B.C. retinal specialists' fee dispute creates uncertainty for patients receiving vision-preserving treatment

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Every four weeks, 45-year-old Christina Watts visits her retinal specialist to receive an eye injection, a treatment she says has helped slow her vision loss. 

The Prince George resident was diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) — a chronic eye disease that causes blurred vision or a blind spot — in January. 

“I have a big round circle [in my left eye]…a grey mass in the centre,” she told CBC News. “It feels like you’re trying to clean your glasses and you can’t get it off.”

Thanks to B.C.’s retinal diseases treatment program, which covers the cost of her monthly injections, her vision has stabilized a little, Watts says.

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