The College of Optometrists

Prescription expiry

A312
You must include an expiry date on the contact lens specification.114 
A313
You should use your professional judgement to decide the expiry date, which would normally be when the patient is due their next clinical review. See section on Contact lens check-ups
A314
Factors to consider when you determine the expiry date include: 
  1. the type of lens
  2. modality of wear, and
  3. the clinical features of the patient.
A315
If the expiry date and the next clinical review date are not the same, you should include both dates on the specification. 
A316
You should tell the patient when their next clinical review is due.
A317
You should tell patients that they cannot be supplied with lenses once their contact lens specification has expired. They must be refitted before the specification expires to ensure an uninterrupted supply of lenses. See section on Contact lens supply for more information and details of aftercare. 
A318
You should tell patients that: 
  1. it is important to have regular eye examinations as well as contact lens check-ups
  2. they need a valid spectacle prescription to be refitted with contact lenses.

References

114 Opticians Act 1989 s25(7a) 

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