Regina v Honey Rose: AOP media statement

Honey Rose found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is aware that AOP member, Ms Honey Rose, has been convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in the case of Vincent Barker. 

This is a tragic case which is devastating for all concerned and our sympathies go to the Barker family at this time. We are naturally extremely disappointed for our member, Ms Rose, in the outcome of the case. 

The case, a criminal one involving an optometrist on clinical matters, is the first of its kind in the UK. There are millions(1) of sight tests undertaken in the UK each year. Optometrists adhere to strict standards of practice set out by the regulatory body, the General Optical Council (GOC). 

We are aware that Ms Rose is currently before the GOC in a Fitness to Practise hearing and as a result we are unable to comment further at this time. 


For more information, please contact Serena Box, PR and Media Manager, at the Association of Optometrists, [email protected] or telephone 020 7549 2063.

Notes to Editors

Association of Optometrists 

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading representative membership organisation for optometrists and other optical professionals in the UK. We support our community of more than 16,500 members to fulfil their professional roles to protect the nation’s eye health. Find more information at

Optometrists and eye health

Optometrists are eye health professionals and the services they provide are far wider than a simple test to determine whether glasses or contact lenses are required to correct vision. A sight test is not about getting a pair of glasses – it is a vital health check for your eyes. 

As well as an eye health check, a sight test might detect signs of underlying general health conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Everyone should have a sight test every two years, or more often if your optometrist recommends it. Visit our For patients section for more. 

(1) Optics at a Glance 2014, Optical Confederation reported 22.54 NHS and private sight tests in the UK in 2014