The College of Optometrists

Prescribing and treating yourself and others close to you

You should not treat yourself or someone close to you or prescribe or prepare written orders for POM drugs for your own personal use or for anyone with whom you have a close personal relationship unless:158 
  1. you are treating minor ailments, or
  2. it is an emergency.
If you prescribe for yourself or someone close to you, you should: 
  1. record this in the patient notes, including your relationship to the patient and the reason for the necessity of prescribing
  2. tell the patient’s GP and others treating the patient, if relevant, what you have prescribed and other information required for continuity of care, unless the patient objects.

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