National Eye Health Week
Make a difference this June and raise awareness about the importance of regular eye care by holding events in your neighbourhood.
Hereís a chance for you all to take part in what could be a life changing experience for many with failing eyesight in the UK, and to promote better eye care which is surprisingly lacking in awareness by a large minority of the British Public.
In recent years we have become used to Overseas Campaigns to help those with untreated eye conditions and have come to believe that this is not a problem that involves our community and families.
How wrong we are. The UK Vision Strategy team and the RNIB have produced some staggering facts on the numbers of UK Citizens who suffer from poor or debilitating eye sight who could be helped or corrected. This has been created by a lack of knowledge and understanding about what actually happens during and eye test, how sight threatening diseases can be stopped in their tracks and how simple eye correction can often be all thatís needed.
Here at mylocaloptician.co.uk our aim for the past 3 years has been to raise the level of eyecare knowledge, report on new and exciting ways to correct poor eyesight and point the public towards eye care professionals in their area.
Now you can help us along with the backing of all the UK eyecare sector which for the first time ever is joining forces with charities and healthcare professionals to launch National Eye Health Week 2010 (14- 20 June).
Under the banner Vision Matters the campaign aims to communicate the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests to people from every walk of life. Of the 1.8 million people in the UK living with sight loss, 53% could be helped with a simple sight test and new spectacles.
National Eye Health Week Chairman, David Scott-Ralphs, says: "With over half of all sight loss in the UK being recognised as avoidable, we thought it was time to launch an education campaign designed to make people take their eye health seriously."
"Sight is the sense that people fear losing most, yet many of us donít know the best way to look after our eyes. National Eye Health Week aims to change all that."
"This is the first time that the entire sector has got behind a major initiative to promote the importance of regular sight tests which, as well as being an indication of general eye health, can also lead to the detection of more serious health issues and conditions."
See what you can do! Go to www.visionmatters.org.uk to see how to take part, whatís going on and for further eye health information.
And take a look at all the many pages of information on www.mylocaloptician.co.uk. Here you will find information on eye tests and whoís eligible for an NHS provided test, simple eye problems and sight threatening diseases and problems in older age, many of which can be halted and improved by simple intervention by an Optometrist.
Also find out how your life style and diet can help your eyes stay healthy and how you should protect your eyes against UV Light in strong sun as well as in Sport and dangerous work conditions. Ordinary work conditions too because you need to be aware of the legislation passed to protect your eyes if you are a regular VDU user.
At www.mylocaloptician.co.uk we are more than happy for you to download and print out text for use at your events.
Email our site to a friend or join us on www.twitter.com/mylocaloptician or join us on facebook. Discuss national eye health week and what you are doing on our forums.
Here is a list of Professional Groups, Companies and like us others in the field of Public Education here will be actively involved in National Eye Health Week:
The Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers
ACLM members manufacture the overwhelming majority of contact lenses sold in the UK today
AGE UK is an international charity fighting to free older people from poverty, isolation and neglect.
Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN), headquartered in Irvine, California, is a technology-driven, global health care company providing eye care and specialty pharmaceutical products worldwide. We develop and commercialise products in the eye care pharmaceutical, movement disorder and skin care markets that deliver value to our customers, satisfy unmet medical needs and improve patients' lives.
Boots Opticians, Specsavers and Vision Express
High street providers of Optical services
British Contact lens Society
The British Contact Lens Association is a multi-disciplinary organisation representing all those involved in the provision of contact lenses
The Department of Health
The Department of Health (DH) exists to improve the health and wellbeing of people in England.
Diabetes UK are the largest charity in the UK devoted to the treatment and care of people with diabetes - to improve the quality of life for people with the condition.
The Eye Care Trust
A British charity that raises awareness of eye care and eye health.
The Eye Health Alliance
The Eye Health Alliance brings together the professional and representative optical bodies and eye care charities to campaign for better eye health for all. Includes:
ABDO, AOP, College of Optometrists ,FMO, FODO, General Optical Council, International Glaucoma Association, LOC Support Unit, RNIB, SeeAbility
Healthcall Optical Services
Healthcall Optical Service is the UKís largest provider of home sight tests and a provider of home hearing tests. They help people at home to improve their quality of life.
Mencap is the voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability and their families and carers.
NHS services for the half-million people who live in Grampian are provided by NHS Grampian, and are overseen by one single NHS Board.
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Nursing and Midwifery Council is an organisation set up by Parliament to protect the public by ensuring that nurses and midwives provide high standards of care to their patients and clients.
Optometry N Ireland, Optometry Wales and Optometry Scotland
Pfizer is a leading pharmaceutical company, operating in 180 countries worldwide
Primary Care Commissioning
NHS Primary Care Commissioning (NHS PCC) has been providing valuable commissioning, contracting and communications support for SHAs, PCTs and the Department of Health since 2005.
Royal College of Ophthalmology
The College champions excellence in the practice of ophthalmology for the benefit of patients and the public. This extends to the practice of high quality ophthalmic care, not only in the UK, but worldwide. They set standards for postgraduate education and professional practice and promote ground-breaking research.
UK Vision Strategy
The UK Vision Strategy was formed from a desire to reduce all avoidable blindness by the year 2020 and to produce a unified framework for action on all issues relating to vision.
VISION 2020 is the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, a joint programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) with an international membership of NGOs, professional associations, eye care institutions and corporations.