Your professional body – be part of it

The College is the professional body for optometrists in the UK. We work to ensure that eye care is acknowledged as an essential healthcare service, and that our members’ knowledge and skills are recognised. We provide the professional guidance and practical support that members need to fulfil their professional potential, take on new roles and play a full, and fulfilling, part in the provision of effective eye care. 

Working with you; working for you

We are working with other key organisations across the health sector to ensure that optometrists have a voice in the debate, are involved in the issues shaping their profession, and can play a greater part in integrated eye care pathways between secondary, community and primary care, across the four nations.

Read more about our achievements and ambitious plans for shaping your profession in the College’s groundbreaking strategic plan.

Supporting your career progression

We’re taking a lead on enabling optometrists to maximise their skills and develop their careers, and enable them to make the most of new opportunities and roles within eye care. The College’s higher qualifications, including the independent prescriber (IP), prepare optometrists for new challenges and responsibilities, and recognise their knowledge and skills in specialised areas such as glaucoma and medical retina.  Members can access a range of additional College resources and support through their learning and in their careers.  

Our online learning hub has a growing collection of innovative, multi-media learning courses and modules, covering all essential topics and competencies.  It provides all the points you need to meet your GOC requirements, including targeted CPD for independent prescribers.  Members can also join our free webinars and online events, or tune into our podcasts – bringing fresh ideas and perspectives from across your profession, including IP logbooks and prescription pads, and learning modules and events.

Providing all the information, guidance and practical support you need in practice

We provide the information, guidance and resources our members need to maximise their skills and knowledge, so that they can take on new roles, and continue to deliver high quality patient care.

The College website and app provide exclusive member access to the latest news, research and guidance on a wide range of essential clinical and professional topics, including the Guidance for Professional Practice, Optometrists Formulary and Clinical Management Guidelines . And our friendly, expert advisors can provide one-to-one, confidential guidance on issues you have encountered in practice.  

Members can also access Acuity – our professional journal – with supplementary online articles and CPD, Optometry in Practice (OiP) our CPD journal and our research journal, OPO (Ophthalmogial and Physiological Optics), the world’s leading optometry journal. They also have free access to our extensive library and information services and an OpenAthens password - saving them thousands of pounds in subscription fees to the leading international eye care journals.

There is a growing range of practical resources to support member’s day-to-day practice, including patient leaflets, posters and digital resources, forms and charts for triaging and remote consultations, which can be downloaded or ordered from our website.

Our regular emails keep you up-to-date on all that’s going in the College and across the profession, including clinical queries, and supervisor, CPD and research news.

Membership categories and annual fees

Invest in your future with membership your professional body. We off a range of membership packages - and invaluable member benefits - for optometrists at every stage of their careers.