About us

The Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians represents eye care providers and registered opticians in business in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Our aim is to achieve eye health for all, delivered through world-class services, provided by regulated community-based professionals operating in a competitive environment. In the UK we are founder members of the Optical Confederation and supporters of Vision 2020 UK and the UK Vision Strategy.

Our members account for over three quarters of market activity and two thirds of eye examinations in the UK and 55 per cent in the Republic of Ireland.

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MP for Gedling finds out about the importance of community eye care services

MP for Gedling finds out about the importance of community eye care services

19th May

MP Vernon Coaker visited his local opticians earlier this month to find out why regular eye tests are important in preventing avoidable sight loss, and to hear about the community eye care services available in optical practices across Nottinghamshire.

FODO launches 'risk-based' CET and CPD training packs in the UK and Ireland

FODO launches 'risk-based' CET and CPD training packs in the UK and Ireland

11th May

FODO has launched the first in a series of peer discussion training resources focussed on the highest areas of risk in front-line clinical practice. The first pack, Flashes, Floaters and Retinal Detachment, was published yesterday at the FODO AGM in London.  

FODO AGM 2016: FODO embraces the future

FODO AGM 2016: FODO embraces the future

10th May

FODO held its Annual General Meeting in London on 10 May. Lynda Oliver, in her second year as FODO Chair, opened proceedings by promising that FODO, FODO Ireland and NCHA members would continue to be the driving forces for progress and change across the optical and hearing sectors.

New BCLA Student Ambassadors are unveiled

New BCLA Student Ambassadors are unveiled

10th May

The latest group of BCLA student ambassadors has been unveiled, helping to raise the profile of contact lenses at universities across the UK and Ireland.

GOC announces Education Strategic Review

GOC announces Education Strategic Review

5th May

The General Optical Council has today set out plans to review education in the optical sector.The Education Strategic Review will ensure that qualifications leading to GOC registration will prepare optometrists and dispensing opticians for the roles they will carry out in the future, as technological change and enhanced services reshape the delivery of optical services.

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