John Margetts, an optometrist based in Exeter, has been suspended from the GOC register for a period of 12 months following claims he made about refractive surgery.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise was impaired after failure to provide sufficient or correct information about the risks of laser eye surgery.

This included ‘misleading and dishonest statements about laser eye surgery, including that laser eye surgery is 100 percent safe’.

Committee chair Rachel O’Connell added: ‘The committee finds that Mr Margetts’ actions fell seriously below the standards expected of a registrant. He has breached fundamental tenets of the profession including honesty, the need to put patients first and the need to provide them with the means of giving informed consent.

‘However the committee also understands that the allegation concerns one consultation with one patient in the context of a long and exemplary career. Four character witnesses called on Mr Margetts’ behalf testified that he is fundamentally honest.’

Margetts has until September 8 to appeal the suspension.