Optician who claims to treat autism struck off

Optician who claims to treat autism struck off
From BBC - March 8, 2018

An optician who claims to be able to treat the vision of people with autism and brain injuries using coloured filters has been struck off.

Ian Jordan works in Ayr but has seen thousands of patients from across the UK and abroad.

He claims he has been able to transform the lives of patients with a range of visual problems by using tinted lenses.

But the General Optical Council has now "erased" him from its register of dispensing opticians.

'Unwarranted confidence'

Experts say there is evidence that tinted lenses can help treat specific problems including migraines and reading difficulties.

But that those who claim the lenses can do more are bringing the profession into disrepute.

In its determination, the GOC's Fitness to Practice committee said removing Mr Jordan from the register was the only sanction that would be sufficient to protect patients.

It said he had shown "disregard for his professional colleagues" and had an "inflated and unwarranted confidence in his own professional abilities".

The determination said he had "disregard for the scope of his practice and the potential risks to patients".

It said there had been "repeated and persistent departures from professional standards" and that despite his best intentions "there had been potential for harm to patients as a result of deliberate conduct".

It added that there had been "a series of abuses of patients' trust and their rights to be informed and involved in their treatments".

There are about 30,000 registered opticians in the UK and last year seven were struck off.

Before his GOC hearing, Mr Jordan told BBC Scotland he felt he had to try to help patients whose visual problems were not corrected by traditional refractive lenses.

He said he would continue his work as a visual processing consultant - which he can do despite being struck off.

Mr Jordan said there were many people whose vision could not be treated with strong lenses but who could be helped by filters.

He said: "The differences in people are life-changing. We see people on a daily basis with all sorts of major problems."

Mr Jordan claimed many people on the autistic spectrum had some form of prosopagnosia or face-blindness, a cognitive disorder of face perception rather than a problem with their eyes.

He claimed optical professionals were usually unaware of the importance of tints but the effect was well known in the autism community.

He said: "In some cases in autism, for instance, if you ca not see your parent's face but you do not have a refractive error that is significant - that means you do not have a strong enough lens - you are told you ca not use the health service."

Mr Jordan said he had seen between 6,000 and 7,000 patients and he believed that about 5,500 had seen a significant difference.

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