Optometry Scotland has today responded to amendments proposed to the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) regulations in Scotland.
Samantha Watson, Chair of Optometry Scotland, said: “We welcome the recognition in these amendments that community optometry is the first port of call for all eye related problems. These amendments signal the end of the ‘tick box’ nature of provision and will enable the service to develop further allowing practitioners to perform those tests and procedures indicated necessary by the patient’s presenting signs and symptoms.
“There is still much work to be done in effectively delivering and improving General Ophthalmic Services in Scotland, and we look forward to collaborating with the Scottish Government further.”
The proposed amendments are the result of close consultation between Optometry Scotland and the Scottish Government following The Community Eyecare Services Review report published in April 2017
Subject to the approval of the Scottish Parliament, the majority of the changes come into force from 1 October 2018.