News & Views

Read the latest RCOphth news updates and guidance here.


Alert: Burkholderia cenocepacia novel cluster with suspected association with carbomer containing lubricating eye gel

The UKHSA is investigating a novel cluster of Burkholderia cenocepacia involving 20 cases across the UK. Preliminary epidemiological and microbiological investigations have identified a potential association with carbomer containing lubricating eye gel. Investigations into the link between the cluster and carbomer eye gels are ongoing, and these findings are not conclusive at this stage.


Clinical Audit Awareness Week

This week (19 – 23 June) is Clinical Audit Awareness Week, a national annual campaign that promotes and celebrates the impact of clinical audits in healthcare. RCOphth runs the world renowned National Ophthalmology Database Audit and is recognised by clinicians, NICE, GIRFT and industry as an important safety and research tool that is used to audit the treatment of cataracts and recently has added the potentially blinding disease of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to its work.


Gwyn Williams, Llywydd of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Wales Committee, reflects on the Pyott Report into Welsh Eye Care Services

Wales has had many problems with the delivery of effective eye care services for a long time, made a lot worse by the challenges of the Covid pandemic, exacerbating backlogs which are potentially putting patient care at risk. The Pyott Report provides recommendations to improve services.


CQC Specialist Advisor - Ophthalmology

CQC's inspection programme is changing.  Rather than treating surgery as a single speciality they are moving to an approach focused much more on the surgical sub-specialities.  This approach will involve continuous monitoring of key metrics supported by a more detailed review (deep dive) when concerns are raised.  The CQC is looking to recruit 4-5 senior clinicians to assist CQC in a pilot of the new approach.


Consultation on New Clinical Guideline for the Management of Angle-Closure Glaucoma

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) has produced a new draft clinical guideline on the management of Angle-Closure Glaucoma. This has been developed through a guideline development group (GDG) chaired by Professor Paul Foster. The College would now welcome any comments or observations on the content, format, or recommendations in this new guidance, to help contribute to and influence the final guideline.