Being there when it matters

Only 30 per cent of eye departments in the UK currently have some kind of qualified support in place, and many of these posts are under threat.

No one should have to face sight loss alone

Our campaign for every eye department in the UK to have access to a sight loss adviser continues to grow in strength. We recently launched our new report at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Congress. The report showcases consultant ophthalmologist’s experiences of why a sight loss adviser is indispensable to their eye department.
 
If you work in a hospital environment, or an eye clinic, and want to set up a sight loss adviser take a look at our top tips for professionals.

What are sight loss advisers?

Sight loss advisers are commonly known as ECLOs (Eye Clinic Liaison Officers) in England. They are trained, non-clinical, staff working within eye departments that provide patients and their families with vital quality emotional and practical support. We are calling on ophthalmologists to explore the need for a sight loss adviser service in their eye department.  
 
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What we have been doing
We believe that campaigners have the power to make a real change and this has certainly been proved over the last year. Over the last 12 months campaigners have been extremely busy, bringing attention to MPs of the importance of sight loss advisers.
  • Over 260 MPs have been contacted by more than 380 campaigners to ask if there is a sight loss adviser available in their local hospital
  • More than 60 MPs and Peers attended the launch of our ‘Being There report’ to find out more about sight loss advisers. 
  • More than 20 MPs have visited their local sight loss adviser services in England.  
  • We have taken our engagement tool 'the automaton', on the road, engaging over 400 people who can influence decisions to fund sight loss advisers.

With your help we have secured existing sight loss adviser posts which had been under threat. In addition, a number of eye departments have either funded, or made a committment to fund, a new sight loss adviser. However, there is still much more to do and in September we will be launching our new campaign action. 

You may be interested to read our other sight loss adviser reports:

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Being there when it matters campaign news

We campaign to ensure that no one faces sight loss alone. We want every person diagnosed with sight loss to have access to support at the time of diagnosis. We're calling for every eye department in the UK to have access to a sight loss adviser, to provide this much needed support. 

Find out what we're doing on our Being there when it matters campaign