At least 21 cases have been taken by individual consumers against high street eye laser clinics since 2008. Photograph: Getty Images

The advertising of medical services such as laser eye surgery, plastic surgery and skin treatments needs to be more closely regulated to protect consu(...)

Dr Mark Cahill at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital,  Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I am an eye doctor and surgeon specialising in eye problems that involve the retina, the special layer at the back of the eye that turns light into(...)

With complications arising in a minority of laser-eye surgery cases, the amount of litigation is increasing. Photograph: The Irish Times

New guidelines have been drawn up for eye laser surgery amid growing concern over the use of hard-sell tactics in persuading consumers to undergo the (...)

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(...)