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General public

Welcome to the homepage for the general public.

This part of the website contains information that is relevant to patients and members of the public. In this section you can search for a registered optician in your area, find out how to make a complaint and read our publications.

You can also explore the About us, Our work and News/publications and events areas.

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Intro to the GOC 

Find out more about us and our work

What is an optometrist / dispensing optician? 

Find out more about the optical professions

What to expect from your optician 

Our leaflet on what you can expect when you visit your optician

Check your optician is registered 

Use our online search to check that your optician is registered

How to complain about your optician 

What to do if you have a complaint about an optician


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