What We Do
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists received its Royal Charter in 1988 and although a relatively new college in comparison to other medical royal colleges with long histories, this College continues to strive to meet the needs of the 21st Century.
The Royal Charter and Ordinances of the College state that the purposes for which the College exist are:
- Advance the science and practice of ophthalmology
- Educate medical practitioners in the science and practice of ophthalmology
- Maintain proper standards in the practice of ophthalmology for the benefit of the public
- Promote study and research in ophthalmology and related subjects and publish the useful results of such study and research
- Further instruction and training in ophthalmology both in the United Kingdom and overseas
- Educate the general public in all matters relating to vision and the health of the human eye
Through the Council, the main committees of, Education, Examinations, Finance, Professional Standards, Scientific, Training and their Sub-committees the College puts into practice the Ordinances.
The College is responsible for:
- Setting standards for the practice of ophthalmology
- Conducting examination
- Providing professional advice and support for ophthalmologists
- Defining and monitoring programmes of education and training
- Producing scientific material such as the journal "Eye" and clinical guidelines
- Advising Government and other public bodies on matters of healthcare relating to ophthalmology
- Providing statements and publishing reports on issues of public importance relevant to ophthalmology
- Running a scientific congress and seminars for ophthalmologists in this country and abroad
The College has over 3,000 members worldwide.