Statement on fluorescein ophthalmic strips
General Optical Council eBulletin 18
November 2013

Statement on fluorescein ophthalmic strips


Last month we published an updated statement on the use of CE-marked fluorescein ophthalmic strips. 

The statement aimed to address registrants' questions surrounding the use of CE-marked strips following the decision by Bausch + Lomb to discontinue Fluorets, ophthalmic strips used for contact lens fitting and assessing eye health.

The statement made clear our position that registrants are responsible for acting in their patients’ best interests, in line with our Code of Conduct, and there will be occasions where this will require optometrists or contact lens opticians to use CE-marked fluorescein strips.

Our position is based on expert legal advice, the views of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the report by the expert clinical consensus panel, which can be viewed here.

In the event that there is a complaint concerning the use of fluorescein, this will be considered by our independent Investigation Committee. This is necessary to ensure that all concerns are considered in a transparent and impartial way. We are unable to prejudge decisions in any individual cases or give instructions to the committees on how to treat particular issues.

However, we will ensure any such committee is provided with the all the information we have considered in developing our current position on the use of CE-marked ophthalmic strips, as summarised above.

You can read our press release and full statement here.


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