The College of Optometrists

Key points

  • Only registered optometrists, doctors, contact lens opticians or trainees under appropriate supervision, may fit contact lenses.
  • You should avoid occasional contact lens practice.
  • You should discuss options with patients to help them make informed choices.
  • You should give patients wearing powered or zero powered contact lenses the same degree of care as they are exposed to the same risks to their ocular health.
  • Patients wishing to wear powered contact lenses must have had a recent sight test (within two years, or earlier if an earlier date is specified on the patient’s prescription).
  • Patients wishing to wear zero powered contact lenses should have had a recent sight test.
  • You must record all the relevant information in the patient notes.
  • You should not fit yourself with contact lenses.
  • You must provide the patient with appropriate advice and written information to wear and care for their lenses.
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This Guidance does not change what you must do under the law.

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