Uniting the optical profession for over 40 years


Uniting the optical profession for over 40 years

Over 7,000 optical professionals attended Optrafair’s spectacular 40th anniversary event in 2018 to explore a show floor filled with over 150 exhibitors showcasing the latest in optical technology, frames, lenses and business solutions.

Alongside three theatres of packed-out educational CET sessions, attendees had the chance to earn even more CET points on stands with exhibitors whilst getting hands-on with the latest technology.

Optrafair introduced a myriad of new features. The Spectrum Catwalk delighted visitors as models showcased the latest on-trend fashion frames in a professionally choreographed show whilst more support was provided for independent opticians with an exclusive Independents’ Lounge. 2018 also saw the introduction of the BCLA Contact Lens Hub to accommodate the ever-growing interest in contact lens content and products.

Join us in Birmingham on 30 March - 1 April 2019 to continue the celebration of optics!

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Latest news

ABDO College response to new GOC survey

​Responding to the General Optical Council (GOC) research findings that only 26 per cent of newly qualified dispensing opticians felt as though the clinical experience received during their studies was insufficient, compared to 60 per cent of newly qualified optometrists.

ABDO Extended Services Training Day

​36 ABDO contact lens opticians attended the first Minor Eye Conditions Services (MECS) extended services training days in Birmingham at the end of last month. ABDO has more than 130 contact lens opticians working towards MECS and Glaucoma Repeat Measures (GRM) accreditation.

IAO announces President and Vice President for 2018-2020

Former ABDO president, Dispensing Optician and practice owner Fiona Anderson BSc(Hons) FBDO R FEAOO SMC(Tech) has been re-elected as president of the International Opticians Association. Donald Crichton FBDO, President of ADONZ (The Association of Dispensing Opticians of New Zealand) has been appointed as Vice President.


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