Vision UK is the independent partnership organisation which works with organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector and beyond for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people, their communities and the general population including those at risk of sight loss.
Our ambition is for the UK to be a nation where:
Everyone looks after their sight.
People’s eye conditions are identified early, treated and, where possible, cured.
People receive services which meet their specific needs, joined- up and good quality.
People with sight loss live the lives they choose.
Our mission is to improve lives by raising the priority given to eye health and sight loss
We will involve private, public and voluntary organisations to: improve the nation’s eye health; address avoidable sight loss and invest in medical research to address currently unavoidable sight loss; join-up eye health and social care services; and promote an inclusive society for all.
To achieve this, we have set up three priority areas.
Priority area 1: Improve the nation’s eye health and end sight loss
Reducing avoidable sight loss would improve the quality of life of millions of people, positively impact on our health and social care system, and reduce costs to the UK economy.
It is important that we enable everyone in the UK to take responsibility for their eye health and for looking after their sight. We will make the case for regular eye tests so that sight conditions are identified and treated early.
For nearly a million people, their sight loss is not avoidable and there are currently no cures or very limited treatments. It is only by pioneering eye research that we will change this. By prioritising research we can give hope and optimism to those at risk or living with sight loss.
Priority area 2: Improve support across eye health and social care services
Everyone affected by sight loss has the right to receive the treatment and support they need at the right time, and in the most appropriate way.
People with eye conditions should receive timely treatment and regular appointments to manage their eye health and reduce the risk of further deterioration of their sight.
Every person with sight loss, young or old, should feel fully supported to live the lives they choose. This includes emotional and practical support and receiving information about available services. Where barriers to support exist, we must remove them, so people receive a smooth service.
Priority area 3: Improve awareness of sight loss and create an inclusive society for all
We aim to raise public awareness of the impact of sight loss and how negative attitudes and inadequate services can lead to social isolation and exclusion.
Together we can challenge ignorance, low expectations and poor service that lead to social exclusion through under-achievement in education, high unemployment, depression and loneliness, enabling blind and partially sighted people to fully participate in society.
By changing attitudes and services, we can empower people to lead independent lives and achieve social inclusion for all.
Transformational priorities update
Our four transformational priorities are below.
We are forming 4 panels of experts to set priorities and achieve outcomes around these priorities at present:
Epidemiology, evidence and statistics
To set up a national framework for statistics and knowledge which we know and agree.
To pull together a narrative to provide a means for us to communicate (with certainty) the statistics for eye health sight loss, economics and public health
To provide a framework where these bits of evidence can be cross match, commission work to provide data
To horizon scan, in which collaboration is essential to bring information together.
To inform the other Strategic panels with useful and usable evidence.
Research, cures and treatments
To ensure prevention and treatments are accessible and available to the population of the UK.
Prevention in this context means the clinical aspect including clinic overcapacity (Glaucoma and AMD).
To provide a collaborative response on research (Global and national), the identification of procedures, technology, drugs etc. and in the process by which they are approved.
Interest in accessibility of new products.
Costs of treatments to the NHS.
Involving and scoping seldom heard groups
Collaborative responses to NICE on drugs, procedures and technology.
Services, support and care
To ensure that the eye health and sight loss services that the community needs are accessible and available to the population.
Looking at the voluntary and statutory sector.
What do the population need, what is available and what will be needed for the future?
How do community based services work with wider support and signposting?
Changing models of care and how we can interact and support the changes to benefit the community, eye health and support those with or at risk of sight loss.
Public understanding of eye health and sight loss
To maximise the public understanding of eye health and sight loss to benefit of the population.
Vision UK is a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Association) on the foundation model
Registered Charity Number: 1174326, governed by a Board of Trustees made up of experts from the eye health, sight loss and healthcare sectors.