Community optometry working with hospital ophthalmology: the benefits of working together in a shared care cataract pathway

Post-op assessment by a community optometrist as part of a shared care cataract pathway results in benefit for patients, optometrists and ophthalmologists.

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Introduction

Cataract represents the leading cause of preventable blindness globally and to date can only be corrected surgically (Park et al. 2009). Cataract surgery has seen a dramatic increase within the last 10 years and is now the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the developed world by a significant margin (Park et al. 2009). With a mushrooming elderly population, advancing technology, reductions in surgical complication rates and increased demand for cataract surgery at better levels of vision, this trend is set to continue.

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