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Refractive Surgery Standards Consultation

28 April 2016

The College has been working with some of the UK’s leading refractive surgeons, RCOphth Council members and patient and optometry representation to develop improved standards for the practice of refractive surgery in the UK. This is in response to the Keogh Report.

From 27 April 2016 until 8 June 2016 the College is consulting on the first outputs of the Group and we encourage you to have your say and comment on the draft:

  1. Standards for Patient Information and Consent
  2. Advertising and Marketing Standards
  3. Procedure specific information for patients; Patient Information Refractive Lens Exchange, Patient Information Phakic Intraocular Lens Implantation, Patient Information Laser Vision Correction, Patient Information References.

The College is specifically interested in comments on

  • the comprehensiveness and applicability of the documents
  • the content and content and clarity of the documents and their suitability for different environments
  • whether the advice looks straightforward and is usable by service providers and service users
  • the interpretation of the evidence available to support its recommendations
  • the likely impact on patient groups affected by the standards
  • the likely impact / ability of service providers to implement the recommendations
  • do the standards achieve their intended aim(s)

Please send any comments to by 8 June 2016.

Furthermore, you can provide direct feedback at an engagement session for members of the public being run on Wednesday 18 May in London. This is an opportunity to raise high level questions to the panel that have authored or developed the draft standards. There is a limited number of spaces available for this public session and you are advised to book early and reserve your seat.