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Key details

Attendance Part-time
Duration 34 weeks
Code
Awarding Body
Level Professional Award/Certificate/Diploma
Start Date 07/09/2020

Course overview

This challenging and comprehensive course is aimed at General Optical Council registered Dispensing Opticians who are full members of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). The course will fully prepare you to take the ABDO Contact Lens Anatomy, Contact Lens Visual Optics and Contact Lens Practice theoretical examinations, as well as the ABDO Contact Lens Practical Examinations.

The course has strong links with industry and frequently has speakers from such companies as

  • CooperVision
  • Alcon
  • Bausch and Lomb
  • No7 Contact Lenses
  • The Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM)

The course is approved by the GOC and ABDO.

The Contact Lens course at Bradford College is led by the current ABDO Chief Examiner in Contact Lenses.

The course has been commended by the GOC for its use of technology in recording and assessing practical demonstrations.

What you'll study

You will study the course by attending College on one day per week for 34 weeks.

Modules covered:

  • Contact Lens Practice
  • Contact Lens Anatomy
  • Contact Lens Visual Optics
  • Contact Lens Practical Workshop.
  • You will study the course by attending College on one day per week for 34 weeks.

    Modules covered:

    • Contact Lens Practice
    • Contact Lens Anatomy
    • Contact Lens Visual Optics
    • Contact Lens Practical Workshop.

Assessment

This course prepares you to take the ABDO Contact Lens examinations. You will be required to take both the theory and the practical examinations set by ABDO in Birmingham, where extra fees are payable.

Entry requirements

You need to be a qualified Dispensing Optician and be FBDO and GOC registered.

 

Work experience

The contact lens certificate requires students to be in employment with a GOC registered Optical Practice.

Student stories

Amazing tutors. Doing this course is something you would not regret

– Victoria Duckworth FBDO CL, former graduate of Bradford College

 

 

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I have loved every minute of being part of the contact lens programme. Definitely something I would encourage fellow DOs to consider if they are wanting to progress further. The lectures and the support we receive throughout has been amazing and something I would [have] struggled with if it wasn’t for the weekly visits to Bradford!

Katy Walshaw FBDO

Current contact lens student

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The course has given me the theory and practical skills to confidently work in a supervised clinic. Our tutors are friendly yet knowledgeable and have prepared us well for our exams. I would not hesitate in recommending the course to anyone interested.

Chloe Ferguson FBDO

Current Contact Lens student

Next steps

Many further career opportunities become available as a Contact Lens Optician including

  • Specialising in complex cases within a hospital setting.
  • Professional services manager roles
  • Progression with Education.
Further training in GRM and MECS allows Qualified GOC registered CLOs to engage in Enhanced services (subject to those services being commissioned in your local area). Further specialised training exists in the management of dry eye and myopia control. On successful completion of the course, you will be able to progress to:
  • The role of a contact lens optician in a private practice, in the NHS or in a large organisation.
  • A management position in an organisation
  • Employment with a Contact Lens Manufacturer
  • Further training in GRM and MECS allows Qualified GOC registered CLOs to engage in Enhanced services (subject to those services being commissioned in your local area)
  • Further specialised training exists in the management of dry eye and myopia control

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