At a recent Parliamentary reception Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, met representatives from sight loss charity The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Blind Veterans UK to discuss the new ‘See the need’ report, which calls for every eye department in the UK to have access to a sight loss adviser, to support people when they’re told that they’re losing, or have permanently lost, their sight.
“With eye departments currently at full capacity due to our ageing population, and demand for services set to increase, ophthalmologists lack the time they’d like to provide support.
“Sight loss advisers can provide advice on everything from remaining in employment to becoming more independent around the home. Research has also shown that they can save significant amounts of money for health and social care budgets.
"It is vital that blind and partially sighted people receive quality, timely support when they’re diagnosed with sight loss, without this people can be left isolated, and unable to live independently.
"I am therefore supporting RNIB’s campaign for every eye department to have access to a sight loss adviser."
Photo shows, LtoR, Simon Brown (Blind Veterans UK), Justin and Fazilet Hadi (RNIB) at the recent Parliamentary event.