Ensuring eye health is prioritised locally

There are approximately 1.8 million people living with significant sight loss in the UK.

With an ageing population and more people living with conditions that can result in visual impairment (such as diabetes); this number is set to rise dramatically. By 2020, it is predicted that the number of people living with sight loss will increase to 2,250,000 and by 2050; this number will double to nearly four million.
 
Despite these alarming figures, eye health and visual impairment do not get the profile they deserve within NHS England. This is why RNIB works with decision makers nationally and locally to push eye health and sight loss higher up the political, NHS and social care agendas. 
 
This year, we are taking our exhibition stand to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Congress, the Local Government Association annual conference, the National Children and Adults Services conference, and political party conferences in Wales and Northern Ireland. These opportunities enable us to engage with delegates in order to highlight the importance of eye health and gain support for our latest campaigns.
 
Get involved and help us improve local eye care services
We will also be embarking on a Commissioning Tour in 2015/16. We will travel across England and speak to the people who plan and pay for your care locally (Commissioners in Clinical Commissioning Groups). We will ask them to prioritise eye health services and outline what matters to patients.  
 
To help us make the most of the Commissioning Tour, please share your experiences of local eye care services. Tell us what is working well, and what needs improving. Your stories will be used to inform commissioners and let them know what matters to you. Let’s work together to improve eye care across the country.
 
If you would like further information about our Commissioning Tour 2015/16 or would like to get involved, please contact us on 020 7391 2123 or campaigns@rnib.org.uk 

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