The College of Optometrists

Antimicrobial stewardship

If you are prescribing antimicrobial drugs you should:151
  • consider alternative options and only prescribe antimicrobials when this is clinically appropriate
  • be aware of local guidelines on antimicrobial prescribing
  • not issue an immediate prescription for an antimicrobial to a patient who is likely to have a self-limiting condition
  • only issue repeat prescriptions for antimicrobials if these are needed for a particular clinical condition or indication.

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