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Our work

Discover what the RCN Ophthalmic Forum is working on now and what we're planning for the future

How we represent our members

  • Promoting best practice in ophthalmology
  • Leading the development of ophthalmic nursing practice
  • Promoting the nature, scope and value of ophthalmic nursing
  • Educating nurses and health care professionals and improving the quality of compassionate patient care
  • Influencing changes in ophthalmology that will benefit both patients and nurses.

Our strategy

  • Representing all members of the forum.
  • Attending key events in order to ensure that the voice of the ophthalmic nurse is heard.
  • Working with relevant stakeholders and organisations.
  • Developing key resources which demonstrate best practice.

What we are currently working on

The RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Conference will take place this year on the 12th November 2022 with the programme considering topical issues facing the Ophthalmic Nursing specialism.

Talking Heads Project is a series of 6 short webinars, to be available in the summer of 2022, by ophthalmic nurses on:

  • Adnexal
  • Glaucoma
  • Medical Retina
  • Oncology
  • Vitreoretinal
  • Cataract

Updating of our publications on Eyes Right: helping non-ophthalmic health care professionals deliver quality care safely.

Reviewing our publication on Nature, Scope and Value of Ophthalmic Nursing.

Recent activity

Read our Forum 2021 Annual Report.

  • Eyes right: older people and driving – published in 2021
  • Elderly Sight Loss Early Detection and Action Simulation workshops, carried out across the UK to support better understanding of the issues faced by patents who have sight loss.
  • We recently contributed to the New Guidance for Commissioning Age Related Macular Degeneration Services [July 2021], published by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
    Read the news story and view the guidance.
  • Think eyes, RCN Health+Care [August 2020]. Nursing support workers play a pivotal role in identifying and caring for people who are visually impaired.
  • Nursing in a pandemic, RCN Bulletin [June 2020]. Dr Penelope Stanford, chair of the RCN Ophthalmic Forum, discusses the importance of continued ophthalmic care at this time.


The RCN is the voice of nursing, and is invited to contribute to many consultations. These are some of the recent consultations that the Ophthalmic Nursing Forum has been involved in.

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Page last updated - 21/06/2022