Optometry Ireland Membership Application

Applicant's Proposal

Every applicant must be proposed and seconded by two Optometry Ireland members who themselves have been members for at least 2 years at the time of this application.

Associate members may not propose or second, nor does any Associate membership period count towards the 2 year requirement.

Optometry Ireland reserves the right to contact your proposer and seconder.


I have read and understood the Articles, Rules, Regulations and Code of Ethics and Practice of the Association of Optometrists Ireland and I agree to be bound by them.

I hereby apply to be elected a member of Optometry Ireland.

Telephone Numbers

Levy Section

Explanatory Note :

The Levy scheme was adopted by members at the AGM of 1978 and has been running since then. Participating members agreed to a deduction at source of payments from the GMS (Medical Card) and Treatment Benefit (PRSI) schemes. The amount is capped annually and both the cap & percentage deducted can only be changed by vote of the AGM. The funds raised by the levy augment the annual subscriptions and are used to facilitate special projects on behalf of the profession. Some of these projects and initiatives are exclusive to those participating in the levy or offered at a reduced rate to levy payers. All practice owners are asked to support the levy. You may not be a practice owner at the moment, but you are requested to sign a declaration to express solidarity with the concept; you may then be in a position to contribute if you open a practice.

Levy Agreement

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Notes for Applicant

There are two categories of applicant -
  1. Category 1- TUD Graduates applying for membership / Fellowship within 12 months of graduation.
  2. Category 2- all other applicants.
Category 1 (TUD Graduates)
  1. You must be proposed and seconded as per Articles of Association (See C. above)
  2. Only one of the proposer or seconder may be a staff member of TUD
  3. Membership for the first year following graduation is free to TUD graduates. This applies to the Optometry Ireland business year (which starts 1st August – ends 31st July) following the year that you graduate from TUD and complete the PQE process.
  4. Only one of the proposer or seconder may be a staff member of TUD
Category 2 (All other applicants)
  1. You must be registered with the Optical Registration Board (if practicing in Ireland) or the equivalent competent authority if making an overseas application.
  2. You must be proposed and seconded by two members of the Optometry Ireland as per the Articles of Association (see Section C above).
  3. You must supply at least two up to date references (including contact details)-
    1. Letter of good standing from relevant competent authority e.g. GOC, CORU
    2. One of the following
      1. Employer reference (current employer or previous employer if self-employed)
      2. Optometry Ireland member in good standing who is a full member in good standing and has known the applicant in a professional capacity for at least six months; who is not a family member.
      3. Trade reference
    The Association reserves the right to contact referees to discuss matters relevant to the application for membership. All references should include telephone contact details and the applicant should make sure that the referee has consented to be contacted. Family members may not be used to provide a reference in any manner; however, family members may be used to propose or second an application.

Code of Conduct & Ethics

  1. All members must comply with the relevant CORU Code of Conduct & Ethics (for optometrists / dispensing opticians as applies). For some members (e.g. retired / overseas), this is not may not be a statutory requirement should be considered in light of the Articles of Association 19. (a) “…to observe the ethical principles of Optometry Ireland.”
  2. All members should regularly review the CORU Code of Conduct & Ethics (CCC&E) and be aware of how to access this (either in hardcopy or online version).
  3. The CCC&E requires all advertising to be “truthful, accurate and lawful”. Advertising and marketing materials that feature the professional affix, logo or crest of the Association should not be used to support political positions or claims of efficacy of treatments (or other claims) unless specifically endorsed by the Association.
  4. Members must avoid denigrating or maligning the reputation or professional practice of another professional. Where concerns arise in relation to patient treatment or professional practice, the appropriate action is to make a complaint to the relevant regulator (i.e. CORU, Irish Medical Council etc.).
  5. Members must be aware that confidentiality is not absolute and as per the CCC&E or Slainte agus Tiomaint- there are situations where public safety / public good outweighs patient confidentiality. Where a member is unsure of where their obligation lies, they should contact the Association for advice.
  6. Members are responsible for the actions of staff working under their supervision and / or direction. Where tasks are delegated to support staff, members must ensure that they staff are adequately trained and supervised in the carrying out of the delegated tasks (as per CCC&E).
  7. Where a patient, whose dispensed appliances were prescribed by another practitioner, reports nontolerance, it is incumbent on a member, with the agreement of the patient, to endeavour to report the matter to the prescriber and agree on a course of action. The matter should be entered on the patient's record.