Eyecare "needs to be a priority for commissioners"

Eyecare "needs to be a priority for commissioners"

By Alexa Kaczka

Local health services have to ensure eyecare is made a priority and not neglected for vulnerable groups such as the elderly, it has been argued.

Jill Matthews, the national implementation director of Primary Care Improvement, said that health bodies should make sure people have access to the exams and treatments they need when commissioning services.

"Leaving eyecare services as a low priority means that … the elderly, who are more likely to experience problems of sight loss, may not get the easy access they need [for] early detection and treatment of eye conditions close to home," she explained.

Ms Matthews, who spoke last week on the Local Optical Committees Support Unit's training and development roadshow for eyecare professionals, called on health commissioners to ensure local people are served by enough opticians and optometrists.

She added that the new NHS strategy, which sees GPs given greater power to commission local healthcare, offers an opportunity for more eyecare-related services to be provided to residents.

A recent post on the assistedlivingoklahoma.com blog stressed the importance of choosing the best optician in the area to ensure access to high-quality eyecare.

by Adrian Galbreth

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