Our lobbying and policy work shapes the optical sector on behalf of members. Through our positions and consultation responses, we influence the government, media and public opinion, raising the issues that matter to optometrists and improve patient care

AOP policy manifesto

The AOP fights for change in the interests of our members, their patients and the public

Brexit and optics

This page covers some optics-related questions and answers that our members may be thinking about as the UK leaves the EU


Read about our current campaigns and how we are engaging with our members to give a collective voice to the optical profession


We respond to consultations from government, regulators and healthcare bodies, to explain our members’ views and influence new policy and guidance affecting the optical sector


Our guide to lobbying your MP and raising the profile of optometry

Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee

The recognised negotiating body for General Ophthalmic Service (GOS) fees and grants for community optometry

Position statements

Our pages on sight test fees, children’s eye care and CET grants highlight our position on the issues that affect you

Representing members' interests

We represent your interests at a local and national level

Research for the profession

Assessing the impact of technology on the optical sector

The term sight test

Why the AOP uses the term sight test in its public-facing communications

The truth about false positive referrals

The low prevalence of common eye diseases can lead to high levels of ‘false positive’ referrals to hospitals