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Eye Health (Adult)

Key findings (Published October 2014)

  • Wirral has an ageing population and as a consequence there is potential for increased demands on local eye services and any related support as the prevalence of the major eye conditions likely increases

  • People living with sight loss can struggle with everyday tasks such as mobility and travel, reading, writing and using new technology 

  • More than 2 million people in the UK could be living with some form of sight loss

  • It is suggested that 50% of sight loss is avoidable if detected and treated early enough – prevention services and health promotion messages play a major part in meeting this need

  • Costs (direct or indirect) associated with sight loss are suggested to be over £.6.5 billion a year for the UK and over £16 million for Wirral

  • A range of health related issues that impact and are impacted upon by sight loss – these include smoking, obesity, stroke, hypertension, dementia, falls and mental health/depression

  • People living on low incomes and in areas of deprivation can be more at risk of sight loss as there is a tendency not to have regular eye tests and/or access support services

  • Other groups at risk of sight loss and eye health issues are those people with a learning disability and people from a black and minority ethnic group  

  • Wirral has over 10,000 people (estimate) living with some form of sight loss, or almost 3.5% of the local population and this is estimated to rise to almost 15,000 by 2030

  • Wirral performs worse than England and other Merseyside and North West areas for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and sight loss registrations but has a lower rate of diabetic eye disease

  • Early detection is key to avoidable sight loss and costs for future care. However figures suggest that only 2 in 5 over 60s and 1 in 4 children and young people had a NHS eye test in 2012/13

  • Local commissioners are working with service providers, vested interest organisations and local people to maintain and develop current and future eye health services

  • Local support services and care pathways provide vital links for people seeking diagnosis and support

Eye Health (Adults) (October 2014)

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Further information 

UK Vision Strategy (Refreshed to run to 2018)
The UK Vision Strategy aims to reduce avoidable blindness by the year 2020 and produce a unified framework for action on all issues relating to vision. It is led by RNIB, in partnership with organisations across the sector. The strategy was launched in 2008 and sets out a strategic framework for improvement to the UK’s eye health and outcomes for people with sight loss. 

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