The International Opticians Association is dedicated to the enhancement and development of the optical profession around the world. It acts as a forum for optician practitioners, industry partners and educators to come together and discuss topics which have an impact on the development of the profession and the delivery of world class eye care and quality vision. Members of ABDO are automatically members of the IOA.
If you have a dispensing qualification already and wish to practice in the UK you will need to apply to the General Optical Council. They will require a copy of the dispensing syllabus you trained with and any other relevant material to map your qualification so that they can let you know whether you qualify for any exemptions from the examinations required to practice as a dispensing optician in the UK.