Specsavers' accreditation push

Specsavers optometrists gain further 1,000 enhanced services qualifications

Specsavers optometrists have gained a further 1,000 enhanced services qualifications in glaucoma, minor eye conditions and cataracts this year, ahead of National Eye Health Week September 24-28.

In total, 11,000 Specsavers optometrists have obtained WOPEC Level 1 and Level 2 accreditations which part of its ‘transforming eye health’ campaign that has also seen millions of pounds invested in new technology and partnerships with organisations.

Paul Morris, Specsavers director of professional advancement, said the figures reflect ‘a shift in expectations of the services opticians can provide’ and that ‘medicalisation of optometry’ presented an opportunity to broaden the field.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch optometrist Adnan Nawaz gained his Level 2 MECS and glaucoma qualifications earlier this month. He said: ‘It’s been great to meet such a variety of optometrists – from newly qualified to more experienced – and find out about how they are delivering enhanced services in their area.

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