The College's Royal Charter states that one of the main functions of the College is the maintenance of "proper professional standards in the practice of ophthalmology for the benefit of the general public." The College sets the standards for the profession and much of our output can be found in the document library section.
are authoritative recommendations for clinical practice which are drawn up using a standard methodology including a rigorous review of published evidence and broad expert consensus.
The College also issues documents on particular eye conditions or treatment. Publications of this type are usually single-author documents which have been reviewed by the Professional Standards Committee or the Scientific Committee and are intended to inform clinical practice, but do not have the status or authority of guidelines.
The section in the document library entitled Ophthalmic Services Guidance
gives practical advice on the "nuts and bolts" of planning and running an ophthalmology service. The chapters are updated periodically.
Some aspects of College guidance are only available to College Members and require a login to access via the Members' Area
. If you are interested in joining the College please review the information on the Membership