MP for Colne Valley, Jason McCartney, learnt about the vital role that Eye Clinic Liaison Officers provide on a visit to the Huddersfield Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) service on 28 February.
ECLOs are able to reach people right at the time of diagnosis and provides both emotional and practical support for patients and families at an often difficult time.
During the visit, Mr McCartney spoke with the ECLO and local blind and partially sighted services users about how they benefit from the service.
Brian, from Huddersfield, spoke about losing his sight as a result of a stroke, the devastation of losing his driving licence and the difficulties he faces undertaking tasks that people take for granted such as shopping. He explained that the support he received from the ECLO was immeasurable. They supported him to come to terms with his sight loss, regain his confidence and look forward to the future.
Mr McCartney said "I really enjoyed the visit and learnt a great deal about the brilliant work that ECLOs carry out. It's a service which provides essential support to people who have been newly diagnosed and don't know where to turn. This experience will stay with me for a long time."