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Prime Minister Backs UK Vision Strategy

Prime Minister Back Launch of Refreshed UK Vision Strategy

June 2013

Prime Minister, David Cameron has today backed the launch of the UK Vision Strategy 2013 - 2018, a framework for change to improve eye health in the UK and support for people with sight loss. The Strategy will be launched today (11 June) at the Vision UK 2013 conference in Westminster, London.

Following a consultation in 2012, the Strategy sets out three priority outcomes for the next five years:

• Everyone in the UK looks after their eyes and their sight
• Everyone with an eye condition receives timely treatment and, if permanent sight loss occurs, early and appropriate services and support are available and accessible to all
• A society in which people with sight loss can fully participate

Mr Cameron who supports the aims of the Strategy said: "Any loss or impairment of vision can reduce a person’s quality of life substantially and demands for eye care services will increase as people live longer.

"This presents a challenge for the health and social care system which can only be overcome by improving the coordination, integration and effectiveness of eye health and care services across the UK."

The Strategy is supported by organisations across the eye health and sight loss sector who work together to deliver the Strategy. This partnership working has led to many successes since the Strategy launched in 2008.

Mr Cameron continues: "This collaborative approach has to be the way to improve services and support for people with vision problems. I am therefore pleased to welcome the aims of the UK Vision Strategy."

Anita Lightstone, Programme Director for UK Vision Strategy said: "We are delighted to have the support of the Prime Minister. By health and social care professionals working together in an integrated way we can ensure sight loss is avoided where possible and blind and partially sighted people get the support they need to play a full part in society."

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