long-awaited free eye-screening, which could prevent thousands of people with diabetic eye disease from going blind, is to begin next year.
The screening for retinopathy comes as figures show that one person with the condition goes blind every week. Although one in three people with diabetes will develop some form of retinopathy, only around half are getting proper eye exams.
Dr David Keegan, an ophthalmologist in the Mater, said it would start on a phased basis next year.
Dr Keegan, speaking at a conference organised by the Irish College of Ophthalmlogists in Dublin, said it was important to ensure hospitals could cope with an upsurge in people who were referred for further care.