Optometrist with FCOptom and MCOptom


The College of Optometrists urges people to ‘Look for the Letters’ when they get their eyes checked.

An optometrist who has the letters MCOptom or FCOptom after their name is a member of the College – and committed to the highest professional standards. Optometrists who have taken higher qualifications can also have letters after their name. The letters listed in the table below show which subject they have studied and which level they have achieved . Use our search to find your nearest College member.



Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice


Higher Cert CL

Professional Diploma in Contact Lens Practice


Dip CL

Professional Certificate in Glaucoma


Prof Cert Glauc

Professional Higher Certificate in Glaucoma


Higher Cert Glauc

Professional Diploma in Glaucoma


Dip Glauc

Professional Certificate in Low Vision


Prof Cert LV

Professional Higher Certificate in Low Vision


Higher Cert LV

Professional Diploma in Low Vision


Dip LV

Professional Certificate in Medical Retina


Prof Cert Med Ret

Professional Higher Certificate in Medical Retina


Higher Cert Med Ret

Professional Diploma in Medical Retina


Dip Med Ret

Optometrists can also train to perform extra duties and will then have these letters after their name:

DipTP(AS) – Diploma in Therapeutics  (Additional Supply) Optometrists with the Additional Supply specialty are qualified to write orders for, and supply in an emergency, a range of drugs in addition to those which can be ordered or supplied by a normal optometrist.
DipTP(SP) – Diploma in Therapeutics (Supplementary Prescribing) Optometrists with the Supplementary Prescribing specialty are qualified to manage a patient’s clinical condition and prescribe medicines using a plan set up with an independent prescriber, such as a GP or ophthalmologist or qualified optometrist.

DipTP(IP)  – Diploma in Therapeutics (Independent Prescribing) Optometrists with the Independent Prescribing speciality will take responsibility for the clinical assessment of a patient, establish a diagnosis and determine the clinical management required, including prescribing where necessary.


The College, the professional, scientific and examining body for optometry in the UK, supports optometrists to give the best healthcare possible to their patients. Optometrists are highly trained healthcare professionals who are qualified to examine eyes, recognise disease, prescribe and fit spectacles and contact lenses, and they often use cutting-edge technology such as retinal imaging systems. You can find out more about what happens in an eye examination here.