Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands MSP, has pledged support for the Scottish Vision Strategy - a national campaign to ensure that 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.
Above: Jamie signing the Scottish Vision Strategy pledge at Holyrood last week
At an event organised by charity RNIB Scotland in the Scottish Parliament last week, Jamie signed a pledge to support the Scottish Vision Strategy.
Speaking today, he said:
“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 those who have sight loss”.
RNIB Scotland says that 50% of sight loss is avoidable. For some conditions, it can be arrested or even reversed if treatment is given in time. The RNIB says "Having an eye examination at least once every two years should be part of everyone's health care routine".
In Scotland, eye examinations are free of charge.