At the College of Optometrists, we aim to make this website accessible to as many people as possible, whatever your technology or ability.

We work to make the site easy to use, and we follow standards and guidelines for doing that.

We believe the website is level AAA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

The W3C guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, so that the web is more user friendly for everyone.

If you have learning disabilities, or support someone that does, you may also find the See Ability website useful.

Access keys

We have a number of keys with links throughout the site to make it easier to move around the site with a keyboard. These are:

  • S — Skip to content
  • T — Top
  • A — This page
  • 1 — Home
  • 2 — Seeing clearly
  • 3 — Eye conditions
  • 4 — Eye care
  • 5 — How your eyes work
  • 6 — About us
  • 9 — Ask an expert

To use them you must press a key combination and the appropriate key.

On Windows, this is often the alt key, so pressing alt + 2 will take you to ‘Seeing clearly.’

On Mac OS, you have to press both ctrl and alt at the same time and then the required key,
so ctrl + alt + s will skip to the beginning of the content on the page.

Font size changer

Website visitors can change the font size by clicking the letters in the site header.

Colour changer

Website visitors can change the colour scheme of the site by clicking the colour options in the site header.


This site has been built using code that follows W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in the following browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code.

Our website should display correctly in the current and recent versions of the following browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Opera
  • Safari

There are some areas of the site that need you to have JavaScript turned on to work.