New small glasses supplement guidance published

The AOP has welcomed the change from NHS England

Spectacles on table

NHS England has published additional guidance on the small glasses supplement, which widens the availability of the supplements payable on a GOS3 spectacle voucher.

It is now possible for supplements to be claimed in cases where the spectacles are specifically designed to meet the needs of patients with special facial characteristics or who need small frames.

The updated requirements detail that specialist frames must be provided for clinical need rather than choice, and the small glasses supplement should be consulted for qualifying criteria.

Optometrist and AOP clinical director, Dr Peter Hampson, said: “We are pleased to see this change has been finally implemented by NHS England. This is something that our members raised a considerable time ago, as they felt that the rules were not in keeping with modern prescribing and dispensing. The update to the guidance has taken far longer than we or NHS England would have liked, but this change should help practitioners to offer a better service to patients.”

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