COVID-19

As lockdown restrictions are in the process of being eased across the UK, there has been no indication from each UK nation’s health and government bodies of plans to step down infection prevention and control procedures (IPC) or social distancing for primary or secondary healthcare settings in the coming months. While we constantly review our COVID-19 guidance to ensure it is up to date, we anticipate the Amber phase guidance will continue for some period of time, and potentially for the rest of 2021.

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COVID-19 Clinical guidance

Our regularly updated clinical and professional guidance has been developed to ensure that you can practise safely and effectively through all phases of the pandemic

Essential reading

Read on for the answers to your COVID-19 questions, covering a range of topics from driving and HES referrals to PPE and tonometry.

We provide a range of resources for optometrists to use in practice or remotely, including template forms, posters and downloads, and a visual acuity chart and other resources for remote consultations. Some of these have been developed exclusively for our members.

The College, alongside representatives from ABDO, AOP, FODO and GOC, have answered your questions on delivering eyecare during the Amber phase.

We’ve been working with governments and eye health organisations across the UK to ensure that you have the all the latest news, information and regulations relating to optometry and COVID-19 in your nation.

Throughout the pandemic we’ve been producing videos, podcasts, webinars and journal articles to keep you informed, entertained and help support you through the lockdown. We’ve also developed new learning materials to help you adapt your practice – and gain CPD points.

Since our first update on 20 March 2020, right at the start of lockdown, we’ve been providing timely, relevant news, information and guidance that you can trust.

More on COVID-19

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Podcast: In this episode, Dr Parth Shah MCOptom talks to Maninder Gudray MCOptom Dip TP(IP) about the impact of COVID-19 on optical practices and what practice owners could be doing to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on their practice.

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

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

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.

Podcast: In the first of a series of 'takeover' episodes, Dr Parth Shah MCOptom talks to Kush Mandavia MCOptom about how to take care of our own wellbeing.

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

The fourth and final part of Dr Deacon Harle's experiences of providing urgent and essential care 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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