On the 8th February, the Lord Anthony Newby proposed a motion in the House of Lords to amend the Opticians Act. The proposal was to extend the Opticians Act to allow the sale of adjustable lense spectacles over the counter. The AOP, College of Optometrists, Optical Confederation and FODO put together briefing papers to demonstrate how this proposal would not be in the interest of public health. They highlighted the dangers or perceived improvement in eyesight, the lack of specialist intervention and how the availability of such eyewear would deter some people from having their eyes tested.
The result of the debate was that no further change would be made to the Opticians Act at this stage.