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Cataract surgery and quality of life implications

Authors Daniel Morris, Scott G Fraser, Christopher Gray

Published 15 April 2007 Volume 2007:2(1) Pages 105—108

Daniel Morris1, Scott G Fraser1,2, Christopher Gray2,3

1Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Sunderland, UK; 2Newcastle University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK; 3Sunderland Royal Hospital, Sunderland, UK

Abstract: Cataract surgery in the developed world has undergone a revolution over the last 20 years. An operation which used to require a stay in hospital and long visual rehabilitation is now a quick day-case procedure with immediate benefits. As with any surgery there is an associated morbidity, but there is now the potential to provide cataract surgery at an earlier stage of cataract maturation and save patients from a period of severe visual impairment. This article reviews the new techniques available to measure the impact that cataracts have not only on a patient’s visual acuity but also their general physical health, function, cognition, and emotional well-being. New research is described that takes into account these more holistic tests and how they can be used to judge the best time to refer and operate on a patient with cataracts.

Keywords: eye disease, cataract, surgery, quality of life, visual impairment

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