Royal College of Ophthalmologists

So that all may see

It is with enormous sadness and regret that we must inform you that the President, Mr John Lee, died on 8 October 2010 in Chicago. Our thoughts are with his family and the many colleagues and patients whose lives he touched.

The funeral has taken place; a memorial service is planned but the details are still to be finalised.

Mr Winfried Amoaku, the Senior Vice President, becomes Acting President until elections can be held.

Kathy Evans
Chief Executive

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
17 Cornwall Terrace

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7935 0702
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7935 9838


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Message from the College

Letter from the President to PCTs in August 2010 regarding guidance on referrals to Ophthalmologists (6 October 2010)

College response to the Government White Paper 'Equity and excellence - Liberating the NHS' (5 October 2010)

NEW - NHS Evidence - eyes and vision are presenting the 2010 Amblyopia Annual Evidence Update from 27th September

NEW - Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Ophthalmology Clinic Set up in England - Preferred Practice Guidance has been added to the Publications page (posted 27th September 2010)

NEW - Cataract Surgery Guidelines 2010
have been added to the Publications page (posted 21st September 2010)

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION WEBSITE NOW OPEN - Please visit the Congress 2011 page for further details (posted 13th September 2010)

NEW - The Eponymous Lectures from our 2010 Annual Congress are now available for viewing on the members section of our website (posted 8th September 2010)

Statement on the BMJ study on bevacizumab (Avastin) to treat AMD

Statement on 3D Films
John Lee, President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, said:

"Approximately 2-3% of the population can't see 3D because of early onset squint, or an eye problem that develops later in life - and you need good vision in both eyes to be able to see 3D. This is because the vision in either eye is slightly different. You can test this by looking at the same object with one eye covered and then looking at it with the other eye covered - the image shifts very slightly. The theory is that this helps us judge depth and distance better. The main principle of 3D imaging is to send one view of a picture to your left eye and a different view of the same scene to the right, which your visual cortex will then put together as an perception of an object with depth. You cannot damage your eyes by watching a 3D film, but if you spend an excessive period of time doing so, you may get a slight headache because of eye strain." (posted 4th June 2010)

College Statement on Avastin 30 May 2010 (posted 3rd June 2010)

The College joins forces with the Medical Research Council to promote academic ophthalmology
A MRC clinical training fellowship has been created specifically for ophthalmologists. Applicants must be a member of the College, a UK trainee ophthalmologist and want to work towards a doctorial degree. The application deadline is 17 September 2010. Interviews will be held in March 2011 and the post must be taken up by 31 August 2011. Details of how to apply can be found at (posted 21st May 2010)

Invitation to apply for the role of NHS representative for the Appeal Committee at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (posted 6th May 2010)

Guardian Article NHS change must be driven by clinical evidence

College Statement on the Department of Health proposal to ask NICE to review the intraocular use of bevacizumab (Avastin) (posted 29th April 2010

Please look at the first E-Annual Report, it summarises the 2009 College activities
Comments on it are welcome and should be sent to (posted 23rd March 2010)

Medical Device Alert - Intraocular lens (IOL) - hydrophilic acrylic issued 21 January 2010 Full alert (posted 8th March 2010)

College Statement on the Nice Guidelines on Glaucoma (posted 12th February 2010)

Why not view the Eponymous Lectures from Congress 2009. Full video presentations are available from the Members area. (posted 4th January 2010)

View new document published - Maximising Capacity in AMD Services 2009 (posted 7th December 2009)

For information and advice to the public on Laser Eye Surgery, please click here.

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The Pass List for the October 2010 Part 1 FRCOphth Examination is now available (29 October 2010)

Medical Device Alert from the MHRA - Contact lenses. Softperm (synergicon A) daily wear. Manufactured by Ciba Vision Corporation. All lots supplied after 13 March 2009 (27 October 2010)

The closing date for the Ethicon Foundation Fund Travel Awards has been extended to Friday 12 November 2010 (27 October 2010)

The Ophthalmic Trainees' Group meeting of OTC to be held on Saturday 20 November 2010 places still available. NEW updated programme (15 October 2010).

The Pass List for the October 2010 Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery is now available.

There are limited places remaining on the Paediatric Ophthalmology course to be held at the College on Monday 6 December 2010. (12 October 2010)

MEDICAL DEVICE ALERT FROM THE MHRA - MDA: 2010/067, Contact lens solution, AMO CompleteŽ multi-purpose solution (12 October 2010)

Statement from the Education and Training Committees on CCT for run-through trainees (6 October 2010)

The Examinations Calendar, Fellowship Assessment Calendar and Examinations Fees pages have been updated for 2011.

A joint statement from the Chairmen of the Examinations and Training Committees regarding examination requirements for exiting HST and OST has been added to the Examinations Noticeboard page (21 September 2010)

The Cataract Surgery Guidelines have been added to the Publications page (21 September 2010)

Abstract Submission website now open -
see all details on the Congress 2011 page (13 September 2010)

The Annual Congress 2010 Eponymous Lectures are now available for our members to view - please see the members section of our website (8 September 2010)

The Examination Reports for the January 2010 Part 1 FRCOphth, May 2010 Part 1 FRCOphth, March 2010 Refraction Certificate and February/April 2010 Part 2 FRCOphth examinations are now available.

Letters to the Editor of The Observer from Chairman of Paediatrc Sub-committee and Prof. Jugnoo Rahi regarding the article: Children's sight at risk as parents and schools shun eye tests (25 August 2010, updated 28 September 2010)

Draft self-assessment tools for clinical services: cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, AMD and vitreoretinal surgery (added 24 August 2010)

Do Once and Share Projects update (5 August 2010)

Eligibility information for the MRC clinical training fellowship (4 August 2010)

Short Notes from the Professional Standards Committee, Members login required (27 July 2010)

Information from the Professional Standards Committee.

Preventing venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing ophthalmic procedures.

General Medical Council statement on examinations (21 June 2010)

NPSA/RCOphth Surgical Safety Checklist for Cataract Surgery (25 May 2010)

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