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Eye experts condemn restrictions on cataract surgery in England

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 14 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5533
  1. Sophie Wedgwood
  1. 1London

Bodies representing experts in eye health have warned that primary care trusts’ restrictions on cataract surgery in England are “clinically unsound,” go against government advice, and are putting patients’ health at risk unnecessarily.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, College of Optometrists, Optical Confederation, and Local Optical Committee Support Unit have come together to issue a joint statement condemning the practice of denying patients cataract surgery unless their visual acuity has deteriorated below a certain level, by which time they may not be able to lead normal lives.1

In addition, there have been reports that patients with cataracts in both …

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