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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European Coalition for Vision wants eye health indicator for Europe

European Coalition for Vision wants eye health indicator for Europe

10th October

European eye health organisations have called for greater collaboration and data sharing across member states 

Optical Confederation Guidance on Cross Border Healthcare and Patient Mobility in Europe

Optical Confederation Guidance on Cross Border Healthcare and Patient Mobility in Europe

12th September

The Optical Confederation has produced guidance on the provisions optical practices and practitioners should be aware of when providing care to patients who come from another EEA Member State

Optical Confederation appoints new Chairman

Optical Confederation appoints new Chairman

1st September

The Optical Confederation has announced the appointment of Chris Hunt as its new Chairman. Mr Hunt will take up the position in October, succeeding the current Chairman, Don Grocott

New guidance on claiming CET funding for 2013

New guidance on claiming CET funding for 2013

21st August

The window for making CET claims in 2014 in respect of CET undertaken in 2013 is 4 July - 14 November 2014.

Optical Confederation Updates Safeguarding Guidance

Optical Confederation Updates Safeguarding Guidance

5th August

 The update incorporates information from the recently published Intercollegiate Guidance for Safeguarding Children (2014) and further updates on the government’s Prevent Strategy