The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has announced a 20% reduction in membership fees for UK practising members, which is the equivalent of two monthly direct debit payments. 

The fee reduction is designed to provide immediate financial support to members during the coronavirus crisis. The scheme will be rolled out automatically and there is no action needed by members to benefit.

AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman said: “The AOP Board is acutely aware of the cashflow difficulties many of our members are having at this unprecedented time. We are keen to do all that we can to support our members which is why we have taken this step with immediate effect.

“We hope it will go in some way to alleviate the financial strain members are currently facing and that it also encourages other optical bodies to consider how they may further reduce the burden on practitioners.” 

Ms Alderman also reminded members that support via the Optical Benevolent Fund might be available to them for additional help during this time.