Launch of Foresight Project sparks debate on the transformation of eye health and future eye care services in the community

22 March 2016

A project designed to look at the impact of technology on the entire optical sector has been launched today by the Optical Confederation and the College of Optometrists and with joint funding from the Central (LOC) Fund. 

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More high-street eye services needed to reduce hospital pressures

17 March 2016

CCGs are being urged to introduce more high-street eye health services following revelations that hospital ophthalmology services are at bursting point.

The call follows the announcement by the UK’s leading ophthalmologist that patients are at risk of irreversible sight loss because NHS eye clinics can’t cope. Professor Carrie MacEwan, President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, said follow-up appointments can be “delayed by years”, meaning patients don’t get treated on time.

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Government Freezes Sight Test Fees

16 March 2016

The Government announced at the start of this week its intention to freeze NHS sight test fees in England at 2015-16 levels for 2016-17. The continuing education & training (CET) grant will however increase by 1% and the grant to train pre-registration optometrists by 1%. 

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