BIOS are proud to support VisionUK’s initiative to make 2020 a big year for eye health and sight loss. The year 2020 presents an opportunity in the UK not only to remind everyone about the impact of sight loss, but also to celebrate work undertaken both to eradicate avoidable sight loss and to support those living with vision impairment. We wish to celebrate 2020 and make it the ‘Year of Vision’.

Matt Broom, CEO, Vision UK said “I am delighted to welcome all organisations to the “2020: Year of Vision” campaign. We will build on the spirit of collaboration that has already been achieved in the UK across the eye health and sight loss sectors to really highlight the importance of good eye health and an inclusive society. We are asking Vision UK members and associates to use ‘2020: The Year of Vision’ as a working strapline in association with their campaigns and events. We would like organisations to recognise the importance of eye health and sight loss and sign up to create a cohesive and year-long, message to policy makers, professionals, service users and the public that eye health and sight loss are important issues to both consider and act upon in 2020 and beyond.”

We have signed up to five objectives:

1) Together we will raise awareness of the need for medical research to encourage investment in eye health.

2) Together we will promote better eye health to prevent sight loss.

3) Together we will advocate for improved eye care and the best possible support for children and adults living with vision impairment.

4) Together we will celebrate those having a positive impact on people’s vision and daily lives.

5) Together we will work towards equality for people who are blind or partially sighted.

VisionUK is the independent partnership organisation, which BIOS is a member of, working for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people, their communities and the general population, including those at risk of sight loss. They work with national and regional organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector, and beyond.

Vision UK has added 20 organisations (so far) on board to its 2020: Year of Vision campaign.

British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS), The College of Optometrists, European Coalition for Vision, Fight for Sight, Guide Dogs, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), International Glaucoma Association (IGA),  Neatebox, Rehab Workers Professional Network (RWPN), RNIB, Royal Blind, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC), Scottish War Blinded, SeeAbility, Thomas Pocklington Trust, Visionary, Wilberforce Trust and Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers have agreed to collaborate on the collective campaign that will run across 2020.

If you are interested in finding out more:

  • Find out more about VisionUK

  • Download the “2020: Year of Vision” Documents here