Vision Loss Could Become Another Cost of the Pandemic

Vision Loss Could Become Another Cost of the Pandemic

UK doctors say thousands are at risk due to missed care.

At least 10,000 people in the UK are at risk of suffering irreversible damage to their sight because of missed care during lockdown, BBC News reports.

Experts say only 10 percent of the most urgent procedures are going ahead, while fears about coronavirus mean many of those patients are not going to their appointments.

Specialists warn that a surge in the number of people with sight loss could become “another cost of the pandemic.”

The UK Ophthalmology Alliance and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists have calculated that at least 10,000 people have missed out on care essential to maintaining their sight in England, Wales and Scotland.

If this is happening in the UK, it’s likely that the risks are similar in the USA and other countries.

Doctors say the risk is highest for people with conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment who need continued treatment to preserve their eyesight.

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