UK takes steps to fasten eye treatment

UK Health Minister Edwina Hart announced to establish nine eye treatment centers will be established across Wales. This is an attempt to fight wet age-related macular degeneration, which is the primary cause of sight loss in the UK.

Mrs Hart also announced a further pound10m for providing treatment for wet AMD in 2009/10. pound5m is already being made available for treatment in 2008/09.

Patients in Wales are already undergoing treatment for wet AMD in the second eye. Treatment for wet AMD in the first eye will commence from 20 November. Mrs Hart also said that patients who have self-funded treatment for wet AMD will be allowed to transfer their treatment with future costs being met by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Source: Emax Health


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