Content Listing for COVID-19

From the start of the first lockdown in March 2020, teaching in higher education saw a significant move to online learning. How has this impacted the postgraduate independent prescribing programme?

The College of Optometrists issues a statement on the amber guidance.

Eye health issues that are making the news.

Reflecting on our experience over the summer of 2020 allowed us to scale up our programme delivery to address the education of our Stage 3 cohort.

The antimalarial drug may be a glimmer of hope as coronavirus takes hold across the world, if the threat of retinopathy can be managed.

COVID-19 and its impact on eyecare: a review

We have updated our Amber phase COVID-19 guidance to help practices across the UK deliver eye care safely and effectively at this stage of the pandemic.

As the pandemic continues to affect people’s lives across the UK, interest in a viable vaccine is growing. The College's Director of Research, Michael Bowen looks at what guidance optometrists can offer patients on potential COVID-19 vaccines.

As society continues to open up, the Optometry in Practice editorial board thought it opportune to reflect on the experiences of the pandemic to date and assess the impact on both eyecare professionals and our patients.

Following the national lockdowns announced across the UK, some members have expressed concerns that their employers are not following Amber Phase guidance.

Three optometrists – hospital-based, in the community and newly qualified – on how they have fought back against the pandemic over the past 12 months.

This study investigates the opinions of contact lens practitioners at the end of lockdown about the changes they implemented.

As of Monday 29 June 2020, all four UK nations are in the amber phase of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Léa Surugue looks at how to carry out effective virtual consultations in a time of social distancing and discusses the clinical and legal pitfalls.

This article summarises the key findings of a survey taken by members of the College of Optometrists investigating changes in clinical optometric practice in the UK as a result of the pandemic including the challenges and benefits identified.

Watch our video and read our FAQs for more information on eye care provision under the new national restrictions.

Lockdowns led to cancelled operations and check-ups. Becky McCall looks at the legacy of the pandemic for eye disease and sight loss, and the lessons that have been learned.

This article reviews the research into digital technology innovation and home monitoring in the management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma.

Join Nicola and Oliver Gatehouse, owners of Ball & Gatehouse Opticians, as they update you on the challenges they have faced in their practice since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emma Bennett explores the link between a rise in screen time during the pandemic and increasing levels of myopia in children. 

UKHSA confirms that changes to the self-isolation period following Covid exposure applies to healthcare workers

How the pandemic has created new trends in contact lens wear and compliance.

The Secretary for Health has announced that the isolation period for people who test positive for COVID-19 will be cut to five full days in England from Monday 17 January.

With COVID-19 affecting so many areas of our lives, Helen Gilbert looks at the impact the pandemic is having on optometric and ophthalmological research.

The vision sets out three key principles and recommendations for the development and governance of high quality eye care service.

From vaccine hesitancy to blue-light filters, Steve Smethurst looks at the erroneous but unbudgeable beliefs that should be buried for good.

We've issued advice to help the general public look after their eyes during lockdown.

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, Clinical Adviser for the College, on the vital importance of professional judgement.

Department of Health and Social Care has not taken on board the advice of The College of Optometrists in their decision to press ahead with mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

Optometrists are taking part in one of the biggest medical breakthroughs in decades, learning new skills, boosting their confidence and expanding the profession’s scope of practice. Radhika Holmström reports.

We are aware of a petition regarding examination testing times during the pandemic. Read our statement.

A message from Colin Davidson, College President.

A message from Colin Davidson, College President.

The College has written to the GOC in support of an extension to the temporary changes made to the Optometry Handbook and Supervision policy by the GOC in August 2020.

Here we summarise three research papers from a recent issue of Optometry in Practice.

The College responded to a DSHC consultation to support the extension of provision of free PPE to the health and care sector, including optometrists, after 31 March.

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney on harnessing the momentum generated in response to the pandemic.

Survey published as optometric services expand across England to offer wider care to patients

Does vitamin D play a role in reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection, and what does this mean to the UK’s BAME communities? Mike Bowen, Director of Research at the College of Optometrists, considers the evidence.

College of Optometrists encourages the public to seek eye care if they have concerns about their vision or eye health.

MILLIONS of Brits could be suffering from eye problems dubbed ‘coronavision’ after feeling that their sight deteriorated during lockdown, according to a study for the College of Optometrists.

Find out what our Clinical Adviser has to say about a study published by the University of Hong Kong linking COVID-19 restrictions, screen time and myopia in children.

