Starting an Opticians' Practice

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: November 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

An opticians' practice provides eye tests and related professional eye-care services and dispenses spectacles, sunglasses, contact lenses and eye-care products. Practices are usually run from high-street retail premises by one or more qualified optometrists typically working in partnership, although it is not necessary for the proprietor of the business to be professionally qualified.

In order to practise in the UK, all optometrists, dispensing opticians, trainee optometrists and trainee dispensing opticians must be registered with the General Optical Council, and so must the practice itself, if it is a limited company or limited liability partnership.

This profile provides information about starting up and running an opticians' practice. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

This profile does not cover online retail of spectacles or contact lenses, as this is covered separately in Mini BOP 397, Online Spectacle and Contact Lens Retailer.

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