Screening of patients with diabetes for eye disease has begun, and the National Cancer Screening Service is aiming to screen about 50,000 patients this year.
The long-awaited screening programme was first announced in 2008 as a Health Service Executive (HSE) priority, but has repeatedly been stalled. Consultant endocrinologist Dr Diarmuid Smith, HSE's national lead for diabetes, said the screening programme would reduce sight loss in diabetics.
"It has started and we plan to ramp it up later...
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