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Viral conjunctivitis and COVID-19 – a joint statement from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and College of Optometrists

Mar 19
2020

Recent reports have suggested that COVID-19 may cause conjunctivitis, and it is known that viral particles can be found in tears, which has caused some concern amongst eye health professionals. It is recognised that any upper respiratory tract infection may result in viral conjunctivitis as a secondary complication, and this is also the case with COVID-19. However, it

  • 19 March 2020

Royal College of Ophthalmologists responds to the Budget 2020

Mar 13
2020

RCOphth President, Mike Burdon responded to the measures outlined in the spring statement, stating: ‘RCOphth has long listened to and expressed concerns on behalf of its members regarding the annual allowance threshold for pensions and we welcome the Chancellor’s decision to raise them. ‘Our General Election Manifesto highlighted that nearly a quarter of ophthalmologists are

  • 13 March 2020

Ophthalmic Common Clinical Competency Framework (OCCCF) launches with Ophthalmic Practitioner Training (OPT)

Mar 04
2020

The Ophthalmic Common Clinical Competency Framework (OCCCF) has now been developed into an Ophthalmic Practitioner Training (OPT), and is ready to be implemented in all units. The OPT, based on the OCCCF, trains postgraduate orthoptists, optometrists and ophthalmic nurses in secondary care to develop their skills in cataract, glaucoma, medical retina or emergency eye care.

  • 4 March 2020

Eye health experts call for urgent action on hospital eyecare to reduce delays and improve patient safety

Feb 07
2020

The Association of Optometrists (AOP), The College of Optometrists and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists have joined forces to issue a statement outlining steps to tackle increasing pressure on hospital eye departments in England. Calling on NHS England leaders, the organisations are urging that new models of eyecare with adequate funding, are introduced in a

  • 7 February 2020

RCOphth President responds to HSIB report on lack of timely monitoring for patients with glaucoma

Jan 09
2020

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists would like to thank the patient who was willing to participate in important investigations, such as this report carried out by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) despite the devastating impact on her quality of life as a result of her sight loss. The hospital investigated is not identified in

  • 9 January 2020