In response to recent queries, Optometry Scotland (OS) would like to remind all Optometrists and their employers of the following:
All relevant tests/procedures required for a GOS eye examination should be carried out depending on the presenting patient's signs/symptoms reported to the Optometrist at the appointment. Patient care is the most important factor and this should not be compromised. It is also the case that some practitioners depending on experience levels and indeed some patients may require longer to carry out the eye examination than others and it is the responsibility of the Optometrist and their employer to decide how they manage their diaries and the duration of the eye examination.
Optometry Scotland would also like to remind the profession of this quote from the Scottish GOS regulations PCA (O) 2010 (1):
"The minimum time involved in providing a primary eye examination should be 30 minutes for those patients who attend for routine examinations with no specific symptoms and no prescription for glasses/contact lenses. For patients where additional tests and procedures are required because of their age or presenting sign and symptoms the timing of the primary eye examination will increase."
OS would like to take this opportunity to remind all practices that 20 eye examinations (Primary and Supplementaries) is the limit that can be claimed for one working day (7.5 hours) and that payment verification visits from Practitioner Services are currently underway to check that Optometrists/practices are following the GOS Regulations with regards to GOS eye examination fee claims.