Removing arbitrary restrictions on cataract surgery
Is cataract treatment under threat?
In 2013/14 the NHS carried out approximately 304,179 cataract operations saving the sight of hundreds of thousands of people in the UK.
Cataract surgery is one of the most cost-effective surgical procedures carried out by the NHS and we believe patients should be able to access surgery as soon they experience significant symptoms in line with new cataract commissioning guidelines.
However, the NHS is under pressure to make spending cuts. Our new research shows that there is a postcode lottery of cataract treatment across England which means some people are being forced to live with avoidable sight loss. You can read the findings from this research in our report, 'Surgery deferred, sight denied':
Have you been turned down for surgery? Finding everyday tasks difficult? With your help, we’ve developed a toolkit that provides practical steps to help you access first or second eye cataract surgery.