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SeeAbility teams up with the Eye Health Alliance as its newest member

13 Aug 2009

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The Eye Health Alliance, of which the GOC is a member, has gained further support within the optical world. Its membership has now expanded to include SeeAbility, its 10th member. SeeAbility is a specialist and growing charity, which enables blind and partially sighted people with additional disabilities to achieve more from life and encourages others to see beyond the disability.

David Scott-Ralphs, the charity’s Chief Executive said: “Becoming a new member of the Eye Health Alliance is important to us as it reinforces our work. Some of the most vulnerable people in our society are struggling with sight problems that affect all areas of their life as a result of a lack of regular eye tests and referrals to clinics and hospitals. We are determined to fill the gaps and transform the lives of the many people who need it”.

Many people with learning disabilities may not know they have a sight problem and they may not be able to tell others. The Eye Health Alliance is concerned that many people with learning disabilities are not getting the eye care services they need, such as regular sight tests.

Heather Marshall, the Eye Health Alliance spokesperson said:, "Having SeeAbility, a prominent and dedicated charity on board will help us to raise awareness of sight loss for people with learning disabilities at a national as well as a local level. Their membership to the Alliance comes at an exciting and opportunistic time in the political calendar, as we gear up to make a lasting impact at party conferences this year."

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Notes to Editors

1. The Eye Health Alliance is a coalition of the professional and representative optical bodies and eye care charities. For a full list of members and more information go to: www.eyehealthalliance.co.uk
2. For more information about this article or the Eye Health Alliance contact: sarahlapham@aop.org.uk
3. For more information on SeeAbility and the work they do go to: www.seeability.org
 

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