The Optimeyes project was funded for two years from April 2015 by the Big Lottery Fund (BLF)’s Reaching Communities programme. It was a partnership between RNIB and six societies for blind and partially sighted people in York, Selby, Ryedale,
Lincolnshire, Sheffield, Hull and East Riding and two Fire and Rescue Services in North and South Yorkshire.
 
The overall aims of Optimeyes were:
  • to help identify older people with or at risk of sight loss
  • to address its practical and emotional impact for people across both urban and rural areas
  • to help older people to better understand their eye condition, learn how to deal with sight deterioration and take control of their lives.