By Alexa Kaczka
The use of fluorescein strips within optical practices and restrictions placed on the practice have been clarified by the General Optical Council (GOC) in the UK.
It follows new supply issues in Europe relating to classification, after which the GOC revealed it has consulted the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency MHRA and confirmed that contact lens opticians (CLOs) may administer pharmacy medicines to their patients in the course of their business.
This now means CLOs can use fluorescein strips as they are classed as pharmacy medicines.
Under the terms of the rules, optometrists can also order and use medicinal products, including fluorescein strips, which are used to fit contact lenses and assess ocular health.
In June, questions were raised after the European Council of Optometry and Optics recommended that practitioners continue using fluorescein strips, after they were classified as medicines in Switzerland, though members in other EU states sought clarification before continuing with the practice.
by Emily Tait