A recent public opinion survey published by eye health regulator, General Optical Council (GOC) showed very high levels of confidence in optometrists’ standards of care and satisfaction with the measures put in place to protect them from COVID-19. The results showed that:
The College of Optometrists’ guidance ensures the highest professional standards, and we have worked tirelessly to throughout the pandemic to enable our members to adapt their practice and provide essential and safe care for patients.
We provided timely guidance and resources for optometrists to adapt their practice to be able to continue to provide safe and effective patient care, and our public communications have informed and reassured patients.
The College’s guidance is supported by all UK health authorities.
*Note: The term ‘opticians’ was used throughout the GOC research to avoid confusion on the assumption that the public do not clearly distinguish between ‘optometrists’ and ‘dispensing opticians’, although questions about the understanding of these terms were included as part of the research.