Scottish eye care 'has improved'

14 March 2012

There have been improvements made when people are seeking eye treatment in Scotland, new research has highlighted.

A study carried out by researchers at the University of Aberdeen determined that the free eye care now offered in the country has helped bridge the gap in health between those living north of the border and south of it.

The NHS first introduced free examinations after a decision was made by the Scottish government in April 2006.

Study leader Dr Alexandros Zangelidis commented: "All evidence, using different indicators, points in the same direction – people in Scotland responded positively to the free eye care policy."

The research was not all good news, however, with the economists also discovering that there has been low uptake of optometry services in the poorer households of Scotland.

Looking into this particular finding, Mr Zangelidis said: "As a result of that, the inequality in eye care utilisation in Scotland has actually risen."

The research comes soon after the London Eye Hospital revealed a new contact lens which has the ability to monitor signs of glaucoma when worn.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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