It is likely that “hundreds” of NHS patients in England every year may suffer irreversible sight loss, or potentially avoidable deterioration of vision, due to hospital eye services being overstretched and under-resourced. Increased demand for follow-up appointments has arisen largely from an ageing population (and newer, previously unavailable treatments) requiring more long-term eye care.
MacEwen, C. (2016). Eye risk from ‘overstretched NHS’. London: BBC Health News / BBC News Magazine, March 16th 2016.
Possibly of interest:
NHS eye health summit tackles hospital demand. London: NHS England, June 7th 2016.
CCGs urged to tackle backlogs at eye health summit. London: NHS England, June 14th 2016.