After years of anticipation and hard work by the Panhellenic Association of Optics and Optometry (PAOO) and its members, optometry is now an officially regulated profession in Greece.
In August 2017, the PAOO became a public legal entity, which implies that the PAOO is now the primary professional association for optometrists and opticians in Greece. Optometrists will fall under the supervision of the Greek Ministry of Health and anyone wishing to practice the optometry or optics would need to enrol as a member of the PAOO.
A new ministerial act (15 September 2017) regulates the scope of the and optometric practice. Optometrists and opticians are allowed to perform subjective and objective examinations for refraction and binocular vision assessments, colour vision evaluations, visual fields, and screening of eye health and integrity, if a number of conditions are met.
They will also be able to use ophthalmic drugs for diagnostic purposes and first aid provision.
By Ilias Sapounakis, Panhellenic Association of Optics and Optometry (PAOO) for the ECOO Newsletter
Topic: Optical News