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 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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Association of Optometrists response to Government Road Safety Statement 2019

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22 July 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the Government’s commitment to consider mandatory eyesight tests for older drivers, set out in The Road Safety Statement 2019 published today. The report and action plan, released by the Department for Transport, addresses a host of road safety issues including medical fitness to drive. It rightly highlights the importance of good eyesight for road

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AOP launches ‘Stub it out’ encouraging smokers to stop putting their sight at risk

2 July 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is today warning that millions of smokers in the UK are putting themselves at increased risk of blindness or sight impairment by continuing with the habit. This comes as almost all (96%) optometrists surveyed as part of the AOP’s annual Voice of Optometry panel say they examine a patient every month who has eye disease

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AOP listening service clocks up over 6500 minutes

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8 May 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) Peer Support Line is marking its two-year anniversary this week, with the Association revealing that volunteers have taken a total of 321 calls, and provided 6673 minutes of listening time, since the initiative launched on 3 May 2017. The Peer Support Line was created to meet needs identified in the AOP’s 2016 health and wellbeing

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AOP announces new Council members

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8 May 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is pleased to announce its new designated Council members, following the appointment process in March 2019. Representing a range of practice types and career stages, the designated Councillors allow a diverse range of voices to be heard at the Association. Returning dispensing optician representative, James Dawson, who has already served one three-year term, said: “I

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AOP highlights 15.5% like-for-like pay gap between male and female optometrists

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4 April 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

To coincide with nationwide gender pay gap reporting, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is highlighting recent research which shows that on average women optometrists earn 15.5% less than men. The findings have come from the Association’s 2018 Optometrists’ Futures survey, conducted by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). Analysis of the survey data shows that when factors such as experience,

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