Join Faye McDearmid MCOptom, optometrist at Campbell & McDearmid in Redcar, as she updates us on her week at work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The College, ABDO, the AOP and FODO have issued guidelines on appropriate infection prevention and control measures following recent government announcements.

Non-medical contact lens fitting can now take place during the amber phase of the pandemic.

This outlines a COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Service delivered from a network of optical practices, acting as urgent eye care hubs, to support the immediate and recovery phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

The College has been involved in discussions with NHSE to ensure optometrists are given access to COVID-19 vaccinations as early as possible.

Our advice on eye protection when working in the home or garden.

We explain how the additional restrictions announced in Northern Ireland will affect optometrists.

We explain how the additional restrictions announced in Scotland will affect optometrists.

We explain how the easing of restrictions in Wales will affect optometrists.

We explain how the additional restrictions announced in Wales will affect optometrists.

The fourth and final part of Dr Deacon Harle's experiences of providing urgent and essential care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Deacon Harle FCOptom, Optometrist and Director at Osborne Harle in Kent, records his experiences of working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The third part of Dr Deacon Harle's experiences of providing urgent and essential care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second part of Dr Deacon Harle's experiences of providing urgent and essential care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update on optometric practice following the Government's announcement of new national restrictions in England

Join Rosie Gavzey MCOptom as she takes you through her experience of volunteering at London’s NHS Nightingale Hospital.

The Secretary of State for Health has announced stricter lockdown measures in Leicester for a two week period due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the city.

We explain how additional restrictions will affect optometrists working in Tier 4 areas.

Join David Cummins MCOptom, Optometrist and Partner at PLM Optometrists in Scotland, as he takes you through a series of real-life cases, managed at his practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our growing range of resources will ensure that you can provide the best possible patient care during these uncertain times. 

The Westminster government has announced the easing of lockdown measures, including the opening of non-essential shops, from 15 June.

We outline COVID-19 testing information for optometrists in all four UK nations.

Mark Drakeford, First Minister for Wales, has announced additional restrictions from 6pm on Friday 23 October 2020 for two weeks.

The College and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists has sent the following letter to Jo Churchill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care.

Join Donya Gharanei MCOptom, Optometrist at Specsavers Opticians in Acocks Green, as she discusses the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together with ABDO we advise that practices should continue to operate in the amber phase and maintain high infection control standards this summer.

An update from ABDO and the College of Optometrists following the Governments' announcement on the easing of lockdown.

Eyecare provision as lockdown eases across the UK.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister and First Minister for Scotland announced new national restrictions to help tackle the rising number of coronavirus infections and ease pressure on NHS and related health

Five ways students can get the most out of studying from home in uncertain times

Join Gemma Hill MCOptom, Optometrist and Owner of Forde Opticians, as she takes you through her life as a ‘one-man band’ in her independent practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Gemma Hill MCOptom, Optometrist and Owner of Forde Opticians, as she updates us on her life in practice and search for PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join optometrist, Furyal Mahmood MCOptom, as she reflects on her new 'normal’ after being furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The GOC has approved an extension of temporary changes to their Optometry Handbook and Supervision policy

The Department of Health and Social Care is consulting on proposals for mandatory COVID-19 and flu vaccinations for all frontline health and social care workers in England.

Join optometrist, Hamza Mussa MCOptom, as he reflects on his experience being furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Locum optometrist, Hassnain Safdar MCOptom, updates us on his experience as part of the Test and Trace team, and reflects on the current local lockdown in Leicester.

Healthcare organisations from across England have written a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for face masks to be mandatory in healthcare settings.

Our resources to help you navigate the amber phase of the pandemic.

Insiyah Bharmal MCOptom, Optometrist at Vision Express in Nottingham, takes you through her journey of returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Jagdeep Singh MCOptom, Optometrist at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, as he takes you through his new routine, both inside and outside the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Jagdeep Singh MCOptom, Optometrist at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, for part two of his experience working in hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnathan Waugh MCOptom reflects on his time working in a COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the beginning of the pandemic in part one of his diaries.

Johnathan Waugh MCOptom reflects on his time testing for COVID-19 in care homes in part two of his diaries

How lockdown restriction easing will affect optical practices and guidance on the appropriate application of the self-isolation exemption in Scotland following recent government announcements.

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians and The College of Optometrists urge all employers to support their clinicians and their teams to maintain the high standards of infection control.

The College of Optometrists and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists have released a joint statement of our vision for safe and sustainable patient eye care services.

