BOPSS, the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society, was founded in 2000 with the aim of bringing together surgeons in the United Kingdom and Ireland who share a major interest in oculoplastic surgery (ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, orbital and lacrimal surgery, and aesthetic (cosmetic) eyelid and facial surgery). Oculoplastic surgery is also known as oculo-facial surgery.

Richard Collin, Brian Leatherbarrow and Jane Olver, the Founding Executive Committee, met at the Winter Meeting of the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS) in Val D’Isere in 2000 and agreed on the need to establish the society given the rapid expansion of oculoplastic surgery as a sub-speciality of ophthalmology.

The aims of the Society are:

  • To advance education, research and the quality of clinical practice in the area of ophthalmology known as oculoplastic surgery. (This field comprises specialist plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the eyelids, orbit, lacrimal drainage system, and the upper and mid-face).
  • To provide an opportunity for members to meet, communicate and share their expertise and experience in oculoplastic surgery.
  • To provide information and advice to the public in order that a better understanding of oculoplastic surgery as a subspecialty can be achieved.

BOPSS has over 130 consultant oculoplastic surgeon members, holds an annual scientific meeting, co-ordinates surgical audit and is active in establishing surgical training guidelines. It is intended that BOPSS will continue to evolve and develop its influential national role in education and training, and the promotion of oculoplastic surgery within ophthalmology as well as in relation to allied surgical specialties such as plastic surgery, maxillo-facial surgery, otolaryngological (ENT) surgery, neurosurgery and dermatological surgery.

This website is designed to be accessed by the public for general oculoplastic information and to help them find an oculoplastic surgeon in their own geographical area. It is also an important tool for the society, permitting surgeons to have access to information about membership, the annual scientific meeting, surgical audit and training. It also provides useful links. Some areas of the website are for BOPSS members only and these are accessed only with a password.

Executive Committee:

  • Colin Vize – President
  • Katya Tambe – Secretary
  • Austin McCormick – Treasurer
  • David Verity – Past President

Regional Representatives

July 2021-2024

  • NW England, Northumbria, Yorkshire and the Humber
    Tom Fearnley, York
  • East and West Midlands and East of England
    Seyed Ghazi-Nouri
  • London, SE England
    Ahmad Aziz, London
  • SW England, Wales and Channel Islands
    Fiona Irvine, Exeter
  • Central England
    Richard Scawn
  • Scotland, NI, Eire
    Julie Connolly
  • Ireland
    Steve White, Belfast
  • Trainee rep
  • Co-opted member TED liaison
    Vickie Lee, London

BOPSS Research and Awards Advisory Committee (BRAAC)

Responsible for making a range of awards and considering research proposals. The membership of BRAAC will consist of the President, Treasurer, Scientific Advisors and Members. Members and Advisors will be nominated by the Executive Committee. Each member will serve a three year term and may be eligible for a further term if recommended by the Executive.
2024 – 2027

  • President – Colin Vize
  • Past President – David Verity
  • Treasurer – Austin McCormick
  • Sachin Salvi
  • Andrew Pearson
  • Bernie Chang
  • Priya Bhatt, Bolton

Membership Advisory Committee

  • Secretary – Katya Tambe
  • President – Colin Vize
  • Past President – David Verity
  • Steve White
  • Tristan McMullan
  • Simon Madge

BOPSS Address

The BOPSS Treasurer,
c/o The Royal College of Ophthalmologists,
18 Stephenson Way,
London, NW1 2HD