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Wales Eye Clinic Liaison Service Impact report

RNIB Cymru has launched a report on the impact of the eye clinic liaison officer (ECLO) service in Wales. In the last year alone, the service supported 6,730 patients in a variety of ways: everything from providing information on the patient's eye condition through to referral to specialist services such as RNIB Cymru's welfare rights service, employment service, and education and transitions services for children and young people.

The report sets out the positive difference that the ECLO service makes, both for individuals and for eye clinic staff. ECLOs ensure people newly diagnosed with sight loss have access to all the information and support they need. The service can also help to mitigate some of the negative impact associated with sight loss such as poor mental health, increased risk of falls and loss of independence.

A Clear Vision report

This report was a collaborative project between RNIB Cymru and the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University. It was funded by Welsh Government through the Children's Low Vision Project. This report shows that as a society, we are neglecting the eye care of pupils in special schools. The National Service Framework specifies that children and young people with disabilities need early diagnosis or identification of difficulties and early intervention (source: WAG 2005). For instance, community dentists visit special schools to assess pupils and provide treatment for any problems identified – but there is no such provision for eye care.

In the last year alone, the service supported 6,730 patients in a variety of ways: everything from providing information on the patient's eye condition through to referral to specialist services such as RNIB Cymru's welfare rights service, employment service, and education and transitions services for children and young people.

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