020 7722 1917

62 St.John's Wood High Street
London, NW8 7SH
53 Abbey Road,
London, NW8 0AD

Therapeutic Optometry

As independent prescribers in London, Safarian and Simon Opticians provide a wide range of treatments and solutions for conjunctivitis, inflammation and other eye conditions. We welcome patients from across St. Johns wood, Maida Vale, Highgate, Hampstead, Marylebone and anywhere! We can assess, diagnose and clinically manage conditions and prescribe select medications when necessary. This minimises the need to visit GPs and long waits in eye hospitals and provides you with convenience and confidence in our ocular expertise. Our optometrists can prescribe any licensed medication for conditions affecting eyes and eye tissue

The therapeutic optometrist  is Mr Sachin Patel.  Mr Patel has a special independent prescribing qualification (IP).

The independent prescribing qualification is held by just over 300 optometrists in the UK, most of who work within the Hospital Eye Services. Sachin is one of the the few optometrists in London who has this qualification. Training for this qualification involves a period of study, followed by a placement under the supervision of an ophthalmologist and then an examination.

The independent prescribing qualification allows Sachin to examine, treat and prescribe medication for a number of different eye conditions. Generally, around 95% of patients can be seen and treated with only around 5% requiring further referral to the hospital eye service. The examination that is conducted within the practice takes around 20-25 minutes.

Examples of conditions which have been treated at the Practice are:

  • Allergic Conjunctivitis

  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis

  • Viral Conjunctivitis

  • Dry Eye

  • Eye lash removal (trichiasis)

  • Herpes Simplex Keratitis (recurring episodes of)

  • Styes

  • Marginal Keratitis

  • Corneal abrasion

  • Trauma

  • Anterior Uveitis 

  • And many others

Sachin  is also trained to diagnose more serious sight threatening conditions and refer further on to the local hospital eye service, where necessary.

Currently our ability to treat dry eye is far more advanced than most opticians who can only recommend lubricants from over the counter. 


From time to time the practice is asked if the optometrist can “have a quick look” at somebody’s eyes. Unfortunately, a quick look can often mean serious underlying pathology is missed or an incorrect diagnosis is made. We therefore do not do this, nor offer a diagnosis based on symptoms only.

All optometrists in UK who do not hold this qualification as unable to  prescribe medications other than lubricants and basic antibiotic eye drops. These antibiotics drops are just not strong enough for contact lens wearers, nor suitable for young children. The allergy drops we can prescribe are more efficient than over the counter drops. 


The following groups may benefit from the Therapeutic optometry:

  • Patients with a recent/sudden onset red eye

  • Patients with recent/ sudden loss of vision

  • Patients with a chronic problem such as seasonal allergic conjunctivitis or dry eye

  • There is a small group of patients with chronic long term conditions such as recurrent anterior uveitis, who currently have to travel to local hospital every time they get a recurrence and may be able to be treated by us. 


The prescribing of a prescription is £30, this does not included the consultation fee which may be free under the minor eye conditions NHS scheme or part of a private consultation.