A vision for the future of optometry and plans to put optometrists at the forefront of eye care provision, education and research have been outlined by the College of Optometrists.

The College said it would work with members and stakeholders to gather data to understand the current eye care workforce and needs in the future.

Professor Leon Davies, president of the College of Optometrists, said: ‘The College’s Workforce Vision provides an ambitious and unique chance to shape the future direction of eye health provision, and our profession.’

Aims outlined by the College included championing optometrists as first contact practitioners for managing and treating more patients in primary care.