Sight is precious, and is the sense people most fear losing. In the UK, it is estimated that nearly 2.1 million people are currently affected by sight loss, and this is predicted to increase to 2.7 million by 2030.
Visual impairment can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life. However, half of all sight loss is avoidable through early diagnosis and access to treatment. We want to end this injustice and put an end to all avoidable sight loss, through timely surgery, medication and support.
The NHS England Long Term Plan was published on 9 January 2019, and sets out their high-level priorities for using the additional funding announced by the Westminster Government in June 2018. RNIB responded to the consultation, and provided detailed proposals to improve NHS services, but unfortunately the final document says very little that's specific to eye health, people at risk of visual impairment or blind and partially sighted people. You can read our briefing below: