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Alicia Thompson

Alicia Thompson

Director of education, research and professional development, ABDO 

Dr Alicia Thompson began her career in optics over 35 years ago as an optical technician, qualifying as a dispensing optician in 1994 and managing a successful practice. Alicia went on to work as clinic manager at Aston University for over ten years as well as qualifying as an examiner for ABDO. In 2006, she completed the Level 7 qualification in spectacle lens design and in 2008 was appointed director of professional exams for ABDO, where she is now director of education, research and professional development. She completed her degree at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2010 and a part-time PhD at Aston University in 2021 looking into paediatric facial anthropometry in relation to spectacle frame design with the aim of improving the fit of spectacles for all children. Alicia still practises in her paediatric referral dispensing clinic in Birmingham and frequently lectures and provides workshops for educational purposes across the world. Since 2022, Alicia’s current role is director of education, research and professional development for ABDO.

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