Welcome to the Optometry Scotland website
We keep our members up to date on our ongoing activity through our website, our Newsletter and regular email communication, as well as by attending events, meetings and keeping in regular contact with colleagues within the sector.
Our website informs Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Patients.
Important message from your OS Team.
Please continue sending us case studies and testimonials highlighting the great work being undertaken in your community.
Many thanks to everybody who has shared valuable statistics on patients requiring routine support, emergency and essential care. This information has been shared with the Scottish Government to appraise the valuable work provided by community eyecare in support of key workers, primary and secondary care colleagues during lockdown. We have now stopped gathering weekly figures – thank you.
Please continue to send us case studies and any questions you’d like to ask your OS team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that we have found a new routine version of working, OS continue to support the profession by providing advice and regularly liaise with the Scottish Government team.
This is a rapidly changing time for the profession with new investment from the Scottish Government for optometry to assist in shifting the balance of care by helping to support the hospital eye service in reducing their waiting lists that have vastly increased during the pandemic.
The models for this vary across different health board areas and OS are gathering this information and liaising with the Scottish Government to help provide a solution that will benefit the patients and the profession.
Thank you for your ongoing work and invaluable support.
Stay well, stay safe and stay in touch.
Member Update: NEHW 2021 activity
Fee increase discussions in Scottish Parliament The work of optometrists took centre stage last week as the UK marked National Eye Health Week and Optometry Scotland was proud to see its work discussed in the Scottish Parliament. A Members Debate took place based on a cross party motion tabled by Stuart McMillan, MSP for Greenock
OS Blog – Spotlight On: Richard Spruce, part-owner of McFarlane and Nicol’s Ltd, a small independent opticians with four branches across Alloa, Alva, Selkirk and Stenhousemuir.
OS Blog September 2021 Spotlight on: Richard Spruce, part-owner of McFarlane and Nicol’s Ltd, a small independent opticians with four branches across Alloa, Alva, Selkirk and Stenhousemuir. We caught up with Richard Spruce, a member of our Executive Committee and an independents representative, to discuss how optometrists in Forth Valley are helping with Hospital Eye
Here you can find the most recent PCA, issued today, 1st September 2021. This letter advises on the following: new physical distancing requirements in health and social care settings; new guidance regarding isolation exemptions for health and social care staff; clarification regarding wearing of PPE and COVID-19 contact tracing; a reminder about staff wellbeing support