24.02.2010

A tale of two cities for woman with eye issues

A tale of two cities for woman with eye issues

By Alexa Kaczka

An elderly woman is having to travel to two different cities in order to have her eyes treated, contact lens wearers have learned.

Mavis Eldridge, a 79-year-old pensioner suffering age-related macular degeneration, expressed her incredulity at having to get one eye treated in a Birmingham hospital and her other in Coventry, even though it is for the same condition.

"It"s well known that if you have a macular problem in one eye, that the other eye may be affected sooner or later," she commented.

Ms Eldridge said that it is "silly" she could not have both eyes treated in Coventry"s University Hospital.

Despite the problems, Ms Eldridge added that she is pleased with the treatment she is receiving.

A spokesman for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust told the BBC that high demand for treatment had led to "capacity issues".

He added that any new referrals are being sent to Selly Oak to ensure patients receive treatment as quickly as possible.

by Alexa Kaczka


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