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Registered DOs dispensing safety specs

U2.5.4 Registered DOs dispensing safety specs (2012)

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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