27.11.2009

Victory for Scottish campaigner

Victory for Scottish campaigner

By Martin Burns

From August, children in Inverness will be offered specialist pre-school eye tests, the Inverness Courier has reported.

The announcement by NHS Highland marks a change in screening policy for the service and a success for a long campaign by the Inverness Courier.

It published the story of Stephen Wilson, from Kirkhill, whose two daughters were diagnosed with "lazy eye" which can be successfully treated if detected early enough in childhood.

The change in policy brings NHS Highland in line with nationally-recommended guidelines for eye testing after it was previously the only health authority in Scotland not to offer full screening.

Mr Wilson told the newspaper: "If NHS Highland had done this four years ago, both my daughters would have perfect eyesight. But because they did not do this both my daughters have very poor eyesight in one of their eyes."

A mother from north-east England recently urged all parents to get their children"s eyes tested after a routine visit to Specsavers helped save her son"s eyesight, the Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette recently reported.

by Adrian Galbreth


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