The Royal College of Ophthalmologists publishes its suite of patient information documents and its ‘Professional Standards for Refractive Surgery’.

4 April 2017
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

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Experienced refractive surgeons collaborate to deliver new guidance and recommendations to improve refractive surgery standards and patient care

High quality standards of care and information for patients considering refractive surgery

Surgery to correct refractive errors, using lasers or implants, to provide freedom from glasses or contact lenses is increasingly popular. Over 100,000 refractive surgery procedures (laser vision correction surgery) are undertaken every year in the UK and implant based alternatives are now widely available. Results are generally very good, but concerns have been raised by patient and consumer groups regarding inconsistent patient information and quality of care.

Recognising these concerns, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists brought together experienced refractive surgeons and ophthalmologists from across the public and private sectors. The Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group (RSSWG) have developed new patient information leaflets and professional standards for refractive surgeons to improve patient safety and quality of care. The RSSWG collaborated and consulted widely with patients and those organisations working in the sector.

The Professional Standards for Refractive Surgery April 2017, aimed at surgeons and other medical professionals, provide clear guidance on the level of experience and knowledge refractive surgeons should have, as well as the environment for performing surgery safely, good communication and teamwork, continuity of care, and maintaining trust.

For full information please go to: Refractive Surgery Standards

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