Independent prescribing

Optometrists with an independent prescribing (IP) qualification are able to clinically assess a patient, establish a diagnosis, determine the clinical management required and prescribe where necessary.

We have a number of therapeutic points available to IP members struggling to cover their competencies by the end of this year.

The College has been working with the GOC on enabling IP optometrists to qualify despite the challenges of accessing appropriate clinical experience.

Registered independent prescribers will be able to sign off individual clinical practice placement sessions for IP trainees.

Clinical files: Should I prescribe chloramphenicol for children under two years old

The GOC opens consultation on proposed changes to its requirements for education and training in independent prescribing.

MHRA agrees with the College view that chloramphenicol eye drops can be safely administered to children aged 0 to 2 years, where antibiotic eye drop treatment is indicated.

Additional guidance for members with an independent prescribing qualification.

Clinical files: I am keen to start offering my patients a myopia management intervention using atropine. Can I prescribe 0.01% atropine?

Clinical files: Can I prescribe a prescription-only medicine based on my findings and working diagnosis from a remote consultation?

Clinical files: Can I prescribe medication for a different use than it is licensed for?