Irish eyes arenít smiling
As of January 1st, in order to save† Ä54† million (Euros) a year, the Treatment Benefit Scheme in the Republic will cover just free dental and optical examinations.
The decision will affect almost two million people.
Optical Benefits withdrawn
Patients who benefited in the past from free glasses from the State, will no longer be eligible as from January 1st.
Previously, a limited range of free glasses were provided under the Optical Benefit Scheme, while a grant towards a wider range of spectacles and contact lenses was also available. The effects will be incurred by those wishing to access dental products and only a free eye examination will be available, however contribution towards contact lenses will still be granted, provided there is an existing eye condition that makes wearing glasses impossible.