The Scottish Vision Strategy, launched in 2008 in response to the World Health Assembly Resolution, outlined plans for a sustained drive to tackle visual impairment and preventable sight loss.
The Scottish Government remains committed to a strategy that reflects Scotland’s devolved responsibilities in areas such as health, education, social care and transport. It is an approach that has allowed us to set priorities and activities firmly within Scotland’s policy and service delivery framework. The years since 2008 have seen considerable advances in eye care in Scotland. Since the strategy was launched, these have included the availability of free eye examinations, a new eye care integration project that speeds up the transfer of information between optometrists and ophthalmologists, and ‘See Hear’, a new strategic framework for meeting the needs of people with a sensory impairment. Optometrists have been awarded a frontline role in treating more routine eye problems, while progress has been made in identifying ‘hidden’ sight loss among those least able to communicate a problem, such as people with a learning disability or dementia.
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