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In conversation with Professor Bernie Chang, President, Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Congratulations on your appointment as RCOphth President in May last year. COVID-19 hit just before your presidency started. This must have been an incredibly challenging time to take the reins. How has the College risen to the challenges? Thank you....

Study reveals increase in Charles Bonnet Syndrome symptoms due to COVID-19

A study published today in BMJ Open Ophthalmology has shown the impact of COVID-19 on those already experiencing vivid hallucinations as a result of Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS).

Guildford Rotary Eye Project

Guildford Rotary Eye Project (GREP) was conceived and implemented during the last 15 years with the sole aim to motivate and empower host Rotary clubs in India and Africa to resolve their problems with their own money. International partners in...

Parent-reported outcomes after cerebral hemispherectomy

The authors present the findings of a survey circulated by the Childhood Epilepsy Surgery Foundation to its members. Parents of children who had undergone a cerebral hemispherectomy were invited to participate. A total of 48 responses from 248 who were...

Long-term meibomian gland function following a single thermal pulsation treatment

Dry eyes secondary to blepharitis and or meibomian gland dysfunction, though extremely common, is an annoyingly difficult condition to treat for several patients. Part of this difficulty lies in the inability of most patients to follow intensive and often times...

OCTA and pigment epithelium detachments

Yannuzzi et al. report on their study aiming to evaluate the ability of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) to differentiate vascularised from nonvascularised pigment epithelium detachments (PEDs) using conventional imaging techniques, including fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA) and indocyanine green (ICG),...

Specialty-driven EMR for paperless clinical environment – insights for an informed choice

Deployment of specialty-driven (or specialty-specific) electronic medical record (EMR) systems across UK ophthalmology units appears to be growing rapidly at the expense of generic, multiuse digital technology packages. Experience further suggests that open source systems can play a significant role...

Will COVID-19 impact the selection of ophthalmology as a career choice by medical students?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound effects on medical education and has called for large shifts in the medical curriculum. Clinical attachments were suspended at the height of the pandemic and examinations were cancelled or were moved to an online...

Ophthalmology Scholarship Applications Open – Deadline 1 June 2021

The University of Edinburgh has opened applications for The David and Molly Pyott Foundation Scholarships in Ophthalmology which will support eligible ophthalmology trainees / registrars /residents undertake the university’s online, two-year, part-time ChM (Master of Surgery) in Clinical Ophthalmology from September 2021.

Strabismus and binocular summation

The authors conducted a pilot study to investigate the effect of visual noise or background complexity on binocular summation in patients with strabismus. A target embedded in pixel noise was used. The study involved performance of a task detecting a...

Statins inhibit TGFβ2 mediated fibrotic response in astrocytes

Glaucoma is a common condition where increased ocular pressure can lead to death of retinal ganglion cells due to impaired drainage of fluid from the eye. One mechanism involved in glaucoma is remodelling of the extracellular matrix at the lamina...

Gene Vision launched to support those diagnosed with genetic eye diseases

A new website, Gene Vision (https://gene.vision), has been developed by Professor Mariya Moosajee and Dr Alex Yeong, supported by Dr Peter Thomas (Director of Digital Innovation at Moorfields Eye Hospital). The new site is intended for adults, children and their families who are diagnosed with rare genetic eye diseases.