In Focus: Through the 2023 looking glass

Lucy Patchett gains insight from industry experts on the eye care sector’s agenda for the coming year

Recent discussion of a national eye health strategy in the UK parliament has boosted the drive for healthcare improvements as the all-party parliamentary group on eye health and visual impairment brought forward a 10-minute rule bill in late November, 2022. While such events may have been forced by NHS ophthalmology backlogs and the continued pressure of underfunded sight tests, it is no doubt a sign that 2023 could lead to an era of eye care reform. Significantly, the new year welcomes the actualisation of the Welsh government’s Wales General Ophthalmic Services that has brought clinical services in optometry primary and community care together, and the Scottish government’s Community Glaucoma Service rollout to support its hospital eye services.

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