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We believe members are concerned that children are not being screened for visual problems when they start school in some parts of the UK. As part of our public health programme, we are playing a leading role in tackling this problem and we need your help.
We want to hear about any evidence optometrists have about children’s screening programmes that are working well. For example, is there audit data from a good scheme in your area, or do you know how a screening programme in your area has successfully used optometrists to handle referrals?
We will use this evidence in our work to improve the way screening works across the UK. The College has helped the UK Vision Strategy to establish a Children’s Screening Action Group that brings together key parties, such as the RNIB, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the Optical Confederation and the British and Irish Orthoptics Society. This Group will recommend the best way to deliver visual screening programmes for children age 4-5 then work with commissioners to ensure effective screening is put in place across the UK.
To discuss this project or to submit your evidence and experience, please contact Stuart Holland, the College of Optometrists on 020 7766 4383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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