The Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians represents eye care providers and registered opticians in business in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Our aim is to achieve eye health for all, delivered through world-class services, provided by regulated community-based professionals operating in a competitive environment. In the UK we are founder members of the Optical Confederation and supporters of Vision 2020 UK and the UK Vision Strategy.
Our members account for over three quarters of market activity and two thirds of eye examinations in the UK and 55 per cent in the Republic of Ireland.
The Health Select Committee has published a report on their inquiry into Primary Care. It outlines how access to primary care can be improved.While the Health Committee sets out the role of GPs and pharmacists, it does not include other parts of Primary Care such as the optical sector.
MP for Bishop Auckland, Helen Goodman, visited a practice in her constituency to find out why regular sight tests are so important and to meet with the Durham Local Optical Committee, to find out more about their work and the community eye care services in place across the constituency.
MP for Wolverhampton North East, Emma Reynolds, visited Prab Boparai Opticians in Bushbury recently to find out why regular sight tests are so important and to hear about the role community optometry can play in delivering eye care, above and beyond the sight test.
This week, the Secretary of State for Health was asked what steps his Department is taking to address the increased demand for eye clinic appointments and hospital eye services.
The General Optical Council (GOC) has today released figures showing that the vast majority of opticians have demonstrated their continuing fitness to practise by meeting the requirements of its Continuing Education and Training (CET) scheme.
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