Save our Sight (SOS): a collective call-to-action for enhanced retinal care across health systems in high income countries

Anat Loewenstein*, Alan Berger, Avril Daly, Catherine Creuzot-Garcher, Richard Gale, Federico Ricci, Javier Zarranz-Ventura, Robyn Guymer

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Abstract

With a growing aging population, the prevalence of age-related eye disease and associated eye care is expected to increase. The anticipated growth in demand, coupled with recent medical advances that have transformed eye care for people living with retinal diseases, particularly neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) and diabetic eye disease, has presented an opportunity for health systems to proactively manage the expected burden of these diseases. To do so, we must take collective action to address existing and anticipated capacity limitations by designing and implementing sustainable strategies that enable health systems to provide an optimal standard of care. Sufficient capacity will enable us to streamline and personalize the patient experience, reduce treatment burden, enable more equitable access to care and ensure optimal health outcomes. Through a multi-modal approach that gathered unbiased perspectives from clinical experts and patient advocates from eight high-income countries, substantiated perspectives with evidence from the published literature and validated findings with the broader eye care community, we have exposed capacity challenges that are motivating the community to take action and advocate for change. Herein, we propose a collective call-to-action for the future management of retinal diseases and potential strategies to achieve better health outcomes for individuals at-risk of, or living with, retinal disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3351-3359
Number of pages9
JournalEye
Volume37
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2023

Funding

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Shift Health

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