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Wales Eye Care Service (WECS) Glossary Term

A new eyecare service, introduced in 2012, that is structured so that patients can be managed appropriately and effectively by optometrists in the community. The three banding structure includes Eye Health Examination Wales (EHEW), further investigation/ examinations and a follow-up service. The service is free to patients in Wales who are eligible under one of the categories for a WECS and visit an accredited optometrist.
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Wales Optometry Postgrad Education Centre (WOPEC) Glossary Term

WOPEC is the first postgraduate education centre for optometry in the world and is dedicated to excellence in eye care education through quality and independence. WOPEC provides short courses for optometrists and eye care professionals as well as certified postgraduate courses and helps to facilitate training and accreditation for the WECS. It is located in the School of Optometry in Cardiff University.
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Welsh Eye Health Examination Wales (WEHEW) Glossary Term

The aim of the WEHEW is to detect those patients at increased risk of eye disease and those patients who would find losing their sight particularly difficult. Patients in Wales were entitled to a free at the point of access WEHEW eye examination from an accredited optometrist if they fulfilled specific criteria. This service was available from 2003-2012 but has been superseded by the EHEW.
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Welsh Government (WG)/ Llywodraeth Cymru Glossary Term

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales. It has legislative powers in key areas of public life such as health, education and the environment.
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Welsh Optometric Committee (WOC) Glossary Term

The Welsh Optometric Committee (WOC) is the Statutory Advisory Committee to the Welsh Government (WG), advising on all aspects of optometry and optometrists issues in Wales. It consists of Members from Regional Optometric Committees, Cardiff University School of Optometry and the Hospital Eye Service in Wales. It has observers from WG, WOPEC, and a reciprocal observer from the Ophthalmology Specialist Advisory Group (OSAG: part of Welsh Medical Committee). It occasionally commissions sub-groups for the purposes of developing particular areas of influence.
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Welfare benefits advice Glossary Term

Advice on the range of benefits available that the individual may be able to access through agencies such as the Department for Work and Pensions.
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Wolfram syndrome Glossary Term

Wolfram Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder which is also known as DIDMOAD syndrome after its 4 most common features (Diabetes Insipidus, Diabetes Mellitus, Optic Atrophy and Deafness). Everyone with Wolfram Syndrome will have optic atrophy at some stage, which means that the optic nerve wastes away and causes colour blindness and gradual loss of vision. Wolfram Syndrome is very rare and affects around 1 in 770,000 of the total UK population.
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