A call for the government, the NHS, local authorities and care home providers to work with domiciliary eye care providers has been made by the Optical Confederation.

Its domiciliary eye care committee has produced guidance for providers in order to ensure that vulnerable patients are not denied the required eye care as lockdown measures ease.

The Optical Confederation said that vulnerable groups who have isolated may have an eye condition that was safe to postpone at the start of Covid-19 but may now have become acute.

It added that eye care can now be safely provided in private and care home setting using remote first and safety first principles, as well as PPE where face-to-face care is required.