Scottish optometrists continue to offer routine eye care

Optometry Scotland has confirmed that optometrists will deliver routine care at all levels of the nation’s five-tier restrictions

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Scottish optometrists are continuing to offer routine sight tests at all levels of a five-tier system to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The levels, which were introduced on 2 November, provide a range of restrictions of varying severity that can be applied according to local transmission rates.

Optometry Scotland chair, David Quigley, told OT that as providers of essential eye care services, optometry practices will remain open for the delivery of routine services.

“This will apply with all protection levels, zero to four, and across all areas of the country,” he said.

He noted that Scottish eye care practitioners continue to implement NHS Scotland infection control measures. Optometrists use approved personal protective equipment and follow stringent cleaning and hygiene procedures.

“Patients are also asked to arrive wearing a face covering for all appointments unless they are exempt from having to do so,” Mr Quigley highlighted.

Optometry Scotland anticipates that community eye care will continue to provide routine services as part of the Scottish Government’s remobilisation of primary care services and is continuing to liaise with Government as guidance and restrictions change.