Ophthalmology is a rapidly evolving specialty with established micro-surgical techniques such as cataract surgery having a great influence on quality of life of patients, and newer techniques such as treatments for macular degeneration and glaucoma, which have a large impact on visual disability in society. It offers a career where helping both adults and children can be part of every day practice, where research opportunities are great and where there is considerable interaction with colleagues in a wide range of specialties.

The South West Ophthalmology training programme provides excellent teaching and training in the beautiful environment of the South West of England. The training is comprehensive and of a very high standard, supported by the latest technologies to deliver excellent results. Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education offers training in the following centres:

  1. Torbay Hospital
  2. Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
  3. The Royal Eye Infirmary, Plymouth 
  4. Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
  5. North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple
  6. Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro

The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry has enriched the teaching and training environment in the region. The Virtual Reality Ophthalmic Surgery Simulator in Torbay will give you the best possible start to a career as an intra-ocular surgeon and all units in the rotation have access to prosthetic eyes for simulated ocular surgery.

You will be encouraged and supported through a structured ‘run through’ core programme and well-established advanced sub-specialty training opportunities within the region. All Ophthalmic sub-specialties are covered in the training years. Health Education South West is committed to supporting trainees and preparing them thoroughly for Consultant posts. The curriculum is available on the college website.