The College of Optometrists

Key points

  • This section provides guidance on examining children who are too young to have the capacity to consent.
  • You must make the care of the child your first and continuing concern.
  • You should gather key information about the child and carry out a range of tests including assessing: visual acuity, ocular muscle balance, binocular function, refractive error and the health of the child’s eyes.
  • You should establish rapport with the child and communicate with them and their accompanying adult in an appropriate way.
  • You should take steps to protect yourself against unfounded allegations of inappropriate conduct or assault.
  • If you provide vision screening in schools you should make it clear that it is not a substitute for a full eye examination.
This Guidance does not change what you must do under the law.

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