13 Apr Visit optician for eye problems not A&E
Visit optician for eye problems not A&E, says minister.
High street opticians could give advice on eye problems that need urgent attention.
People with eye problems are being urged to visit an optician instead of making unnecessary trips to accident and emergency departments.
Ambulances have recorded a 205% rise in eye care-related calls since 1991, while attendance at A&E units in the U.K. has risen 7% in the past five years.
Deputy Health Minister of Wales Vaughan Gething said people often dialed 999 when an optometrist was the best place to go.