Sale, Supply and Supervision

In this section:

  • Sale and Supply
  • Spectacles
  • Contact Lenses
  • Rules and Regulations on Sight Testing and Contact Lens Fitting and Supply
  • Contact lens specific rules and regulations
  • Supervision
  • Dispensing Policy
  • Managing Non-Tolerance Issues
  • Plastic Carrier Bag Guidance - England

Sale and Supply

Sight testing and contact lens fitting and supply are governed by the Opticians Act 1989, available by clicking here.  The sections below provide further detail on the rules and regulations on sale and supply of spectacles, including supervision of these activities.

Spectacles

All spectacles other than those which are exempt under s27(2) of the Act or the Sale of Optical Appliances Order of Council 1984 must be sold by or under the supervision of a registered optometrist, dispensing optician or medical practitioner.  The supervisor must be able to exercise their professional skill and judgement as a clinician.

Contact Lenses

Powered lenses must be sold by or under the general direction of a registered optometrist, dispensing optician or medical practitioner.

Plano lenses are dealt with separately from sight correcting (powered) lenses in the legislation.  They must be sold by or under supervision of a registered optometrist, dispensing optician or medical practitioner. 

Rules and Regulations on Sight Testing and Contact Lens Fitting and Supply

Contact lens specific rules and regulations

Supervision

Any optometrist who is involved in supervising a pre-registration trainee or colleague must be
aware of the activities of the trainee or colleague and be available and able to give support or
advice where necessary.  For further information regarding supervision, including the college guidance, pre-registration supervisors grant and a fitness to practice hearing please click here.

Dispensing Policy

Managing Non-Tolerance Issues

The OC produced guidance in December 2014 surrounding non-tolerance issues and the best practise with regards to resolving these issues.

Plastic Carrier Bag Guidance - England