UK Vision Strategy parliamentary reception calls for a greater priority for eye health and sight loss services

Post date: 
Thursday, 14 January 2016
Nus Ghani MP speaks at the eye health and sight loss parliamentary reception

Lord Low of Dalston, CBE and leading organisations from the eye health and sight loss sectors hosted a well-attended parliamentary reception on the 12 January in the House of Lords. Sponsored by the Optical Confederation and Thomas Pocklington Trust, the event encouraged MPs and Peers to give greater priority to eye health and sight loss services, and to promote 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. 

Organisations presented briefings, taken from topics highlighted in the UK Vision Strategy Manifesto, to demonstrate how MPs and Peers from all parties can engage with effective interventions to save sight and deliver a better quality of life for people living with sight loss.

Lord Low of Dalston, CBE said: “I was very pleased to host this important event to encourage MPs and Peers from all parties to make a real commitment to improving eye health and sight loss services within their constituencies.”

Nusrat Ghani, Conservative MP for Wealden and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment, who spoke at the event commented: “I was delighted to speak at this event which helped to raise awareness of sight loss and eye health issues and highlighted that failure to invest in early detection and treatment could lead to increased spending in health, education, social care and training. I look forward to taking these issues forward in my role as Chair of the Eye Health and Visual Impairment APPG and encourage members from both Houses to join.”