Eye Health (Adults)

Key Issues (October 2014)

  • Wirral has an ageing population and as a consequence there is potential for increased demands on local eye services and any related support as the prevalence of the major eye conditions likely increases

  • People living with sight loss can struggle with everyday tasks such as mobility and travel, reading, writing and using new technology

  • More than 2 million people in the UK could be living with some form of sight loss

  • It is suggested that 50% of sight loss is avoidable if detected and treated early enough – prevention services and health promotion messages play a major part in meeting this need

  • Costs (direct or indirect) associated with sight loss are suggested to be over £.6.5 billion a year for the UK and over £16 million for Wirral

  • A range of health related issues that impact and are impacted upon by sight loss – these include smoking, obesity, stroke, hypertension, dementia, falls and mental health/depression

  • People living on low incomes and in areas of deprivation can be more at risk of sight loss as there is a tendency not to have regular eye tests and/or access support services

  • Other groups at risk of sight loss and eye health issues are those people with a learning disability and people from a black and minority ethnic group (for a specific eye conditions),

  • Wirral has over 10,000 people (estimate) living with some form of sight loss, or almost 3.5% of the local population and this is estimated to rise to almost 15,000 by 2030

  • Wirral performs worse than England and other Merseyside and North West areas for Age related Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and sight loss registrations but has a lower rate of diabetic eye disease.

  • Early detection is key to avoidable sight loss and costs for future care. However figures suggest that only 2 in 5 over 60s and 1 in 4 children and young people had a NHS eye test in 2012/13

  • Local commissioners are working with service providers, vested interest organisations and local people to maintain and develop current and future eye health services

  •  Local support services and care pathways provide vital links for people seeking diagnosis and support

Eye Health (Adults) - published -  October 2014 (Update scheduled for Summer 2015)

Other related content 
English Vision Strategy (July 2015)
To address the problems faced on a daily basis by individuals with sight loss, and to promote the importance of maintaining good eye health, the leading eye health and sight loss organisations in England are working together to deliver a plan for local adults and children.
Eye Health (Children & Young People) - published - July 2015
Wirral Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme Health Equity Audit for 2013
Cheshire Warrington & Wirral Eye Health Needs Assessment (February 2015)
This was recently completed at the request of the Local Professional Network for Eye Health. it supplements our local Eye Health section (above). Access HNA here

Key information sources for you to consider:
Health and social care outcomes frameworks (Collection)
Public Health England Data and Knowledge Gateway
NHS Information Centre
JSNA other useful sources of information


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