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We are here to help you throughout the pandemic. In this section: 

Member guidance

 We have created this COVID-19 Response plan to help you respond to the pandemic in primary eye care settings. This will help you:

  • Assess and mitigate COVID-19 risks in practice
  • Work through applicable COVID-19 guidance and advice from the HSA, HSE and HPSC
  • Plan for variations in infection rates.

It includes practical measures you can take to prepare for change using a ‘4Ps’ matrix framework to help you to keep patients, staff and visitors safe.

It also brings together guidance on return to work questions, other screening questions, a summary of cleaning advice and PPE in primary care settings.

The guidance has been updated to reflect updated clinical guidance that non-contact can now be used as it is no longer regarded as an aerosol generating procedure (AGP).

We will continue to engage and work with sector partners to keep this framework up to date.

Videos and posters

Members have asked us to pool free resources from trusted sources so they can quickly find what they need.  We have done this below, including links to posters, videos and training material from trusted sources.

HSE handwashing video

Preventing the spread of infection for reception and non-clinical staff


Business support

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has a range of COVID-19 support measures open to businesses.

Other useful resources


Originally published:  5 June 2020

Reviewed: September 2021

Next review date: 10 January 2022

Reference and notes

FODO Ireland published COVID-19 Response Plan, Meeting eye health needs and preventing vision impairments in primary eye care settings on 5 June, and then reissued this on 18 June in partnership with the Association of Optometrists Ireland. The 18 June update removed the restriction on NCT procedures following updated guidance from Ophthalmology and Optometry Colleges. The guidance was reviewed on 8 October and hyperlinks which had expired were updated. 

September 2021 update: At this stage of the pandemic we are not updating our guidance. Members should continue following IPC measures in place and stay up to date through our newsletter.