Midlands Patients Waiting Up To Two Years For Eye Care Appointments

Written 2 months ago by Sinead Hubble

There’s been an increase in the amount of people travelling to Northern Ireland for cataract surgery.

Nationally, patients are waiting up to 60 months for treatment for the condition while the average wait in the midlands is 23 months.

Offaly has the longest waiting list for patients looking to get cataract surgery in the region with a wait of up to two years.

People in Longford, Westmeath and Laois won’t get an appointment for 22 months compared to three months for private care.

President of the Association of Optometrists Patricia Dunphy says its a very simple procedure:

A cataract scheme rolled out in the Sligo Leitrim has reduced the waiting list from as long as three years to 14 months.

Optometrist Lynda McGivney Nolan says there’s no excuse for the HSE not to roll it out nationwide:

74 per cent of optometrists reported an increase in patients availing of the Cross Border Directive in the last year- because they couldnt wait any longer.