The College of Optometrists

Key points

  • You must make reasonable adjustments to examine patients who have a disability.
  • Address people with a disability directly; do not speak to their companion instead of to the person with the disability.
  • Do not assume that people who have a physical disability also have learning difficulties.
  • Do not be embarrassed to ask the person with the disability what has caused the disability and whether this is permanent or temporary.
  • Encourage the patient to transfer to the consulting room chair, if possible.
  • Be flexible in your examination techniques and make notes of what works with this particular patient.

Winner of Memcom 2016 award for best microsite

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7839 6000



Website developed by NetXtra