Belfast CET Day – Sunday 9 November 2014

Achieve 11 GOC Or 14 AOI points! An Ocular Disease Update one day event is to be held at La Mon House Hotel, Belfast.  The course is being run by Dr Scott Mackie.  Speakers include Prof Christine Purslow (Allergic Eye Disease), Dr Stuart McGimpsey (Detection and Treatment Pathway for vitreo-Macular Traction and Macula hole), Dr Alasdair […]

National Eyecare Health Week 22-28 September 2014

National Eyecare Health Week gives all members of the profession a chance to work in tandem with the national campaign highlighting the importance of regular eye examinations.  Why not approach it from a local angle and check out some of the fundraising ideas at You could even have your own “carrot walk”! Sara

Glaucoma Referral Refinement – Keep up the Good Work!

Glaucoma Referral Refinement continues to work well.  Initial figures show that the programme is weeding out 65% of cases that previously would have been referred on to the Hospital Eye Service. Regarding admin of the LES claims, there is a bit more work to do.  There have been a number of rejected claims and some with no […]

Next ONI Council Meeting

The next meeting of ONI Council will take place on Monday 8 September 2014.  Items which will be discussed will include Glaucoma Referral Refinement Update, Healthcare Numbers, Electronic referral amongst others. If you have items which you would like to be raised (remember it is YOUR society) – please feel free to email me or […]

Northern Ireland IPs get NHS pads

  The first group of Independent Prescriber (IP) optometrists in Northern Ireland have started to receive their NHS prescription pads from the Northern Ireland Health Board. Among the first to get their prescription pads was optometrist and AOP councillor, Brian McKeown (pictured). Mr McKeown said: “It’s fantastic to be able to provide this service, especially […]

Sight Test Survey 2014

Thank you to all the optometrists, who completed and returned the 2014 Sight Test and Ophthalmic Public Health Survey. Unfortunately the proportion of optometrists who returned the information was disappointing, and this will effect the overall quality of data, and in turn how useful it will be as supporting data for forthcoming initiatives. Sara

Voucher Values

Dear colleagues Just a quick note to say that Optometry NI has agreed to a 2% increase in GOS vouchers from 1st April 2014. Optometry in England, Wales, and Scotland have also agreed to this increase. In previous years it has taken a while to process this change with practices being paid retrospectively back to […]

Chairman Update March 2014

For the foreseeable future the main focus will be on the delivery of the “Developing Eye Care Partnerships” strategy which covers all aspects of eye care services in Northern Ireland. Optometry plays a major role in the delivery of the strategy outcomes and this is reflected in the representation optometry (both hospital and community) has […]

Electronic Referral Pilot Scheme

A pilot scheme on electronic referral was carried out for 10 weeks in the Southern Health Trust Area in May/June/July.  A total of ten practices participated having been selected at random, to represent a range of practice profiles including independent and multiples.  High resolution images of the patient’s retina were encrypted and sent to the […]

Community Acute Eye Service

In December, Helen Knox, David Barnes, Andrew Petticrew and Sara Ball went to Stormont.  They presented a proposal to the Health Committee which included plans to include and use the community optometrist for the treatment of patients with red eye or minor injury to the eye.  The proposal was to educate the public to the […]