Buckley calls for restoration of vision screening for school children
East Cork Sinn Féin TD Pat Buckley has hit out at the HSE after a report by the Association of Optometrists Ireland suggest that the sixth class vision screening has been abandoned in East Cork.
Teachta Buckley said:
“No alternative arrangements have been put in place with people having to wait up to 48 months for treatment, but if you can afford private care, a person will wait only 3 months for the same operation.
“The School eye-care scheme finishes at the age of 12 and the medical card scheme starts at 16 so everyone is left in limbo between these years. In East Cork, the report says that the waiting list for children is longer than 18 months.
“What’s more damning is the fact that children who are referred to the HSE Eye Clinic must wait 24 months before they have an eye examination which could be done by Optometrists in their own community.
“What must be done now is for the Government to roll out a national scheme to allow children who do not need a surgical or medical management to be examined in their community by a qualified optometrist.” ENDS
Note: Please see the report attached