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 General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) providing 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.

The members area holds confidential information for practitioners. If you are a local practitioner wishing to register, please do so via the link at the top of the page.

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.

Our next meeting is

Monday 22nd July 2024 6.45pm

Committee meeting via Zoom

Durham LOC Latest News

Diabetic Eye Screening (DES) Service Update

Some updated points on the DES Service following our AGM: R0 patients will now be on 2 year recall with DES R2/R3/M1 cases found in practice to be referred to Diabetic Clinic at HES (not DES) DES will include OCT from  approx October 2024 Queries following an eye test of a diabetic patient (eg image/scan …

13 June 2024

Notice of Durham LOC AGM

Notification of Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Durham LOC will be held on Wednesday 15th May 2024 at Ramside Hall Hotel (Durham) at 6.00pm. In addition to the AGM, we will be providing CPD via peer review. The Agenda for the AGM, Chair’s report, Treasurer’s report and registration details will follow …

28 March 2024

Information on Glaucoma Referrals

We have been contacted by the ICB regarding missing information from referrals for suspected glaucoma.   Please make sure your referrals include relevant information, specifically:   1. If the patient has a family history of glaucoma, please record this on the referral letter. 2. If the patient has been referred previously querying glaucoma, please record …

7 March 2024

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LOCSU Latest News

Save the Date: Regional Optical Conferences Are Coming to You!

This November, LOCSU is going on the road again with seven Regional Optical Conferences.

15 July 2024

GOC’s Business Registrant Survey 2024

The GOC recently carried out a survey to understand more about the businesses it regulates and the issues they face.

1 July 2024

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Our next meeting is

Monday 22nd July 2024 6.45pm

Committee meeting via Zoom


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