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VISION 2020 UK holds round table event on Certificate of Visual Impairment

20 September 2016

VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration between organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector, has brought together senior representatives from health, social care and the voluntary sector at an event at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London.

The round table event, chaired by Professor Carrie MacEwen, President, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and with a welcome from John Thompson, VISION 2020 UK Trustee, was an important step in using the Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) to improve access to services and data collection.

Delegates heard from a wide range of senior representatives involved in CVI covering a variety of topics, such as the system of data collection and use of data, CVI for children and a Northern Ireland and Scotland perspective. A panel discussion helped to identify and improve understanding of the diverse issues relating to CVI.

Professor Carrie MacEwen, commented, “It was hugely encouraging to see so many partner organisations from both the statutory and voluntary sectors contributing to the event. This diverse group stimulated an excellent discussion and highlighted the benefit to patients and importance of CVI to all those working in eye care”.

Mercy Jeyasingham, CEO, VISION 2020 UK, said, “We were delighted to bring senior representatives from the sector together for this event. This was an important first step in understanding if the current system of certification leads to the support needed for blind and partially sighted people”.