C 8.1.1 Members must recognise their limitations by seeking further advice and guidance or refer elsewhere when appropriate. In particular, those wishing to practice in specialised areas must be sure of their ability to do so, by obtaining specialist qualifications as available.
C 8.2.1 ABDO’s professional indemnity insurance (PII) covers the procedure of fitting punctum plugs when carried out by contact lens optician members.
C 8.2.2 Any member performing the procedure must be on the GOC Contact Lens Specialty register.
C 8.2.3 Members must be adequately trained and competent in the procedure before performing it on a patient, and this training should contain a practical element
C 8.2.4 Prior to commencement of the procedure, a consent form must be signed by the patient, following a full discussion of risks and benefits, and explanation of the procedure
C 8.2.5 You should arrange to follow up the patient. Give the patient written advice about when to schedule a follow up visit and about what to do if they have new symptoms or an adverse reaction. In any event, if side effects occur, the patient must be referred appropriately.
C 8.2.6 You should ensure that you use appropriate aseptic and sterilisation techniques to ensure infection control.
C 8.3.1 Before supplying tinted lenses or coloured overlays to improve reading performance, members are advised to refer to the most recent research, and not to make claims for such products which are not evidence-based.
C 8.4.1 Members who are practising as diabetic retinopathy screeners will have taken a separate qualification in this area. They will usually be operating under an NHS contract, which should include indemnity insurance for this activity. They are advised to check this with their employer/contractor. ABDO professional indemnity insurance does not cover diabetic retinopathy screening or the instillation of pupil dilating drops.