COVID-19: Updates, guidance, information and resources

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of optometrists and eye health professionals have come to rely on the College website for the latest information and updates impacting their profession and the guidance, training and resources they need to deliver safe and effective eye care.

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20 October 2020: Daily update

  • Wales National Firebreak: Additional restrictions to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and alleviate pressure on the health and social care system, through a national ‘firebreak’ will apply from 6pm on Friday 23 October 2020 for two weeks.

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COVID-19: College guidance

Our regularly updated clinical and professional guidance is cited by NHS England and all the UK health authorities, and has been developed to ensure that you can practice safely and effectively through all phases of the pandemic.

COVID-19: National news and information

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.

COVID-19: In practice resources

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.


We’ve have the answers to more than COVID-19 related questions, covering a range of topics from driving and HES referrals to PPE and tonometry.

COVID-19: Further reading, viewing, listening and learning

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 CET points.

COVID-19 and the Scheme for Registration

Announcements regarding COVID-19 and the Scheme for Registration

COVID-19: Daily update archive

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.