A set of guidelines establishing consistent guidance on the quality of service provision that the public should expect when accessing eye care has been developed for optometric and optical services in Europe, according to a European Council of Optometry and Optics press release.
European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO) representatives from several countries contributed to the creation of these guidelines, which offer an extensive overview of the aspects that quality optometric and optical services require, the release said.
The guidelines have also been tailored to provide guidance to professional eye care providers across Europe, according to the release.
Although the guidelines may not reflect national legislative requirements in member countries, the release said, they will provide direction regarding the quality of service provision for eye care services.
The guidelines specify that primary eye care services may include: comprehensive assessment of the visual system, detection of ocular pathology, prescribing optical aids, and referral and coordination of care with medical and other professions.
The ECOO guidelines complement the World Council of Optometry global competency model, according to the release.