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Bilateral cataract extraction can be safely done within 48 hours

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 28 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:579
  1. Adam Booth, senior house officer in ophthalmology,
  2. Andrew Coombes, Andrew Coombes, specialist registrar in ophthalmology (,
  3. Chad Rostron, consultant ophthalmologist
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, St Georges Hospital, London SW17 0QT

    EDITOR—Gray et al highlighted the benefit of bilateral cataract surgery, particularly if the second eye is operated on within six weeks of the first.1

    We agree with their view that surgery should be directed at those with most need. Nevertheless, Gray et al also recognise that an increase in the availability of cataract surgery would help to satisfy increased demand. A step towards achieving this and accomplishing surgery in both eyes …

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