COVID-19: College of Optometrists updates

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24 March 2020
Source: College of Optometrists

This contains the current guidance available for each nation and the latest updates from the College. 23 March 2020: Recommendation to only offer ‘essential’ eye care We have listened to our members’ concerns, and the public health advice coming from the UK’s governments to avoid social contact where possible. As a result the College recommends that every optometrist and practice

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IAPB: The 72nd World Health Assembly – A decisive moment for the WHO, UHC and Eye Health

7 June 2019
Source: IAPB

Report: Jessica Crofts-Lawrence, Head of Policy and Advocacy, IAPB. The World Health Assembly (WHA) is an annual gathering of all the world’s health ministers and a key opportunity for advocates to be seen and heard on their respective health issues. This year, the theme of the WHA was “Health for All” and as such there was a strong focus on

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How children with learning disabilities can miss out on eye care

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28 March 2019
Source: SeeAbility

An evaluation on the eye care needs of children in special schools in England has now been published in the peer reviewed international science journal PLOS ONE. Three of the four authors, including the lead author, are from SeeAbility’s clinical team – Lisa Donaldson Optometrist and Clinical Lead, Marek Karas Senior Optometrist and Donna O’Brien Policy and Research manager, supported by Dr

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Eye Care and The Equality Act

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10 March 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

Are your eye care services embracing The Equality Act? Are you doing everything you can to ensure that people with disabilities have the same access to your eye care services as people without disabilities?  What are your legal – not to mention moral – responsibilities when it comes to ensuring equality of access? Equality legislation and The Equality Act, 2010

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ABDO: Scots lead the way in UK eye health care

6 March 2019

It’s truly a postcode lottery when it comes to eyecare in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (NI), compared to Scotland which provides national eye care for all, according to the Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ (ABDO) latest research which compares NHS eye care in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. People in England, Wales and NI are only able to

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Disempowered at The Eye Clinic

10 January 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

BJ Edwards shares his experience of accessing eye care in the 21st century. I have always received excellent medical care. As a patient who has endured a number of operations, prolonged stays at the hospital and numerous outpatient appointments, I have observed some excellent practise. Sadly, I have also observed some less than excellent practise during my decades of experience.

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SeeAbility proud to be charity partner of 100% Optical

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8 January 2019
Source: SeeAbility

To kick off our 220th anniversary year, SeeAbility are proud to be official charity partner of 100% Optical, the largest optical event in the UK which will take place on 12–14 January 2019 at London ExCel. The partnership comes at an exciting time, as the newly published Long Term NHS plan commits to investing and working with partners to ensure

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College of Optometrists’ survey shows poor habits and hygiene in using contact lenses and eye drops

26 September 2018
Source: College of Optometrists

A survey commissioned by the College of Optometrists shows that many people using contact lenses are not using good hygiene and many of those using eye drops are applying them incorrectly. The research, conducted to highlight hygiene and compliance around eye care issues for National Eye Health Week*, also showed that almost a third (30.1 per cent) of people do

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Welsh Government: £4m investment to transform eye care in Wales

20 September 2018

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has an announced a £4m investment as part of measures to transform eye care services across Wales. Speaking at the All Wales National Eye Care Conference in Cardiff today (17 September) Mr Gething said the money will transform services to ensure patients are diagnosed and treated more quickly. Decisions about exactly how the £4m will be

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IAPB: How do we make sure we leave no one behind?

23 August 2018
Source: IAPB

The Sustainable Development Goals aim to leave no one behind, We are all working to reduce visual impairment, but do we know if some people are being left behind? by Jacqueline Ramke and Allen Foster. If we do outreach, are we sure we are reaching all the people who need services? In this blog we discuss some challenges we must

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