Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, attended RNIB’s (The Royal National Institute of Blind People) Parliamentary event on Tuesday 22nd November to find out if time is running out for constituents with conditions that can lead to sight loss.
Eye clinics that cancel appointments put their patients at risk of irreversible sight loss because many treatments for sight-threatening conditions require frequent follow-up appointments.
RNIB Cymru is campaigning for patients to be seen by eye clinics in the time advised by their consultant, and for patients to keep their appointments.
Mark Williams said:
“I support RNIB’s campaign to make sure people are given timely eye clinics appointments to ensure their sight can be saved. I will work with RNIB Cymru, other elected representatives and the Hywel Dda Health Board to ensure people in Ceredigion receive their treatment on time.”
Ceri Jackson, Director of RNIB Cymru, said:
“Patients must be seen by their eye clinic within an appropriate time for their condition. No-one should lose their sight needlessly because of cancelled or delayed appointments. Follow up appointments make up the bulk of appointments in the hospital eye service and are not currently monitored by the Welsh Government.
“Of course we recognise that patients can also help by attending their eye clinic appointment and not miss or cancel them. If you find that you do have to cancel an appointment, the sooner you are able to do so will help eye clinics plan their services better.”