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Ophthalmology is the medical and surgical management of conditions of the eye and visual system.

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who examine, diagnose and treat diseases and injuries in and around the eye, including carrying out eye surgery.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists champions excellence in the practice of ophthalmology. We are the only professional membership body for medically qualified ophthalmologists and for those who are undergoing specialist training to become ophthalmologists.

Find out more about ophthalmology, the College and our strategy for improving eye health care services. The Annual Reports can be accessed here.

Read Our Strategic Plan 2015 – 2019 which outlines three priority areas over the next five years that the College will focus on to help shape eye care services of the future and to raise eye care higher on the health agenda.

RCOphth has published it’s Three Step Plan, highlighting the solutions to overcoming capacity and demand in hospital eye services; to ensure that new referral and review patients receive equitable care. Making Vision & Eye Health a National Priority will deliver significant public health gains and reduce the financial and resource burden on the wider community and social care systems. The focus of a population approach to eye and vision health will create conditions where people can achieve their full vision potential.