A new plan to improve eye health and meet the needs of people with sight loss was launched on Wednesday 8 October at the National Assembly Cross Party Vision Group.
The new implementation plan for 2014-18 has been developed and published by the Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Group, following the launch of refreshed UK Vision Strategy for 2013 - 2018 and a consultation with key stakeholders.
There are 100,000 people in Wales living with sight loss and over the next 25 years the number of people with sight loss is expected to double.
Given the growing percentage of the population living with sight loss, improving access to support and ensuring blind and partially sighted people have access to the same opportunities as sighted peers is of critical importance.
The Wales Vision Strategy brings together organisations with an interest in eye health and sight loss to agree a set of shared aims and identify how these can be achieved over the next four years.
The new Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan focuses on three outcome areas which include:
In recent years, one of the most important developments in eye care in Wales has been the publication of the Welsh Government's five year strategy for eye health: the Eye Health Care Delivery Plan for Wales. This was informed by the Wales Vision Strategy, and Implementation group members are also supporting the implementation of the Government plan.
Ceri Jackson the Chair of the Vision Strategy in Wales, said: "The Wales Vision Strategy has enabled partners to work together to make significant steps towards improving eye health and support for blind and partially sighted people in Wales. The new implementation plan will ensure that we continue to make progress and achieve even more over the next four years".
The Vision Strategy Implementation Plan for 2014-2018 can be downloaded from our Publications page.