Stream 1: Public health, individual responsibility and collective action


Protecting the health and well-being of individuals and populations, and promoting healthcare equality and accessibility is the role of public health. But with increasing pressure on services, an ageing population and an increase in diseases such as dementia, is the eye health message being lost putting more people at risk of sight loss?

Why attend?

This stream will look at how to run a successful local public health campaign to improve the understanding of eye health in your local population. There will also be a series of case studies showcasing the great work taking place across the UK to support and disseminate the public eye health message.  


Learning from National Eye Health Week

David Cartwright, Chair, National Eye Health Week

David Cartwright, Chair of National Eye Health Week, will present on the success of National Eye Health Week to raise the profile of eye health across the UK and increase awareness and engagement amongst the public with regards to their eye health.  David will also share with delegates how to get involved in National Eye Health Week to bring about change in their local area; including what tools are available to them in their work to improve the eye health of their local communities.

Case studies:

Eye research – projects and partnerships

Michele Acton, CEO, Fight for Sight and Judith Potts, Founder, Esme's Umbrella

Fight for Sight is the leading eye research charity funding researchers based at leading hospitals and universities across the UK. Its Chief Executive, Michele Acton, will outline the research landscape and how Fight for Sight partners with other organisations in its research. Judith Potts from Esme’s Umbrella will provide the perspective of a partner currently working with Fight for Sight to raise funds for medical research into Charles Bonnet Syndrome. 

Communities Eye Health Champions Project

Neil Baxter, Manchester Eye Health Project Coordinator, RNIB and David Backhouse, volunteer on the Eye Health Project and member of the Manchester Eye Health Project Advisory Board

Neil and David will explain how this volunteer-led partnership project is reducing preventable sight loss in at-risk communities in Liverpool and North Manchester through establishing eye health champions, producing resources and delivering eye health events.

A study of the effects of sight loss on diabetic patients

Bronagh Stewart, Student, Queens University Belfast and Andrew Murdoch, Policy and Engagement Manager, Guide Dogs Northern Ireland

This session will outline how Guide Dogs NI, Diabetes UK and Queens University Belfast (QUB) partnered together to study the effects of sight loss on diabetic patients in accessing information, managing their diabetes, and adopting a healthy lifestyle, compared with patients who do not have sight loss. The speakers will explain how this work will influence the Diabetes Framework and the development of new partnerships to promote healthy lifestyle options.

Reducing vision-related falls

Paul Alexander, Policy Manager, College of Optometrists

Across the UK, falls are the most common cause of hospitalisation for people aged over 65, and of accidental death in those aged over 75. Undetected and untreated visual impairment plays a significant role in the high incidence of falls among older people. Paul Alexander, Falls Project Lead, will outline the main findings of the College of Optometrist’s work on helping to reduce vision-related falls and how you can get involved.

Delays to follow-up eye appointments

Barny Foot, British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit, Royal College of Ophthalmologists

In January 2017, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists published a surveillance report of patients coming to harm due to delays in treatment and follow-up appointments.  Barny Foot, co-author of the report, will run through the main findings and conclusions of the report. 

Self-Advocacy – ‘Ask and Tell!'

Tessa Barrett, Head of Services, Macular Society and Karen Osborn, Chief Executive, International Glaucoma Association

Following Barney Foot’s presentation, delegates will then hear about ‘Ask and Tell’ - a joint project between the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, RNIB, Macular Society and the International Glaucoma Association.  This initiative encourages people to report their experiences if they have appointment delays in the eye clinic. 

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