People diagnosed with sight loss often lack timely intervention, treatment and support to maintain their independence and wellbeing. Over 50% of all sight loss is avoidable, and this is a consequence of strains on health care services, a fragmented eye care pathway and poor integration of support services. The importance of receiving the correct diagnosis, treatment plan, on time appointments and rehabilitation support at a time and place convenient for the individual is crucial.
Blind and partially sighted people are at a higher risk than sighted people of experiencing mental health conditions, with 43% of people who lose their sight going on to battle depression. We are working with national and local government, CCGs, NHS and other voluntary sector groups across London to ensure people get the best possible medical and emotional care.