A letter seen bysent by the hospital to a patient said: ‘Due to limited capacity, the eye department at University Hospital Cork is currently only providing urgent eye care services. Unfortunately, all other appointments are delayed.
“Although you remain on our waiting list, additional capacity is being put in place.
“However, due to the large number of patients waiting for appointments, it may still take some time before we can offer you an appointment date,” the hospital added.
The letter goes on to state that “some eye problems may progress over time and lead to deterioration, which may not be obvious to you, but may become permanent or irreversible.” Patients with concerns were asked to contact their local GP or optician.
The hospital further advised that the Eye Emergency Department at University Cork Hospital (CUH) remains operational for emergency or emergency care.