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Guidance for Optometrist Prescribers

The following guidance has been produced to assist appropriately qualified optometrists in their prescribing practice. The Clinical Management Guidelines may also be of assistance to all optometrists as a useful source of information.

College Guidance for Optometrist Prescribers

This Guidance provides advice on the conduct that is expected of optometrist prescribers who are on one of the GOC specialist registers.  If an optometrist deviates from the advice in this document the reason for this should be carefully documented.  If a complaint is made against an optometrist, the General Optical Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee would take account of this document and those to which it makes reference.  The optometrist would be expected to justify any decision to act outside its terms.

  Guidance for optometrist prescribers

Clinical Management Guidelines

The College of Optometrist’s Clinical Management Guidelines (CMGs) provide a reliable source of evidence-based information on the diagnosis and management of 60 eye conditions that present with varying frequency in primary and first-contact care. Whilst they are intended specifically for specialist therapeutic prescribers, it is anticipated that all optometrists will find them a useful source of information. The Clinical Management Guidelines are available here.

Clinical guidance

Optometrists' Formulary

College members have access to the Optometrists' Formulary, which provides prescribing information on all drugs currently available to optometrists.

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