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Sight Treatment

Volume 466: debated on Tuesday 21 June 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if any facilities are available for sight-without-spectacles treatment, as recommended by certain doctors and others in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Eye exercises for the correction of defects are used by ophthalmologists in suitable cases. If the hon. Member has something else in mind, perhaps he will let me have particulars.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that at least one of my constituents—and there are probably many more—cannot get spectacles, and looks to the right hon. Gentleman to give him some substitute treatment until spectacles can be made available?

I hope that all the authorities concerned will avoid giving spectacles if the eye can be treated and cured in other ways.

Can I have the right hon. Gentleman's assurance that he will take steps to see that the provision of curative treatment rather than the provision of spectacles will have his attention?

As the hon. Gentleman knows, it would be quite improper for any politician to interfere with technicians on these matters.