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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 26 Mar 1992

Vol. 417 No. 7

Written Answers. - Sight Loss Research.

Bernard J. Durkan


18 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if he will outline the extent to which the cause or causes of sight loss are being investigated in this country; the degree to which contributory factors have been isolated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Publicly funded research into sight loss is primarily a matter for the Health Research Board. At present the board are funding a study of retinitis pigmentosa. This study, which commenced in September 1990, involves a financial commitment of £18,000 per annum for three years. The board have also funded a population based survey of glaucoma in County Roscommon: the amount involved here is £6,732.

Retinitis pigmentosa is a hereditary condition but in the case of glaucoma if the condition is detected at an early stage the prognosis can be good.