Legal issues in contact lens practice with special reference to the practice of orthokeratology

Peter White, Hie Hua Wong

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This report aims to encourage optometrists to reflect on the legal implications of clinical contact lens practice, with particular reference to the practice of orthokeratology (ortho-k), which has seen a recent revival of interest. A patient may claim compensation if an optometrist is negligent by breaching his duty to exercise reasonable care and skill in diagnosis, advice or treatment. However, the optometrist will only be liable for reasonably foreseeable harm to the patient, so practitioners need to be fully aware of the foreseeable risks. Failure to adequately inform the patient may lead to a claim for negligence, if disclosure of the risks would have influenced the patient's decision to undergo or forego the procedure. It is important that the professional bodies establish guidelines on acceptable practice, with particular emphasis on the provision of information to patients. Reasonable disclosure, use of appropriate information/consent forms, and proper documentation of cases, should all focus on the needs of, and benefits to, patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-161
Number of pages11
JournalOphthalmic and Physiological Optics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2003


  • Consent
  • Contact lens
  • Legal issues
  • Negligence
  • Orthokeratology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Health Professions(all)


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