Cancelled eye surgeries due to Covid could mean permanent sight loss

Cancelled eye surgeries due to Covid could mean permanent sight loss

A recent survey on cancelled eye surgeries by eye research charity Fight for Sight has found that people with sight loss fear their sight will further deteriorate during the Covid-19 pandemic, as they struggle to access treatment for their eye conditions.

The Fight for Sight survey found that 73 percent of respondents said their access to treatment has gotten worse during the pandemic, with some reporting cancelled surgeries, as well as cancelled injections for age-related macular degeneration. Four in ten people surveyed say they are concerned that their eyesight has or will further deteriorate as a result.

The charity is also raising awareness for the need for more investment in eye research, which could transform the lives of over two million people with sight loss through new treatments as well as taking pressure off an already stretched NHS.

Studies shows that people with sight loss are particularly affected by the pandemic, which is having a huge impact on their wellbeing and has the potential to cause long-term damage to their sight. To address this, the NHS has started local MECS schemes which provides a triage service for various sudden changes in sight. This addresses the immediate need of people with eye conditions, to help ease the pressure on our NHS.

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