New Facilities for ABDO’s National Resource Centre


The Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ National Resource Centre in Birmingham now has a fully fitted optical glazing laboratory to offer to course attendees and those hiring the venue.

The lab now includes a Nidek Lexce 3 in one edger, filtration systems and an auto-lensmeter, kindly supplied by Birmingham Optical, a Huvitz HPE810 edger, Xpert Auto Blocker and a HPE810 edger provided by Mainline Optical, and a Neksia edger & blocker, a Delta edger, and Neptune filtration units from Essilor.

Phil Hall, Head of the NRC says, “We are delighted to offer this extended and improved glazing laboratory to add to the facilities at the National Resource Centre. The centre is continuing to expand what it offers, with more facilities in the pipeline. We are getting more and more enquiries for meetings, courses and training at the venue, and I am now taking bookings into 2021, so do get in touch if you would like to tour the venue or discuss a booking.”

ABDO’s NRC includes rooms ideal for practical examinations, with the potential to be opened up for conferences, seminars, training, revision and CET courses. Alongside the fully functional glazing lab there are also rooms for viva exams and smaller meetings and 10 clinical bays equipped for refraction and contact lenses. The centre is available to local businesses as well as those in the optical industry to hire for large and small meetings and events. Find out more at

Notes to Editors

  • Media enquiries to Antonia Chitty, 07538 525476,
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  • ABDO represents over 6000 qualified dispensing opticians in the United Kingdom. Registered office, 199, Gloucester Terrace, London W2 6LD.
  • The ABDO NRC is sited at Aston Cross Business Village, within easy reach of major road, rail and air transport networks.  It is the location for all dispensing and contact lens practical examinations.


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