Cataract Referral

The most common eye problem we encounter, after needing spectacles or contact lenses that is, is cataract. Resolving the problem with minor surgery is now routine in the NHS, but getting the person with the cataract seen in a reasonable time is sometimes problematic.

In Tees we have a Direct Cataract Referral Community pathway which means that after the optometrist diagnoses cataract, the sufferer is then offered an appointment at a hospital of their choice for the minor surgery on the NHS. This means that waiting times are as short as possible.