- You must make arrangements for the patient to receive aftercare in so far as and for as long as may be reasonable.116 This applies to all patients for whom you have supplied powered or zero-powered contact lenses whether directly or as a supervising or generally directing optometrist.
- Making arrangements would normally include making practical arrangements for aftercare for the patient with an appropriate provider. If there is a charge for this service you should make it clear to the patient.
- Aftercare arrangements and information should include:
- whom the patient should contact if they have problems associated with the supplied lenses
- what signs or symptoms they should look out for
- the importance of having regular contact lens check-ups
- how to remove the contact lenses in an emergency
- having a local contact or helpline for advice, and
- monitoring that aftercare arrangements are effective and work for the patient. This would include monitoring that the local contact or helpline is effective and that the emergency provisions are appropriate.
116 Opticians Act 1989 s27(3B)