- Is visual acuity 6/12 or worse?
Does the patient have significant visual symptoms from their cataract that removing it would improve their quality of life?
Do they have difficulty:
Reading street signs and bus numbers
Experience glare in low sun or oncoming headlights
Not satisfy the DVLA standard of binocular outdoor vision to be able to read the number plate at 21.5m
NB: Difficulty with near tasks are less likely to be due to cataract and more likely to be macular disease.
An Optometry report within the last 6 months must be attached (please note an NHS eye test is not a universal entitlement in England, some patients will have to pay for their eye test privately. More information on eligibility of NHS-funded sight tests is available here)
If optometrist report included and there is no suggestion of significant other pathology:
- RCHT 1-Stop Assessment Clinic
- Probus Surgical Centre one-stop see-and-treat service
- If the patient has significant other eye pathology and/or are under the care of an Ophthalmologist at RCHT they should be sent to the general Ophthalmology clinic RCHT.
Date reviewed 07/08/2019
Next review due 07/08/2020
Sifter name Dr Rebecca Harling
Contributor Mr William Westlake
Version No. 3.20