The College of Optometrists has announced that from today, Monday, 15 June, optometrists across England can expand their services beyond urgent and essential care. Optometrist practices will be able to provide patient care depending on their needs and symptoms, while still prioritising essential and urgent cases. Patients seeking optometric treatment are urged to phone their optometrist in the first instance, where the optometrists will provide telephone triage and consultation via telephone or virtually, dependant on symptoms.

There is still no date as to when routine NHS-funded sight tests can resume.

We are taking every precaution to keep staff and patients safe during this Amber stage of the pandemic.