There have been major advances in every aspect of the management of the ophthalmic surgical patient. These include the shift to day care, increased focus on the patient, and the involvement of the entire ophthalmic team in all components of the process. A working party of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists was convened to update the 2001 ‘Guidelines on Local Anaesthesia for Intraocular Surgery’. The working party agreed unanimously to change this to ‘Guidelines on Local Anaesthesia for Ophthalmic Surgery’. These guidelines will now cover the management of patients undergoing most routine ophthalmic procedures and are not limited to intraocular surgery.
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide information for all members of the ophthalmic team in order to promote safe and effective local anaesthesia for ophthalmic patients. They are intended to apply to practice in the United Kingdom.