PRESS RELEASE: World Sight Day, 10 October 2019 – Putting Vision First

The European Coalition for Vision urges everyone in Europe to celebrate World Sight Day and put their Vision First! Regular eye examinations by a registered eye health professional (ophthalmologist, optometrist or optician) are vital for maintaining good sight and for revealing serious health issues.   

 There are over 30 million blind and partially sighted people Europe and 1 in 30 Europeans will experience sight loss. That’s about one in your school class. As the risks of blindness and visual impairment increase with age, 1 in 3 Europeans over 65 years old will face serious sight loss – a tenfold increase in risk. [1]

 Many serious eye disease such as glaucoma and macular degeneration or diabetic eye disease, are preventable or treatable if identified early. Yet eye diseases are silent thieves of sight – by the time you notice, it is often too late. 

 Don’t fall for avoidable sight loss

 The best way of spotting eye diseases early and avoiding visual impairment and blindness is an eye examination – usually funded or subsidised by your health insurance or national health or insurance system.

 Eye tests should be taken at appropriate intervals as advised by a registered eye health professional.

It will also help your vision if you give up smoking, have a healthy diet and exercise. 

Children should spend as much time as possible outsight in daylight but protect their eyes with sun hats, visors or good sunglasses if the sun is bright.    

Book an eye test now

 If you have not been for two years, book an appointment today by phone or email. Do not risk your sight. Put your and your family’s Vision First.

 About the European Coalition for Vision

The European Coalition for Vision is an alliance of professional bodies, patient groups, European NGOs, disabled people's organisations, associations representing suppliers and research groups: www.ecvision.eu.  We raise the profile of eye health and vision, help prevent avoidable visual impairment and secure an equal and inclusive society for those with irreversible blindness or low vision in Europe. The

Vision Atlas summary tells you more about the prevalence of eye health in your European country.

[1] Statistics courtesy of ECV member the European Blind Union www.euroblind.org/

EU NEWS

Over the summer the new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, set out priorities for the 2019-2024 Commission

  1.  A European Green Deal

  2. An economy that works for people

  3. A Europe fit for the digital age

  4. Protecting our European way of life

  5. A stronger Europe in the world

  6. European democracy.

 She has also now unveiled the portfolios of the European Commissioner candidates (10 September 2019).  There is little that is new, but several portfolios continue to be relevant to the work of the ECV

  • Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus) will be the new European Commissioner for Health

    She has been asked to focus on the effective implementation of the Medical Devices Regulation to protect patients and ensure it addresses new and emerging challenges and to make the most of the potential of e-health to provide high-quality healthcare and reduce inequalities

  • Nicholas Schmitt (Luxemburg) will be the European Commissioner for Jobs

    He will lead the work on implementing and updating the European Commission’s skills agenda, focusing on identifying and filling skills shortages and supporting reskilling

  • Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria) will be European Commissioner for Innovation and Youth

    Education and digital skills will be part of her portfolio, in addition to the European research agenda. She will also be responsible for promoting excellence and networking among universities 

  • Sylvie Goulard (France) will be the new European Commissioner for Industrial Policy and the Digital Single Market

    This will also include working on a coordinated European approach on Artificial Intelligence and helping SME scale up and expand including through better access to finance and appointing an SME Envoy

  • Margrethe Vestager (Denmark) will continue to be responsible for the Competition portfolio. She will also be Executive Vice-President-designate for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, co-leading the work on a new SME strategy with Sylvie Goulard.

    In this role she will review European competition rules, including antitrust regulations, merger control, and  State aid rules and guidance.

 Before the new Commissioners can take office

  • the European Parliament will hold public hearings to assess their suitability (later this month/early October)

  • the Parliament will then vote on the full College of Commissioners (end October)

  • the new Commission will take office on 1 November 2019 for a five term.

 With very many thanks to ECOO colleagues for supplying the above information. Any errors however are ours 

Stella Kyriakidou - EU Health Commissioner designate. A psychologist by profession (qualified UK to masters level), she worked the Cyprus Ministry of Health in the department of Child and Adolescent psychiatry from 1976 and 2006 for. In 1999 she was appointed president of the First Breast Cancer Movement in Cyprus and President of the National Committee on Cancer Strategy in 2016. She was elected to the Cyprus House of Representatives (Nicosia District) for the conservative  Democratic Rally  in 2006.

Stella Kyriakidou - EU Health Commissioner designate. A psychologist by profession (qualified UK to masters level), she worked the Cyprus Ministry of Health in the department of Child and Adolescent psychiatry from 1976 and 2006 for. In 1999 she was appointed president of the First Breast Cancer Movement in Cyprus and President of the National Committee on Cancer Strategy in 2016. She was elected to the Cyprus House of Representatives (Nicosia District) for the conservative Democratic Rally in 2006.

2. ASNAV Campaign Présentation October 2018

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 presentation held at the last ECVision meeting can be downloaded here:

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