MPs of all parties made powerful and moving contributions in a parliamentary debate on eye health and macular disease on 11 January.
Jim Shannon MP, who secured the debate, introduced it by setting out how age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in adults. He explained that more people in the UK are living with macular disease than with dementia.
We hosted a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Eye Health and Visual Impairment to discuss the mental health needs of people with sight loss.
We’ve supported an RNIB volunteer to get health information in her required format, using the NHS Accessible Information Standard.
We worked with expert patients and the UK Ophthalmology Alliance (UKOA), to make sure new consent forms for eye health treatments are easier to read, with clearer communication of any risks.
We’re calling for people to continue attending scheduled eye appointments, after evidence shows that people are missing vital treatment due to fear of coronavirus.