What do the latest NICE guidelines mean for you? (C-60353)

12 July 2018
Summer 2018

Since October 2017, NICE has issued two new clinical guidelines and one update concerning the three most common age-related causes of sight loss. Madeleine Bailey looks at what it means for you – and NHS eye services overall

With the number of people in the UK living with reduced vision predicted to almost double to four million by 2050, and nearly nine million currently treated annually by hospital eye services (RCOphth, 2016), there has never been a greater need for updated clinical guidelines and an ironing out of inconsistencies in treatment for cataract, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma. NICE guidelines are based on the best available evidence, with a reputation for rigour, independence and objectivity, and are considered to be the gold standard for clinical practice and cost-effectiveness.

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