Spectacles: Prescriptions

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th March 2018.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing orthoptists to sign hospital eye service spectacle prescriptions in order to improve and streamline eye care.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

No assessment has been made of the merits of allowing orthoptists to sign hospital eye service spectacle prescriptions. The Opticians Act 1989 sets out who may carry out a sight test and sign a spectacle prescription form. This is restricted under the Act to optometrists registered with the General Optical Council and Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners registered with the General Medical Council.

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