Ophthalmic Lens Availability now online for ABDO members

Ophthalmic Lens Availability, the optical lens bible, has moved online.

Ophthalmic Lens Availability (OLA) brings together data found in an extensive range of manufacturers’ catalogues in one handy location. An ABDO team has been working over the last year to convert the annual print publication into a searchable online database of lenses.

The site contains an interactive search function enabling you to view lenses available from all of the contributing manufacturers in one place. And it can now be updated whenever data changes ensuring that you get the best lens data possible.

There are also sections for each manufacturer, bringing together an enormous number of useful resources. New sections include Specialist Lenses, Educational Information, Hidden Lens Engravings, Interactive Tools, Digital Dispensing and further reading in Optical Miscellany.

OLA Online is now available to all ABDO members as part of their membership, which means around 9000 dispensing opticians, student DOs and associate members will now have access to this exciting new development. Companies can also use this channel to engage with dispensing opticians at the forefront of bringing new products and technology to optical practice.

Site editor Phil Gilbert has been the driving force behind the site and says, “We hope you enjoy the site and we can assure you the site will progress in content as time goes on.”

ABDO head of communications Antonia Chitty says, “As members return to practice we hope that OLA Online will make life easier at a difficult time. Members who have been involved in testing and developing this addition to the ABDO website have been enormously enthusiastic about OLA, and it is great to be able to make this data widely available now.”

OLA Online is exclusively available to all members of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. Membership of ABDO starts at £19 per month for associated professions, and comes with a wide range of benefits beyond OLA online. Find out more and join here.