A new eye-care plan has been launched in Wales to tackle the number of people going blind because of slow diagnosis and treatment times.
The Welsh Government’s Eye Care Delivery Plan will focus on supporting the increasing number of individuals suffering with sight loss. Nearly 100,000 people in Wales have sight loss problems which is set to increase by 22% by 2020 and double by 2050, due to an ageing population.
Focus on earlier detection
The plan sets out to ensure that eye health problems are detected earlier and more people have access to regular sight tests, and can be treated closer to home.
Cathryn Davies, a senior clinical negligence solicitor, from Thompsons Solicitors’ Cardiff office, said: “The new delivery plan is a step in the right direction to ensure that eye-care is a top priority.
“The Welsh Government is leading the campaign to tackle a very serious health problem which can have devastating effects on an individual’s life. Diagnosis and treatment times must be reduced across the UK as a whole, to ensure that a patient’s eye health does not deteriorate further because of a slow system of care.
“At Thompsons Solicitors, we have acted for thousands of individuals who have had their lives turned upside down due to medical negligence, including clients with eye and vision problems. We welcome the initiatives proposed by the Eye Care Delivery Plan to ensure that the upward trend of patient suffering does not continue.”
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