News1 min ago
Waiting For Cataract Surgery
As there seems to be a long NHS waiting list, I am a bit worried that it could get to the stage that my eye will be so bad that the operation won't make any difference? Could this happen? I have had a cataract operation already in one eye thankfully, the sight in that eye is good.
From the RNIB website:
"Please be reassured that a delay in surgery for cataracts does not put your sight at risk permanently. Cataracts do not cause permanent loss of vision and a delay of several months would not mean you are at a higher risk of complications or that the result will not be as good as it would have been."
You can check on the average waiting times for opthalmology at hospitals in your area by using the postcode search facility here:
For example, I see that the wait for a first opthalmology outpatient appointment at my nearest large hospital is typically 12 weeks, with then a further 16 week wait for treatment.
However there are two 'Newmedica' centres locally, which both offer much quicker treatment. Newmedica provides services to the NHS, so (if there's a suitable facility in your area) you might want to press for threatment throuh them (rather than from your local general hospital):
Don't know if this will help, but, I went via Specsavers after an eye test. They referred me through a private company, Optegra, working hand in hand with the NHS.
Had the first eye done within 3 weeks of referral and second eye within 3 months. Can thoroughly recomend them.
Worth going to Specsavers?