Details of how the first-ever public health indicator for preventable sight loss will be measured, were released this week. The news has been welcomed by the eye health sector. This indicator will be introduced as part of the public health outcomes framework in England next April and will monitor the largest causes of preventable sight loss in adults. Public Health England, will assess how many people are registered as sight impaired or severely impaired who have lost their sight as a result of one of the three major causes of preventable sight loss. These are glaucoma, AMD and diabetic retinopathy. Coinciding with the update, a briefing, which explains in more detail how individual stakeholders such as optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists and people within the voluntary sector working with sight loss can raise awareness of the new indicator among key decision-makers, has been released.The programs director has stated that the briefing will help everyone involved with eye health to speak with one voice to highlight why the indicator is going to be so important.
It is hoped it will drive up standards across the industry.