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Eye care patients in Wales who are at the greatest risk of going blind are set to receive faster, prioritised treatment in the Welsh NHS thanks to a £3.3m investment by the Welsh Government to transform services, Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced today.
It is estimated around 111,000 people in Wales are living with sight loss. This is predicted to increase by a third by 2030 and double by 2050. Evidence suggests around 10% of new patients are at risk of irreversible sight loss compared to about 90% of follow-up patients.
RNIB Connect is a diverse community led by blind and partially sighted people that brings together anyone affected by sight loss. It gives people the chance to get together for peer support as well as to socialise and campaign for change.
There are many ways you can get involved with RNIB Connect, including meeting other people in person or online to share your experiences. You can also receive the quarterly Connect magazine in an accessible format as well as listen to Connect radio and podcasts.
The South West Wales AM is supporting new aims set out by the Wales Vision Strategy group to deliver positive change for blind and partially sighted people in Wales, including those at risk of sight loss, by 2020. The group is a collaboration between charities, public sector organisations, businesses and blind and partially sighted people.
Dai Lloyd AM, who is also the Chair of the Cross Party Group on Vision, helped launch the new Wales Vision Strategy’s new priorities at the National Assembly for Wales on 22 November.
The Wales Vision Strategy’s new priorities are:
RNIB research evidences that 1 in 3 of the 35,000 people in Wales who have dementia will have a significant sight loss and a large proportion of the remainder having deteriorating vision and undiagnosed sight loss.
Visibly Better Cymru, supported by ‘Western Bay ICF Dementia Funding’ is offering free workshops aimed at Care Home staff; family-based carers and Occupational Therapists within the Western Bay region of Bridgend, Neath-Port Talbot and Swansea.
The free workshops will address:
Aberystwyth resident, Rhydian Davies and his partner Kellie Ward, are lacing up their trainers for the London Marathon to raise funds for RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People).