Mary attended the RSA Fit to Drive reception in Parliament.
In 2011, there were 435 road traffic accidents in North Tyneside
In 2011, 1,340 people were registered as blind or partially sighted in North Tyneside
The number of road crashes in the UK due to poor vision in 2012 was estimated to be over 2,000, resulting in around 3,000 casualties.
Since 2010 the Coalition Government has made significant changes in the way public health services, including eye health services, are commissioned, funded and delivered in England. It has introduced a number of new policy levers including a Public Health Outcomes Framework indicator for preventable sight loss and a National Ophthalmology Audit.
In 2011, 298,820 people in England1 were registered as blind or partially sighted with the NHS. Without action, the number of people expected to be affected by sight loss in the UK will rise to over 2,250,000 by 2020.
The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) 2013 Sight Loss UK report2 estimates NHS expenditure on vision problems to be £2,255 million in England, a figure that is set to rise.