Staffordshire Local Optical Committee

Useful Links

Here are a few website addresses we think you may find useful:

Professional:

ABDO (the qualifying body for dispensing opticians in the UK): http://www.abdo.org.uk/

AOP (the organisation that represents both optometry as a profession and the views of individual optometrists): http://www.aop.org.uk/

BCLA (the UK’s leading supplier of information and education on contact lenses and the anterior eye): http://www.bcla.org.uk/

College of Optometrists (the professional, scientific and examining body for optometry in the United Kingdom, working for the public benefit): http://www.college-optometrists.org/en/home.cfm

College of Optometrists Clinical Management Guidelines (the recommended source of evidence-based information for PEARS/acute eye practitioners on the diagnosis and management of 56 eye conditions that occur with varying frequency in primary eye care): http://www.college-optometrists.org/en/professional-standards/clinical_management_guidelines/index.cfm

FODO (the Federation of [Ophthalmic and Dispensing] Opticians represents eye care providers and registered opticians in business in the UK and Republic of Ireland): http://www.fodo.com/

LOCSU (supports community optometrists and opticians serving on Local Optical Committees (LOCs) across England in developing community eye health services, making them accessible for patients and cost effective for the NHS): http://www.locsu.co.uk/

NICE Clinical Guideline on Glaucoma (a quick reference guide that summarises the recommendations NICE has made to the NHS in ‘Glaucoma: diagnosis and management of chronic open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension’ [NICE clinical guideline 85]): http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/12145/43791/43791.pdf

Quality in Optometry (a toolkit for clinical governance in optometric practice [England and Wales] developed jointly by ABDO, AOP, FODO and the College):  http://www.qualityinoptometry.co.uk/

Public:

Diabetes UK (the UK's leading diabetes charity, caring for, connecting with and campaigning on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes): http://www.diabetes.org.uk/

Eyecare Trust (a registered charity that exists to raise awareness of all aspects of eye health and the importance of regular eyecare): http://www.eyecaretrust.org.uk/

International Glaucoma Association (a comprehensive source of up-to-date news and information about glaucoma): http://www.glaucoma-association.com/index.html

Macula Society (the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss, with more than 15,000 members): http://www.macularsociety.org/

NHS England (works with NHS staff, patients, stakeholders and the public to improve the health outcomes for people in England): http://www.england.nhs.uk/

OCCS (an independent body, set up to help settle patients' complaints about goods and services they've received from a registered optical practice): http://www.opticalcomplaints.co.uk/

Royal National Institute of Blind People [RNIB] (the leading charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million people with sight loss): http://www.rnib.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx