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

We encourage the commissioning of eye care services for young children

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

Optometrists are perfectly placed to provide community eye health services

Sight test fees

If we want to ensure high quality optometric services, primary care needs to be properly funded

Visible blue light

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