ABDO has a range of experts who can provides quotes and expert advice on many topics.

Contact us:

Antonia Chitty          07538 525476

Carol Smith

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ABDO open bookings for the ABDO clinical conference
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ABDO to be featured in ITN Business ‘Global Action for Eye Health’ programme
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New president for ABDO
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ABDO Medal of Excellence awarded to Jo Underwood
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ABDO graduation
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ABDO announces dates for the ABDO Clinical Conference
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ABDO in the news

7 quick and easy ways to reduce digital eye strain
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Dispensing Advice for Myopia
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Are night driving glasses safe to wear?
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Antonia Chitty, Head of Communications and IT


Mobile: 07538 525476


Carol Smith, Communications Officer


Mobile: 07494 919533

Latest News

ABDO Board nominees announced

Eleven candidates stand for election

Essilor celebrates 50th anniversary

Employees celebrate in style

Get ready for Myopia Action Month

Education and events online

ABDO to run pre-Board elections webinars

Applications closing soon for leadership and management training and qualifications

ABDO opens applications for the 2024 Management, Leadership and Training courses

ABDO revision event opens for student DOs

ABDO launches annual plan for 2024

DOs study myopia management at ABDO’s NRC

The NRC achieves Carbon Neutrality for the second year running

Full programme released for the SEE Summit

ABDO achieves carbon neutrality for the second year running

New speakers for the SEE Summit

New speaker for the SEE Summit

ABDO responds to the GOC contact lens consultation

New speaker for the SEE Summit

ABDO responds to NHS long term workforce plan

Andrew Symons appointed as adviser to the ABDO Board

ABDO releases new annual report

New SEE Summit speaker announced

ABDO’s response to free sight tests for special schools

ABDO responds to GOC research

SEE Summit keynote speaker announced

ABDO supports CHECT’s opticians protocol

New sponsor for Careers in Eyecare

ABDO Hamblin Memorial Prize for Scott Mackie for exceptional service

New resources to support practices to become more sustainable

ABDO launches new campaign to highlight the role of dispensing opticians

ABDO launches new online short courses in change and conflict management at 100% optical

ABDO launches annual plan for 2023

ABDO launches menopause guidance

Meet the ABDO team at 100% Optical

ABDO Graduation Ceremony

ABDO welcomes Ruth Shelton as new regional lead for the South of England

ABDO consultation day

Book now for next week’s SEE Summit

ABDO comments on the ministerial sign off for eye care reform in Wales

Save the date for the SEE Summit

ABDO releases new annual report

Miranda Richardson to become ABDO Head of Professional Qualifications and Education

ABDO announces new high-profile role for Dr Alicia Thompson

Discover how to identify and handle conflict in the workplace

Can you implement change successfully at work?

ABDO’s NRC launches sustainability policy

ABDO calls for members to respond to Opticians Act reform consultation

ABDO partners with Royal College of Ophthalmologists Examinations

Eyecare to move to green phase

ABDO achieves Carbon Neutrality as part of its SEE Campaign

ABDO Graduation Ceremony

Optical bodies collaborate to release statement of intent on the environment

New management workshops address change and conflict

New Focus on Dry Eye Disease for ABDO’s Clinical Hub

ABDO launches strategy for 2022-2026

New website for ABDO’s Careers in Eyecare

Careers Award for ABDO

ABDO Graduation Ceremony

Specsavers Hearing Care commits to NRC venue for training in 2022

ABDO General Secretary to step down at the end of 2022

NEW Sustainability Self-Assessment Tool to be launched at SEE Summit on 4 October

Optical professions and industry come together on sustainability

ABDO announces consultation day

Keynote speaker announced for the SEE Summit

How can manufacturing become more sustainable? Find out at the SEE Summit

How eco-friendly are contact lenses? Find out at the SEE Summit

Careers in Eyecare secure new sponsor

SEE Summit bookings open

ABDO launches syllabus review

Save the date for the SEE Summit

Sponsors boost for Careers in Eyecare

ABDO revision event opens for Student DOs

New editor for ABDO’s Ophthalmic Lens Availability Online

ABDO launches Clinical Hub for members

ABDO responds to the GOC Council decision to approve new education standards and outcomes

ABDO’s Management & Leadership Training opened to all eye care and eye wear professionals

ABDO Award for Careers in Eyecare Campaign

ABDO freezes member subscriptions for 2021

ABDO to offer members online regional events

ABDO Members tune in for first online Consultation Day

Cautious welcome from ABDO for new ways forward for GOC ESR

ABDO calls for action on discrimination and harassment

ABDO comment on Joint Statement on GOC ESR

ABDO announces Board election results

Successful revision webinar for ABDO students

OLA now online 

New revision weekend webinar

Statement on examinations

Statement on reopening from ABDO

Statement on driving from ABDO President Jo Holmes

New ABDO working group for Covid-19 Exit

TDO and CLO supervision changes

Applications closing soon

ABDO launches Leadership and Management training and qualifications

New appointment at ABDO

ABDO Graduation Ceremony

Michael Potter Commemorated

ABDO extends its reach in Wales

New Head of Policy for ABDO

Another 20 years of commitment to optical education at ABDO College

ABDO updates guidance on contact lens aftercare frequency

ABDO updates constitutions

ABDO response to GOC research into risk in the optical professions

ABDO welcomes Stuart Pell as new regional lead for the South of England

Barry Duncan, Deputy Chief Executive of ABDO, has resigned with immediate effect

New Board member for ABDO

ABDO responds to Which? Report

Statement from Deputy Chief Executive of ABDO, Barry Duncan in response to Channel 4 Supershoppers

Children missing out on eye exams

ABDO launches CET Webinars

ABDO welcomes road safety statement

ABDO issues new range of patient leaflets

ABDO issues position paper on Myopia

New website for ABDO

Successful meeting for ABDO’s England Regional team

New members for National Clinical Committee

Contact Lens Opticians to offer acute eyecare services in Wales

Become an independent optician event

Max Halford appointed ABDO Clinical Lead

Brexit Advice for ABDO members

Exciting new partnerships in Australia and New Zealand

ABDO Awards at Optrafair Dinner

New Business Guide for ABDO members

Sir Anthony Garrett celebrates 20 years at ABDO