Standards & Guidance

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists develops high quality resources including clinical guidelines, commissioning guidance and recommendations to maintain standards of patient care.

Treating Retinopathy of Prematurity in the UK

This guideline covers the screening and treatment of reinopathy of prematurity. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a potentially blinding condition affecting low gestation and very low birth weight infants. Worldwide it is a major cause of preventable blindness. Screening for ROP is undertaken to identify ROP that requires treatment. This evidence-based guideline for the treatment of ROP was developed by a guideline development group (GDG) of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth), the UK special interest group of ROP screeners and treaters (ROP-SIG) and the charity Bliss. The guideline was produced according to RCOphth standards for guideline development.

Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO) Guidelines

This guideline update includes responses to the consultation in October 2021. It incorporates the impact of new imaging modalities and their findings on the management of retinal vein occlusion. The use of intravitreal agents in the management of retinal vein occlusion has been updated to reflect the increasing body of literature on its use along with the impact this treatment has on the natural history and complications of retinal vein occlusion. Scope: diagnostic tools, management, service set up and delivery of optimal care pathway for patients with RVO.

Framework for provision of eye care in special schools in England

This paper produced by SeeAbility, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, the British and Irish Orthoptic Society, the College of Optometrists, the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, supported with advice from the Children’s Vision Service Advisory Group in Wales, provides a framework whereby all children and young people in special schools in England gain equitable access to regular eye care