IAPB, the peak body for the global eye care sector, welcomes the approval of a World Health Assembly resolution on eye health in the year 2020

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10 February 2020
Source: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

The World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board approved a resolution on ‘integrated people centred eye care’ in an effort to tackle the rising numbers of people living with vision impairment and blindness.   The WHO Executive Board resolution notes that 2.2 billion people are living with blindness or vision impairment, of which at least 1 billion cannot access the treatment

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BMJ: President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Mike Burdon responds to David Oliver: Are we seeing value based rationing clearly?

26 April 2019
Source: BMJ Open

‘Health spending decisions are difficult, but the CCGs’ stance on cataract surgery is clearly wrong.’ Mike Burdon president of the RCOphth wrote to the BMJ Latest following their coverage of cataract rationing. You can read his response here: https://whttps://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l1734/rr-0

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The Herald: Anger as opticians in Ayrshire told not to refer patients for second cataracts op to ease waiting times

10 August 2018

Patients in Ayrshire are being refused cataract surgery on a second eye under new restrictions designed to cut waiting times. Opticians are said to be frustrated over the move, which was described as a “false economy” by sight loss campaigners. It is understood that the new rules have been implemented to ease pressure on ophthalmology, amid a shortage of surgeons

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RCOphth: Sustainable Ophthalmic Pathways

19 June 2018
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Supporting commissioners, providers and professionals with the most recent   recommendations to ensure efficient and equitable ophthalmic services. Access to surgery Key messages: • Cataract surgery is highly cost effective in almost all cases of cataract causing symptoms affecting the patient’s quality of life • Access to cataract surgery should not be limited by any specific visual acuity or quality of

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