The College of Optometrists

Conducting eye examinations in a residential home

In addition, when carrying out eye examinations in a residential home you should:
  1. be aware that some residents may already be established patients of other practitioners
  2. try to support carers by labelling spectacles. This should be suitable in terms of the patient’s dignity, infection control and type of frame supplied
  3. when appropriate, provide a brief report to the carers which might assist in the general care of the patient55
  4. be prepared to examine individuals as well as groups of patients, as required, and
  5. ensure that the examinations are provided in a private area taking into account issues of confidentiality and dignity.


55 Details of when this is appropriate are in the section on Consent.

Winner of Memcom 2016 award for best microsite

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7839 6000



Website developed by NetXtra