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Action on Cataracts should influence surgical training

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 09 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:639
  1. Alistair R Fielder, professor of ophthalmology (,
  2. Martin P Watson, senior house officer,
  3. Helen C Seward, consultant ophthalmic surgeon,
  4. Philip I Murray, professor of ophthalmology
  1. Academic Department of Ophthalmology, Imperial College School of Medicine, Western Eye Hospital, London, London NW1 5YE
  2. Mayday University Hospital, Croydon CR7 7YE
  3. Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, Birmingham B18 7QH

    EDITOR—The management of cataract is one of the spectacular surgical success stories of recent years. Day care is now the norm, and visual rehabilitation is rapid and dramatic. As a result, the uniformly excellent outcome of this technically highly complex eye operation is now almost taken for granted.

    In 1998–9 some 170 000 cataract operations were performed in the NHS. But Action on Cataracts, launched by the NHS Executive earlier this year,1 draws attention to the patchiness of services and the long …

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