Community Eye Alliance Launches to Improve Eye Health and Prevent Blindness in Local Populations
Community Eye Alliance, a new organisation dedicated to assisting accessible, high-quality eye care services to local populations, has officially launched today with the aim of helping the NHS tackle the transformation of ophthalmology services.
Ophthalmology is one of the specialities that has the highest waiting time in the NHS. It is estimated that over 600,000 patients are on the waiting list for an eye related problem.
As a community ophthalmology group of clinicians, Community Eye Alliance provides consultant-grade staff and services to diagnose, treat, and prevent eye diseases and conditions within a community setting. With a team of experienced professionals who have been practising for over 10 years, Community Eye Alliance offers services to integrate closely with other healthcare providers to deliver comprehensive eye care services to patients, including screenings, vision tests, treatment of eye diseases and injuries, and referrals for more specialised care when required.
Community Eye Alliance aims to improve patient flow across the eye health system, by providing the clinical skills and experience to remove unwarranted variation in clinical decision-making, develop efficiencies across pathways, and devolve some of the low-risk activity to free up capacity within hospital eye services. These goals align with those of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the College of Optometrists.
“Our goal is to improve eye health and prevent blindness in the populations we serve,” said a spokesperson for Community Eye Alliance. “We believe that community ophthalmology is the future of NHS eye care, and we are committed to making a positive impact in the community and beyond.”