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Low Vision Book: the essential guide for all ophthalmologists This book originally published in 2008 is now availalble to download. The book aims to equip an ophthalmologist with all the knowledge and practical skills necessary to provide excellent care and advice to patients with low vision and their families. It is also an excellent resource for patients, and family members or carers of patients with low vision.
NPSA/RCOphth Cataract Surgery Checklist


Surgical Safety Checklist: for Cataract Surgery – The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has been working with the National Patient Safety Agency to produce a safer surgery checklist for cataract surgery (May 2010)  2010_PROF_062_Cataract_Surgery_Checklist
amd2 Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects a tiny part of the retina at the back of your eye, called the macula. AMD causes changes to the macula, which leads to problems with your central vision. RCOphth RNIB Understanding AMD 2016


A cataract is a clouding of part of your eye called the lens. Your vision becomes blurred because the cataract is like frosted glass, interfering with your sight. RCOphth RNIB Understanding Cataracts 2016
Retinitis Pigmentosa Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a group of hereditary eye disorders. These disorders affect the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye, in which the first stages of seeing take place. RCOphth RNIB Understanding Retinitis Pigmentosa 2013
Retinal Detachment Retinal detachments often develop in eyes with retinas weakened by a hole or tear. This allows fluid to seep underneath, weakening the attachment so that the retina becomes detached – rather like wallpaper peeling off a damp wall. RCOphth RNIB Understanding retinal detachment 2013
Nystagmus Nystagmus is an involuntary movement of the eyes – usually from side to side, but sometimes the eyes oscillate up and down or even in a circular motion. Most people with nystagmus have vision which is much worse than average – well below what is considered to be short sightedRCOphth RNIB Understanding nystagmus March 2015
glaucoma Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve is damaged at the point at which it leaves the eye. This nerve carries information from the light sensitive layer in your eye, the retina, to the brain where it is received as a picture. RCOphth RNIB Understanding Glaucoma 2016
diabetes Estimates suggest that nearly one person in twenty five in the UK is affected by diabetes mellitus, a condition which means that, due to a lack of insulin, the body cannot cope normally with sugar and other carbohydrates in the diet. Diabetes can start in childhood, but more often begins in later life. RCOphth RNIB Understanding Diabetes Booklet 2016
Dry Eye RCOphth RNIB Understanding Dry Eye
 Charles Bonnet Syndrome RCOphth RNIB Understanding Charles Bonnet Syndrome 2013
 PV Detachment RCOphth RNIB Understanding Posterior Vitreous Detachement 2010