The College of Optometrists

Conducting eye examinations in a residential home

When carrying out eye examinations in a residential home you should (refer to COVID-19 guidance):
  1. be aware that some residents may already be established patients of other practitioners
  2. try to support carers by labelling spectacles in a way that is 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 patient80
  4. be prepared to examine individuals as well as groups of patients, as required
  5. ensure that the examinations are provided in a private area taking into account issues of confidentiality and dignity.


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

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