The purpose of the LOC may be best explained by reference to the constitution. The following are listed as objectives of the LOC:
1.1: To advise the Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group on matters affecting optometrists undertaking general ophthalmic services in the area.
1.2: To enable optometrists undertaking general opthalmic services in the area to formulate collective views on the administration of the services and in particular to make suggestions for the improvement and to transmit them to the Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group.
1.3: To disseminate information about general ophthalmic services among optometrists in the area and to assist individual optometrists to understand and comply with their terms of service.
1.4: To consider any complaints made to them by any optometrist against any other optometrist practising in the area for which the committee is constituted involving any question of the efficiency of general ophthalmic services.
1.5: To advise the Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group on matters affecting optometrists in relation to the hospital eye services, the scope and efficiency of those services outside general ophthalmic service such as screening for diabetic retinopathy or involvement in the cataract pathway.
1.6: To advise the Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group on optometric services outside general ophthalmic services such as involvement in the cataract pathway.
1.7: To carry out such other advisory or consultived functions as may be incidental to or assist on the attainment of the above objectives, including liaison with Community Health Councils within the area.