John Mann MP has supported a debate in Parliament on avoidable sight loss.
There are almost 2 million people in the UK living with sight loss, and this is predicted to double to around 4 million people by 2050, in part due to our ageing population. It is estimated that 50% of sight loss incidences are avoidable. Despite the high occurrence of sight loss, there is no overarching strategy in England to govern it, in contrast to the strategies that exist for hearing loss and dementia. Eye care strategies do exist in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Since May 2010, there has not been a single full debate on eye health or sight loss in the House of Commons Chamber. John Mann MP has teamed up with other MPs to change that by applying for a debate on the subject.