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UK Vision Strategy launch

18 Apr 2008

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The UK Vision Strategy is a VISION 2020 UK initiative, led by RNIB working with partners from all areas of the sector, to develop a unified plan for action on all issues relating to eye health and sight loss, across the four countries of the UK. The strategy was developed in response to a World Health Assembly resolution in 2003, which urged the development of national plans to tackle sight loss. The development has also been supported by representation from all the UK governments.

Sight is the sense that nine out of ten people most fear losing, according to the findings of a survey released today (18 April 2008). The UK Vision Strategy - developed by a major new eye health and sight loss alliance - is calling for action to prevent their fears becoming a reality.

Over 650 organisations and individuals, with support from the UK Governments, developed the UK Vision Strategy, launched today, to set the direction for a radical improvement in the eye health of the nation.

Lesley-Anne Alexander, Chair of the group leading the development of the UK Vision Strategy3and Chief Executive of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), said: "Nine out of ten people in the UK tell us that sight is the sense they most fear losing. But, despite being one of the richest nations in the developed world, we aren't doing enough to protect it. Sight loss increases with age and the UK has an aging population, so the number of people losing their sight is set to double in the next few decades if we don’t intervene now. We're sitting on a sight loss time bomb!"

"The UK Vision Strategy enables us to build on past progress and the eye health and sight loss sector is committed to working together, with the UK Governments, to improve the eye health of the nation. We all need to take responsibility both professionally and personally - to improve eye health, eliminate avoidable sight loss and enhance the quality of life of people who have lost some or all of their sight."

The UK Vision Strategy is launched today (18 April) at a conference in central London.

View/download documentation:
- The UK Vision Strategy Report in either Word of pdf format
- The Official Press Release
- Introduction to the Strategy

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