Elizabeth Araj
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'Traumatic wait' for NHS eye treatment

Eye specialists say hundreds of patients suffer irreversible sight loss every year in England because services are overstretched and under-resourced.

The president of the Royal College of Opthalmologists, Professor Carrie MacEwen, says the NHS is struggling to keep up because of a "perfect storm" of increased demand, caused by more eye disease in an ageing population, requiring long term care.

Elizabeth Araj, who has age-related macular degeneration, was told that instead of four-to-six weeks between treatments, she would have to wait 16 weeks.

  • 16 Mar 2016