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Specialty qualifications

Once an optometrist or dispensing optician is registered with the Council, they may wish to practise in areas of specialist skill and knowledge.

Becoming a specialist practitioner involves extra study and clinical practice. Once the specialist training is completed and their competence assessed, practitioners must register their specialty . They are then able to perform additional duties to those of a normal optometrist or dispensing optician. 

There are currently four registerable specialties:

For optometrists
Additional supply specialty
Supplementary prescribing specialty
Independent prescribing specialty

For dispensing opticians
Contact lens specialty

In this section you can find out about each of the specialties, and the training involved to practise a specialty.

 

 

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