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Poor eye health is a common and growing issue. Currently nearly 111,000 people in Wales are living with sight loss. This is estimated to increase by a third by 2030 and double by 2050.
Whilst current NHS targets for eye care services support new patients, this is often only the first part of what patients need. Regular reviews or treatment might be needed to make sure a patients’ sight improves or to reduce the risk of avoidable blindness.
RNIB research evidences that 1 in 3 of the 35,000 people in Wales who have dementia will have a significant sight loss and a large proportion of the remainder having deteriorating vision and undiagnosed sight loss.
Visibly Better Cymru, supported by ‘Western Bay ICF Dementia Funding’ is offering free workshops aimed at Care Home staff; family-based carers and other people who directly support people with dementia within the Western Bay region of Bridgend, Neath-Port Talbot and Swansea.
The free workshops will:
World Book Day 2019 (March 7) will soon be upon us and as part of the celebrations, the Welsh Books Council has announced the titles of two special books for children that have been published in Welsh and will be on sale for only £1.
RNIB Cymru is joining forces with other sight loss organisations in Wales to challenge a decision made by Newport City Council to withdraw from the Sencom service. This service gives support to children with sensory and communications needs across Gwent from birth until the age of 19.
The council has proposed a replacement service, though we have a number of concerns over the impact this may have on children and young people with sight loss in the Gwent area.
Our primary concerns are:
Eye care patients in Wales who are at the greatest risk of going blind are set to receive faster, prioritised treatment in the Welsh NHS thanks to a £3.3m investment by the Welsh Government to transform services, Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced today.
It is estimated around 111,000 people in Wales are living with sight loss. This is predicted to increase by a third by 2030 and double by 2050. Evidence suggests around 10% of new patients are at risk of irreversible sight loss compared to about 90% of follow-up patients.