15.04.2011

Health expert urges "do not forget about eyes"

Health expert urges "do not forget about eyes"

By Alexa Kaczka

The UK government has missed important opportunities to include improvements to eye care in their public health policies, it has been claimed.

According to Samantha Peters, the new General Optical Council (GOC) chief executive and registrar, policy makers could do more to acknowledge the importance of eye health.

Speaking to Optician at the recent Optrafair event, she said: "At times it seems like eye care is forgotten. When I read the white papers on public health and on workforce development, I can"t see anything much on eye care in them."

Ms Peters also noted the efforts of optical lobbyists who she argued were "working very hard together" in a bid to address the issue.

Meanwhile, in Tasmania, health minister Michelle O"Byrne has this week been urging people to carefully monitor their own eyesight.

She launched a new campaign on Thursday (April 14th) designed to promote greater awareness of eye health, as figures suggest that over 500,000 Australians are currently affected by vision loss.

by Martin Burns


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