Vision UK 2013 conference


Watch a short video featuring highlights from the conference

Courtesy of Optometry Today. 
Please note this video is not audio described.
Vision UK is the leading eye health and sight loss sector conference. The 2013 conference took place on 11 June and was an exciting event as the UK Vision Strategy for 2013-2018 was launched, which sets the direction for the whole of the sight loss and eye care sector.
The conference is aimed at a wide audience including health and social care profesisonals, members of health and eye care organisations and representatives from the government and voluntary sectors. 

Morning session

This session began with opening remarks from Nick Astbury, the Chair of VISION 2020 UK.  This was followed by an address by Anita Lightstone, Interim Chief Operations Officer for VISION 2020 UK and the Programme Director for the UK Vision Strategy.  The morning session was rounded off by Dr Ivo Kocur, a public eye health expert at the Prevention of Blindness and Deafness programme at the World Health Organisation. Dr Kocur announced a new global Strategy called ‘Universal eye health: a global action plan 2014-2019' and welcomed the UK Vision Strategy as a "source of inspiration for countries around the world". Read more about this by clicking here.
Afternoon session
This session was opened by Chair of the UK Vision Strategy and RNIB's Chief Executive, Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE.  Following on was Michele Acton, the CEO of Fight For Sight, who introduced Professor Peng Tee Khaw, a professor of Glaucoma and Ocular Healing and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon to discuss the priorities when it comes to eye health research.  Lord Low, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Visual Impairment and Eye Health continued the afternoon session with a talk on the battle for change: a view from the cross benches.  The session was rounded off by David-Scott Ralphs, the CEO of SeeAbility, who discussed reactions to the morning workshop sessions where delegates discussed how they would put the refreshed UK Vision Strategy for 2013 - 2018 into action.
Moral Maze discussion: Digital accessibility - right or luxury?
This session was chaired by the BBC's Disability Affairs Correspondent Peter White.  Panelists included Chris Lewis, Group Vice President of International Telecoms and Networking; Nigel Lewis, CEO of AbilityNet, Ellie Southwood, RNIB's External Affairs Group Vice Chair and Leonie Watson, Chair of the British Computer Association of the Blind.  Witnesses includes journalist Geoff Adams-Spink, RNIB Group Chair, Kevin Carey and Stacy Rowe from Sightsavers.