Supplementary guidance

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This guidance is about using clinical audit to improve your professional practice as an optometrist.

This guidance is about using clinical governance to improve your professional practice as an optometrist. It replaces the previous College of Optometrists’ Framework for clinical governance in optometric practice (2002). There are practical examples to illustrate the guidance.

Tips for making the eye examination easier and more successful for you, your practice, and for patients with dementia.

Member briefing: This briefing provides practice staff with some guidelines on questions to ask, how soon to book an appointment with an optometrist, and when to refer for more urgent care.

This new guidance is high level, and sets out eight key domains that clinicians need to address when working beyond their core competency and at their maximum capability.

The aim of this summary is to help optometrists by setting out the various categories of waste that they may produce and outlining how these must be disposed of.

We've written guidance for optometry practices on screening and managing patients with symptoms of respiratory infection.

Member briefing: A new NICE guideline on the diagnosis and management of AMD came into effect on 23 January 2018. The new guideline includes recommendations for testing, and a comprehensive list of classifications to aid referral.

Member briefing: The revised NICE guideline Glaucoma: diagnosis and management came into effect on 1 November 2017. The member briefing below summarises the main points and outlines how it will affect you in practice.

Member briefing: A new NICE cataracts guideline came into effect on 25 October 2017. It is primarily for clinical treatments and surgery at ophthalmology level. However, there are implications for optometrists considering referral and in postoperative patient assessment.

The aim of this brief guide, written jointly with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, is to highlight some of the issues that may occur when working in community practice compared with a hospital setting.