Eye health Professionals' views
Francesca Marchetti, a self-employed Optometrist, who is currently chair of National Eye Health Week and has been involved with the Sight Loss and Vision Priority Setting Partnership attended the Refractive Error and Ocular Motility workshop. She said:
“Whilst eye research has improved dramatically over the past few decades there are still 100 people in the UK who start to lose their sight every day. With limited resources available, it’s crucial that those closest to eye conditions have their say in prioritising medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.
“For the first time, the Sight Loss and Vision Survey has allowed me and others in the eye industry, along with patients, relatives and carers have our say.”
Alistair Fielder, Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology at City University, London and is Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at St Mary’s and Hillingdon Hospitals, London said:
“To date the research undertaken has been what is thought to be important by researchers and universities so it was great to sit down with patients and tease out what research is needed to actually help people. At last a real team effort with the patient having a say in the research for the future.”
Adam Mapani, 34, is an Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and has been involved with the Sight Loss and Vision Priority Setting Partnership and attended the Retinal Vascular Disease workshop said:
“Ophthalmology speciality in the 21st century has been characterised by impressive and inventive research, giving rise to improved quality of life in some patients with various ocular problems. However, the number of patients experiencing and suffering from visual impairment remains on the increase. Emerging therapies although effective, are not of benefit to everyone.
“The Sight Loss and Vision Priority Setting Partnership has taken the initiative in exploring various gaps in eye research which aim towards major improvements in eye care management. They have also provided me an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge alongside various ophthalmic disciplines and most important patients, relatives, carers living with eye related problems.”