News & Views

Read the latest RCOphth news updates and guidance here.


Ben Burton takes over Presidency

Dear colleagues I hope those of you who attended Congress enjoyed the exceptional programme of sessions, panel discussions, new surgical skills, the exhibition and good lunches! In this first fully face to face Congress post covid, it is a reminder of how hugely important it is for everyone’s well-being to catch up with colleagues and chat with RCOphth staff over a coffee and socialise too. I hope everyone agrees it was a great success and thank you to everyone who gave up their time to speak or run sessions, as well as staff members who managed the event, ran the registration desks, published social media, interviewed delegates and manned the RCOphth stand. Everyone who contributed, made Congress a splendid event. I look forward to 2024 and welcoming even more delegates to Belfast. This Congress was also the official hand over of the presidency to me from Bernie. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bernie for all his hard work and efforts as president over the last three years. He is undoubtedly one of the nicest, most polite people I have ever met and I have learned a lot from him.


Submit an abstract for the RCOphth Annual Congress 2022

Each year we invite those working in eye health research to present their findings and methods to our Congress audience. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work to a significant audience. Abstract submission for Congress 2022 will open on 4 October 2021 and the deadline is 10 December 2021.


RCOphth Annual Congress 2022 – Call for sessions

The Scientific Committee are looking for suggestions for parallel sessions. These are 60, 90 or 120 minutes long and will take place over the first three days. We would also like suggestions for the subspecialty day on 26 May. At this stage, all we need is a brief synopsis, including aims and objectives and what areas the session will cover. We can accept suggestions that you would like to chair yourself or things you would like to see.


RCOphth AGM 2021

The 33rd AGM of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists will be held at 10.00 Tuesday 25 May 2021. It will be a virtual meeting and all members are encouraged to attend. Members can contact [email protected] if they are not attending Congress, but wish to attend the AGM.


Congress 2020

In 2020 the college decided to postpone the Annual Congress due to the COVID19 pandemic. Sunil Mamtora, an ophthalmologist in training and host of the Eye to Eye podcast, recorded a Special Series of episodes called “The Congress that wasn’t”. These include talks from speakers that were due to present at the 2020 Congress.

Eye to Eye Podcast

'The Congress that wasn’t' episode 3

In 'The Congress that wasn’t' episode 3 we speak with Professor Uday Devgan, the renowned Ophthalmic educator, discussing tips for junior cataract surgeons and for maintaining your skills during extended periods without operating. We then spoke with Chris Way and Nick Maycock, two abstract holders, about their work.