Diffusing the demographic eye health time bomb - how can optometry help?

About the session

CPD ref: C-108305


Due to the increased demand for eyecare, as the ageing population increases, pathway redesign has been identified as an essential requirement to manage the situation. This lecture explores how optometrists will potentially have a key role in helping to address the demographic eye health time bomb. The lecture will look at data demonstrating geographical inequalities in uptake of NHS funded eye examinations and research exploring why both older and younger adults may be reluctant to have a sight test. The presenter will also cover the demographic inequalities in issuing Certificates of Vision Impairment and geographical access to optometric services versus other primary care services.

Target audience

  • Optometrist
  • Dispensing optician.

Domains and learning outcomes


s.2 Communicate effectively with patients

  • Able to identify factors associated with reasons why members of the public, especially from low socio-economic backgrounds, maybe reluctant to access eye healthcare services.


s.10 Work collaboratively with colleagues in the interests of patients

  • Able to work collaboratively with other stakeholders to develop a model of eye care that best operates for the interests of the population.

s.13 Show respect and fairness to others and do not discriminate

  • Able to show respect and fairness to all groups in the population and do not discriminate.


Professor Darren Shickle

Professor Darren Shickle is Professor of Public Health at the University of Leeds. He has previously worked at University of Sheffield, University of Wales College of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University in the USA. He has worked at the Department of Human Services in the United States Government and the Department of Health in the UK Government. 

His interests include ophthalmic public health, leadership and competency frameworks, and public health ethics. He is a member of the steering group for the UK National Eye Health and Hearing Study. He has written 22 papers and articles relating to population eye health.