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Pialba woman worried she'll go blind before treatment

Carol-Lee Biggs of Pialba waiting for eye surgery and says her vision is deteriorating.
Carol-Lee Biggs of Pialba waiting for eye surgery and says her vision is deteriorating. Alistair Brightman

A PIALBA woman suffering from a degenerative eye condition fears she will lose her sight if she does not get the treatment she requires soon.

Carol-lee Biggs said she was first diagnosed with cataracts and then a corneal disease, which she said required urgent treatment or she could go completely blind.

Already suffering from some deafness, she is concerned she could lose both senses.

But Dr Stephen Ayre, executive director at Princess Alexandra Hospital where Ms Biggs will undergo treatment, says she is not at immediate risk of blindness.

"Wide Bay residents requiring an ophthalmology service will soon be able to be treated in the Wide Bay area under a $23.4 million program which was announced by the Health Minister Lawrence Springborg in October, to target ophthalmology wait lists in Queensland," he said.

Dr Ayre said Princess Alexandra Hospital received a referral for Ms Biggs in May 2013, when her case was a category three.

A new referral was received last month by the hospital and Ms Biggs was now a category 2, he said.

"The patient's medical record does not indicate an immediate risk of blindness."

Ms Biggs said her eye sight was deteriorating quickly and she had stopped driving as she was concerned her vision was no longer good enough.

That meant she could no longer visit her children and she was becoming more and more isolated.

Dr Ayre said he was sorry Ms Biggs felt unsatisfied but the number of category 1 patients meant there were longer waiting times for many patients allocated as category 2 or 3.

"Emergency and category 1 cases will always be given priority," he said.

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