The other query that has come up several times is the belief that only registered opticians may dispense safety spectacles. This appears to be a commonly held belief but is in fact untrue. Anyone can supply and fit safety spectacles, unless the patient is under 16 or registered SI or SSI, as with any dispensing. I understand when members are horrified by this; it does feel wrong but that’s the way the legislation was drafted. I would suggest that in practice it would be sensible for a registered optician to dispense such spectacles to ensure that the correct appliance is supplied, as we all know the supply of safety spectacles is a complex subject and best left to the experts. This would be best practice and not a legal requirement.
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