rnib-imageRNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is encouraging GPs and other primary care professionals across the UK to sign up to its free GP Eye Health Network.

The charity’s network aims to raise the profile of eye health within general practice and improve the quality of care for blind and partially sighted patients.

Eye health now accounts for 4.5 million GP consultations per year and costs the UK economy £28 billion annually. With the right treatment and services, a high proportion of sight loss can be avoided.

The network offers a range of resources, including:

  • quarterly enews
  • educational events
  • useful factsheets endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) on a series of eye conditions
  • the chance for GPs to become champions in eye health

Helen Lee, RNIB Evidence and Service Impact Manager for Prevention and project lead for the GP Eye Health Network, said:

“The GP Eye Health Network is a great way for primary care professionals to access resources specifically about eye health. We know 50 per cent of sight loss is preventable and currently the number of people living with sight loss is set to double by 2050.

“The GP Eye Health Network aims to provide advice and support to GPs to help ensure patients don’t lose their sight unnecessarily. It’s important for GPs to feel confident in their knowledge and act quickly when treating patients, which will relieve pressure from eye care and other health care services.”

For more information about the GP Eye Health Network, as well as access to eye condition fact sheets and webinars, please visit: http://www.rnib.org.uk/gp.