Conference: Controlling the cataract backlog

Bill Harvey learns much from a recent online webinar, hosted by Théa Pharmaceuticals, which looked at measures being adopted to address the backlog of cataract operations since the pandemic

‘Tonight is all about education,’ was the opening statement for a recent online CPD session organised by Théa. The theme was one which was of interest to most working in practice; how the backlog of cataract operations necessitated a change in the way surgery was organised. 

The audience was a mix of ophthalmologists and optometrists, and an initial straw poll found that around 25% of the delegates treated around six to eight eyes a day, with 12% already undertaking over 12 procedures a day. The majority of ophthalmologists attending worked in an NHS setting, while around a third had no direct involvement with surgery; presumably the optometrists who were logged in. 

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