The College of Optometrists

Principles of contact lens supply

A381
If you supply a contact lens you should ensure that it meets the specification (refer to COVID-19 guidance). 
A382
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.137 
A383
You must give patients the same degree of care when supplying powered or zero powered (plano) contact lenses.
A384
Contact lenses may be supplied (refer to COVID-19 guidance):138, 139
  • directly by a registered optometrist, dispensing optician or doctor, or
  • under their supervision, see paragraphs A393-A394, or
  • for powered lenses only, if the patient is over 16, under the general direction of a registered optometrist, dispensing optician or doctor, see paragraphs A395-A398.
A385
You should be aware of the requirements of the method of supply for which you are responsible.
A386
You must not supply powered contact lenses to a patient who does not have a valid contact lens specification.

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