Cataract Patients Operation Denials Increase

Male eye

A recent study by the Royal National Institute of Blind People along with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists has shown than over 50% of England primary care trusts have implemented stricter guidelines and restrictions regarding cataract operations, meaning fewer are now currently taking place than are required. The queries centre around trusts making the vision threshold to receive such an operation higher, meaning many patients are having to struggle with poor sight until the condition worsens to the threshold level.

One issue raised was that of funding, with financial periods playing a part in decisions to cancel or put back operations.

NHS guidelines indicate that the overiding factor should be that the patients requirements are determined primarily by a clinician. The RNIB's beliefs are that in many cases, the main factor is that of finance, which is especially evident in the current economic climate.

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