RNIB Cymru director Ceri Jackson
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Eye care wait concern raised by RNIB Cymru

Concern people with eye problems are losing their sight because they are not getting treatment fast enough is being tackled by a new Welsh government plan.

Nearly 100,000 people have sight loss issues and the figure is expected to rise as the aging population grows.

The Welsh government said its eye care delivery plan was pioneering.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) said it hoped it would ensure fewer people suffered with preventable problems in the future.

RNIB Cymru director Ceri Jackson said: "Sadly, we do hear of people who do lose their sight who are registered blind or partially sighted because they have not been seen in the time they when should be seen.

"What I hope this plan will do is place more emphasis and priority around joining up those services across primary and secondary care so we do make sure people don't lose their sight unnecessarily."

Action plan to tackle eyesight loss

  • 18 Sep 2013
  • From the section Wales