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IADO – Who are we?

The IADO was formed on 24th February 1956 shortly after the formation of the Opticians Act. The objective of the Association was to represent Dispensing Opticians and to provide them with training. The Association continues to provide CPD to it’s members and to represent them at Optical conferences and in meetings with government bodies. 

The Association is entirely run by a committee of volunteers. Without them the Association would not exist. Currently the President is Jill Flaherty and the Vice President is Ruth Drennan . If you would like to get involved with helping the committee please contact us by filling in the contact form or by emailing info@iado.ie


The majority of Dispensing Opticians have completed a three year blended course from UK Institutions, along with the direct supervision of a qualified and registered optician which occurs whilst working in practice. Attendance at block release courses is required at the relevant colleges. As well as passing theory and practical examinations, a Optician, must submit a portfolio of case records, before been deemed as qualified by their college and register with the General Optical Council which CORU recognises for registration in Ireland. Afterwards as qualified Dispensing Opticians they are required to complete Continuous Professional Development as part of their membership of the I.A.D.O.


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Benefits of membership

Negotiating on your behalf:

The committee have represented the IADO in talks with the Department of Health and CORU and will continue too when the need arrives.

Personal Indemnity Insurance:

IADO has secured a policy with AIC insurance for IADO members only. We would advise all members to clarify their current status as regards professional indemnity. Do not assume you are covered.

For more information please contact Terry Duffy at Glennon AIC on 01-6191101

Email Message Service:

All members will be emailled about job opportunities and IADO events. If you have a job vacancy or are looking for work, please let us know.


Each member will be given a username and password for this site and they can edit their own profile. If you would like an advertisement for situations vacant/wanted please let us know. Members of the public can access Opticians details if they are looking for the contact details of a Dispensing Optician. The website members an opportunity to let the public know that they are available and to keep up to date with what is happening in the Association. 


Being a member of the IADO gives us all an opportunity to meet other Dispensing Opticians through the Association’s events, starting new friendships and professional connections.

CPD Events:
The IADO provides CPD in person and online.

Inclusive Organisation:
The AGM gives you a chance to give your ideas of how you would like your Association to be organised. As we are a small organisation the AGM is quite informal and everyone is made to feel welcome and given the opportunity to speak.