The GMC working together with Royal Colleges including the Royal College of Ophthalmologists have issued new guidance for doctors undertaking elective surgeries such as laser eye surgery and cosmetic surgeries. These guidelines are aimed at improving regulation of these fields of medicine where standards of care are diverse and not always in the patient's best interests. These new guidelines come into effect from the 1st of June 2016.
Patients considering laser eye surgery should expect to see the person responsible for carrying out their surgery, their surgeon, at their first consultation and preferably at each subsequent visit. Patients should be also be counselled and consented for the risks benefits of their chosen procedure by their surgeon. Patients should be given unpressured time to decide whether to go ahead with surgery or not and should not be enticed by reduced price or 2 for 1 offers.