Here you can discover the services you can access in your area, or at regional/national level.  In this section, they are categorised by age grouping so that you see only what services are available for the age you require.


Here you can find the services you can access in your area, at regional and at national level.  You may know already the service you are looking for, so we have grouped them by a Service Name rather than by age.

Integrating with the National Opthalmology Service in Ireland

VISPA and its members seeks to integrate its habilitation, education, and support services with the clinical model planned by the HSE. It will do this by collaborating and cooperating betwen each of its member organisations, strengthen networks and service provision with existing stakeholders and state agencies, and build new relationships with the professional and clinical networks operating within sight-loss services in Ireland.  

In 2018, the National Clinical Programme (NCP) for Ophthalmology determined that in line with Government policies such as Future Health, the majority of services should be provided within the primary care setting.  As such, integration of acute and primary care services is essential in order to allow for rebalancing of access and delivery of eye care services from acute hospitals to primary care. The aim is to provide high-quality, consistent, efficient and effective care. The development of a regionalised model appears to be the best means of achieving this aim.

Ireland has experienced and continues to experience significant population growth. The total population is expected to increase by up to 28% between 2016 and 2026. The greatest increases are projected in the over 65 years age group. Increasing patient numbers and the growing incidence of chronic diseases are placing an enormous strain on the current model of eye care delivery.
Even with the current population, waiting lists for ophthalmology outpatient appointments and inpatient procedures are among the longest and most numerous in the health service. The diagnosis and treatment of many chronic eye conditions is currently delivered in acute hospitals, whereas much of these interventions could be delivered in the primary care setting in a decentralised model.


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