McLeod supports the Scottish Vision Strategy

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod has pledged her support for the Scottish Vision Strategy, a national campaign to ensure no one in Scotland loses their sight unnecessarily, and that those who are blind and partially sighted can live as independently as possible.

The five-year strategy has been agreed by a coalition of government, ophthalmologists, opticians and sight loss charities.

Dr McLeod commented:

“I am very pleased to support the Scottish Vision Strategy. In many ways Scotland is a leader in eye-health. But we are an ageing population and inevitably more people will start to lose sight. This strategy will help to contain this increase and make our society more inclusive for this who have sight loss.”

RNIB Scotland states that fifty per cent of sight loss is avoidable, and for some conditions it can be arrested or even reversed if treatment is given in time. That’s why it is important that people get their eyes examined every two years. In Scotland eye examinations are free.

Notes to Editors: a photo of Dr McLeod signing the Scottish Vision Strategy is attached.
Contact: Rob Davidson: 07963 685 773
Ian Brown (RNIB Scotland): 0131 652 3164
07918 053 952.