David Keegan

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Cell and gene therapies are usually one-time treatments that can add months, sometimes years, to a patient’s life.

Irish patients will not be able to access expensive cutting-edge medicines without a rethink of the reimbursement model used to pay for new treatments(...)

AMD is the leading cause of irreversible blindness among over 50s in Ireland and in high-income countries. Photograph: iStock

Air pollution in urban areas is linked to heightened risk of progressive and irreversible sight loss known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), (...)

Public hospital consultants, who should be working a maximum of one day a week in private care, are working two to three times that amount, according to the investigation.   Photograph: iStock

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested that hospital consultants should have to clock in to work to ensure they are doing the job they are paid to do, a(...)

Mary Comber was blind in one eye and had failing eyesight in the other. Image: RTÉ Investigates

A 75-year-old woman on a public waiting list for eye surgery was forced to sell her jewellery to pay for a private operation before she went blind. M(...)

Prof Marc de Smet: “We anticipate that procedures currently off-limits will now be feasible, such as facilitating the delivery of gene therapy to the retina.” Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

The use of robots in surgery is going to transform medicine in the near future and revolutionise eye operations where a high degree of precision is re(...)

Of the 13,000 ophthalmology patients waiting for a procedure, 3,500 have been on the list for more than 12 months, according to official figures. Photograph: Istock

Thousands of eye patients are at risk of irreversible sight loss because of delays in accessing treatment, according to a leading charity. Ophthalmol(...)

Agnes O’Connor says she waited several years to see a consultant and was told she would have to wait up to 20 months for a cataract operation:  “I could be dead and buried by then.” Photograph: PA

It started, like so many age-related sight problems, with a blurring in the eye. “I was looking at telly one night and I put my hand on my left eye. T(...)

The capricious weather may be playing havoc with our moods, but at least there’s one constant that keeps us feeling good during an Irish summer: pe(...)

 Frank, from Lenny Abrahamson’s acclaimed movie ‘Frank’, musician Conall O’Breachain (We Cut Corners), actress & musician Tara Lee (The Fall) and comedian Eleanor Tiernan next to street art in Dublin’s  Temple Bar specially commissioned for the First Fortnight mental health festival. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography.

Mental health issues are a “normal experience rather than something extraordinary”, JP Swaine says as he takes a break from the last minute preparatio(...)

Campaign groups have called on the Government to introduce a national vision strategy to help prevent eye disease. Photograph: PA

A proper strategy to deal with preventable eye diseases could save the State €76 million a year, it has been claimed. A new report by th(...)

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