The College

The College is the professional body for optometry. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance and training to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. We promote excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.

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Supporting its members in all aspects of professional development, the College provides pre-registration training and assessment, continuing professional development opportunities, and advice and guidance on professional conduct and standards, enabling our members to serve their patients well and contribute to the wellbeing of local communities.

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In a hyper-competitive healthcare landscape, it is essential that the public and those responsible for healthcare understand the value that optometrists add to the health economy. The College plays a key part in this by acting as an ambassador for our profession.

Parth Shah MCOptom