Issue 29, October 2016
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Welcome to eBulletin

Welcome to eBulletin. In this issue we cover two pieces of key GOC research: one with patients and the public, and one specifically with contact lens wearers.

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Public perceptions research

The public has once again expressed high confidence in the standard of care and service opticians provide, according to our second public perceptions survey.

 

However, the GP remains the first port of call for many people who have a minor eye problem. 40 per cent would go to their GP first, with only 22 per cent of those surveyed saying they’d visit their optician first if they woke up tomorrow with an eye problem.

 

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Contact lens habits

Earlier this year, GOC research among contact lens wearers demonstrated some poor habits from patients not best knowing how to look after their eyes.

 

One area of particular concern was how many patients allow water to get onto their contact lenses. Nineteen per cent of wearers do not avoid using tap water on their lenses or lens case, 37 per cent swim in their lenses without wearing goggles and as much as 47 per cent shower in contact lenses.

 

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Message from Department of Health

The Department of Health has issued a call for all health and social care workers, including optometrists and dispensing opticians, to be vaccinated against influenza this winter.

 

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News in brief

National Autistic Society
 

The National Autistic Society has published guidance for eye care professionals about treating patients with autism, written by eye care professionals who work with individuals on the autism spectrum.

 

The guidance can be found on their website.

 

Council vacancies

 

Later this month, we will be looking to recruit two new registrants to our Council.
Joining our Council gives you a chance to influence the direction of the GOC and the optical sector more widely.

 

Registrant survey


Many thanks to over 4,000 of you who replied to our recent registrants’ survey. We’re currently analysing the results – look out for details in our next eBulletin.

 

GOC on the road


In the coming weeks we’ll be attending the National Optical Conference on 10 and 11 November, the Assocaition of Optometrists' Student Conference on 26 and 27 November and the Scottish Government’s annual regulation event on 31 October. If you’re at any of those events then come and say hello!

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