The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has released online resources to help practitioners better protect patients and reduce optical risks.

A series of online webpages provided practical steps on topics such as organising the practice diary to coordinate ideal patient time; tips for post-appointment communication, delegation and safeguards needed; and assessing risks as a pre-registration optometrist and as a supervisor.

AOP’s clinical director, Dr Peter Hampson, pictured, said: ‘This advice is designed to set out practical steps to avoid the common pitfalls, such as pressures on time and attention, that can lead to clinical mistakes and risks to patients.'

Meanwhile, its other support service for optical professions – the Peer Support Line for health and wellbeing – has achieved its five-year anniversary.

Since launching in 2017, the free helpline has taken a total of 1,246 calls and provided 924 support conversations. Around three quarters (76%) of calls were from optometrists, while 20% were from newly-qualified optometrists, pre-reg optometrists and undergraduate students. Stress, mental health and employment worries were cited as the most common causes.