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Resource Type Ophthalmic Services Guidance The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is the guardian of excellence in ophthalmology. It aims to set standards in all aspects of the delivery of ophthalmic care in the interests of patients and the public. Guidance is provided under various topics and is reviewed regularly. The guidance is intended to inform

Commissioning ophthalmic services for children

Guidance Description Advice on Commissioning of Ophthalmic Services for Children – 2017 The prevention of vision and eye conditions and promotion of good visual health for children require very different approaches to those used in adult services.  The RCOphth’s Paediatric Sub-committee document, authored by Jugnoo Rahi, Advice on Commissioning of Ophthalmic Services for Children, will help inform commissioners

Oculoplastic Surgery

CCGs generally decline to provide funding for surgical procedures which are judged to be “cosmetic”, or provide funding only in exceptional circumstances.  Brow lifts, blepharoplasty, ptosis correction, removal of benign eyelid or skin lesions and procedures to treat watering eyes are often included on lists of procedures for which CCGs do not routinely provide funding. Although

Diabetic Retinopathy

Since the establishment of the English National Screening Programme for Diabetic Retinopathy and similar programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, annual photographic retinal screening is offered to all people with diabetes over the age of 12. The national programmes are responsible for the training, accreditation and quality assurance of local screening programmes. The detection of referable

Age-related Macular Degeneration

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a long term condition which is the leading cause of sight loss in the UK. Sight loss often occurs quickly with the exudative (“wet”) form of AMD but can be stabilised or improved in most cases with prompt treatment and timely monitoring. The main objective for an AMD service is