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Take a patient-centred approach to treating cataracts, says NICE

 

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Take a patient-centred approach to treating cataracts, says NICE

The decision to have cataract surgery should be based on whether the patient thinks surgery is right for them, says NICE in new guidance.

The guideline provides advice for patients and ophthalmologists to help them decide when surgery is appropriate, taking into account how the condition is affecting a patient’s sight and their quality of life, the benefits and harms of the operation.

The guideline also says that a decision on whether to offer second-eye cataract surgery should use the same criteria.