Professional Development Toolbox

There are many resources that can support your professional development. It may be that you looking to organise your CPD to ensure you are on track or you may be looking to plan to develop your clinical practice.

In this area we will provide access to resources that may be helpful when considering continuing professional development and education and training.

Available resources in this tool box will be developed and added-to, so please ensure to check back regularly for new additions.

The GOC publication: A guide for registrants in the 2022-2024 CPD cycle. Available to download here.

GOC CPD A Guide for Registrants


January 2022
Professionalism in Optics
by Lorcan Butler

February 2022
Myopia Management and Research Resources
by Alexandra Webster

March 2022
Public Awareness of Diabetes and Understanding its Effects on Ocular Health
by Amna Wajid

April 2022
Exploring Light Perception
by Mark Hickton

May 2022
Pathology Induced Refractions and Vision Changes
by Andrew Watson

June 2022
Modern Management of Presbyopia – Part 1 – Communicating Spectacle Considerations
by Michelle Derbyshire

July 2022
Modern Management of Presbyopia – Part 2 – Contact Lenses
by Robin Rohu

August 2022
Prism: A Help and a Hindrance
by Andrew Cripps

September 2022
Modern Management of Presbyopia – Part 3 – Surgical Methods
by Jay Dermott

October 2022
Focused on the Road Ahead
by Pauline Bradford

November 2022
Managing Patients Presenting in Practice with Conjunctivitis
by Max Halford

December 2022
Fitting the Irregular Cornea
by Martin Conway


January 2023
Continuing Professional Development and The Standards of Practice
by Alexandra Webster

February 2023
Autism and Eyecare Accessibility
by Dr Ketan Parmar

March 2023
Using Evidence Based Practice to Communicate Myopia Management
by Keith Tempany

April 2023
Myopia Management Update
by Tina Arbon Black

May 2023
Vision Beyond the Eye
by Mark Hickton

June 2023
Dementia Things: The Impact of Language used About People with Dementia
by Elaine Grisdale

July 2023
Record Keeping
by Fiona Anderson

Below you will find further information relating to our Webinars


June 2020 Webinar – Person Centred Dementia Care
Further Learning Reference & Support
Question & Answer Responses

July 2020 Webinar – Diabetic Retinal Screening Programmes & Analysis of Common Conditions seen during Retinal Imaging
Further Learning Reference & Support
Question & Answer Responses

August 2020 Webinar – Eye Drops User Review
Question & Answer Responses

September 2020 Webinar – Driving & Spectacle Lenses
Question & Answer Responses
Government Statistics – Reported Road Casualties

October 2020 Webinar – Aiding Vision, Making the Most of Optical Aids.
Question & Answer Responses
References, Links and Further Reading

November 2020 Webinar – The Long & Short of Myopia Management.
Questions & Answer Responses
References, Links & Further Reading
Clinical Guidelines-Supplement

December 2020 Webinar – Providing Optimal Eye Care for Children with a Learning Disability.

SeeAbility and NHS England were delighted to take part in the ABDO webinar on Tuesday 8 December to talk about the pivotal role of Dispensing Opticians in the new NHS Special School Eye Care Service, and the practical application of dispensing involved.

For those DOs based within England they would very much like to follow up with anyone who would like to register an expression of interest in being involved in the programme.  To do so, please send an email to with 1) your full name, 2) Practice name, 3) full Practice address and postcode, 4) contact telephone number

Once received, you will be registered on our interested clinicians database and further information about the service will be forwarded.

VIDEO – Overview of the Services Delivered in Special Schools
Resources, References and Further Reading
Question & Answer Responses


January 2021 Webinar – Effective Communication – Breaking Bad News and Managing Difficult Conversations

VIDEO – How to Break Bad News to Patients – American Optometric Association – Jay Lyttle
VIDEO – Clip of John Cleese & Robert Buckman
VIDEO – 50/50 Doctor Scene
Question & Answer Responses

February 2021 Webinar – All you ever wanted to know about BV

Questions & Answer Responses
References, Advice and Guidance

March 2021 Webinar – Evidence Based Practice in Ophthalmic Dispensing

Question & Answer Responses
References, Advice and Guidance

April 2021 Webinar – Overview of Glaucoma

Question & Answer Responses
References, Advice and Guidance

May 2021 Webinar – Dry Eye Disease and the Role of the Dispensing Optician
Question & Answer Response
References, Advice and Guidance
Mask Associated Dry Eye Leaflet

Links for Questionnaire Resources
A Google search of Ocular Surface Disease Index and/or DEQ5 will provide a range of sites that feature the questionnaires. Copyright should be investigated. The OSDI is also available as an app for both Android and Apple and can be found in the related app stores.

June 2021 Webinar – Cataract Surgery in Patients with Cognitive Impairment
Question & Answer Responses

July 2021 Webinar – Can Dispensing Opticians and Optometrists help prevent falls?
Question & Answer Responses including References

August 2021 Webinar – Modern & Future Eye Examination Techniques
Question & Answer Responses

September 2021 Webinar – CLEAR; Evidence Based Practice Report
Question & Answer Responses
Link for CLEAR Clinical Guidelines Summary

October 2021 Webinar – Considering Consent: Pandering to Patients or Protection Practitioners
Will be uploaded shortly.

November 2021 Webinar – Integrating Sustainable Materials into Spectacle Frames Dispensing
Question & Answer Responses
References, Advice & Guidelines

December 2021 Webinar – Acute Eye Condition Triage: Part 1 – The Key Conditions and their Red Flags
Link for Optometry Evolution
Use this link to find the resource packs from the webinar

Below you will find further information relating to our Webinars

January 2022 Webinar – Acute Eye Condition Triage: Part 2 – Best Triage Strategy and Interactive Cases
Link to Optometry Evolution to access the following resources

  • Emergency resource Packs
  • Triage booklet
  • Online tutorials on triage
  • Red eye cards
  • Triage pads
  • Free articles

March 2022 Webinar – Call of Duty, A Dispensing Optician’s Responsibility to Refer
Q&A to follow
References, Links and Further Reading
Questions & Answer Responses

May 2022 Webinar – Cataract Post-Operative Scheme
Exclusion Criteria
Service Promotions Team – Contact List
SpaMedica – To Dilate or not to Dilate
Cataract Surgery – Video
Question & Answer responses

June 2022 Webinar – What’s Your Perspective?
Link to GOC Standards of Practice
Question & Answer Responses

July 2022 – Initial Steps to Becoming a Sustainable Practice
Question & Answer Responses
References, Links and Further Reading

July 2022 Webinar – Introduction to Complex Contact Lens Fitting
Q&A to follow

December 2022 Webinar – Does Personal Development Self-Audit Impact Professional Performance?
References, Links and Further Reading
Q&A to follow

Below you will find further information relating to our Webinars

February 2023
NES Webinar – Inclusive Paediatric Dispensing
References, Links and Further Reading
Question & Answer Responses

April 2023
Understanding the genetic factors of Myopia : Can we utilize out knowledge of Myopia genetics?
Question & Answer Responses

May 2023
Children and Eye Examinations: What’s happening out there and how can we help?
Question & Answer Responses
References, Links and Further Reading

July 2023
Sports Vision in Practice
Question & Answer Responses

October 2023
Young Myopia Management
References and Further Reading

November 2023
Four and Five Zone Lens Designs
Fluorescein Patterns
Corneal Staining

November 2023
Infection Control in Optical Practice
References and Further Reading