Top 10 reasons to join the College

There are lots of great reasons to join the College of Optometrists, and here are our top ten most popular benefits:

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1. Affixes your patients will trust

The MCOptom and FCOptom affixes are a sign of your commitment to the highest clinical and ethical standards. We actively encourage the public to look out for these when choosing their optometrist through our media campaigns and our public eye health care website:


2. Access to expert clinical advice

Our expert advisers are experienced practitioners and are here to provide a prompt answer to all clinical questions.


3. The College of Optometrists’ member app

The College of Optometrists’ member app helps support members in providing the best possible patient care. The app gives College members easy access to a range of its core clinical guidance, all of which can be accessed even when working offline.


4. A new member Journal

Acuity is the professional development journal of the College of Optometrists. It discusses the profession’s hot topics, the latest advancements in optometric clinical practice and offers articles with CET points in each edition.


5. Free quality CET & CPD

Our free regional CET events are held across the UK and typically comprise topical presentations, thought-provoking peer discussions and opportunities to network with industry experts, colleagues and College representatives. We also have a growing number of online CET programmes available on our website, including our quarterly peer reviewed, practice-based journal Optometry in Practice, and our new learning area, where you can track your learning and link to the GOC to accept your points.


6. Free patient material

Our growing range of patient leaflets are designed to explain a range of common conditions, such as blepharitis and AMD, in a clear and informative way.  We also have tear-off pads on the instillation of eye drops and a handy tear off Amsler chart, as well as children’s stickers and activity books. Members can order these for delivery to their practice – completely free of charge.


7. Assessor, examiner and supervisor training and support

We provide all the support you need to be successful in these roles, including training and material for examiners and assessors, and a new online supervisor training course.


8. Exclusive support for higher qualifications

Our higher qualifications are ideal for those looking to progress in their careers and offer specialist services and we offer exclusive member support and resources, such as the innovative online IP logbook - to make life easier for you while you complete them.


9. The Guidance for Professional Practice

The Guidance for Professional Practice is the go-to reference tool for all practising optometrists and our members enjoy easy access with our exclusive app version.


10. Free access to a world of journals

The OpenAthens password gives our members free online access to the world’s leading optometric and ophthalmic journal – saving thousands of pounds in subscription fees.



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