New AOP guidance sheds light on over-referrals

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12 November 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has produced new guidance and a helpful infographic to explain why some eye diseases have high levels of ‘false positive’ referrals of patients to hospital. The guidance, The truth about ‘false positive’ referrals, shows that optometrists in community practice are already very good at identifying low prevalence diseases, such as glaucoma. But they could cut

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AOP Awards 2020 Call for patients and practitioners to cast their vote now

24 October 2019
Source: AOP

Patients and practitioners are invited to celebrate the achievements of their local optometrist, dispensing optician or optical practice by casting their vote in the Association of Optometrists (AOP) Awards 2020. The AOP Awards, sponsored by CooperVision, celebrate individuals, teams and organisations across optics. Following shortlisting by a panel of industry experts, 12 award categories are now open to a public

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Free AOP membership for newly-qualified optometrists

18 October 2019
Source: AOP

Optometrists that qualified this year are being offered an exclusive free trial from the Association of Optometrists (AOP). The free trial, which applies to the AOP’s Newly-Qualified grade, is designed to welcome individuals who have just qualified to the profession. AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman said: “Starting out in a career is exciting but it can also be filled with

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Eight tips for safe spooky contact lenses this Halloween

15 October 2019
Source: AOP

Make sure eye infections and ulcers aren’t part of your Halloween horror • Many Halloween contact lenses are unregulated and illegal • Poor quality contact lenses can cause serious eye health complications with wearers at risk of corneal ulcers or abrasions, eye infections and even blindness • One eye expert in 10 has seen a patient with eye problems after

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GOC pilot of new triage process welcomed

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19 September 2019
Source: General Optical Council

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the latest announcement from the General Optical Council (GOC) launching a four-month pilot of an enhanced triage process. The new process will enable them to close cases earlier, where there is no risk to the public. AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman, said: “It is reassuring to see that the GOC is taking a more

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Optometry Today and AOP launch Optometry student guide

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13 September 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

Insight and advice for students beginning their optometry journey Optometry Today (OT) and the Association of Optometrists (AOP) will be launching a new Optometry student guide outlining the steps from university to qualification, at freshers’ fairs this September. Bringing together helpful advice, resources, career options and tips to practise confidently, the guide is produced to help students make the most

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AOP response to Channel 4 Supershoppers

29 August 2019
Source: The AOP

Rebuttal of consumer advice to buy online     The Association of Optometrists (AOP) believes the latest episode of Channel 4’s Supershoppers, broadcast on 28 August 2019, is unhelpful to patients buying prescription eyewear. The programme does not make consumers aware that buying online can cause problems for them later. It is important that a patient is fitted with glasses

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AOP responds to Fake Britain on counterfeit contact lenses

16 August 2019
Source: AOP

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the report from Fake Britain, broadcast on 14 August 2019, which raised awareness of the risks to consumers who have been unknowingly sold counterfeit contact lenses. In the UK, contact lenses can be supplied only under the supervision of a registered eye care or medical practitioner but we are aware that some online outlets

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AOP: Why an eye examination should make the back to school checklist

15 August 2019

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is urging parents to add an eye test to their back to school checklist. More common ‘to do’s’ such as a new uniform, pencil case, haircut, school shoes may seem enough but an eye test is one vital, but often overlooked, check that can make a lasting impact. More than one in 10 children, in

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Association of Optometrists response to the Green Paper on prevention

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24 July 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the ambitious goal for a smoke-free society in the Government’s green paper, Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s. The AOP recently launched a campaign to highlight the damaging impact smoking has on eye health. Our campaign, Stub it out, was inspired by our members telling us that they think not smoking is the

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