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Care Quality Commission and Governing Bodies

Optical Express teams comply with and exceed the standards for refractive surgery published by the organisations FODO, ABDO, ACLM and FMO* in June 2017. These standards, available here, are designed to ensure that you receive the highest quality of care in all aspects of your treatment, including your initial assessment with our optometrists, your discussions with our ophthalmic surgeon, the procedure itself and the aftercare we provide for you.

If you would like any further information about these standards and how they affect the services we provide, please contact us.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Our Laser Eye clinics in England are inspected by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care responsible for enforcing government regulatory standards; see the Commission’s website for their judgments about our compliance with national standards.
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General Optical Council (GOC)
Optical Express is fully registered with this regulatory body for the optical professions in the UK and adheres to their strict standards of treatment and care.
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The Eye Laser Association (ELA)
The Eye Laser Association was established in 2003 with Optical Express as a founding member. Its purpose is to establish a code of best practice’ within the industry and ensure that all patients of the member clinics are treated with the highest quality of clinical standards.
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Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO)
Optical Express Surgeons that are members of this body follow strict guidelines and standards for the practice of Ophthalmology.
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General Medical Council (GMC)
All Optical Express surgeons are fully registered and approved by this body.
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International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB)
The IMAB provides our laser eye surgeons with continuous education, allowing them to stay abreast of laser eye surgery updates.
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The Ireland Medical Council (Comhairle na nDochtuiri Leighis) (IMC)
All Optical Express surgeons working in Ireland are registered with this medical council, that protects the interests of the public assuring the quality of and guidance on professional standards of ethical conduct.
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The Optician Board of Ireland (Board na Radharcmhastoiri)
Every Optical Express optometrist working in Ireland is a member of this statutory authority that regulates registration and practice of optometrists and dispensing opticians. No optometrist may practice in Ireland until they are registered by this board.
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Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI)
The Association of Optometrists Ireland provides a supervisory and ethical environment for optometrists. All Optical Express optometrists within Ireland adhere to the guidelines issued by this professional representative body.
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*FODO: Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians

*ABDO: Association of British Dispensing Opticians

*ACLM: The Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers

*FMO: Federation of Manufacturing Opticians