UKNEHS must not be considered a one-off, standalone piece of research. We know that true outcomes will only arise if the data and insights gathered are used to:
Change where and the ways in which services are delivered
Invest in new technology
Support greater research investment in the sector
Build greater awareness of sensory loss in the UK population
The results of this work will feed into a wider programme of activities which will enable us to seriously consider the future screening and prevention of eye disease in the UK.
Explore our predicted outcomes below, and read more by clicking on each image.
There is no robust evidence-base upon which to target the right preventions, treatment, public health services and support to people who really need it. Demand for eye health services is growing, and there is a real need to refresh old data to establish an up to date, accurate baseline for the UK’s eye health.
Barriers to accessibility, lack of awareness of the health benefits of regular sight tests and delays to treatment means that needs are not being met. Better targeting of services and increased awareness of eye and hearing health will improve health and well-being outcomes for the wider UK population.
Avoidable sensory loss comes at a significant economic cost individuals and the UK economy as a whole; in an area of reduced public spending, with many challenges on public finances, we must shift our focus to earlier intervention. UKNEHS data will help to target services effectively.