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Legislation affecting practice

Certain areas of practice are restricted by legislation and rules. A full list of our legislation, including the Opticians Act, is available here.

Listed below are the key areas of legislation that may affect your practice:

The Sight Testing (Examination and Prescription) (No. 2) Regulations 1989 

The testing of sight is restricted to optometrists and doctors in the UK. The components of the Sight Test are also defined by legislation.

The Testing of Sight by Persons Training as Optometrists Rules 1993

Optometry students may also test sight in certain circumstances as part of their training course and this is defined by legislation.  

Rules on the Fitting of Contact Lenses 1985

The fitting of contact lenses is restricted to certain groups of registrants and requires specific qualifications and continuing education and training (CET).

Sale and supply of optical appliances

The sale and supply of optical appliances is limited to certain groups of people and businesses. 

Cosmetic (zero-powered) contact lenses

The sale of cosmetic or zero-powered contact lenses is governed by legislation. 

Low vision aids

The sale of low vision aids is restricted by legislation. 


The circumstances in which optometrists and contact lens opticians can use CE-marked fluorescein ophthalmic strips is restricted by legislation.


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