Welcome to ABDO College

Did you know your Internet Explorer is out of date?

To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend that you upgrade to a newer version or other web browser. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.

Just click on the icons to get to the download page

If you understand that your browser is inadequate but you still wish to view the site click here

 - ABDO College

Contact Lens Courses

 Route for a dispensing optician to become a contact lens optician


Contact Lens Certificate Course

Theory Revision

Theory Examinations

Contact Lens Practical Preparation

Practical Revision

Practical Examinations




A contact lens optician (CLO) is a specialist practitioner who is trained and qualified to fit, and provide aftercare for, patients with contact lenses. Contact lens opticians assess whether contact lenses meet the needs of their patient, resolving clinical and tolerance issues, and remain responsible for clinical decisions enabling them to provide continuity of care to their patients.

The contact lens specialty is open to dispensing opticians (as well as optometrists and ophthalmologists) and involves extra study and clinical practice. Once the specialist training is completed and competence assessed, practitioners must register their specialty with the General Optical Council. They are then able to perform additional duties to those of a dispensing optician.


ABDO College of the following contact lens courses:

  • Contact Lens Certificate
  • Contact Lens Practical Preparation
  • Contact Lens Honours
  • Contact Lens Theory Revision (Distance Learning) – See Revision Courses
  • Theory and Practical Revision (held at Godmersham) – See Revision Courses

 - ABDO College