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RCOphth Statement on Ethambutol Toxicity

Oct 31
2017

NHS Improvement has highlighted two recent incidents of severe visual loss due to delayed diagnosis of optic neuropathy from ethambutol. In 2015, 5758 cases of tuberculosis were notified in England and ethambutol is frequently prescribed in its initial phase of treatment Although ethambutol optic neuropathy is rare, members are strongly reminded of the possibility of

  • 31 October 2017

Analysis of certifications of visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy in Wales, 2007-15

Sep 06
2017

The College has helped analyse CVI data from Wales regarding visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy, which has now been written up as a paper published in the BMJ. “Retrospective analysis of newly recorded certifications of visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy in Wales during 2007–2015” http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/7/7/e015024 The strength of the study relates to its nationwide

  • 6 September 2017

CVI has been updated – important changes for all ophthalmologists to be aware of

Aug 17
2017

Working in partnership with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, RNIB and others, the Department of Health (England) has updated the Certificate of Vision Impairment form and revised the Explanatory Notes for consultant ophthalmologists and hospital eye clinic staff in England. Key objectives have been: To simplify the form, collecting only essential information To make it easier

  • 17 August 2017

Congratulations to Professor Graeme Black for his OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Jul 12
2017

Professor Graeme Black, Honorary Consultant at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and Professor in Genetics and Ophthalmology at The University of Manchester has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Graeme, who is also the Strategic Director at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine,

  • 12 July 2017

RCOphth welcomes London Assembly investigation into eye health in London

Jul 05
2017

The London Assembly Health Committee is conducting an enquiry into eye health and preventing sight loss in London. The Mayor has a duty to produce a strategy to promote the reduction of health inequalities among Londoners. Access to appropriate eye care in London is variable and this investigation aims to examine how to reduce these

  • 5 July 2017