Community optometry working with hospital ophthalmology: the benefits of working together in a...

3 June 2013
Volume 14, Issue 2

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

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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