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Optical Confederation becomes Antibiotic Guardian

The Optical Confederation has signed a Public Health England pledge to champion prudent antibiotic prescribing in the optical sector 

The pledge is part of the NHS's support of World Antibiotics Awareness Week (14-20 November) and European Antibiotics Awareness Day (18 November). To find out more visit 

Speaking on behalf of the Optical Confederation, IP optometrist Jane Bell said: “The Optical Confederation continues to support World Antibiotics Awareness Week and as 'Antibiotics Guardians' pledge to continue promoting prudent use of antibiotics in the optical sector. Primary care optical practices have the appropriate skills and equipment to enable earlier expert diagnosis of the underlying cause of red eyes and other minor eye conditions, eliminating unnecessary prescribing of antibiotic eye drops and ointment. Optical professionals are ideally placed community eye health experts that can support the local NHS to make the right diagnosis, proscribe the right treatment and get the right result for patients with eye problems whilst reducing the overuse of antibiotics.