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> 14/03/12 | Eye sector comes together to improve children’s vision screening in schools

A new UK Vision Strategy Action Group is bringing the eye sector together to support commissioners to implement school entry vision screening for children across the UK.


The Action Group supports the UK National Screening Committee (NSC) policy which recommends that all children aged four to five should have their vision checked in an orthoptic-led service.


The Action Group which includes patient representatives, providers and professional bodies, will be working together to launch recommendations for commissioners on how to achieve implementation of the NSC’s policy. This group will also contribute to the upcoming review of the NSC's current policy. 


Anita Lightstone, Programme Director of the UK Vision Strategy, said: “Although recent high profile surveys indicate that many children are being screened, we still need to speak with a single voice to persuade commissioners to meet their responsibilities to all children”.

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Notes to editors:
• The UK Vision Strategy is a framework for improved eye health and sight loss services across the UK. The strategy is a VISION 2020 UK initiative led by Royal National Institute of Blind People

• The Strategy was developed in response to the World Assembly's VISION 2020 resolution, the Strategy seeks to reduce avoidable sight loss by the year 2020.

• The UK Vision Strategy Action Group on Children’s Screening is made up of representatives from: the UK Vision Strategy, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Paediatric Sub-Committee, the British and Irish Orthoptics Society, the College of Optometrists, the Institute of Child Health and Vision Checks, the Optical Confederation, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal National Institute of Blind People.  In addition, it includes Professor David Thomson (City University) and Dr Kathryn Saunders (Ulster University).  The Action Group’s membership may change over time.