About us

The Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians represents eye care providers and registered opticians in business in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Our aim is to achieve eye health for all, delivered through world-class services, provided by regulated community-based professionals operating in a competitive environment. In the UK we are founder members of the Optical Confederation and supporters of Vision 2020 UK and the UK Vision Strategy.

Our members account for over three quarters of market activity and two thirds of eye examinations in the UK and 55 per cent in the Republic of Ireland.

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Eastleigh MP calls on constituents to look after their eyesight

Eastleigh MP calls on constituents to look after their eyesight

2nd March

Local MP Mike Thornton visited an optical practice in Eastleigh on 13 February to find out why regular eye tests are so important in preventing blindness.

Optical Confederation produces 10 'Principles' on GOS claims

Optical Confederation produces 10 'Principles' on GOS claims

20th February

OC position statement shows members are committed to working together in the best interests of patients,the sector and the NHS

DOCET launches free online level 2 safeguarding training

DOCET launches free online level 2 safeguarding training

16th February

The Directorate of Optometric Continuing Education is launching two new safeguarding modules free to UK registered optometrists

Optical Confederation Affiliates with National Association of Primary Care

Optical Confederation Affiliates with National Association of Primary Care

10th February

The NAPC has announced a number of new affiliations with national representative healthcare organisations, including the Optical Confederation

UK Vision Strategy 2015 General Election Manifesto Launched

UK Vision Strategy 2015 General Election Manifesto Launched

6th February

The Manifesto calls on politicians standing in the 2015 Election to prioritise eye health services and improve support for people who have lost their sight.