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First national epidemiological study in childhood visual disability (BCVISG) wins Ulverscroft David Owen prize

The paper reports the findings of the British Childhood Vision Impairment and Blindness study (BCVISG) which relied on ophthalmologists and paediatricians across the UK’s four nations reporting newly diagnosed children with VI/SVIBL through the British Ophthalmological Study Unit (BOSU) and the equivalent national paediatric surveillance unit (BPSU). BCVIS2 was a prospective UK-wide, cross-sectional, observational study

Special Schools Eye Care Programme seeks assistance in mapping existing schemes

NHS England have made a commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to commission an in-school visual assessment for all children in special schools in England. This will allow visual assessment, refraction and dispensing of spectacles (where appropriate). The Special Schools Eye Care Programme team are keen to hear from ophthalmologists with existing Special Schools

Ophthalmologist Lola Solebo recognised for study into the management of avoidable childhood blindness

Lola Solebo, NIHR Moorfields BRC and UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, has been awarded The Ulverscroft David Owen Prize by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Ulverscroft Foundation for the best piece of research published in paediatric ophthalmology over the past three years. Focusing on congenital and infantile cataract the paper, published

Children’s Eye Care – Reinforcing National Guidelines for Vision Screening in Schools for all 4-5 year olds

The British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) supports the evidence-based national screening guidelines aimed at the early detection of vision defects in children, at the appropriate age, through clinical examinations by appropriately trained staff. Detection of eye problems in the very young and pre-school child requires expert clinical examination. If a parent or carer has

Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competences for health care staff

All health staff must have the competences to recognise child maltreatment and to take effective action as appropriate to their role. They must also clearly understand their responsibilities, and should be supported by their employing organisation to fulfil their duties. Chief Executive officers and independent contractors such as GPs, in particular have a responsibility to