As a commissioner of local health services, the decisions you make can directly affect blind and partially sighted people.

Advice and guidance

Effective eye care and sight loss services are a key component of efficient local health and well-being services.

The UK Vision Strategy offers straightforward and comprehensive advice and guidance to help commissioners and commissioning groups through all stages of the eye care commissioning process that covers:

  • Assessment of current services and working across professional boundaries, employing their clinical expertise and knowledge of the local population
  • Design, specification and commissioning of services to meet need
  • Identification of investment priorities to reduce inequality, improve patient experience and achieve cost savings
  • Resources include key data sources, policy documents and guidance on developing effective Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) - all essential for an effective eye health commissioning.

Find out more about effective eye care commissioning below.

Commissioners can save the sight of patients by understanding the urgency of AMD

Our recent report highlights how Commissioners can help prevent unnecessary sight loss in wet AMD patients by improving the wet AMD pathway and understanding the urgency of diagnosis and treatment.

Wet AMD - or wet Age-related Macular Degeneration - is an eye condition that affects 40,000 older people every year. As wet AMD can develop very quickly, resulting in loss of central vision, urgent referral to a hospital eye clinic is vital.

The report, Don't lose sight! Don't delay!, is part of RNIB's Save our Sight (SOS) campaign.

Wet AMD can lead to sight loss in as little as three months. This is why it's vital that patients are diagnosed in the hospital clinic within seven days, and that treatment commences within the next week, in line with Royal College of Ophthalmologists guidance.

The report reveals that the time taken from first contact to diagnosis varies greatly, with 69 per cent of cases being diagnosed outside of the recommended seven days.

Find out more about the key findings and the key actions or Commissioners, by downloading the report: