Focus on: cataracts

Optham1302resize.jpgWelcome to the NHS Institute's cataracts team website.

The aim of the Focus on: cataracts document is to help local health communities and organisations improve the quality and value of care for cataract patients. It contains the key characteristics for a high performing, quality cataract service, along with case studies and measures for improvement.

Cataract surgery is now the most common surgical procedure undertaken in England, with around 300,000 operations performed annually in the NHS. With increasing life expectancy and an expanding elderly population, the incidence of cataract and therefore the demand for surgery continues to rise.

Due to the high volume of cataract activity, any improvements in quality and efficiency will have huge benefits to patients, ophthalmology units and acute trusts.

The Department of Health’s Action on Cataracts publication and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Cataract Surgery Guidelines have greatly assisted ophthalmology units improving quality and standards for cataract patients. However, from our recent observations, there is still a marked variation in the way cataract care is delivered across the country, with many units identifying potential areas for improvement in their existing pathway.


cataracts1.jpgIn developing Focus on: Cataracts we have worked closely with NHS ophthalmology units to identify the key characteristics of high quality and efficient care for cataract patients. These key characteristics are based on our observations of best practice adopted by ophthalmology teams across England. It is intended to help anyone involved in the cataract pathway improve their service and reduce variation in practice.

Read the report: Focus on: cataracts


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