22.07.2011

Oxfordshire NHS "treats eye problems too late"

Oxfordshire NHS "treats eye problems too late"

By Alexa Kaczka

The eyesight of those in Oxfordshire will need to deteriorate further before they become eligible for NHS treatment, it has been claimed.
 
Paul Jewitt, chairman of the Oxfordshire Local Optometric Committee, warned the Oxford Mail that the limit relating to eye treatment which is currently in place is too low to function properly.
 
He said that the current system requires a person to be further along the process before they become eligible for a cataract operation.
 
"Some patients aren't getting the surgery they should be. It is affecting their lives," Mr Jewitt explained.
 
A spokeswoman for NHS Oxfordshire told the news provider that the change had been implemented as many patients were having the operation before the disease developed.
 
Individual funding may still be available on application for those who do not meet the minimum criteria, with eight out of 19 applicants approved in the last three years.
 
In other news, specialists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are to apply a successful gene therapy used to treat a type of inherited blindness to other eye conditions. 

by Emily Tait


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