Visual impairment is a growing problem: the number of people with sight loss is expected to double by 2050 as the population ages and underlying causes like diabetes and obesity increase. Eye care services are stretched, and the NHS faces a perfect storm of growing need and squeezed budgets. But the visual impairment sector is rising to the challenge, and uniting in a way not seen before to push for positive change.This promising trend of collaboration amongst visual impairment organisations could help the sector work together to identify, treat and prevent sight loss, and deliver the joined-up care that is badly needed.
Now is a pivotal time for visual impairment: the growing need provides the impetus for the sector and government to develop better ways of working, and to invest in medical research. Charities can give people affected by sight loss a voice in the debate, and speak up for their interests.