Cataract : how much surgery do we have to do?
AuthorTaylor, Hugh R.
Source TitleBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
PublisherBMJ Publishing Group
University of Melbourne Author/sTaylor, Hugh
AffiliationMedicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences: Centre for Eye Research Australia
School of Medicine: Ophthalmology
Document TypeJournal (Paginated)
CitationsTaylor, H. R. (2000). Cataract : how much surgery do we have to do? British Journal of Ophthalmology, 84, 1-2.
Access StatusOpen Access
First published by BMJ Publishing Group who hold exclusive publishing rights. http://bjo.bmj.com/content/84/1/1.full doi:10.1136/bjo.84.1.1
How much cataract surgery do we have to do? When is enough enough? Around the world, this is a common question asked by governments, regional health authorities, health trusts, hospital managers, operating theatre staff, and ophthalmologists themselves. These are fair questions. The volume of cataract surgery already has increased dramatically around the world over the past 20 years. It increased approximately fourfold in just 10 years in both the United States and Sweden through the 1980s; and increased threefold in the United Kingdom over this time. In many areas cataract surgery now forms over half of all ophthalmic surgery, and in a number of countries cataract surgery has become the most common elective surgical procedure.
KeywordsCERA; ophthalmology; Centre for Eye Research Australia; eye research; vision; visual health
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