Sight Scotland has called for action on waiting times for treatment of eye conditions after figures showed thousands of patients were waiting longer than 12 weeks.

The charity commented on ophthalmology waiting time statistics that showed n June there were 27,882 patients waiting over 12 weeks, which was the highest number since the start of Covid-19.

Mark O’Donnell, chief executive of Sight Scotland, said: ‘It is vital action is taken to address these increasing waiting times for thousands of patients. For many eye conditions it is essential they are treated quickly to secure the best outcome for the patient.

‘The Covid pandemic has resulted in unprecedented challenges for our NHS, and the fantastic specialist staff in our eye health services need to be supported by an action plan with the necessary resources to tackle these delays in treatment.’