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7 November 2012
Eye Health, with a focus on ageing and sight loss, has been set as one of four priorities by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) for 2013 – 2016.
The decision was made after a successful proposal by the cross sector initiative UK Vision Strategy.
Working together, the RCGP and UK Vision Strategy will develop a framework to help GPs across the UK to identify undetected sight loss amongst elderly patients.
Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK, affecting more than 500,000 people.
Anita Lightstone, Programme Director for UK Vision Strategy and Chief Operations Officer for VISION 2020 UK said:“Many older people accept poor vision as part of the natural ageing process but this does not need to be the case. GPs have a vital role to play in raising awareness of the need for them to protect their eye health.
“By making eye health a priority and making ageing and sight loss a particular focus of this programme of work, we hope that we will be able to prevent many elderly patients from losing their sight unnecessarily.”