GOC IP renewal

There were some issues (I think 2 years ago?) where some IPs didn’t get the renewal form from the GOC. Hopefully you just got an email but if you didn’t you can complete the short online form here – https://www.optical.org/en/Registration/Renewing_your_registration/independent-prescribing-specialty-renewal.cfm Takes 2 minutes which is nice. (obviously you still have to complete the regular form … Continue reading "GOC IP renewal"

Unlicensed Vs Off-label

Following discussion at the weekend (AOP Therapeutics) about 0.01% Atropine, there was some debate about off-label – use for other than the licensed indication e.g Doxy for blepharitis, and unlicensed medicines which IP optoms cannot access. The general consensus was that 0.01% Atropine would be off-label since Atropine itself is licensed, however that appears not … Continue reading "Unlicensed Vs Off-label"

Prescribing for colleague’s patients

I’m a newly qualified IP in a practice with 4 or 5 clinics running each day. If a colleague has a px who needs a prescription is it acceptable for me to examine the patient and add the management plan to colleague’s notes? Or should the px technically be ‘referred’ to me to make a set of notes … Continue reading "Prescribing for colleague’s patients"

Gonio decontamination

Hi all,    Just wondered what methods people prefer for decontaminating Gonio lenses. Volk have their own ‘Cleaning and care guide’ for their lenses and suggest a few different methods, but the college guidance re. ‘The re-use-of contact lenses and ophthalmic devices’ suggests one method only – 1% sodium hypochlorite. I have just bought a Volk G-4 high … Continue reading "Gonio decontamination"

Coping when things dont go as planned

I dont think this is a clinical post, but it starts with a clinical story….   Pseudophakic chap, 50 yrs old with diagnosed OHT transferred to community care on Betoptic. Pre treatment IOPs 29mmHg discharged to community with steady IOPs at 16mmHg. On community review IOPs are 23mmHg VA 6/6 discs 0.2 and fields full … Continue reading "Coping when things dont go as planned"