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 and people shouldn’t have to wait for their sight to significantly deteriorate, struggling with everyday tasks, before accessing treatment. We want to ensure that nobody faces unnecessary sight loss. 

Let your Clinical Commissioning Group know why they should ensure everyone who needs it has access to cataract surgery.

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.
What are we calling for? 
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has published NICE accredited cataract surgery commissioning guidelines to help CCGs plan and fund effective cataract services. 
We want to ensure commissioners are aware of these guidelines and implement them to help patients’ access surgery when they need it. Read our position on access to cataract surgery:
We need your help – please share your story! 
Have you had problems getting cataract treatment? Or have you recently had cataract surgery and it’s made a real difference to your life? If so, please email us at [email protected] 
For further information on our cataract campaign, please contact us on 020 7391 2123 or [email protected]  

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