Following the publication of England’s COVID-19 summer 2021 guidance and the Prime Minister’s follow-up statement on 12 July you can access the optical bodies joint statement on primary eyecare services here.
You can read the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) recommendations for the vision screening backlog here
ABDO can officially confirm that optical practices are recognised as essential medical/health care providers and therefore do not need to close in the event of any national or local lockdown. All eye health care should continue to be delivered including routine care.
We acknowledge that due to lockdown there may be considerable reduced footfall in some areas and we are working with NHSE to agree what support, if any, can be made available to practices affected.
Please also note that ABDO supports the flexibility in relation to the GOC statement on dispensing spectacles during Covid-19 where it is absolutely necessary. In relation to dispensing to children, in line with patient safety, members should verify spectacles are fitted properly and therefore fit for purpose to aid the child’s vision as prescribed. As a consequence children should be provided with a dispensing appointment with a registrant when collecting their spectacles.
Issued 4 November 2020
Standard operating procedure in Primary Care Optical settings issued 26 October.
Optometry second wave letter issued 26 October.