Summary: UK Vision Strategy, setting the direction for eye health and sight loss services.
The UK Vision Strategy seeks a major transformation in the UK’s eye health, eye care and sight loss services. A determined and united cross-sector approach will make that change a reality.
The UK Vision Strategy has been developed in response to the World Health Assembly VISION 2020 resolution to reduce avoidable blindness by the year 2020 and improve support and services for blind and partially sighted people.
Over 650 individuals and organisations played a direct role in developing the Strategy, and people who use the services were instrumental in its formulation. This powerful combination gives the UK Vision Strategy a credibility that cannot be ignored.
Three strategic outcome areas are identified as follows.
Improving the eye health of the people of the UK
Five-year aim: To raise awareness and understanding of eye health among the public, including those people most at risk of eye disease, to allow every individual to develop personal responsibility for eye health and to achieve maximum eye health for all. To raise awareness of eye health among health and social care practitioners, and to ensure the early detection of sight loss and prevention where possible.
Eliminating avoidable sight loss and delivering excellent support for people with sight loss
Five-year aim: To improve the coordination, integration, reach and effectiveness of eye health services, and services and support for those people with permanent sight loss.
Inclusion, participation and independence for people with sight loss
Five-year aim: To improve the attitudes, awareness and actions of service providers, employers and the public towards people with sight loss and to remove significant barriers to inclusion, so that people with sight loss can exercise independence, control and choice. To achieve improved compliance with disability discrimination legislation.