Specsavers in Llanishen has welcomed news that the Welsh Government is to invest £4 million in eye care services across Wales.
Improving services in Wales
Speaking at the All Wales National Eye Care Conference in Cardiff, Wales’ Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, said the Welsh Government will work with an independent panel to decide how the money will be allocated, which could include expanding community-based treatment centres and funding more training for medical staff.
The planned improvements would support new eye care performance measures and come as all eye care patients in Wales are set to be given a maximum waiting time following referral, as well as subsequent reviews based on their condition.
Plans ‘greatly welcomed’
Commenting on the announcement, Clare Corcoran, Specsavers’ East Wales regional chair and director at Specsavers Llanishen, says: ‘Receiving a swift diagnosis and treatment for an eye condition can mean the difference between someone’s sight being lost or saved, so the government’s plans to invest £4m into Welsh eye care services is greatly welcomed.
‘Wales is leading the way in developing eye health initiatives. Specsavers is pleased to support this by encouraging all of its optometrists to become Wales Eye Care Service (WECS) accredited and to undergo extensive training so that more people in Wales can benefit from vital eye care services right on their doorstep.’