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Raising awareness of optical regulation

23 Feb 2011

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The GOC leaflet 'Check your optician is registered' is available now for patients and members of the public from information stands in 7,000 GP surgeries and 1,200 pharmacies across the UK.

This is part of a public initiative to raise awareness of the services provided by optometrists and dispensing opticians. According to 2010 research for the College of Optometrists, one in five people have never had a sight test or have not had one in the past five years.

The leaflet discusses why it is important to have regular sight tests, and how the GOC assures the health and protection of those who use the services of optometrists and dispensing opticians. It also explains that we are responsible for regulating all student and fully-qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians, along with optical businesses, in the UK.

A companion leaflet 'What to expect from your optician' sets out the professional standards of behaviour, expertise and conduct to which all our registrants adhere. As part of this campaign both leaflets are available for practice managers and other healthcare professionals to order online from Leaflets2You free of charge.

The 'Check your optician is registered' project runs until 23 May.


For further information please contact:
Liz Carr
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473

Notes for editors

1. As part of this public initiative, we will also be mailing NHS healthcare agencies across the UK, patient organisations and eye healthcare charities so they can alert their members.

2. Both leaflets are available to download from our website but if you would like a small supply of hard copies for your practice or organisation, please email Simon Grier.

3. Leaflets2You supplies additional copies of both leaflets. The website is

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