- Post date:
- Thursday, 15 December 2016
NB Online’s editor, Hannah Adams looks back at the year in the eye health and sight loss sector.
As we start to wind down towards the end of the year, I have been looking back over the last 12 months and reflecting on what’s happened in the world of eye health and sight loss. If you missed an interesting news story, in-depth feature or blog in NB Online, go back and take a look!
With staff changes taking place in the team, January was a quiet month at NB Online.
March was a big month for the eye health and sight loss sector in the media as Carrie MacEwan, President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, took to the BBC One Breakfast couch to warn of the unprecedented demand on Eye Clinics
. It was reported there were over 100 million outpatient appointments made in England alone during 2013-14, of which nearly 10 per cent are for eye care.
The most popular blog NB Online posted in 2016 came in May and was written by Mike Bailey who was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa in 2003. In his blog, Mike shared how nervous he was about using a symbol cane
for the first time, but explained how beneficial he found it when he got over his fear.
June was a busy month for NB Online. It was in this month that NB Online ran the first ever Vision Pioneer Awards
alongside the UK Vision Strategy in London. The awards celebrated the outstanding work of professionals in the eye health and sight loss sectors across the UK.
We also spoke to Josie Tetley, Professor of Nursing, Donna Davenport, Senior Nursing Lecturer and Janet Marsden, Professor of Ophthalmology and Emergency Care at Manchester Metropolitan University, who carried out research into what care home nurses understand about managing resident’s glaucoma
. The findings showed care home nurses need more support and education in order to effectively manage resident’s glaucoma.
Finally, in June, Ross Cahill, a specialist Orthoptist at University Hospital Southampton, suggested that one possible answer to how the NHS could manage treating AMD patients more effectively could be by training more Orthopists to deliver treatment
In August, NB Online highlighted the good work of RNIB’s free Eye Health Helpline service
. The service is made up of sight loss professionals whose knowledge includes both common and rare sight conditions.
During this year’s National Eye Health Week 2016, RNIB announced it would be entering into a new partnership with Specsavers for three years. To mark the partnership, a State of the Nation report was published
Finally, in September, we highlighted the latest device in assistive technology, ‘MyEye’. The company behind the gadget, OrCam, explained how the small camera fits to a normal pair of glasses and is able to turn text to speech and recognise people’s faces
Finally, this month, to finish off the busy year, NB Online shared a film produced by BBC 3 called Things Not To Say To A Blind Person
. The film recognises that the general public don’t always understand what it’s like to have a sight condition and aims to give viewers the confidence to approach a blind and partially sighted person and be helpful rather than ignoring them or being abusive.
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