By Adrian Galbreth
A new clinic to treat glaucoma sufferers and identify the condition in other people has been launched in Dublin.
The Ophthalmic Department at Beaumont Hospital has piloted an innovative nurse-led glaucoma clinic which is designed to shorten waiting times and speed up diagnosis.
It is the first of its type in Ireland and based on a successful UK approach which involves a clinical nurse specialist reviewing stable glaucoma patients and glaucoma suspects under specific guidelines, and is fully supported by senior ophthalmic clinicians.
The hospital stated: "Capacity constraints and the growing demands of an ageing population have resulted in increasing delays for new patients. Improved levels of detection are also contributing to the increase in demand."
It comes after Sarah Zerbib, head of marketing and PR at the International Glaucoma Association, recently said that the visits can help eye doctors and opticians to identify the onset of a wide range of diseases and slow their progression or even cure them.
by Martin Burns