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Surgery deferred, sight denied: the high cost of cuts to cataract treatment

Opthalmic nurses need greater access to commissioners to improve patient care,
Ophthalmology

Opthalmic nurses need greater access to commissioners to improve patient care

A report from the Royal National Institute of Blind People has revealed that in some parts of the UK, patients with sight loss wait up to 15 months for cataract surgery, increasing their risk of falls, social isolation and depression.

The report says the longest average waiting time for cataract treatment has more than doubled over the past three years, although patients in some areas are receiving treatment within 3 weeks of diagnosis. Left untreated, cataracts can cause total loss of vision.

RCN ophthalmic forum chair and University of Manchester senior nurse lecturer Mary Shaw is not surprised by the report’s findings.

‘Patients present at ophthalmic

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