The College of Optometrists

Principles of contact lens supply

A324
If you supply a contact lens you should ensure that the lens meets the specification. 
A325
If you supply a contact lens you must make arrangements for the patient to receive aftercare in so far as and for as long as may be reasonable.116 
A326
You must give patients the same degree of care when supplying powered or zero powered (plano) contact lenses.
A327
Contact lenses may be supplied:117, 118
  • directly by a registered optometrist, dispensing optician or doctor, or
  • under their supervision, see paras A336-A337, or
  • for powered lenses only, if the patient is over 16, under the general direction of a registered optometrist, dispensing optician or doctor, see paras A338-A341.
A328
You should be aware of the requirements of the method of supply for which you are responsible.
A329
You must not supply powered contact lenses to a patient who does not have a valid contact lens specification.

References

116 Opticians Act 1989 s27(3B)
117 General Optical Council (2006) Statement on sale and supply of optical appliances [Accessed 27 Oct 2017]
118 Opticians Act 1989 s27(1)(b) and s27(3)(d)

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