Prevention of sight loss
Sight is incredibly precious and we live in an increasingly visual world. Levels of avoidable sight loss in the UK are unacceptably high. Fifty per cent of sight loss is avoidable.
About this research
Public health messages on the consequences of smoking, obesity, diabetes or high blood pressure rarely highlight that an outcome could be the loss of your sight.
Ensuring people access eye care services appropriately and are supported to take medicines as needed are crucial elements to preventing avoidable sight loss.
Service innovation to help people live well with diabetes and reduce sight loss
This research briefing describes a pilot in Bradford to help people live well with diabetes and reduce sight loss.
A glaucoma case finding pilot with the African Caribbean community
This research briefing describes a pilot glaucoma case finding service based in the London borough of Hackney, targeting the African Caribbean community.
Medication adherence: professionally led, group based intervention
A rapid literature review examining how effective a professionally led, group based intervention in improving medication adherence in individuals with a chronic (long term) condition is. Published in 2013.
- Download the Medication adherence: professionally led, group based intervention report and read the key findings.
Access to primary and secondary eye care
In 2011, RNIB commissioned the independent research organisation Shared Intelligence to explore the barriers and enablers that affect access to primary and secondary eyecare services across the UK. The research was commissioned to help design a range of evidence-based eye health pilots.
Medication adherence: patient centred approach
A literature review examining how effective a patient centred approach is in improving medication adherence in patients with chronic open-angle glaucoma. Published in 2013.
Medication adherence: Peer led education/self management
A rapid literature review examining how effective a peer led education/self-management programme in improving medication adherence in individuals with a chronic (long term) condition is. Published in 2013.
- Download the Medication adherence: Peer led education/self management report and read the key findings.
A review of evidence to evaluate effectiveness of intervention strategies to address inequalities in eye health care
In 2010, RNIB commissioned Mary Seacole Research Centre (MSRC) at De Montfort University to undertake a review of the evidence relating to the causes of inequalities in eye health, and interventions to reduce inequalities, with particular reference to ethnicity, age, and socio-economic deprivation. The focus was on preventive activity in relation to specified eye conditions.
Estimated prevalence of visual impairment among people with learning disabilities in the UK
Although there is considerable research evidence that visual impairments are more common among people with learning disabilities, there is no robust epidemiological data on the prevalence of visual impairments in people with learning disabilities in the UK. Consequently there has been no overall estimate of the number of people with learning disabilities in the UK with seeing difficulties. This report examines this.
- Download the Estimated prevalence of VI among people with learning disabilities in the UK report and read the key findings.
Tackling health inequalities
A report based on a workshop on health inequalities in the context of sight loss. The goals were to build a better understanding of health inequalities and identify innovative strategies and solutions to towards tackling these inequalities. Published 2009.
Attitudes to eye health among GPs and optometrists
Research on GP and optometrist on attitudes to eye health. Published 2010.
Eye care in the UK
This literature review was produced by PHAST for NHS Tower Hamlets in September 2009 as part of the 'Care Needs Assessment: Eye Health' project commissioned by NHS Tower Hamlets. Published 2009.
Special eye health edition of Public Health journal
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