ASNAV is the National Association for Sight Impairment and was founded in 1957. It is the only Association in France that includes all parties of the optical sector (including ophthalmologists, opticians, optometrists, lens makers and frame makers). The complete survey is available on ASNAV’s website www.asnav.org
The next meeting is on the 18th of February in FODO’s office, London
Hold the dates:
19 June 2019
25 October 2019
17 February 2020
22 June 2020
23 October 2020
All venues to be confirmed.
ECV will be hosting a meeting in Brussels with ECOO and MedTech on 31 January 2019 for eye health stakeholders across Europe to discuss working together and plans for World Sight Day 2019. Ideally we want this workshop to form part of a wider communication strategy to raise the profile of eye health generally.
World Sight Day 2019 is Thursday 10th October
The WIPO-administered Marrakesh Treaty makes the production and international transfer of specially-adapted books for people with blindness or visual impairments easier. It does this by establishing a set of limitations and exceptions to traditional copyright law.
The Treaty was signed in Marrakesh on June 27, 2013, and came into force on September 30, 2016.
Eye Care Everywhere!
More than 60% of visual impairment in Europe is avoidable. Have your eyes checked regularly! Here are some useful facts to remember.
World Sight Day, 11 Oct 2018, is an opportunity for the eye health community to come together. In the lead up to world sight day, we asked two European leaders from the NGO community “what would be the one big thing you would change in eye care in Europe?
It’s all about prevention, a view from David Hewlett
With an ageing global population, increasing levels of myopia amongst the urban young and large populations without access to elementary forms of eye care, these global challenges require global solutions. To achieve this, each World Health Organization Region must play its part.
In Europe, we still have a lack of public knowledge about eye health, vision and how to prevent impairment. Low levels of access to services for too many people, and the late presentation of issues, result in unacceptable levels of avoidable visual impairment.
Eye diseases are ‘hidden diseases’ and, without regular eye examinations, only manifest themselves to the sufferer at advanced stages. As ever, the key is prevention and early detection by eye health professionals. In our modern, tech-focused and high speed lives, good vision is imperative at all ages.
If there is one thing we would change about eye care in Europe today, it would be better public awareness of how to look after eyes and vision. Regular eye examinations with eye care professionals will enhance everyone’s quality of life now and for their whole lives.
Harmonisation for healthy eyes, a view from Fabienne Eckert
Tackling the growing burden of preventable sight loss in Europe warrants high-quality, common standards of eye care across the continent. Therefore, eye care in Europe would greatly benefit from further harmonisation of European optometric and optical education and clinical practice. The legal scope of practice of eye care professionals varies greatly from one country to the other, which means that the standards of vision care differ as well.
Historically, optometry schools across Europe developed professional criteria according to local principles and curricula. However, both patients and professionals increasingly move across-borders, either to seek professional care abroad or to offer services in another country. There is a growing need to ensure that patients can benefit from high-quality eye care wherever they go. We at ECOO are driving the change to meet this challenge. In order to do so, we developed the European Qualification in Optics and European Diploma in Optometry to stimulate uniform practice.
Much work is still to be done, and it is important that eye health is integrated in various other policy agendas, including the one for healthy ageing and road safety.
Prevention and harmonisation are two key areas that we call on European politicians to think about and act on in healthcare. We are delighted along with ECOO and ECV to be strongly supporting World Sight Day 2018 and its commitment to Eye Care Everywhere.