UK Vision Strategy and Partners to host Parliamentary Reception on Eye Health and Sight Loss

Post date: 
Thursday, 7 January 2016
UK Vision Strategy organisations launch the UK Vision Strategy manifesto at parliament

Lord Low of Dalston, CBE and leading organisations from the eye health and sight loss sectors are hosting a parliamentary reception on Tuesday 12 January. The aim of the event is to encourage MPs to give greater priority to eye care and sight loss services, and full social inclusion for people who are blind and partially sighted.

Almost two million adults, children and young people in the UK are living with a serious sight problem - on average 3,000 people in every parliamentary constituency. Without decisive action this is set to double by 2050.  

In addition, the cost of sight loss in the UK is estimated at almost £22 billion a year[1]. Failure to invest in early detection and treatment could lead to increased spending in health, education, social care and training.

This UK Vision Strategy event is co-sponsored with Optical Confederation and Thomas Pocklington Trust and will follow on from the work of the UK Vision Strategy Manifesto and urge MPs from all parties to make a real commitment to improving eye health and sight loss services within their constituencies.

[1] Access Economics 2009, Future of Sight Loss UK 1, The economic impact of partial sight and blindness in the UK adult population. RNIB. This figure includes over £2 billion in direct costs, over £4 billion in indirect costs and £15.5 billion in burden of disease costs.