VERI’s research submission to REF2014 was rated as 100% World Leading and Internationally Excellent.
VERI research has substantial impact on eyecare policies worldwide, decreasing the risk of blindness and improving quality of life for those who are vision impaired.
1. Addressing the global burden of eye diseases
The Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG) data have informed strategies and practices for international organisations, countries and large charities. The WHO, UN and the governments of Australia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have made eye-health policies and/or investment decisions based on the research findings. Charities in the UK, US and Australia, working across 20 countries, have used the data to underpin their lobbying activities and to inform their strategies and investment decisions.
2. Improved eye and healthcare for diabetic patients of South Asian origin
Our research has highlighted the need for improved health literacy, lifestyle changes and retinal screening uptake in people of Asian origin in order to reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy. This has led to a number of strategies/interventions in the UK (at grassroots levels), Nepal, China, India and Thailand, impacting patients with diabetes and healthcare professionals, leading to changed behaviour and improved patient outcomes.
Above: Dr Sapkota talking to a resident about diabetes and diabetic retinopathy at an annual health camp organised by Non-Resident Nepali Association UK, May 2019.