All in a day's work: immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery

The pandemic has restarted the discussion about the benefits of bilateral same-day cataract surgery for select patients. Natalie Healey explores the pros and cons from patient and provider perspectives.

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Cataract surgery has a high success rate for improving sight. Many patients have cataract in both their eyes and some, particularly in the private sector, choose bilateral same-day cataract surgery – also called immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery (ISBCS) – where both lenses are replaced in operations conducted only minutes apart. This avoids two visits to hospital and two recovery periods of up to six weeks each. However, surgeons are divided over whether the benefits outweigh the risks. 


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