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External clinical guidelines

The aims of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists are to educate and train medical practitioners in the science and practice of ophthalmology and to set and maintain standards. The following guidelines, published by other organisations, are relevant to ophthalmologists and those working in the ophthalmic sector.

We welcome suggestions for other suitable guidelines relevant to the specialty. These will be submitted to the Scientific Committee for assessment. Please send your suggestions to [email protected]

Guideline on diagnosis and treatment of giant cell arteritis

British Society for Rheumatology

January 2020

Tocilizumab for treating giant cell arteritis
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
18 April 2018

Guidelines on the management of cataracts in adults
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
26 October 2017

Search for other NICE guidance for:

  • Eye conditions general and other:
  • Corneal Conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular oedema and retinal vein occlusion
  • Refractive errors including astigmatism, myopia and presbyopia

UK guidelines for the management of Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis – June 2016
British Journal of Dermatology and Journal of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Br J Dermatol 2016; 174: 1194-1227
Creamer D, Walsh SA , Dziewulski P, Exton LS, Lee HY, Dart JKG, Setterfield J,  Bunker CB, Ardern-Jones MR, Watson KMT, Wong GAE, Philippidou M, Vercueil A,  Martin RV, Williams G, Shah M, Brown D, Williams P, Mohd Mustapa MF, Smith CH.

Management of patients with Grave’ orbitopathy: initial assessment, management outside specialised centres and referral pathways – April 2015
TEAMeD with support by the Royal College of Physicians as part of the College’s “Concise Guidance” series.
Petros Perros, Colin M Dayan, A Jane Dickinson, Daniel Ezra, Stephanie Estcourt, Peter Foley, Janis Hickey, John H Lazarus, Caroline J MacEwen, Julie McLaren, Geoffrey E Rose, Jimmy Uddin, Bijay Vaidya