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
- the patient’s name and address
- the patient’s date of birth if they are under 16 on the day the specification is issued
- your name and GOC number
- your practice name and address
- the date you completed the fitting
- 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)
- the date the specification expires, and
- any clinical information that should be taken into account by a supplier.
- You can also include:
- details of any specific care products that you recommend the patient uses, and
- the approximate frequency with which the patient wears the lenses so that a supplier can determine how long the supply will last the patient.
- 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]