MP pledges support for RNIB’s SOS campaign

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MARK Menzies MP met with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) at a parliamentary reception where it launched its new eye health campaign Save our Sight (SOS).

There are around two million people in the UK with sight problems and the number of people at risk of the main causes of blindness – cataract, glaucoma, wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic eye disease is set to increase by up to 25 per cent in the decade leading up to 2020.

However, 50 per cent of sight loss is avoidable and RNIB’s SOS campaign aims to tackle the timebomb of unnecessary sight loss and promote the importance of timely access to vital treatment.

Mr Menzies said: “I am pleased to pledge my support to RNIB’s new SOS campaign to improve early diagnosis and access to treatment for residents of Fylde.”

Steve Winyard, Head of Campaigns at RNIB, said: “RNIB welcomes the support of Mark Menzies. Our SOS campaign aims to challenge unnecessary sight loss, to promote the importance of regular eye checks and also to highlight those areas where timely access to treatment and monitoring has saved the sight of those previously at risk of blindness.”

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