Useful Links and information for Opticians

Association of British Dispensing Opticians (Abdo) 


Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FoDo)


Association of Optometrists
The representative body for optometrists.
61 Southwark St
London SE1 0HL
Tel 44 (0) 20 7261 9661
Fax 44 (0) 20 7261 0228


College of Optometrists
The educational and public interest organisation for optometry. 

Addresss The College of Optometrists41-42 Craven StreetLondon WC2N 5NG
General Email
Technical Email
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7839 6000
Fax +44 (0) 20 7839 6800


Manchester NHS
Lists all family practitioners in Manchester, Optometrists, GPs, Pharmacists and Dentists.

Manchester GP list 

Please select file below

Optometry Today
Premier optometric journal in the UK published by the AOP.


Journal for optometrists and dispensing opticians from Reed Business Publications.

General Ophthalmic Services
Notices relating to GOS, including voucher and ST updates, are posted here:

Older GOS related documents such as FPNs can often be located on the COIN database: 

National Electronic Library for Health
Full of health related information and including a link to PubMed to search for published articles.

General Optical Council
The statutory body regulating optometry in the UK.

41 Harley Street 
Phone numbers: 
Tel: 020 7580 3898 
Fax: 020 7436 3525 

Eyecare Information Service
Useful source of patient information.

The Eyecare Trust
PO Box 131
Market Rasen
United Kingdom
General Enquiries: 0845 129 5001
Fax: 0845 129 5002 

Royal National Institute for the Blind
For patient information.

Helpline 0845 766 9999

The British Dyslexia Association
For information about dyslexia.

For enquiries about dyslexia:

Helpline: 0118 966 8271

The British Dyslexia Association.
98 London Road,
RG1 5AU.
Tel: 0118 966 2677.

Fax: 0118 935 1927

Dyslexia Action
An educational charity for the assessment and teaching of people with dyslexia.

National Screening Committee - Retinopathy
Information relating to retinopathy screening by digital imaging.

Please send HES vouchers to the following address:

The Dispensing Opticians
Out Patients Department
Ground Floor
Oxford Road
M13 9WL


SeeAbility's purpose is to encourage people who are blind or partially sighted and have multiple 

disabilities to achieve their full potential and enhance their quality of life.

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults:




As the CCG commissions LES (cataract, red eye, GRRS), they do pay for interpretation services. However they don't provide interpreters for GOS services - you need to ask NHS England about that.

Interpretation requests are managed by MICG (Manchester Integrated Care Gateway) and you should contact


The biggest directory of suppliers can be found  on The Optician magazine website:

Please click on the logo to go to the site



 Contract Compliance information

Please refer to:


Professional Optometry Adviser

Sarah Slade

Professional Adviser - Optometry
Greater Manchester Area Team
NHS England
4th Floor | 3 Piccadilly Place | London Road | Manchester | M1 3BN