29.04.2009

Rise in sight problems predicted

Rise in sight problems predicted

By Adrian Galbreth

The number of people in Scotland suffering from visual ailments will double over the coming 25 years, it has been predicted.

John Gill of Sight Action told the BBC that statistics about blindness in Scotland and how it is set to develop were "worrying".

Sight Action was taking part in the Blindness Matters conference in Inverness, part of the Scottish Government-funded Improving Eyecare Project.

Mr Gill said that funding had enabled programmes to be established to help people suffering from sight impairment.

The BBC reported that conference organisers foresaw numbers of sufferers doubling in the next quarter-century.

Bad health and an ageing population were cited as causes.

A review of eye care in Scotland was announced in 2004 and an interim report begun the next year by Lewis Macdonald.

He is the deputy minister for health and community care.

The purpose of the reviews is to ensure efficient and high quality service to patients in Scotland without long waiting times.

by Alexa Kaczka


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