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.

Many individuals fail to understand that their lifestyle has a direct impact on their sight and they fail to take measures to protect and maintain their vision.

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.

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. Watch our introductory video, which outlines the key findings.

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.

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.

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.

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