Consultation on laser eye surgery

Proposed new guidance to promote best practice in the refractive surgery sector is endorsing multi-disciplinary team working, including DOs and CLOs, to deliver high quality care in the sector.

A consultation on new standards launched by the Optical Confederation (OC) follows the adoption of the General Medical Council’s (GMC) ‘Guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic interventions’, and gives a framework for how this can be implemented in the refractive surgery sector.

The OC standards aim to bring sector practice in line with the GMC’s guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic procedures. The draft standards have been drawn up by a team of leading surgeons, optometrists and eyecare professionals, including from ABDO, as well as refractive surgery providers and patients. The OC is now seeking the views of the public, clinicians and others to help ensure that the standards are in the best interests of patients.

OC chair, Lynda Oliver, said: “These new standards are designed to uphold high quality care and outcomes across the refractive laser eye surgery sector, which is expanding to meet patient demand, and to make sure all patients are given the care, treatment and support they need.”

The OC is holding a period of consultation on its Multi-Disciplinary Professional Standards for Refractive Surgery. Read more about the consultation and respond via OC website by the 7 April closing date. .

An OC presentation on the topic is being organised to take place during Optrafair and is expected to include CET points for DOs and CLOs.