Join Josie Evans MCOptom, Optometrist at Linklater & Warren Opticians, as she reflects on her experiences and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sector bodies will come together on 14 January to answer your questions.

As lockdown eases, final year Plymouth student Luke McRoy-Jones reflects on his experience since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

College of Optometrists issues advice as part of National Eye Health Week

Matt Roney MCOptom, Specialist Optometrist at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, takes us through his new life in primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today’s announcement will see more areas in England move to Tier 4 lockdown arrangements.

The College issues advice following the Prime Minister's announced that the UK would return to COVID Alert Level 4.

The UK‘s public health bodies and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have published new guidance about personal protective equipment (PPE).

Following on from the joint vision statement for England published in August 2020, both Colleges have reviewed and built on the learnings over the past year resulting in a joint statement for the UK.

Listen to the first in our short series of lockdown podcasts with Dr Parth Shah MCOptom.

We summarise the current evidence relating to the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus for optometrists.

The pandemic continues to affect the way primary and secondary eye care services are provided for patients in England.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected the provision of eye care in primary and secondary care.

Services expand as The College of Optometrists’ survey shows 22% of people noticed their vision get worse over the course of lockdown

In line with the government’s new national restrictions in England, we have advised members that all practices remain open to provide services.

Our response to the Royal College of Ophthalmologist's guidance on reopening and redeveloping services after COVID-19

Join Paddy Gunn MCOptom, Principle Optometrist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, as he reflects on the challenges faced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participate in the government-funded UK-REACH study to help understand why people from certain ethnic minorities are more likely to have severe COVID-19.

Our guidance is aimed to help keep optometrists and their patients safe.

In light of measures being introduced by the government across the UK, here is our guidance on dealing with local lockdown measures.

Join Seraphina Yap, pre-reg trainee at PLM Optometrists in Scotland, as she navigates her new life on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic with her supervisor David Cummins MCOptom DipTP (IP).

Join Seraphina Yap, pre-reg trainee at PLM Optometrists in Scotland, as she reflects on her life as a pre-reg during the start of the pandemic with her supervisor David Cummins MCOptom DipTP (IP).

Our latest position statement on seeing patients in primary care during COVID-19.

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published the results of its 2021 public perceptions research.

Optometrist, Reiss Jhamat MCOptom, recounts his experience working during the pandemic, and the introduction of the local Leicester lockdown.

These temporary guidelines have been written to help optometrists who are conducting remote telephone/video consultations with patients.

We've responded to a consultation by the Department of Health and Social Care on making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and wider social care sector.

Physical distancing in health and care settings (including community optometry practices) may be reduced in some areas.

Sector bodies advise that optical practices should continue to follow Amber guidance, and self-isolation exemptions in England are unlikely to apply in primary eye care settings.

We believe that vaccine uptake will be maximised where staff are supported to make their own decisions, having been provided with clear, evidence-based information on the benefit and value of vaccinations.

Optical bodies have grouped together to recognise the efforts of the optical profession to provide the best possible care for patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Hassnain Safdar MCOptom, a Locum based in the East Midlands, as he navigates through his new 'normal' during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join optometrist, Tina Chudasama MCOptom, as she reflects on being furloughed while between jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research optometrist, Tulsi Parekh MCOptom, reflects on the ups and downs of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clarification on the UKHSA statement on changes to physical distancing, patient COVID-19 testing and cleaning procedures.

We have updated our Amber phase COVID-19 guidance and COVID-19 FAQs.

This guidance has been developed by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and The College of Optometrists in response to the pandemic and may be subject to change.

This guidance has been developed by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) and the College of Optometrists (CoO) in response to the pandemic and may be subject to change.

Many of you have been in touch to ask about the Covid-19 vaccination programme. All UK representative bodies are working together and will keep the sector up to date with developments.

If you are a locum or non-NHS provider practice staff, LOCSU has created a vaccine portal to ensure you are registered locally to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

A joint statement from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and College of Optometrists

This week, the GOC agreed to the College’s proposal for a more flexible approach to meeting logbook requirements for optometrists training to be independent prescribers.

The General Optical Council (GOC) sought views on how they can continue to support registrants and the optical sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updates to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) classification and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on eye strain and dry- eye-related symptoms

The College, in collaboration with FODO, ABDO and AOP, has developed a COVID-19 workforce risk assessment for primary eye care practices.

Join optometrist, Yasmine Sahraie MCOptom, as she gives us an insight into the Emergency Eye Care Treatment team in Grampian, Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic.