The College of Optometrists

Specification for powered lenses

You must provide the patient with a signed, written specification of each powered contact lens once you have completed the fitting.111 
The specification must contain key information, including:112
  1. the patient’s name and address
  2. the patient’s date of birth if they are under 16 on the day the specification is issued
  3. your name and GOC number
  4. your practice name and address
  5. the date you completed the fitting
  6. sufficient details of any lens fitted to enable the lens to be replicated. This would normally include some or all of the following information:
    • base and peripheral curves of the lens
    • total diameter
    • material, and
    • design (including details of the underlying brand) of the lens(es)
  7.  the date the specification expires, and
  8. any clinical information that should be taken into account by a supplier.
You can also include:
  1. details of any specific care products that you recommend the patient uses, and
  2. the approximate frequency with which the patient wears the lenses so that a supplier can determine how long the supply will last the patient.
If you are a member you may wish to use the College’s sample contact lens specification.113 
You should only sign a duplicate specification if you are an optometrist or a contact lens optician.


111 Opticians Act 1989 s25(5)
112 Contact lens (specification) rules 1989 [Accessed 27 Oct 2017]
113 College of Optometrists (2007) Contact lens specification form [Accessed 27 Oct 2017]

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