Welcome to Durham LOC Website

Durham LOC

Welcome to the website of the Durham Local Optical Committee (LOC). Durham LOC is the official organisation which represents optometrists and dispensing opticians in our area.

The purpose of this website is to provide eye care practitioners, other health care professionals, and the public with information about all aspects of eye care provision available within County Durham and Darlington.

Please contact us if you cannot find the information you need on this site, or have any queries regarding eye care in our area. Thank you.

***The members area is now functional, if you are a practitioner wishing to register, please do so via the link at the top of the page***

Our next meeting is

9th December 2020 6.30pm

Committee meeting via Zoom

Durham LOC Latest News

Email Updates

All practitioners registered for LOC emails should have received quite a few updates tonight including details on a new papilloedema referral form, a reminder on emergency and urgent referrals and confirmation that patients for the Cataract Post Op service are now being discharged to be seen through the community scheme. If you don’t already get …

13 October 2020

Referral Update

Please see the member area for updated telephone number for EED at the RVI. We have been advised by local hospitals that current waiting times for routine surgery and outpatient appointments can be up to 6 months. For cataract referrals, Newmedica in Teesside is available and is still operating at a very short waiting time …

5 October 2020

Reminder on referrals

Just a reminder that all direct referral pathways that were in use pre-COVID are re-open. Please direct all appropriate referrals via the pathways, referring to another Optometrist if necessary, rather than direct to the GP. Thanks.

23 September 2020

More Durham LOC News >

LOCSU Latest News

Regional Forums gather momentum

LOCs and NHSE welcome collaborative approach

19 October 2020

LOC Induction Course extends use of remote learning technology

Live webinar complements new Thinkific training platform

6 October 2020

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Our next meeting is

9th December 2020 6.30pm

Committee meeting via Zoom


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