What’s happened in eye clinics?
During the first weeks of the coronavirus outbreak hospitals understandably deferred all eye care appointments except for those who would experience irreversible sight loss without treatment. Once things go back to normal the delay means there’ll be a backlog of appointments for people with conditions like glaucoma and cataracts.
It’s essential health and social care services are ready meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people so we’ve been sharing our views with MPs.
What did we ask for?
In our response to the Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry we called for:
Vision rehabilitation services
Along with the urgent need to address capacity issues in eye clinics, which was a problem prior to the coronavirus outbreak, we are also asking the Government to ensure that people with sight loss have access to vital social care services, including vision rehabilitation, which in many areas has been hit by changes to services locally.
Social distancing, changes to the outside environment, in supermarkets and workplaces are creating unique challenges for blind and partially sighted people. Vision rehabilitation services are essential for helping people to adjust to a new way of navigating.
We look forward to the hearing the results of this inquiry and will keep you updated as we hear more.