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Older people waiting 3 years for cataract surgery in Fingal – O’Reilly

14 June, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking today, Sinn Féin TD for Fingal Louise O’Reilly said that waiting times for cataract surgery in Fingal are out of control, despite there being a solution to address the problem.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“The waiting list for cataract surgery in Fingal has risen from 24 months in 2018 to 36 months in 2019.

“The information from the Association of Optometrists Ireland is incredibly worrying.

“Cataract procedures usually take around 10 minutes to perform, yet there are over 6,000 patients waiting on an operation across the state, with hundreds of these patients in Fingal.

“Patients suffer when they have to wait for cataract surgery, they lose sight, they lose independence, they can have accidents from falls, and all this costs patients and the health service more.

“The current system is not working – it needs to be overhauled.

“Thankfully, there is a clear solution - the award-winning Sligo Cataract Scheme. The Sligo-Leitrim constituency has the shortest waiting time in the State thanks to this cost-neutral scheme.

“This scheme needs to be rolled out nationwide and it needs to be rolled out nationwide, so Optometrists and Hospital Eye Departments can work together to reduce these waiting lists.” 

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