More than 300,000 operations for cataracts are performed by the NHS every year. But doctors say the number of operations being carried out is being capped, as a cost cutting measure.
Some of Britain's best eye doctors want a radical rethink in the way cataracts are treated. Currently, patients in England only receive surgery if their ability to read the eyesight test chart falls below a certain level.
It's also reported patients with cataracts in both eyes only get treatment for one. Doctors are urging the following changes:
- Treatment for cataract if it adversely affects daily life
- They understand the risks and benefits of surgery
- They want to have, and are fit enough, for surgery
Health Minister Simon Burns said it was unacceptable for the NHS to cap operations on the basis of cost.
ITV News' Medical Editor Lawrence McGinty reports: