As the population ages, the demand for ear and eye care is increasing, putting undue pressure on health services, especially GPs, A&E and secondary care in hospitals – all services which are already challenged. 

Healthcare professionals are concerned about the impact this is having as people are struggling to get access to the care they need.

Specsavers Access to Care report identifies key areas of opportunity for policy makers to reduce pressure on health services by making more effective use of existing primary care services in the community to help prevent avoidable hearing and sight loss and increasing access to care for vulnerable groups.

Some people, particularly those who are disadvantaged and marginalised, face unnecessary barriers to healthcare. Achieving the best outcomes and quality of life for people must include equitable access to health care for all.

‘Specsavers is here for everyone – we just haven’t seen them all yet’
Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers co-founder

Access to care for people in care homes and those unable to leave their home

Hearing and vision loss in older people has been proven to affect physical and mental health and increase the speed of cognitive decline.

Maintaining vision and eye health is an essential part of residential care especially because of the link between poor eye health and falls.

In the last 12 months Specsavers Home Visits service has visited almost 175,000 people to provide sight tests in their own home, including almost 20,000 people living in care homes.

People experiencing homelessness

Specsavers is working with Expert Focus and a group of people with lived experience of homelessness to help us improve existing services and identify new and better ways to meet people’s needs.

Read the full report

If you’d like to read the full report, you can download it here