In this guest blog, Karon McCarthy sets out the position of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) on the resumption of child vision screening services following the impact of COVID-19.
Karon McCarthy is the Head of Optical Services for King’s College Hospitals NHS Trust (South Sites) and joint lead for the British and Irish Orthoptic Society Vision (BIOS) Screening Clinical Advisory Group (CAG).
Karon has worked as an Orthoptist for 30 years, starting in Hastings, and subsequently being appointed as Head Orthoptist in Bromley in 2002.
In addition to a clinical role, and following several mergers, Karon is now responsible for Orthoptic and hospital Optometry services across Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich.
Having had an active role within vision screening throughout her career, Karon was appointed as the joint lead for BIOS vision screening CAG in October 2016.
A reminder about GDPR implications for child vision screening and clarification that schools do not need the permission of parents before they can share children’s data with the providers of school health services.
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