West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership launches website for eye health

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership has launched a new website focusing on eye health, with the aim of increasing awareness and prevention around eye care and “looking at eye care as a lifetime journey”.

My Eye Health brings together information on more than 50 different eye conditions and offers guidance on treatment, self-care advice and post-surgery information; signposting information for non-emergency and urgent medical help; and a dedication section for children’s eye health, with information on testing, common childhood eye conditions, and videos and animations designed to support children who may be anxious about appointments.

The website also includes a professionals section for people working in eye care in West Yorkshire, where they can log in to access information such as clinical guidance, eye care commissioning policies and medication updates. Additionally, this section features an interactive staff forum where professionals can share information with colleagues and ask any questions they may have.

The development of the website follows discussion with Outlookers, an organisation running support services for people with visual impairments, that highlighted that the “huge amount of information online” can mean that it is “not easy to find the best information in terms of it being up to date, clinically accurate, easy to understand and relevant to where people live.”

My Eye Health can be accessed here.

We recently shared a feature exploring digital health and data across the ICS regions; this edition focuses on the North East and Yorkshire and includes insights from Paul Jones, chief information officer for the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership Digital Programme and chief digital information officer for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Paul shared his views with us on the current digital focuses within West Yorkshire as well as his thoughts on the future.

Also on eye care, we previously shared how Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology developed an artificial intelligence foundation model for ophthalmology called RETFound, which is said to be capable of detecting markers of disease from retinal images and “can identify some of the most debilitating eye diseases across diverse populations”. Find out more here.