Consultation launched to improve eye health services

Eye health and sight loss professionals are being invited to have their say about the provision of eye health services.

Mike BewickNHS England has launched the consultation: Improving eye health and reducing sight loss - a call to action. The consultation will run until 12 September 2014.

It is urging the public, patients, and professionals to engage with the call to action and help review the current system to inform and develop a long term sustainable plan.

Dr Mike Bewick, NHS England’s Deputy Medical Director, said: “Preventing eye disease and promoting early detection of eye disease through improved access and uptake for routine eye tests are key components of this call to action. Ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate care at the most appropriate time and in the most appropriate location is also vital.”

The consultation was launched at last week's Vision 2020 UK conference. Anita Lightstone, UK Vision Strategy Programme Director and VISION 2020 UK Chief Operations Officer, said: “We encourage all stakeholders involved in receiving or delivering eye care to have their say so we can work together to ensure the needs of eye care patients and people with sight loss can be met now and in the future.”

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