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New cataracts guidance for the NHS will improve patient care

FODO welcomes the new NICE guideline ‘Cataracts in adults: management’, which represents an important step in improving patient care and outcomes in the NHS.

Commenting on the new guideline, FODO Chief Executive David Hewlett said: 

“This guideline helpfully summarises the longstanding views of clinicians and professional bodies and should help to prevent non-evidence based rationing of care for NHS patients. We also welcome the recognition of the multidisciplinary and team-based nature of modern healthcare, as well as new models of care. ”

Key elements of the guideline include:

  • ruling out inappropriate and non-evidence based managerial rationing
  • tackling unwarranted variations in NHS practice
  • not using visual acuities as the only indicator for surgery
  • giving proper consideration to second eye surgery
  • clarity about what the NHS cannot afford to provide, even where this is clinically effective
  • emphasising multidisciplinary team work and the role of other health professionals such as optometrists, nurses and technicians in the pathway including pre-surgery and follow-up care
  • advice on preventing and managing complications and the responsibilities of all team members in ensuring safety and good outcomes
  • an emphasis on good patient communications, including explanations of possible risks and outcomes.

FODO will also play its part in the recommended research in order fill the evidence gaps for the 


Notes to Editors   

1. FODO - the Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians and Ophthalmology Providers - is an influential membership association across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We represent eye health and ophthalmology providers, optometrists, opticians, ophthalmologists and eye care staff.  We wide expertise in health systems, health economics, healthcare markets, legal defence, regulation and negotiations.

We believe that maintaining eye health, correcting vision and preserving sight is essential for health living, achievement, well-being at all ages as well as for healthy and active ageing.

We are committed to working with others to fight eye health, for patients and for visually impaired people, and to advance the professions and the sector within the UK, Ireland, Europe and globally.

Our members provide over 85 per cent of optical market activity in the UK, 55 per cent in the Republic of Ireland and the majority of community eye care in both countries.

2. For more information please contact:
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