Start at stage 1. Move to the next stage if your problem isn’t sorted or you’re unhappy with the response.
Stage 1 - talk to a member of staff
If you feel comfortable doing so, it’s always best to mention your concern to the member of staff you are dealing with or their manager. They may be able to sort things out for you.
Stage 2 - make a complaint about the opticians
There are several options:
- your optician may have a complaints procedure
- the Optical Consumer Complaints Service is an independent and free mediation service funded by the General Optical Council https://www.opticalcomplaints.co.uk/
- if your glasses are not as described or are faulty, you have rights under the Consumer Rights Act.
- if you have eye-care paid for by the NHS, see the section about complaining to the CCG above.
Stage 3 - contact NHS England
NHS England handle concerns or complaints relating to directly commissioned services or services provided by NHS England. This would include primary care (GPs, dentists, pharmacists and optometrists).
A complaint can be made by:
0300 311 22 33
NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT
In British Sign Language (BSL): BSL users can talk to us via a video call to a BSL interpreter.
Stage 4 - write to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman makes final decisions on complaints that have not been resolved by the NHS in England and other public organisations.
0345 015 403
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP
The General Optical Council is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Their purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians.
They currently register around 30,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.
020 7580 3898
10 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7NG