An Oireachtas committee has heard that Ireland’s cosmetic surgery patients are at risk due to the under-regulated nature of the industry. Photograph: Thinkstock

Patients are being harmed by the dangerously under-regulated nature of Ireland’s cosmetic surgery industry, an Oireachtas committee has been told. The(...)

Tom Waldron who has an eye condition and  had a liver transplant photographed at his home in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

When I was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, I was amazed. Like most people, I assumed cirrhosis was alcohol-related and I was never a big drinke(...)

Diabetic retinopathy can cause the blood vessels in the lining at the back of the eye (the retina) to leak or become blocked and damage your sight.  Photograph: Thinkstock

  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults in Ireland with an average of one person with the condition going blind(...)

The eyes have it: surgery is often performed by surgeons from outside the country, who are unavailable for post-operative patient care or complications. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), the recognised training and professional body for eye doctors in Ireland, has expressed concern about wha(...)

The view with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and the view with 20:20 vision.Photographs: Courtesy of National Council for the Blind in Ireland

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of sight loss in people aged over 50 in Ireland. The condition affects the macula, a small(...)

The long-awaited national diabetic retinopathy screening programme will not be fully rolled out until 2015, it has now emerged. Diabetic Retina Screen(...)