Position statements

We represent your voice on a wide range of issues in optics. Our in-depth papers on sight test fees, child eye care and CET grants highlight our position on some of the issues that affect optometrists and help to improve patient care

CET allowance

The AOP's campaign for fairer payment of CET allowances

Children's eye care

Regular sight tests are the best way to spot vision problems in children early

Driving and vision

We believe vision screening should be introduced on licence application and as a legal requirement at least every 10 years


The risks of not using fluorescein outweigh the minimal risks of the use of CE-marked fluorescein-impregnated strips

Illegal practice

The optical sector needs to take a stronger stance against the illegal supply of contact lenses

Independent prescribing

Optometry needs to play a wider role in delivering eye care – independent prescribing is a step in the right direction

Masters in Optometry

We’re encouraging universities to ensure the course provides a higher level of achievement and experience for graduates

Pre-registration placements

Pre-registration placements should fulfil the needs of the optometric profession

Primary care eye health services

The NHS should use optical practices in England to provide more eye healthcare

Sight test fees

Why NHS sight test fees need to increase significantly

Visible blue light

Our position on the clinical evidence and advice relating to visible blue light

Policy information for members

This section provides additional context for members on the issues discussed in our public-facing position statements