The macula course

Bookings are now closed for 2024, please watch this space for confirmation of the 2025 course date.

Retinal diseases are a major cause of blindness. Diagnostic investigations, understanding of disease mechanisms, new therapies, and the evidence base, have all evolved rapidly in recent years, with greater advances expected in the coming decade.

The Moorfields macula course has been running for over three decades with a pause during the COVID pandemic. The course restarted in 2022 as a 3-day hybrid course and was extended to 4 days in 2023 in response to delegate feedback.

The speakers are recognised experts, many having contributed to major advances in their fields, and there will be opportunity for interaction both on site and virtually.

The course aims to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date review of retinal and macular diseases and their management, including new developments.

You can hear more from Omar Mahroo, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields, by watching the short video below:

Learning outcomes

Attendees of the course will gain:

  • An up-to-date overview of diseases affecting the retina, including medical retina, surgical retina, inherited retinal disease, uveitis and oncology, including their pathophysiology, clinical features and management
  • An understanding of key diagnostic investigations and their interpretation
  • Insights on approaches to challenging cases
  • Knowledge of future developments including artificial intelligence, novel investigations, genomic diagnosis and new therapies (delivered by some of the people involved in bringing about these advances)

Please click here to view the programme.

The course will be recorded so you will be able to catch up on anything missed if you are unable to attend all sessions.

Who is this course for?

This course is appropriate for ophthalmologists (including consultants, trainees, fellows, staff and associate specialists) and will be at a level appropriate for general ophthalmologists as well as subspecialists. Allied health professionals with a specific interest in retinal disease might also find the course valuable.


In order to take part in the course online you will need access to a computer (laptop or desktop) with a webcam and microphone and a stable broadband connection.

CPD Certification

The course carries 28 CPD learning hours/points with The CPD Certification Service.

Course fees - 2024

In-person (price includes lunch and refreshments):

  • Consultant ophthalmologists £820
  • Non-consultant ophthalmologists £630
  • Allied health professionals £420
  • Moorfields staff day rate £92


  • Consultant ophthalmologists £695
  • Non-consultant ophthalmologists £550
  • Allied health professionals 345
  • Moorfields staff day rate £74
Funding your place - exciting news for Nurses and AHPs working for Trusts in England

We are delighted to share details of a new funding initiative which is available for this course.

Funded by Roche Products Limited, The NHS Prevent & Protect Training Initiative enables NHS Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) working within an NHS England Trust to attend UK-based medical retina training courses typically chargeable to your NHS Trust or the individual. These courses support the development of practical skills to enable/maintain the delivery of medical retina services. The Moorfields Macula course is one of the courses eligible for this funding.

If you are a nurse or AHP working within an an NHS England Trust (including Moorfields staff) you can apply for the funding, which will cover the course attendance fee and also an amount towards necessary travel and accommodation (conditions apply), for example to attend the practical day. Please read the instructions below carefully to understand what to do next:

  1. First book a place on the course, selecting the option to request to make payment by invoice at checkout. This will reserve your place while your funding application is processed.
  2. Next register to apply for your funding. Once you have provided your details, you will be asked if you have already booked on to a course. You should select the option 'Yes - I can supply an invoice'. You do NOT need to upload an invoice at this stage. You will then be asked to provide the details of the course that you have booked. Review your registration details when prompted and submit your application.
  3. Finally, please advise us of your funding application number by emailing We will then send an invoice to the funding administration team for payment. Please note that your place on the course is not confirmed until the invoice has been paid. We will notify you when payment is received.
Booking your place - important, please read before booking your place
  • Please ensure that you add the correct item to your cart from the options below, depending on your position and whether you wish to attend in-person or online.
  • In-person places are restricted by the capacity of the venue. Once these places are filled it will only be possible to attend online. There is no limit to the number of online places available.
  • Moorfields staff - because you are eligible for a day rate, you should book one place for each day that you wish to attend. For example, if you want to attend for three days please make sure the quantity added to your cart is three. After you have booked we will liaise with you about which dates you want to attend.

No places available at the moment


Course fees



Taught by


Omar Mahroo MA, MB, BChir, PhD, FRCOphth, FHEA

Omar Mahroo is a consultant ophthalmologist and retinal specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital, managing patients with inherited retinal disease. He is also Professor of Retinal Neuroscience at University College London. He completed his medical degree and PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2004. His PhD at Cambridge and his post-doctoral work at the Australian National University (both under the supervision of Trevor Lamb FRS) investigated light and dark adaptation of human retinal photoreceptors and bipolar cells in vivo using the electroretinogram. He completed his ophthalmology training in the London Deanery. He was appointed Academic Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London in 2011, setting up an electroretinogram research laboratory at St Thomas’ Hospital in 2012, investigating heritability and age-related changes in retinal responses in the TwinsUK cohort, and also retinal mechanisms driving myopia. He completed a retinal fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital (2014-16). He was awarded a £1.1 million Wellcome Trust research fellowship in 2017 to investigate retinal mechanisms in health and disease and is Principal Investigator for a number of studies. He was named “Rising Star of the Year” by the Macular Society in 2019, and received awards for teaching excellence and for patient and public engagement from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and the Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre in 2020. He has co-authored numerous publications (including in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, Ophthalmology, Brain) and book chapters. He has lectured on the Moorfields Electrophysiology Course since 2018.