The UK Vision Strategy is a ground-breaking VISION 2020 UK initiative to develop a unified plan for action on all issues relating to sight loss and eye health, across the four countries of the UK.
Over 650 organisations and individuals have played a role in developing the Strategy, including people with sight loss, users of eyecare services, eye health and social care professionals and statutory and voluntary organisations. The UK Governments have also given their support to the Strategy.
It is the first time that such a breadth of groups have come together to set the direction for eye health and sight loss services. Together, we make a powerful force for change.
The UK Vision Strategy aims to:
• Improve the eye health of the people of the UK
• Eliminate avoidable sight loss and deliver excellent support to those with a visual impairment
• Enhance the inclusion, participation and independence of blind and partially sighted people
The UK Vision Strategy has been developed in response to a World Health Assembly resolution in 2003, which urged the development of national plans to tackle sight loss. The ten-strong Strategic Advisory Group, steering the development of the Strategy, is made up of the following organisations:
• Action for Blind People
• British and Irish Orthoptic Society
• Eye Health Alliance
• The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
• National Association of Local Societies for Visually Impaired People (NALSVI)
• NHS Confederation
• RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People)
• The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
• VISION 2020 UK