Our Work

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is the voice of the ophthalmic profession. We provide professional development, guidance and training for members and develop policy-led activities that support improvements in patient care and the healthcare system.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists leads on recommendations and guidance to influence and shape UK eye care services for the benefit of patients and the ophthalmic workforce. We work with all organisations in the national health service across primary care and secondary care, including providers in the eye care sector.  We develop policy-led campaigns to influence patient care and the workforce needed to deliver that care to the highest standards. We do this to secure a sustainable future for ophthalmology to meet the increasing demands of the ageing population.  Read about our latest policy developments.

College officers, committees and specialist staff provide essential services to train, educate, examine and provide continued professional development opportunities for our members and non-members involved in eye care services.  We provide training and educational activities for international groups to foster the sharing of best practice, guidance and consistency of standards of care.  We promote research and innovation through our scientific journal Eye and our British Ophthalmic Surveillance Unit.

All the activities, partnership working and services that we provide lead to improved eye care services that make a positive difference to patients and the workforce.  We can only do this through the contribution of our members and staff working together.

RCOphth Review Service

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is the guardian of excellence in ophthalmology. We set standards in all aspects of ophthalmology to achieve high-quality care and protect patient safety.

Find out more about how our Review Service can support your eye unit