About The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment

About The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups within Parliament. They are made up of informal groups of Members of both Houses of Parliament who join together to pursue a particular topic or interest, often relating to an area of public policy. APPGs are run by and for Members of both Houses, although many groups also involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.

The purpose of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment is to inform and educate parliamentarians about the importance of high quality eye care for the prevention of eye disease, sight loss and blindness and for the eye health of the nation; and to promote better understanding of visual impairment and greater social inclusion.

The APPG Chair is Jim Shannon MP and the Co-Chair is Lord Low of Dalston a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords. 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the Optical Confederation provide administrative and organisational support to members of the APPG on Eye Health and Visual Impairment.

RNIB is a charity which raises awareness of sight problems, and how to prevent sight loss, and campaigns for better services and a more inclusive society. The Optical Confederation represents optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses in the UK and comprises the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers, the Association of Optometrists, the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians, and the Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians.

Key links for more information:

 UK Parliament   

 UK Parliament Register of Interests, including the Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups

 RNIB

 The Optical Confederation

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