- Immediately after carrying out an NHS or private sight test you must issue:
- a prescription or
- a statement indicating that no prescription is necessary.108
- If there is no clinically significant change in the prescription, you must issue the prescription and a statement saying that there is no clinical change.
- You must include all the required information on the prescription as set out in the Sight Testing (Examination and Prescription) (No. 2) Regulations, paragraph 5.109
- You should clearly indicate on the prescription whether the spectacles are only for specific purposes.
- You should indicate on the prescription if the patient is registered as sight impaired or severely sight impaired. This is because a prescription you issue to a child under 16, or a person who is registered as sight impaired or severely sight impaired, can only legally be dispensed by, or under the supervision of, a registered:
- dispensing optician, or
- You remain responsible for any prescriptions you have issued, irrespective of where the patient chooses to buy their spectacles.
- When you give the patient their prescription, you should explain your findings and the type of lenses that you recommend.
- You should advise the patient if you think their prescription may change soon, for example if they are going to undergo cataract surgery. The patient can then decide whether they wish to have spectacles made in the meantime.
108 Opticians Act 1989 s26(2) [Accesse19 Nov 2020]
109 Sight Testing (Examination and Prescription) (No 2) Regulations 1989 SI 1230 [Accessed 19 Nov 2020]
110 British Standards (College members only) [Accessed 19 Nov 2020]
111 The College of Optometrists and British Geriatrics Society (2011) The Importance of Vision in Preventing Falls s3 (in Member resources) [Accessed 19 Nov 2020 ]