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Blog

Glaucoma, Isolation and Kindness: the role opthamologists play in creating a brighter world

We asked Professor Peter Shah (BSc (Hons), MB ChB, FRCOphth, FRCP Edin, MA (Distinction), Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Institute for Glaucoma Research, Institute of Translational Medicine, UHB. Visiting Professor at University College London, Honorary Professor of Glaucoma, Centre for Health & Social Care Improvement, University of Wolverhampton and President of the UK and Eire Glaucoma Society, to write a piece for the college for World Glaucoma Week. 

News

The Eye Care Digital Playbook – How digital technology is transforming ophthalmic service delivery Webinar 

The first of a series of a series of webinars about The Eye Care Digital Playbook was held on Monday 1st March. These webinars, held jointly between NHSX and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, will look at how the eye care playbook can improve patient experience and directly help clinicians support their patients. 

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Sight impairment and severe sight impairment certifications and registrations update

The number of sight impairment and severe sight impairment certifications (CVI) decreased dramatically in April – June 2020. However with improvement in the pandemic situation, the numbers increased to pre-pandemic levels by September. Numbers dropped to about 80% of pre-pandemic level in January - February 2021. There remains a substantial backlog of people not offered certification during the lockdowns. We need to encourage ophthalmic care teams to identify patients not offered CVI’s during the Covid-19 pandemic and explain the benefits of registration to them.

News

Update of the ophthalmic imaging guidance

Our updated guidance provides an overview of the current state of available ophthalmic imaging technologies and their clinical applications. It also provides recommendations regarding minimum ophthalmic imaging requirements for hospital eye services.

Eye to Eye Podcast

The Future of Surgical Simulation in Ophthalmology

In this episode we speak with David Lockington, one of the newly appointed simulation leads at the college and Jennifer Hind, the trainee simulation lead for the West of Scotland. We speak about their experiences of setting up their own simulation lab in Glasgow, their perceptions on the importance of simulation training and what the future might hold in the world of simulated ocular surgery.