The College of Optometrists

Principles of contact lens check-ups

You must regularly assess the general ocular status of a patient who wears contact lenses, or seek assurances that another practitioner is doing so.
If you carry out a contact lens check-up and re-issue the patient’s specification for the same or different contact lenses, you are considered to be fitting the patient with contact lenses.144 You must not fit a patient with contact lenses unless they have an up-to-date spectacle prescription145 (refer to COVID-19 guidance).
You should give patients wearing powered or zero powered contact lenses the same degree of care. 


144 Opticians Act 1989 s25(9)(a) [Accessed 19 Nov 2020]
145 Opticians Act 1989 s25(1A) [Accessed 19 Nov 2020]

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