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GOC to Raise Awareness of Regulation

GOC attempts to Raise awareness of optical regulation

February 2011

The GOC leaflet ‘Check your optician is registered’ is available now for patients and members of the public from information stands in 7,000 GP surgeries and 1,200 pharmacies across the UK.

This is part of a public initiative to raise awareness of the services provided by optometrists and dispensing opticians. According to 2010 research for the College of Optometrists, one in five people have never had a sight test or have not had one in the past five years.

The leaflet discusses why it is important to have regular sight tests, and how the GOC assures the health and protection of those who use the services of optometrists and dispensing opticians. It also explains that we are responsible for regulating all student and fully-qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians, along with optical businesses, in the UK.

A companion leaflet ‘What to expect from your optician’ sets out the professional standards of behaviour, expertise and conduct to which all our registrants adhere. As part of this campaign both leaflets are available for practice managers and other healthcare professionals to order online from Leaflets2You free of charge.

The ‘Check your optician is registered’ project will run until 23 May.

All registered optical practices are included in the “Find my Optician” database on this site.

Download the leaflets here:

What to expect from your Optician

Check your Optician is registered

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