Association of British Dispensing Opticians

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Association of British Dispensing Opticians
Abbreviation ABDO
Formation 1986
Type Professional body
Legal status Non-profit company
Purpose Dispensing opticians in the UK
Headquarters 199 Gloucester Terrace, Bayswater, W2 6LD
Region served
5,300 British dispensing opticians
General Secretary
Sir Anthony Garrett CBE
Main organ
ABDO Board (President - Jennifer Brower)
Website ABDO

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians is the main professional association for opticians in the UK.


Opticians, like dentists or pharmacists, are one part of the British health service not covered by the NHS. Since the 1989 Medicines Act, eye tests are not free.

It was formed in 1986 from the merger of the Association of Dispensing Opticians and the Faculty of Dispensing Opticians in the Health and Social Security Act 1984.

The General Optical Council was formed by the Opticians Act 1958, to make the British optician profession statutorily protected.


It is situated off Bishops Bridge Road (A4206), between Royal Oak tube station, to the west, and London Paddington station, to the east. It is opposite the Hallfield Estate.

The ABDO College was established in Godmersham, Kent, in 2001, on the A28. Also based at the ABDO's headquarters are the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians and Federation of Ophthalmic & Dispensing Opticians. It has a publishing division at Crowborough in East Sussex.

Optician training in the UK[edit]

Training to become an optician is only available at a few British universities.


It represents the interests at a national level of British dispensing opticians.

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