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Change to DVLA management of cases for drivers with nystagmus

Mar 15
2019

The Secretary of State for Transport’s Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Driving and Visual Disorders has advised that it is the visual problems associated with nystagmus that are relevant when assessing fitness to drive, not nystagmus itself. On this basis it has been decided that DVLA need not be notified of nystagmus if the visual

  • 15 March 2019

Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) are vital to supporting patients with sight loss

Mar 06
2019

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists considers ECLOs as integral to meeting the needs of patients in hospital eye units  A recent study published in the BMJ1, with support and funding from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), has highlighted the continuing importance of Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLO). ECLOs work in hospital eye

  • 6 March 2019

Health Education England and NHS Improvement outline key recommendations to support SAS doctors

Mar 06
2019

Health Education England and NHS Improvement have published their report, “Maximising the Potential: essential measures to support SAS doctors”, making recommendations to support the career development of SAS doctors. It is hoped that through implementation of the shared commitments in the report the healthcare community will work to create and provide opportunities for SAS doctors

  • 6 March 2019

Ophthalmic Safety Alert- Do not use apraclonidine in infants below six months of age

Feb 21
2019

The College has recently received a report from NHS Improvement of a severe adverse reaction in a six month old child with anisocoria who had been administered apraclonidine 1% to help exclude Horner syndrome.  Two drops of apraclonidine 1% were administered to each eye, 30 minutes apart.  Ninety minutes later the child had an acute

  • 21 February 2019

Position statement on the Associate Specialist grade

Feb 21
2019

In April 2008 the ‘associate specialist’ (AS) grade was closed and succeeded by the new ‘specialty doctor’ grade. Over recent years there have been calls from the British Medical Association (BMA)1 and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC)2 to reopen the AS grade. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) works directly with the Staff

  • 21 February 2019