The College of Optometrists

Disclosing information about adults who lack capacity to consent

If a patient lacks capacity, you should share relevant information in accordance with the advice in paras C78 and C79 and the section on Consent. Unless they indicate otherwise, it is reasonable to assume that patients would want those closest to them to be kept informed of their general condition and prognosis.
You must share relevant information with anyone who is authorised to make healthcare decisions on behalf of an adult patient who lacks capacity. This may be someone who has a welfare lasting power of attorney or equivalent. See section on Consent.

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