News & Views

Read the latest RCOphth news updates and guidance here.


Journal editor celebrated

Eye Journal editor in chief Sobha Sivaprasad will be honoured in a forthcoming Springer Nature event entitled ‘Celebrating Editorial Impact’. Sobha’s initiatives grew the journal from publishing around 300 articles a year to one publishing more than 500, and led to the launch of six new topical collections and prioritisation of the values of EDI.


President writes to new Health Secretary

College President Ben Burton has contacted the new Secretary of State for Health, Victoria Atkins MP, to congratulate her on her recent appointment and to highlight our priorities for UK ophthalmology services. 


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.


The Ulverscroft David Owen Award 2024

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is delighted to announce the continuation of the Ulverscroft David Owen Awards. The Ulverscroft Foundation gives financial help to Universities which carry out research into the causes of eye diseases; funds eye clinics, hospitals, schools, libraries and other organisations which help visually impaired people.


Our new Llywydd

Rhianon Reynolds is the new Llywydd (or Presiding Officer) of the RCOphth in Wales, taking over from Gwyn Williams.


RCOphth In the news

Take a look at some of our recent media coverage, which includes quotes and mentions in some UK national newspapers.  Our members have provided quotes and comments to UK news outlets, helping us to raise the profile of ophthalmology, answer eyecare related queries and advocate for critical issues related to eye health. Our active engagement with the media reflects our commitment to raising awareness about the critical issues as we continue to advocate for urgent reforms.