Peter Black

Peter Black

Senior Lecturer

School of Medicine

Harrington Building, HA310

+44 (0) 1772 89 4012

Subject Areas: Vision Science – Ophthalmic Dispensing

Full Profile

Peter Black MBA FBDO FEAOO is a registered dispensing optician and senior lecturer in vision science / ophthalmic dispensing. He is a practical examiner, assessor and Past President of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and a member of a the statutory Registration Committee of the General Optical Council. He is Vice Chair of the Joint Optical Committee to Europe, representing the UK at the European Council of Optometry and Optics, and in May 2017 was awarded fellowship of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics. Peter’s background is from industry. He spent two years in Professional Service as head of Dispensing Standards for Boots Opticians, and prior to that over 25 years at regional chain Conlons Opticians where as Development Director he had overall responsibility for continuing education and training.

  • MBA. Master of Business Administration, University of Liverpool, 2005
  • Certificate of Training Practice, Institute of Personnel and Development, 1994
  • Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing, Glasgow Caledonian University, 1988


Dispensing Optics. Regular column since April 2013 Black Arts

Dispensing Optics. CET Series of 4 articles 2018-19 Infection Control in Optometric Practice

Optician. Regular contributor of articles and conference reports since 2014.

Optometry Today. CET Series. Practical Dispensing.


FEAOO. Fellowship of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics, 2017; FBDO. Fellowship of Association of British Dispensing Opticians, 1989


Authored / presented 100+ Continuing Education and Training Sessions in current CET cycle including:

Royal Society of Medicine (Primary Care Update). Saving Sight, Supporting Sight Loss. September 2018

Seeing Beyond the Eyes. Saving Sight, Supporting Sight Loss. Venues nationwide. April 2018 – Feb 2019

Optrafair. Infection Control in Optometric Practice. April 2018

Specsavers MiniPAC. Paediatric Dispensing Discussion Workshop. 10 dates Mar-May 2018.

100% Optical. Modern Lenses. A Problem-Solving Workshop. February 2018

Eyecare. Rimless Skills Workshop. January 2018

European Academy of Optometry and Optics. Everyday Eye Conditions Peer Discussion. May 2017

External Affiliations and Roles

  • General Optical Council Registration Committee
  • Optical Confederation Joint Education Committee
  • Vision UK Ophthalmic Public Health Committee
  • Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) Assessor
  • ABDO Practical Examiner 
  • ABDO Examination Script Marker
  • Accredited CET Provider and Director of Orbita Black Limited


Currently involved with Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET roadshow aiming to put low vision higher on the agenda.

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Module lead for Module VS0001 (Introduction to Ophthalmic Dispensing and Optometric Practice) and VS0002 (Further Ophthalmic Dispensing and Contact Lenses). Also teach on Module VS0003 (Advanced Ophthalmic Dispensing and Ocular Abnormalities) and VS0004 and VS0005 as required.