Steve McCabe MP backs campaign for sight loss support

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak has joined campaigners and volunteers from sight loss charity RNIB to try and ensure that everyone diagnosed with sight loss receives practical and emotional support to come to terms with their diagnosis.

Steve met with campaigners from The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), and supported by Blind Veterans UK, for the launch of RNIB’s new report ‘See the need’. The report calls for every eye department in the UK to have access to a sight loss adviser, to support people when they’re told that they’re losing, or have permanently lost, their sight.

With eye departments currently at full capacity, and demand for services set to increase, Ophthalmologists lack the time they’d like to provide support. Sight loss advisers can help people to develop the skills and confidence that they need to live independently providing advice on everything from remaining in employment, to becoming more independent around the home. Research has also revealed that they can save significant amounts of money for health and social care budgets.

Steve McCabe MP said:

"It is vital that people receive quality, timely support when they’re diagnosed with sight loss. If any of my constituents are faced with losing their sight, I want them to receive practical and emotional support right from the start. Without the right support available, people can be left isolated, and unable to live independently. No one should have to face sight loss alone.

"I am supporting RNIB’s campaign for every eye department to have access to a sight loss adviser."

RNIB's CEO, Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE said:

 "It is crucial that every eye department in the UK has access to a qualified sight loss adviser. Ophthalmologists and their teams are currently under enormous pressure; their clinics are at full capacity, and they are being asked to do more, without additional resources. Sight loss advisers can help to ease this pressure, providing vital support to patients and signposting them to key hospital and community services."

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